Thanks to a round-a-bout linking process, we find this from 123 Idaho on the latest from our angry gnome in D.C.
Sooo…. Jim Risch wants to insert himself into the midst of an issue that in no way involves him. The individual at the heart of the issue is or was not a constituent, never was. The setting in which ‘the incident’ occurred was not even in Idaho.
What pressing issue is so critical that Jim Risch needs to insert himself? It seems one of the women in the military who, unfortunately, was among the murdered November 5th, Ft. Hood, Texas, was pregnant. That young woman’s pregnancy will now become yet another rallying cry for the idiots who claim their overriding interest in “the life of an unborn child.” The young woman was PFC Francheska Velez – a umarried 21 year-old who was 9 weeks pregnant (IOW, just over two months).
According to 123 Idaho’s post, along with this press release from Risch’s senatorial website, his reasoning behind his decision apparently lies here.
“As a former prosecuting attorney, I understand the importance of treating all lives, including those of the unborn, with dignity and respect. Prosecuting Major Hasan for taking the life of an unborn child is consistent not only with the demands of the UCMJ, but also consistent with the demands for justice,” Risch concluded.
“The demands for justice?” Really?
One thing jumped instantly to mind after viewing the website of the Idaho State Journal because interestingly there are two stories, one regarding PFC Velez and the other as a ‘Featured Story’ in which another 21 year-old military woman, Spec. Alexis Hutchinson, faces a dilemma. Spec. Hutchinson is an Army cook. She has a 10 month-old son, orders for Afghanistan, and is apparently without concrete options for someone to care for her son while deployed.
For whatever reason the child care plan she had for her infant son fell through; she missed her plane ride to Afghanistan, her son was in the custody of child services in Georgia for a couple of days; and now, Hutchinson is under confinement at Hunter Army Airfield. Her mother currently has her son but cannot care for the baby while his mother is deployed. The situation is being investigated.
Kevin Larson, a spokesman for Hunter Army Airfield, said he didn’t know what Hutchinson was told by her commanders, but he said the Army would not deploy a single parent who had nobody to care for his or her child.
“I don’t know what transpired and the investigation will get to the bottom of it,” Larson said. “If she would have come to the deployment terminal with her child, there’s no question she would not have been deployed.”
Specialist Hutchinson isn’t a constituent. However, I’m certain that she would appreciate any help Mr. Risch could give her because that help would be ever so consistent with “the demands of justice.”
In my estimation, this is all about the perception of justice not the actual doing of something for justice. To wit – nothing is really required of Mr. Risch but mouthing words that will get him strokes from people who are driven by such strokes. Shallow and empty strokes.