Call to action: Military Fair Pay Act and Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi

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You have to wonder if there are any government employees on food stamps or having to work a second job to make ends meet for their families. I found it quite interesting that President Obama –the Commander-in-Chief Obama – pushes for an executive order for government contract employees to get a $10.10 minimum wage — but said nothing about those who serve in uniform.

Let’s compare: who works longer hours and under far more challenging conditions, civilian government employees and contractors at the EPA or IRA — or a young sergeant on his third combat tour of duty with a wife and two kids?

Thankfully, a piece of legislation is being drafted in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Military Fair Pay Act, which you can read here. I cannot imagine any Representative who would not support it.

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The political games being played with our military are unconscionable — to include now allowing illegal immigrants to serve for citizenship. The decimation of our Armed Forces and the lip service and speeches given with no definitive actions taken to improve their quality of life — not to mention capability and capacity to defeat the enemy — is unforgivable.

How is it that our government can sit back and do nothing while one of our own, Marine SGT Andrew Tahmooressi, sits in a Mexican jail and apparently, according Fox News, has been beaten with a bat so brutally, it dislocated Tahmooressi’s jaw. Mark Podlaski, a friend of the sergeant’s said he spoke on the phone to Tahmooressi who also told him he was stripped naked and chained to a bed. Mexico is supposed to be a U.S. ally. We send them aid.

It is absurd, but not as absurd as a government that allows its troops to be treated that way. Yesterday President Obama spoke at the graduation of future Army leaders at the commencement at West Point. His words are meaningless to Sergeant Tahmooressi. Are any liberal media stations even covering his story?

Bart Santos, a private investigator who has been working with Tahmooressi’s family since his arrest, has been keeping my apprised via email. Santos also told Fox News that the torture was inflicted before Andrew Tahmooressi’s mother went to the media. Santos said the Marine was kept in uncomfortable restraints and beaten regularly by prison guards “like an animal.”

America, we have a United States Marine wrongly detained and beaten in a Mexican jail. We have veterans dying under the hand of the Veterans Administration. We have record numbers of servicemen and women and their families on food stamps. Is this all part of the “fundamental transformation” of America? Is this what you’re willing to accept from the Community-Organizer-in-Chief?

It’s call to action time. Melt down the White House phone lines, call your representatives and ask if they’re cosponsoring the “Military Fair Pay Act” — and if not, then why not? Doing nothing is the same as being complicit.
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