Speaker Boehner Not Blocking Mr. Buckles’ Laying In State (Politics)

Thursday night I saw a tweet from that didn’t sound quite right to me:

@ @ John Boehner blocks Capitol Rotunda honor for the last WWI veteran @

So, I followed the link and read her blog entry. I then followed the link back to the original CNN article and there, I found these nuggets that had been conveniently ignored.

…on Thursday, [Senator] Rockefeller released a statement expressing disappointment that the legislation had been blocked by House Speaker John Boehner…

What does this say about Senator Rockefeller? After all, he has only introduced some Senate resolutions on the subject; why would he even think Speaker Boehner has anything to do with their (lack of) progress? Or does he think that the Senate Majority Leader is weak and “allowing” the Speaker of the House to interfere with Senate business?

Making separate searches using the search terms “rotunda” and “World War I”, on the Library of Congress’ THOMAS website shows a number of resolutions, in both the House and Senate, calling for the use of the Rotunda for the laying in state of Mr. Buckles’ and all are in Committee.

“…[Speaker] Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Reid decided that Arlington National Cemetery is a more appropriate venue…”

I won’t bother to keep an eye out for Gottalaff calling out Sen. Reid on his “blocking”, too…

“…[Boehner spokesman Michael] Steel added that they have not ruled out some sort of memorial at the Capitol.”

This got me to wonder if the use of the Rotunda for the laying in state of the last surviving veteran of a war in which the United States was involved, upon their passing, had any precedent. I looked on Google, Wikipedia and through the supplied links for the various Wikipedia entries and found:

  • Lemuel Cook, of the Revolutionary War? No.
  • Hiram Cronk, War of 1812? His body displayed in the main lobby of New York City Hall.
  • Henry L. Riggs, Black Hawk War? No.
  • Owen Edgar, Mexican-American War? No.
  • Albert Woolson, American Civil War? No.
  • Frederick Fraske, The Indian Wars? No.
  • Nathan Cook, The Spanish-American War? No.

I did look at some of the other, but disputed, “last surviving veterans” for some of these wars, but none of them appeared to have received the honor of being laid in state at the Rotunda, either.

So… 45 minutes worth of quick research and a tweet and blog that appears to be reporting news is shot out of the water.

I’ve learned a valuable lesson from this:
Do some research before posting a blog entry you intend to present as fact &/or news.


About Dudge OH Politics
Former lefty Welshman now a righty American. Loves: family, freedom, liberty, OH & USA.

3 Responses to Speaker Boehner Not Blocking Mr. Buckles’ Laying In State (Politics)

  1. Excellent sleuthage, there Dudge. I double-check conservative "spin," too, but far more often find this sort of downright deception coming from leftists. Not sure why that is, really, but it's been the way of things.

  2. Dudge OH says:

    Thanks for the response. I actually plan to get more serious with my political blogging and though I consider myself right of center, if I'm not writing my own pieces, I'll be criticizing any pieces I find that make me think, "That doesn't sound right…".

  3. Oooh, good! I'd love to read more of your political stuff.

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