- The Washington Times - Friday, February 19, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It is unprecedented that a military political group has favored status with an administration because it was founded upon member support for a politician - but that is exactly the case with Blue Star Families (formerly Blue Star Wives).

The organization’s Web site claims the group is “nonpartisan,” but it was clearly partisan from its genesis. It inappropriately pressured military wives to join its cause of supporting Barack Obama in 2008.

“[A] few military wives have stepped out this year to back the Democratic candidate as members of Blue Star Families for Obama,” read a 2008 Virginian-Pilot article about a group of Virginia members. “They host Democratic rallies and organize debate-watching parties and meet-the-candidate gatherings.”

Before the 2008 presidential election, group members complained they could not display their Obama bumper stickers when their husbands went on base. This is untrue. As a military wife, I shop often at Fort Belvoir, and there are many Obama stickers still on cars parked there. These people are trying to cast those of us who did not support President Obama as hostile to them - a view they have built up in their own minds.

If Blue Star Families truly was a nonpartisan organization, I would have no problem with it. As a moderate Democrat, I supported former Sen. Chuck Robb, Virginia Democrat, in his last successful campaign - but I did not use the military network to foster my beliefs.

No one ever said military spouses shouldn’t be involved in politics, but this group is trying to convince all that such a prohibition exists. I’m the best example that it does not.

SUSAN PERCY

Clifton, Va.

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