Monday, July 25, 2005

Did She Bring Flowers?

Oh, the party of care and compassion (that is the democratic party, if you didn't already know) have displayed just how much compassion they have. Catherine Barker Knoll, the Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania showed up at the funeral ceremony for a marine who fell in the line of duty in Iraq. Aw, wasn't that compassionate of her? I bet she spent most of her time trying to comfort the family in their time of loss.

Hell no.

The family of a Marine who was killed in Iraq is furious with Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll for showing up uninvited at his funeral this week, handing out her business card and then saying "our government" is against the war.

Oh, so the ever so compassionate democrat used this family's time of pain as an anti-war campaign? Really, you must be kidding.

Rhonda Goodrich of Indiana, Pa., said yesterday that a funeral was held Tuesday at a church in Carnegie for her brother-in-law, Staff Sgt. Joseph Goodrich, 32.

She said he "died bravely and courageously in Iraq on July 10, serving his country."
In a phone interview, Goodrich said the funeral service was packed with people "who wanted to tell his family how Joe had impacted their lives."

Then, suddenly, "one uninvited guest made an appearance, Catherine Baker Knoll."

So, Ms. Knoll wasn't invited by the parents to disgrace the memory of their son by turning his funeral into some kind of sick anti-war protest? I can't believe it.

She sat down next to a Goodrich family member and, during the distribution of communion, said, "Who are you?" Then she handed the family member one of her business cards, which Goodrich said she still has.

"Knoll felt this was an appropriate time to campaign and impose her will on us," Goodrich said. "I am amazed and disgusted Knoll finds a Marine funeral a prime place to campaign."

The sad thing is, that this sick and disgusting behavior doesn't surprise me one bit. The democrats have made an art out of finding the wrong time and place to make a political statement. I guess once you get yourself into the habit of protesting everything, you loose perspective and nothing, not even a funeral is sacrosanct anymore.

What really upset the family, Goodrich said, is that Knoll said, 'I want you to know our government is against this war,' " Goodrich said.

Yes, that is just what a family wants to hear at the funeral of their son. "Your child sacrificed his life in vane, and I don't support that sacrifice." Someone needs to remind Ms. Knoll, and the rest of the liberals that this isn't Vietnam, despite their attempts to loose the war.

Goodrich said she is positive that Knoll was not invited to the funeral, which was jammed with Marines in dress uniform and police officers, because the fallen Marine had been a policeman in McKeesport and Indiana County.

"Our family deserves an apology," Rhonda Goodrich said. "Here you have a soldier who was killed -- dying for his country -- in a church full of grieving family members and she shows up uninvited. It made a mockery of Joey's death."

You are damn right the family deserves an apology. And for a group who, as a whole, has coniptions when Karl Rove opens his mouth, I would expect democrats to denouce Ms. Knoll's behavior. Mind you, I am not holding my breath for that.