WASHINGTON — The White House fought on Tuesday to contain the growing political furor over allegations of misconduct at the nation’s veterans hospitals as Republicans, eager to use the issue in the midterm elections, seized on the reports as new evidence that President Obama is unable to govern effectively.
This issue transcends politicss, and strikes to very heart of Americans treatment of her veterans, and it is as old as the Revolutionary War.
In an 1830 memoir titled A Narrative of Some of the Adventures Dangers and Sufferings of a Revolutionary Soldier, Martin demanded to know why Congress and the people failed to deliver. Why were he and his fellow soldiers �turned adrift like old worn-out horses�? How was it that impoverished soldiers had to sell their land claims to �a pack of speculators who were driving about the country like so many evil spirits, endeavoring to pluck the last feather from the soldiers�? Why, having spent his youth �suffering everything short of death in his country�s cause,� did poverty still haunt him all his life? And why, when the United States government finally provided a soldiers� pension in 1818, thirty-five years after the war, did Martin and his fellow veterans still face scorn from the �hardhearted wretches� who were �vile enough to say that [the soldiers] never deserved such favor from the country?�
“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” ~Thomas Jefferson.