I know I’m a little late on this–I felt the Walpin story was a more pressing use of my limited time yesterday–but I couldn’t help but weigh in. When I first saw the video of Barbara Boxer insisting that she be addressed as “senator” by a Brigadier General yesterday, I thought of three things (in this order):
- Dr. Evil. It was Mike Myers’ character that, when addressed during group therapy as “Mr. Evil,” reminded the therapist: “It’s Doctor Evil. I didn’t spend six years in Evil Medical School to be called ‘mister,’ thank you very much.” Even without the pinky-finger thing going–she almost did–Boxer was just as condescending.
- Tradition. Whenever I’ve thanked a soldier, airman, sailor or Marine, they’ve always replied with “thank you, sir,” as if they ever needed to thank me. If my wife is there, they’ll address her as “ma’am.” I’m no expert on military protocol, but aren’t these brave men and women trained to to address people as “sir” and “ma’am?” I’ve never heard of a soldier addressing the Secretary of State as “madame secretary” or “mister secretary,” or the speaker of the House as “madame speaker” or “mister speaker.”
- Respect. Did Sen. Boxer ever refer to Brigadier General Michael Walsh as “General?” If so, I certainly didn’t hear it. I mean, she might have done so before the video clip began, but given her obvious disdain for the military and her overall condescension, I highly doubt it.
Yes, this is relatively small when considered alongside health care and other issues. But it’s really not. It goes to how liberals perceive the military, and really to how they feel about American exceptionalism as a whole. This woman wanted nothing more than to feel superior to Brigadier General Walsh. She “worked so hard to get that title?” How hard did the man you dressed down like a sniveling schoolboy work to attain the rank of Brigadier General?
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who removed his puckered lips from presidential arse long enough to dismiss this entire episode as mere “political sideshow,” pointed out that Boxer has indeed worked hard as a U.S. senator. “She’s been elected three times, by the way,” Matthews said.
Again, it’s a liberal tipping his hand on the typical liberal’s attitude toward the military. I’m sure that Barbara Boxer has worked hard to pander to illegals and homosexuals and patchouli-stinking, crunchy hippies to get re-elected three times in California. I’m sure she has. But to say that she is anywhere near as deserving of respect of someone who has spent 30 years of public service in the United States Army is absolutely ludicrous. Yet, in typical liberal fashion, Matthews and Boxer think otherwise.