Tuesday night, at his first address to a joint session of congress, President Trump took the time to honor fallen Navy Seal Ryan Owens. The reaction to his tribute by most of the politicians present was touching. Some leftest commentators have since decided to cheapen the moment by insinuating that it was basically a publicity stunt on the part of the President to try and endear himself to the American people.
Michael Moore and Bill Maher accused Trump of using the grieving widow as a “prop,” while “The View’s” Sunny Hostin said it was “so exploitative.” Fellow Navy Seal widow Taya Kyle says that this kind of cynicism makes her sick to her stomach.
Taya Kyle, widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, said the standing ovation for Owens was not about politics, but about saying thank you to a family who gave everything for our country.
Kyle said that the backlash to Trump’s tribute to the Owens family makes her sick to her stomach.
“It totally negates the meaning behind this. And the meaning of it – for all the people watching who cried with her – is that some valiant people are out there fighting, not for Republicans, not for Democrats. They’re fighting for this country,” Kyle said. “And God bless them for doing it.”
Kyle makes an excellent point when she says that this shouldn’t be about politics. I am not aware of a single case where a man or woman in uniform has put a caveat on their service, saying they would only fight and die for the people of one political party.
The system of rule and law in this country only works if the right to free speech extends to those who agree with the party in power as well as those who don’t. That said, it’s only common decency to not object when a person who made the ultimate sacrifice for YOUR rights is honored in some small way.
The President quoted John 15:13 in his speech when talking about Owen:
“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Ryan Owens, Chris Kyle and many like them are the heroes; not chess pieces or talking points. Their lives and legacies deserve all the gratitude we can give them and the talking heads need to either respect that or stop talking.
(Source: Fox News Insider)