Donald Trump recently insulted a Gold Star couple who happened to be Muslims, and whose son, unlike Donald Trump or any of his wealthy family, served in the military, and gave his life for his country. Now Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is asking the US Postal Service to re-issue the 1948 Gold Star Mothers stamp.
Blumenthal’s letter to the Postmaster General doesn’t mention Trump’s hateful remarks, which were condemned by Americans of all political persuasions.
The implication, however, is clear- we’re all in this together- and you can’t tear us apart with your hatred.
Donald Trump, of course, would no doubt consider that kind of talk “political correctness”.
Here’s Senator Blumenthal’s letter:
Dear Postmaster General Brennan:
In 1948, the United States Postal Service (USPS) first issued a Gold Star Mothers postage stamp. Observance of Gold Star Mothers Day began more than 10 years earlier, in 1936. I write to urge that the USPS re-issue the stamp recognizing and honoring Gold Star Mothers and Gold Star Families to reaffirm and revive our nation’s longstanding commitment to them.
Gold Star Mothers and Fathers and Families are true national heroes. They deserve our deepest gratitude and respect. Their extraordinary contribution is beyond measure – not merely for their loss, but the comfort they selflessly provide others, and their model of service and sacrifice. In Connecticut, Gold Star Mothers were instrumental in the establishment of the Connecticut Trees of Honor, a living memorial to all who made the ultimate sacrifice during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their strength, courage, resolve, and resilience are remarkable beyond words.
Recognizing that Congress has traditionally approved the issuance of specific stamps, I intend to offer legislation when Congress reconvenes to honor all Gold Star Family members. But in the meantime, the USPS should immediately honor Gold Star Families by reissuing the Gold Star Mothers stamp with a Forever stamp designation.
United States Senate