100-year-old Navy vet chastizes anti-cop protestors

One-hundred-year-old Dario Raschio was attending a townhall meeting in Portland, Oregon sponsored by Senator Ron Wyden as an honored guest.  He was to receive some medals for his Navy service during World War II.

But anti-police protestors had other ideas.  Before Senator Wyden could make the presentation, about a hundred screaming demonstrators burst into the room and began chanting, "I can't breathe" and "Hands up, don't shoot."  Wyden got the protestors to quiet down long enough to make the presentation.

Oregonian:

The medal presentation was to be the first event at a Wyden town hall, one of several the senator, D-Oregon, is holding around the state this week. After 15 minutes of shouting, Wyden persuaded the group to stop and let him proceed with the medal presentation.

Raschio's smile returned as Wyden presented him with a frame filled with medals. He was awarded the U.S. Naval Aviator Badge, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the "Ruptured Duck" award and the U.S. Navy Honorable discharge pin.

He was also given a flag flown over the U.S Capitol.

"It is never too later for Oregon and America to remember one of our heroes," Wyden said.

Raschio was shot down over the Pacific, and only the timely arrival of a destroyer prevented the sharks from feasting on him and his passengers.  When he took the microphone to thank the senator, the protestors started up again. That's when Raschio gave them a piece of his mind:

As he grabbed the mic to speak, more shouts came from the back of the room, demanding the military exit from Iraq.

The feisty centenarian quickly responded, "Give me a chance" which brought chuckles from the audience. He further chastised the shouters, saying "Let's show a little respect for this occasion," to which the crowd applauded.

He accepted the medals on behalf of those who died in WWII and ended his short speech by saying, "God bless America. And you people that are here for a cause, whatever it might be—show respect to Sen. Wyden."

Wyden took back the mic, and followed up, "One of the reasons that we can come here today and be heard and express our views is because of veterans like Dario."

But before Raschio could even sit down the unrest resumed. A protester at the front of the room announced that "for 4.5 minutes we are going to take time to pay respect to everybody who has been killed by police in this nation."

With that, the chanting began again. At 3:15, after waiting 45 minutes for the meeting to begin, organizers called it off.

No doubt the protestors believe they scored a "victory" by shutting down the townhall, but in reality, they only showed themselves to be small-minded, loutish, and petty.  Mr. Raschio proved he had far more courage and steadfastness than the protestors could ever dream of possessing. To ruin his special day is about as low as it gets for the left.

One-hundred-year-old Dario Raschio was attending a townhall meeting in Portland, Oregon sponsored by Senator Ron Wyden as an honored guest.  He was to receive some medals for his Navy service during World War II.

But anti-police protestors had other ideas.  Before Senator Wyden could make the presentation, about a hundred screaming demonstrators burst into the room and began chanting, "I can't breathe" and "Hands up, don't shoot."  Wyden got the protestors to quiet down long enough to make the presentation.

Oregonian:

The medal presentation was to be the first event at a Wyden town hall, one of several the senator, D-Oregon, is holding around the state this week. After 15 minutes of shouting, Wyden persuaded the group to stop and let him proceed with the medal presentation.

Raschio's smile returned as Wyden presented him with a frame filled with medals. He was awarded the U.S. Naval Aviator Badge, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the "Ruptured Duck" award and the U.S. Navy Honorable discharge pin.

He was also given a flag flown over the U.S Capitol.

"It is never too later for Oregon and America to remember one of our heroes," Wyden said.

Raschio was shot down over the Pacific, and only the timely arrival of a destroyer prevented the sharks from feasting on him and his passengers.  When he took the microphone to thank the senator, the protestors started up again. That's when Raschio gave them a piece of his mind:

As he grabbed the mic to speak, more shouts came from the back of the room, demanding the military exit from Iraq.

The feisty centenarian quickly responded, "Give me a chance" which brought chuckles from the audience. He further chastised the shouters, saying "Let's show a little respect for this occasion," to which the crowd applauded.

He accepted the medals on behalf of those who died in WWII and ended his short speech by saying, "God bless America. And you people that are here for a cause, whatever it might be—show respect to Sen. Wyden."

Wyden took back the mic, and followed up, "One of the reasons that we can come here today and be heard and express our views is because of veterans like Dario."

But before Raschio could even sit down the unrest resumed. A protester at the front of the room announced that "for 4.5 minutes we are going to take time to pay respect to everybody who has been killed by police in this nation."

With that, the chanting began again. At 3:15, after waiting 45 minutes for the meeting to begin, organizers called it off.

No doubt the protestors believe they scored a "victory" by shutting down the townhall, but in reality, they only showed themselves to be small-minded, loutish, and petty.  Mr. Raschio proved he had far more courage and steadfastness than the protestors could ever dream of possessing. To ruin his special day is about as low as it gets for the left.