I wrote about “two different Americas” earlier today — those who live in fear versus those who prize freedom.
We saw another example of that today, with a story about mask shaming at the Capitol. But it didn’t end well.
The co-Congressional Bureau Chief of Politico, Heather Caygle spotted a group of folks who were being shown around the Capitol by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA).
What did she see? She saw unmasked people. She saw them as a threat. She saw that tours were not allowed. She saw people with a Republican member of Congress. She became a tattletale Karen about how horrible that all was.
Masks requirement in the House
Tours not allowed
Yet here we are — group of 9, only 2 in masks pic.twitter.com/zsdwCoFPSG
— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) September 30, 2021
What she didn’t see, or apparently even care about, was who they were and why they were there.
It was the family of Sgt. Nicole Gee, one of the the 13 U.S. service members killed in the Kabul terrorist suicide attack at the airport during the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and they were there for her funeral. She was laid to rest Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery. If there’s anyone who deserves time — unassailed — in the Capitol if they want it, it’s this Gold Star family who lost this wonderful 23-year-old woman, who gave her life for this country.
Gee, who was with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, posted a picture on Instagram a week before she was killed, cradling a frightened baby — one of the many people that she helped while she was in Kabul. “I love my job,” the post said.
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) August 28, 2021
“In Afghanistan Sgt. Gee would work multiple shifts a day just to be around the children and families being evacuated,” Sgt. Landon Workman, of Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, later recalled. “She was the most loving and caring individual I’ve ever met. She was the ‘mom’ of any group she was a part of and had a knack for brightening anyone’s day.”
Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Duncan McClain gave a stirring speech in remembrance of Sgt. Nicole Gee to her fellow Marines, telling them that they had not failed her – that she died doing what she loved. But “God needed an angel,” he said.
Warning for graphic language:
“Not many answer the call. You did with pride and professionalism. You helped people for no other reason than that they are human. That’s what we do. We lost some people. It’s not your fault. God needed an angel for his war, and he took the best goddamn one”
rest easy, Sgt Gee pic.twitter.com/OdlOGoVAix
— Pete Lucier (@PeterLucier) September 21, 2021
Not many would answer that call, he said. But he told the Marines that they did it with pride and professionalism, and it wasn’t their fault that they lost one. “God needed an angel, for his war, and he took the best goddamn one,” McClain said.
That’s whose family Heather Caygle didn’t see. That’s who we all should see. Because we “lost one.” Indeed, we lost 12 other fine young people who gave their lives as well, and we should never forget that. That’s what we should focused on and honoring.
When Caygle was told who the group was, that didn’t stop her from continuing to play the mask police. “How does that exempt them from wearing a mask?” she said. Now I’m just going to bet that if I took a wild look through her timeline, that I’m not going to find any pictures of her tattling on Joe Biden breaking the mask mandate on federal property shortly after he signed an executive order about it, or any of the numerous times House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also broke the mask mandate.
We really do have two Americas — people who would try to mask shame a Gold Star family and not be embarrassed when they’re called on it. And those who would give their lives to protect the freedoms of this country, like Nicole Gee.