Come Again?

Which governor authorized our nation’s flag to be flown half-staff to honor a celebrity?

I thought I heard it was conservative New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, but that doesn’t really jive with the Chris Christie who first caught my attention with this little exchange he had with a local teacher.

 

 

I wouldn’t and didn’t put that outspoken, cut and dried, do it right, Chris Christie with a governor’s executive order to fly the flag of the United States flag at half-staff in honor of celebrity Whitney Houston, but that is what he did.

 

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There it is.  There is The State of New Jersey Executive Order #87 issued by Governor Chris Christie tucked right in between two fallen soldiers who justly deserve the honor of our nation’s flag flying at half-staff.   Whitney Houston was certainly talented and I don’t wish to diminish her contribution to our national culture, but a member of the Armed Forces who dies, in service to our nation, deserves to be exclusively honored for their commitment and sacrifice.

Governor Christie does attempt to defend his position though.

But it was Christie’s response to criticism, in remarks to reporters, that really summed it up best. “I understand that some will disagree,” he said. “Every decision I make, someone disagrees with. I believe that drug addiction is a disease. And I think that she struggled mightily with that disease. And I don’t believe that that diminishes the cultural contributions she made to this state.”

And even Rush Limbaugh tried to defend Gov. Christie’s position.

Rush Limbaugh defended New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to order flags in his state to be flown at half-staff on the day of the late singer Whitney Houston’s funeral, as he briefly dipped his toes in the world of entertainment on his radio show Thursday.

“I have a question. If she did not have in her life a problem with drug abuse and alcohol … we don’t yet know what the cause of death was, but let’s assume that alcohol and drugs had nothing to do with it. Take that out of it. How many of you would be upset that the flag was lowered to half staff?” Limbaugh said.

Well I would Mr. Limbaugh.  I would and I am upset that the U.S. flag was lowered to half-staff as a tribute to Whitney Houston and it has nothing to do with drugs or alcohol.  My feeling is that Gov. Christie violated both the letter and the intent of the law granting governors the right to direct the flying of our nation’s flag.  I also believe that in doing so he diluted the honor reserved for fallen soldiers.

Public Law 110-41 …to authorize the Governor of a State, territory, or possession of the United States to order that the National flag be flown at half-staff in that State, territory, or possession in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces from that State, territory, or possession who dies while serving on active duty.

U.S. Public Law 110-41

If Governor Christie feels, as he said, that she made cultural contributions to the State of New Jersey then he should be reminded that New Jersey has a flag of it’s own that he can raise and lower as his pleasure.    I’d also love to see President Obama honor our military by stepping up and asserting his authority as Chief Executive of the United States.  I won’t be holding my breath because that would be a losing political move for 2012 presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Bottom line is that it is clearly wrong and insulting for a governor to ask that flags be flown at half-staff for a celebrity. I hope Governor Christie genuinely realizes this and makes an immediate apology to those in the armed services and their families.

Oh, and one more thing.  If you have any doubt about the wrongness of conservative Republican Chris Christie in this matter, you only to apply this litmus test.  Local far-left progressive talk show host Joe Teehan agrees with Governor Christie.  How’s that for bassackwards.