Capitol Hill has been the sight of several fireworks displays this week, with none of them being holdovers from the recent passing of Independence Day. Rather, these explosions were coming from within the congressional chambers themselves.
In an absolutely riveting hearing yesterday, embattled FBI Agent Peter Strzok faced off with a number of member of Congress, testifying on a wide range of topics. Strzok not only dodged questions on the investigation into Russian election interference, but also touched on a number of inquiries into Hillary Clinton’s ongoing email saga, his extramarital affair, and the hatred for the President that he and his illicit lover shared.
Democrats were, on the other hand, extremely easy on Strzok, whom they believed had been repeatedly badgered by Reps Gowdy and Gohmert in brazen fashion. At one point, a member of the chambers suggested that Peter Strzok should receive the Purple Heart, given his treatment at the hands of the republicans.
Rightfully, this angered a great many patriotic Americans, including one wounded Marine veteran, who spoke out vociferously regarding the asinine insinuation.
“If I could give you a Purple Heart, I would,” Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) said, accusing his GOP colleagues of attempting to undermine Strzok and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
“It’s astonishing to me that you’d be put on trial as you have today,” Cohen said.
The Purple Heart is a military honor bestowed on those who are wounded in combat or given posthumously to those killed in combat.
Marine Staff Sgt. Johnny “Joey” Jones (Ret.) — a Purple Heart recipient who lost both of his legs and suffered other permanent injuries in an IED explosion in Afghanistan — said Cohen’s remarks were “disgraceful.”
He explained that military personnel must be injured by an enemy of the state to receive a Purple Heart.
Jones went on to explain precisely what this meant to him.
“So what this congressman did — and he probably doesn’t even understand it — is he equated Republicans or the actual looking for truth to an enemy attacking this man,” Jones said.
He added that Strzok wasn’t being “attacked,” as he was merely facing accountability for his actions.
This is precisely the same sort of “fast and loose” with reality schtick that got the NFL into trouble. You just cannot disrespect our military, or the flag they died for, as an ordinary citizen with no knowledge of the oath that these brave men and women take. It truly can only be understood by those who have served, and expressed their love for this nation by risking it all. By pretending that you know what’s right and wrong in respecting these symbols of America, you not only make a fool of yourself, but you also make a mockery of those who provided you with the ability to express your own unfortunate opinion.