Cory Remsburg and the American Spirit

The highlight of the State of the Union (SOTU) address was the story of Cory Remsburg, an Army ranger severely injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. At the end of the speech, the president held him up as a symbol of America's perseverance. To thunderous applause, Cory slowly rose to his feet and gave the crowd a thumbs-up. Not surprisingly, a perpetually divided Congress stood united for nearly two minutes in recognition of Cory's heroic recovery. Nor is it surprising that in the aftermath of the speech that questions have been raised about the appropriateness of the president using Cory's story. For many on the left, that question alone is offensive -- reflecting at best a misunderstanding of Obama's intentions and at worst an automatic hostility to anything he does. But I understand why others might think it was inappropriate. It was a political speech. The president criticized Republicans on multiple occasions and touted his own policies for improving the country. He finished...(Read Full Article)