One of the many duties of the President as Commander-in-Chief is to honor those brave men and women who have sacrificed so much in defense of this great nation. Most presidents have understood that duty to include leaving personal ideology out of events and holidays set aside to render said honors.

Each and every soldier, sailor, airman, and marine has an individual reason why he or she chose to serve. It is, after all, an all-volunteer force. All Americans should be proud of and render all due respect an honor to those who choose to serve in uniform.

In pointing out the sacrifices made by the members of the Armed Forces, it is not necessary to demean and besmirch the character or honor of those who did not choose to serve. The One never got this memo. During his Veteran’s Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery, he took the opportunity to honor American Veterans by slamming the very people they work to defend. Saith The One:

In this time of war, we gather here mindful that the generation serving today already deserves a place alongside previous generations for the courage they have shown and the sacrifices that they have made. In an era where so many acted only in pursuit of narrow self-interest, they’ve chosen the opposite. They chose to serve the cause that is greater than self; many even after they knew they’d be sent into harm’s way. (Emphasis Added)

Thanks a lot, Barry. Why do you think these brave men and women are willing to go into harms way? What exactly is it they are defending? Here’s the short answer: They are willing to put themselves on the line so Americans can have the freedom to pursue their “narrow self-interest”. Soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines provide the blanket of freeedom underwhich Americans can follow their dreams – where ever those dreams may take them – up to and including the realization of a profitable capitalistic venture.

Without them, the “pursuit of happiness” envisioned by Jefferson would not be possible. Most Americans understand that pursuit to include their own self-interest. I guess you haven’t learned that lesson yet.