Sunday, December 19, 2010

My answer to John McCain.



Below is a letter I sent to Senator McCain's office after his tantrum on the Senate floor.

Dear Senator McCain,

I watched your recent reaction to the repeal of DADT.

Let me assure you, I have served in the military. My brother and sister served in the military. My father and my uncle served in the military during WWII. My uncle was KIA on Iwo. I have his flag in my office.

My nephews and my niece are serving in the military. My brother-in-law is a graduate of the academy (64) and my wife's father was a young lieutenant in the 82nd, dropped into Normandy on June 6th. Her grandfather was a graduate of West Point and an aide to Omar Bradley.

We know what it's like to serve. We know what it's like to sacrifice.

And I am happy that the Senate stood up for the rights of individual Americans in repealing DADT.

As a former enlisted man and someone who had far fewer advantages than you, I found your comments about elitists versus real Americans unfortunate.

If an average Joe looked at you and me, I am not the one he would brand the elitist. A public high school in Pennsylvania and a degree from West Virginia University are hardly upper crust.

I respect and honor your service and I would have voted for you in 2000. It saddens me to see how bitter, and partisan, you've become.

I hope that you reclaim your legacy and continue to fight for nonpartisan progress.

Sincerely,

David Terrenoire
US Army 1969-1971

34 comments:

Kenny Smith said...

Excellent letter; it is sad to see where his politics and really all politics have gone. I have a correction though, my dad was USNA class of '66. As dad tells it a young Lt. McCain put him in hack for breaking curfew when he was in flight training in Pensacola.

David Terrenoire said...

I stand corrected. Thank you, Kenny.

JD Rhoades said...

Well said, sir.

M.J. Hawk said...

You said it just right.

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Perfectly put.

Steve Malley said...

You give me hope for the country I once called home... Thank you.

Tom Flittie said...

Hi David,

In looking for an old friend with the same last name, I stumbled across your blog. What a nice surprise. Keep it up my friend.

Tom Flittie

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