No matter what John Kelly may have done in his life or whatever he may do, John Kelly has beyond question earned measure of respect from everyone by becoming a United States Marine. By becoming an officer. By being in and leading marines in combat. By being honorably retired at the rank of general. And by rearing two sons who chose to follow in their father's footsteps - leading one to the grave and the other, so far, to five deployments.
I have seen no evidence Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, the politician, is owed respect by anyone, much less a man like General Kelly. And General Kelly has every right to his opinion about Congresswoman Wilson on the basis of what he has observed about her and her behavior, as upsetting as that may be to those who would rather be judged upon the color of their skin than upon their conduct or accomplisments or content of their characters.
Whatever John Kelly may have done or may do, he will alwys be deserving of empathy because he reared a son who chose of
of his own free will to devote himself to the defense of his country - and its citzens and residents of all races and creeds. Who chose to take a path that led to hardships few will bear these days. To hardships that would break many a person. A path that led him to a place where he gave the last full measue of devotion.
That is both a substantial personal accomplishment and a terrible personal scrifice on the part of John Kelly. The Marine Corps is the bulk of John Kelly's life and experience. Being a gold star father is also a large part of General Kelly's life and experience. And that fact that General Kelly spoke about his life and experience certainly does not demonstrate Generally is insensitive to anyone else's loss or suffering.
Would the white father of a white pizza delivery person speaking about the loss of his son caused by a DUI driver, demonstate the father cared only about white people, pizza delivery persons, or DUI victims?
General Kelly also deserves empathy because he continues to have a son who has put himself in harm's way for his country. A son who is still on a path that may lead to reunion at Dover. That is a very person concern for General Kelly.
In the end, what can I say Lawrence O'Donnel's diatribe. Some things are disrespectual and asine beyond the power of words to describe them.