Harris: Unfit for President if for No Other Reason Than This
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
Sometimes, there are occurrences so significant, so revealing that they display the future direction we are to follow or avoid.
Such was the case this weekend when Kamala Harris, the Vice President Designate, published her Memorial Day tweet. It was as curt as it was revolting. Quite simply, it read, "Enjoy the long weekend," and was accompanied by a photograph of Harris smiling while looking off into the distance.
Memorial Day is no mere long weekend. As every other American should know, Memorial Day is a time designated to remember those who gave their lives in service to our country. It is said that the practice began with southern women who decorated the graves of fallen soldiers following the Civil War, but in fact, the custom was observed in northern states as well and even predated the War. It is a solemn time of reverence, sadness, silent pride, and profound appreciation that ought not be sullied by the flaunting of trips to the beach, picnics, and leisurely pursuits.
It's been a long time since we've heard the press use the term "gravitas"; that virtuous quality of solemnity in demeanor heralded to be so important in presidential candidates. The quality was lauded by the press when it broke out in a cacophony of the term as it made the argument that then Republican Presidential Candidate George W. Bush was lacking in it. Bush may have lacked gravitas, but never did he, nor would he ever, be as trite and offensive as Harris was here. One wonders in what secret drawer our press hid its Gravitas Memo when it failed to retrieve it this weekend.
Harris's cold relegation of this most solemn weekend to a mere "long weekend" is an insult to all Americans, but especially to the loved ones of those who have died in recent wars and operations in support of what ought to be a grateful nation. That she would do this as the designated vice president of the United States is revolting.
Her followers would tell you that she tried to fix it, but even in this regard she failed miserably. On Saturday, Harries released a second tweet that appeared to be aimed at fixing the offensiveness of the first. In it, Harris wrote, "Throughout our history men and women have risked everything to defend our freedoms and our country. As we prepare to honor them on Memorial Day, we remember their service and their sacrifice."
Except that's not what we do on Memorial Day. Memorial Day is not a day where we remember those who "have risked everything to defend our freedoms and our country." That's true for every living member of our armed forces and of every veteran. On Memorial Day, we remember those who actually gave everything, specifically their lives, in defense of our country. The difference is as stark as the Vice President Designate's tweets are buffoonish.
Finally, on Monday, Harris released a tweet properly observing the nation's holiday. It read, "We honor those members of our military who sacrificed their lives in order to defend our freedoms." But, in an occult acknowledgment of her prior missteps and the heat she received for her ignorance and insensitivity, she microaggressively added, "We owe these heroes–and their loved ones–everything. Not just on Memorial Day. Every Day."
Her words rang argumentative and insincere.
They say that the Vice President is one heartbeat away from being President of the United States. In this case, Harris is but a few brain cells and a twenty-fifth amendment hearing away from assuming the office. As President Designate, she would assume the role of the Commander in Chief of the United States. Her role would be to serve as the moral voice, not only of the nation's military, but also for the whole nation. Her goal ought to be to demonstrate the same dignity and clarity of purpose as did George Washington himself.
Instead, this weekend, Harris demonstrated her complete inability to serve as the nation's leader. She has shown herself, once again, to be revolting, insincere, insensitive, and unappreciative. It will be a dreadful day indeed if she were ever to take charge of the White House.
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Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He served in the Florida House of Representatives. He is the author of numerous books including The Federalist Pages, The Case for Free Market Healthcare, and Coronalessons. He is available for appearances and book signings, and can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com.