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Remembering Shorty

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I never had the privilege of meeting him.  We’re not even within 1000 miles of one another and  a good chance we have never been.  But tonight, this post goes out to Mr. Delbert “Shorty” Belton, an 88 year old, WWII combat veteran, who was wounded in action during the Battle of Okinawa.

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There aren’t many of our WWII vets left – men who were there to tell the tales that most of us will only read about in history books.  They are a treasure within this nation.  Men of valor and courage who stepped up when their country called them to service.

Shorty, though, died this morning, after succumbing to his injuries as a result of a merciless attack by two punk kids.  According to Spokane police, Mr. Belton was beaten down by two African-American kids, ages somewhere between 16 and 19.

Shorty, according to his friend Ted Denison, was the kind of guy who would be your friend in minutes.  A nice guy who loved working on cars and shooting pool.  He survived being shot in the leg during the war.  He worked for 30 years in an aluminum plant.

And two piece-of-crap punks beat him down.  There was no reason for it.  They just killed him.

Why?  What did Shorty do to deserve this?  He deserved to be honored as a war hero, just like all of our other soldiers. He deserved to enjoy the fruits of his labor in the country he bled for. And he deserved to leave this world in peace, honorably, and with the love of a grateful nation. He didn’t deserve what happened to him.

And you know, Obama will say nothing.  Sharpton will say nothing. Jackson will say nothing.  They have been yammering on and on about hate crimes and yet, they will quietly let this one pass.

I won’t.

My blog may not have a lot of readers, or get a lot of attention in the mainstream; it never was intended to be much more than my way of venting about the nonsense of the world.  But The Rabid Conservative won’t just let this one go.

This was clearly a hate crime, and it’s time for those who were angry about the Trayvon Martin incident to step up and show that they aren’t hypocrites.  If we’re going to make a big stink about racial hate, then I think it’s time that we start being consistent.

Before we lose more heroes like Shorty.

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Written by The Rabid Conservative

August 22, 2013 at 9:17 pm

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