06/03/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
Governor Jan Brewer, my grandfather fought the Japanese in World War II. His sister and two of his three brothers fought the Nazis in the European front. The suggestion that your father died fighting the Nazis is repulsive and repugnant. He did not serve in the military. Like many a woman and man, he worked in a munitions factory.
Governor Brewer, my grandfather’s brother was on Normandy beach. He was a reporter for Stars & Stripes. He had his camera and his note pad. He made sure that the folks back home- including your father- knew of the sacrifice that many American, British, Canadian and French troops made on that day on that beach. His other brother was in the Navy making sure that supplies made it to our troops. His sister was a nurse in the Marines making sure that our troops survived their wounds and helping to ease the passage of the dying.
My grandfather saw the horrors of war first hand. He had to shoot a POW who tried to break out of the camp he was guarding. That was something that haunted him for the rest of his life. He had to do burial duty for a friend who was hit by an airplane propeller. He nearly died when his jeep pinned him to the ground. My grandfather taught riflery and sniping. He was a crack shot, Governor. He taught men who went to their deaths in both theaters before being assigned to the Pacific Front.
Governor Brewer, I have had ancestors and relatives in the militaries of four nations- America, Canada, Great Britain and France. I cannot serve in the military even if I so chose, but that does not make me any less proud of our soldiers. My middle name is in honor of my cousin who survived Vietnam. My parents gave me the name Pauline to honor him. My first name was my grandfather’s favorite girl’s name.
Governor, by your definition, my grandfather died fighting the Japanese. He died thirty-seven years ago from congestive heart failure. It is a disservice for you to claim that your father died fighting the Nazis. While the criticism of you may be harsh, perhaps you should have thought about that before you signed that hateful and idiotic bill into law. If you cannot stand being called a Nazi and feel pain from it- then do the honorable thing and quit your position.
I get called all kinds of things on this blog. They hurt. I do not whine about the fact that I get called nasty things. Then again, I am a little more fragile than someone who has risen in the ranks to become Governor of a state. My emotional state is not always the best and I am working through a lot of trauma. For a hale and healthy person, Governor, the occasional Nazi barb should hardly be worth discussing.
In the end, I wish that you, Representative Mark Kirk and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal would do the honorable thing and quit. Your inflation of the importance of the military to your lives simply shows a strong disdain for our soldiers and makes it abundantly clear that you all are more interested in power than in serving our nation’s people.
(This is an opinion piece, and as such represents only the views of the author.)
Corrected to give the right state for Blumanthal’s residence.