Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Miami Beach City Manager and Commissioners disrespect the nation's veterans on Veterans Day

Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco's self-serving
Veterans Day placard. 

Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales, and Commissioners Michael Grieco and Ed "Mad Dog" Tobin have never served in the military.

But whenever a holiday day like Memorial Day or Veterans Day rolls around, Morales, Grieco and Tobin - like all politicians - send out press releases and stand in front of TV cameras professing their love of country, and their immense respect for the veterans who - unlike them - have actually put on a uniform and made sacrifices when their country needed them.

But while Grieco, Tobin and Morales avoided military service, you'd think the least they could do would be to show some actual respect for those who did serve, on a day that honors those who fought the nation's wars.

Let's get to City Manager Morales, first.

Here's an email he sent out to city employees earlier today:


Just a short note to wish you and your families a wonderful Veteran's Day. I want to particularly shout out to those City employees that have served in one of the four military branches.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. On this day we also remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom and way of life.

I also want to thank the dozens of employees that participated in today's parade. It was a grand affair, and long time participants tell me it was the biggest crowds ever, punctuated by a flyover by two F-16 fighter jets.

And what beautiful weather!! Special thanks go to Major Causey and Marcia Monserrat for spearheading this great event and kickoff to our Centennial year. Again my best wishes to each and every one of you. God bless Miami Beach and God bless America.


Sent from my iPad

Memo to Jimmy: There are FIVE branches of the military, not four.

Morales, for some reason, left out the Coast Guard.

While the Coast Guard is technically a branch of  the Department of Transportation, under "Title 14 of the United States Code ... 'The Coast Guard as established January 28, 1915, shall be a military service and a branch of the armed forces of the United States at all times.' Upon the declaration of war or when the President directs, the Coast Guard operates under the authority of the Department of the Navy."

Had Morales taken the time to do some research, he would have learned that Coast Guard members have served their nation during World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War, to name four.

Now, let's take a look at how Commissioners Ed Tobin and Michael Grieco chose to honor the nation's veterans at today's parade on Miami Beach.

Remember, these are two guys who like to associate themselves with the brave men and women in the military, but who have never served a day in combat.

Miami Beach Commissioners Michael Grieco, left, and Ed Tobin chose to honor
the nation's veterans while dressed like a couple of schlubs. 

Tobin and Grieco - both dressed like slobs - rode on a city float. I've seen better-dressed drunks at tail-gate parties.

Couldn't you clowns have at least tucked in your shirts? Showing up dressed like that was an act of total disrespect.

Morales, Tobin and Grieco, owe veterans everywhere, an apology.

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