Meet John Boehner

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    With apologies to Mr. Downs ;)

    Seems like the least they could do for this American hero is give him a ceremony in the rotunda. He did so much for this country, would it really be that hard to honor him?
     
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    When are we going to learn that it's a bad idea to vote for people whose names are also nicknames for sex organs?
     
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    Anthony Weiner is a good guy ;)
     
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    Weiners are good, Boners and Dicks are bad. :)
     
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    Did this guy do anything special besides live the longest?
     
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    Nope. His death marks an end of an era, yes, but honoring him over the second to last WW1 vet to die or any of the others seems a bit much.
     
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    While I love your thread title, I don't think we have an issue here.
     
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    I disagree. WWI was a defining event in American history. A war when 20th century technology ran up against Napoleon era war tactics and millions of young men were sent to slaughter. It was also the end of "Empire" as westerners knew it.

    The US came of Age during WWI and Wilson's obsession with The League of Nations is partly what caused WWII.

    WWI is in many ways the forgotten war. Honoring Buckles in the Capitol is the least we can do.
     
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    None of that has anything to do with Buckles individual contribution to this country which didn't amount to anything more than any of the other soldiers that served.
     
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    The war effort, such as it was, was the sum total of all that was contributed to it. How can a general's work be valued without the foot soldiers who implement the plan, the fighter pilot without the mechanic who keeps his plane flying, the hospital without the ambulance driver?
     
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    For what it's worth, Buckles was not just a WWI veteran - he also spent three years as a civilian prisoner of the Japanese in the Philippines during WWII, and proved a model prisoner despite suffering a great deal.

    In some ways his fame is accidental simply due to his longevity since his service record in WWI was more solid than exceptional, but he demonstrated both courage and humility in the way he lived his life and reacted to his celebrity. While I personally think honoring him in the Capitol would be appropriate, I don't see this as an extremely controversial decision.

    The last "survivors" of any historic event usually acquire additional fame because it highlights the impending a loss of direct, living connection with past events. Buckles "was there". It's fascinating to think that he saw and participated in things we can now only experience through books, recorded interviews and grainy film.
     
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    Agreed.

    Best to keep him away from the Washington hype.

    Arlington is just fine, for paying our respects.
     

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