Two Points

1. Billie Harris and his widow represent all that is best about this country.
2. Rep. Mac Thornberry is emblematic of everything contemptible, vile, and disgusting about our Ruling Class. It’s the prayers of people like Mrs. Harris that stand between him and the Pit. I hope someday he realizes that. God bless her forgiveness of him.

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  • Wow, what a story! Poor soul. But at least now she has a little closure.

    I thought the shot taken at Rep. Thornberry was pretty cheap, though. Yes, it should have been handled differently. But let’s face it–50 years worth of congressmen all giving her a non-answer and Rep. Thornberry takes the blame and gets called out on TV for it? Seems like a fairly typical media hatchet job to me.

    • ivan_the_mad

      The congressman is vested with a public trust, which in this instance entails a responsibility to help a widow, his constituent, discover the fate of her husband. He apparently couldn’t be bothered. This is not a hatchet job. This is a failing on the part of the congressman to do his job.

      “But let’s face it–50 years worth of congressmen all giving her a non-answer and Rep. Thornberry takes the blame and gets called out on TV for it?” You mean, let’s face the fact that doing the wrong thing is never justified?

    • Mark Shea

      The congressman stands in a long tradition of blowing off widows while talking big about “supporting the troops”. That he had the gall to issue s classless Facebook apology just seals it. The guy should be sent packing to clean gutters or some other similar job worthy of him

    • kalkhabka

      Thornberry signed a letter to the widow with information that was false. It’s as simple as that! Be he Republican or Democrat, he is elected to represent and serve his constituents. Pretty serious when you add your signature to letters with false information. Life’s tough, he’s busy, it was an honest error…blah, blah, blah. How many excuses do we provide to this Congressman and all others for failure to serve the people?

  • Marthe Lépine

    Strange, it’s the first time that I read something on Mark’s blog that brings tears to my eyes…

  • j. blum

    Cleaning gutters is a worthwhile job that benefits at least some portion of society, it may be that the distinguished gentleman already has the only job of which he may be worthy.

  • I don’t know if you all saw it, but – there’s something so serene and beautiful in her face… In facing the suffering in my life, I’d like to be like her.

  • May God bless Billie D. Harris for his courageous and distinguished service to our country. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May God bless Peggy Harris for her patience, persistence, and fidelity to him–and for her extraordinary willingness to forgive Rep. Thornberry for his inexcusably poor behavior.

    This story affected me for a special reason. Like Billie Harris, my Dad (who also went by Billie when he was young) was a World War II aviator. Unlike Billie Harris, my Dad came home and raised a family, but didn’t tell us much about his wartime service. When my Dad died in 2005 (the same year Mrs. Harris found out what really happened to her husband) I decided I wanted to know more about what my Dad did and have been trying to find out ever since. Just in time for Father’s Day, I’ve begun finding out things that make me even more proud of him than I was already. He wasn’t a war hero, but he’ll always be a hero to me.