A Vietnam veteran interviewed on CNN last night told protesters to go get "their butts at home." The veteran, who identified himself as Robert Valentine, said, "I'm very pissed." Watch here:
"I'm just a soldier," he told the CNN reporter who asked who he was. "I did 30 years, okay? I came out a master sergeant. I’ve seen more than all of this. I’ve been through the riots already. This right here is not relevant. They need to have their butts at home. They need to be in their home units with their families studying and doing something with their life, not out here protesting about something that’s not really about nothing. They do not respect this young man’s death.
"Now, momma and daddy they've lost a child — that could be them. So I’m very pissed."
Valentine continued, "I love my country. I love my charmed city. And I’m an American. I’m not black, white, red or yellow, nothing. I am an American."
America, just before its Fourth of July birthday, lost one of the greatest of the generation that guided it through the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. Louis Zamperini was 97, so this was not entirely surprising. Zamperini, the American who couldn’t be broken by Nazis in Berlin or sadistic guards in POW camps in Japan, had been designated to be the grand marshal of the 2015 Tournament of Roses parade. My grandfather, a World War I veteran, used to say “give me my roses while I’m alive.” Unfortunately, the Rose Parade organizing committee waited too long.
Adam Kinzinger, the 34-year-old Republican congressman from Illinois, considers September 112001 the first of two major, life-changing moments for him. The second came five years later, in 2006, when Kinzinger and his then-girlfriend were walking down Milwaukee’s North Avenue after having dinner with a friend.