Let me start by saying I mean no disrespect to the dead. Regardless of how they die, I really try to never speak ill or disrespect anyone who has died out of concern for their family.
All sorts of people die on the job, whether it is police officers, bus drivers, crab fisherman or miners. I feel for the families of the West Virginia mining disaster, I really do. But I feel more for the families of the US troops who have died in combat and continue to every week.
In fact there have been 118 US troops killed since Jan 1st, 2010 and how many times have you seen the President order the flags of the nation flown at half-staff? How many, 118? Nope, maybe 80? NOPE. What about ten times? No WAY. How about ZERO times. In fact the last time he has done this was on November 6th, 2009 for the victims of the Ft. Hood massacre. Victims that were military or civilians supporting the military.
So 118 troops have died since Jan 1st, and not once has he ordered a flag lowered. Now granted in the announcement below he only ordered the flags in the state of West Virginia lowered. So he could issue a proclamation or order that whenever a service member dies the flags in their state should be lowered for some set amount of time. I mean ideally all the flags would be lowered in the country as I think this would remind everyone every time they saw a flag that another warrior gave their life for the freedoms we all enjoy in this country.
So I have issue with the President issuing this order. It was a terrible thing that happened to those miners, but they were well aware of the risks. They knew what they were getting into. Troops are aware of the risks also, as they fight for all of us and our freedoms, and all Troops know what could happen to them in combat. What is good for one, is good for all. As the Commander in Chief I would expect him to show a little more respect to our military which he is charged in leading.
The White HouseOffice of the Press SecretaryPresidential Proclamation — Honoring the Victims of the West Virginia Mine DisasterA PROCLAMATIONAs a mark of respect for the memory of those who perished in the mine explosion in Montcoal, West Virginia, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at all public buildings and grounds and at all military facilities and naval stations of the Federal Government in the State of West Virginia until sunset on April 18, 2010.IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.BARACK OBAMA