PERSONAL REFLECTIONS ON VETERANS DAY 2012
Subsequent to the 2012 Election, I as others, were dejected, angry, and immersed in self-denigration as to, ”Did I do enough personally to make a difference?” The pundits as usual peddled their wares of causation citing the usual Election abnormalities-VOTER FRAUD, DEMOGRAPHICS, TURNOUT, MEDIA COERCION, APATHY, and on and on. Of course these oft used terms and excuses have been consistent over time and applied to practically every Election in our lifetime and are of little consolation, when you’re on the losing side. However, I couldn’t help thinking that somehow, this time around, losing meant something a lot different. Usually, after an Election you pick up your personal pieces of despair, the Donkey’s tail gets longer and the Elephant’s trunk gets shorter, you say hello and exchange small talk with your former politically opposed neighbor, and life goes on again, until the next time. That’s just how it is in America.
CORRECTION FOLKS! That’s how it used to be in America.
As of November 6, 2012, the United States of America will NEVER be the same again. I suppose I could write chapter and verse as to the individual reasons for same, but you wouldn’t have enough time to read it, as I wouldn’t to write it, based on the enormity of transgressions, deceit, and treason the present Administration has facilitated. Even with the total collapse of the Main Stream Media to provide you with unbiased, objective fact finding, journalistic integrity, and a true accounting of what “ FREEDOM OF THE PRESS” is supposed to denote in the First Amendment, you somehow detected how the demise of this Country and its values was being orchestrated or at least fifty-nine million of you did. We could spend the remainder of our days on earth debating the cause and effect, weighing each element with a coefficient of negativity, and then add up the winning score for the ultimate losing factor. Each of us will have our own opinion of the whys and the wherefores, based on our life experiences and outcomes.
I guess what it comes down to is, “WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT AND WHAT ISN’T” All of us will probably come to different conclusions. I would respectfully ask that you bear with mine and I would be delighted to hear from you on yours. Thankfully, Veterans Day 2012 rolled around and kind of broke the post-traumatic spell of the Election results. I sat down and was stunned to realize that some fifty-one years, four months, and seven days ago I had just been herded off a bus at Marine Corps. Recruit Base, Parris Island, S.C. by three of the meanest looking, hell raising. U.S. Marine Corps. Drill Instructors, ALIVE, AND IN THE FLESH. I’m not quite sure whether it was the beginning of the end, or the end of a beginning. All I can tell you is that when you enter the Halls of Montezuma and the Shores of Tripoli, you undergo a change that no one has really been able to explain except that once you have entered, there is never the option of turning back and nothing on God’s green earth can change it.
I won’t bore you with the travails of my Marine Corps. career except that I was Honorably discharged, did not have to stand before a Firing Squad, and I will always be eternally grateful for the opportunity. Having reflected somewhat on the old days in the Corps. on this Veterans Day, my thoughts turned to the dedicated, brave, young men of this country, who everyday fight for the principles and values they hold true and whose lives’ blood oftentimes runs out much too soon in their quest of honor, just as those in the generations before them. For quite some time I had been storing the T.V. film, ‘TAKING CHANCE’ the story of a Marine Corps. Colonel requesting that he be allowed to escort the body of a young Marine PFC., who had died heroically in Iraq, back to his parents and home for final internment. My hesitation to view this will not be a point for this discussion and I will leave it to those of you that did see it. However, the bottom line is this. How many thousands of lives like this young man have been lost, given, and sacrificed in our lifetime for the sake of Freedom. Surely, the causative factors behind the operations requiring these deaths may be socially debated, politically questioned, and be procrastinated about for centuries to come. But you know what? When you’re dead, you’re dead and all that counts, ”PERIOD” is what the individual most affected , thought he or she is dying for. You make your best guess as to what the majority of them thought in their last moment. Now back to the present.
We’ve seen this Election come and go just as we’ve seen the one before it. As previously mentioned, we’ve seen the darker side; subjugation and distortion of pertinent and relevant facts to insulate and protect incumbents, misrepresentation of eligibility and non-recognition of aides such as authentic Voter I.D. to reduce the opportunity and submission of Illegal Votes, incidents of blatant Voter Fraud, etc. But, these pale in comparison to the phenomena, which reared its ugly head in the previous election, but the public was assured that preventative measures would be facilitated to prevent a re-occurrence. Rather an escalation of the problem took place and those who stood to lose the most, their very lives in some cases, to ensure that we have the freedom and unrestricted ability to make our voices heard as United States Citizens. U.S. Military personnel were DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY in thousands of cases to exercise their RIGHT TO VOTE by the very people whom they defend. This is unacceptable, inexcusable, un-American and downright treasonous. If travesties such as this, continue to be allowed, we have indeed lost much more than an Election. WE HAVE LOST OUR COUNTRY. We have allowed a band of Social Progressives to dismantle in four short years, what took two hundred thirty-six years to create.
What is more abhorrent, however, is the lack of outrage on the part of our citizenry regarding this, just one of many events heralding our demise. I listen, but I hear nothing collectively on the part of our Elected Officials to articulate their outrage and defiance to this sacred obligation under our Constitution, not even from the candidates that lost. If nothing else, I would hope this communication would at least light the flame of rebuttal and recoil amongst some of you to stand up and fight for the very people ,who lay their life on the line, and fight for your right to Free Speech and the pursuit of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. If we, as Americans, cannot bring ourselves to do at least that, we are for practical purposes all ready dead as Patriots, and as an American People, who somehow have lost their way and no longer have the Spirit, Conviction, or Love of Country to carry on the Sacred Tradition as our Military Personnel do each and every day. If we cannot do that, what a sorry lot we have become as a Nation. SEMPER FI
I continue to grind my teeth in my sleep over all this (not joking) ... what "leadership" we have is spineless at best... we thought the US as we knew it was forever and dropped our guard and now the cost of that lack of vigilance leaves us with scumbags and idiots stealing us and our military blind... this will all erupt at some point, like a boil that's come to a head... maybe a catastrophe will save us...maybe refreshing our own Liberty Tree is imminent... we can't ingest this much anger forever.
I do agree with you. Where is the US Congress? Why isn't the US Congress doing their job? Why is Obama still in office?
Very well stated and I believe there is a lot of outrage at the corruption from local government up through and to the nation's capitol; in Florida in one county, 141% of eligible voters voted! Outrage is being smothered by those same folks who brought you the current administration and the next, yes the leftist leaning media. Leon Jawarski had it right when he stated that if you wanted to get some one's attention, you get in their pocket, "The Right & The Power." It was true then and is still if not more so true today. One tool we have in common is still the choice of where to spend the remaining dollars you have after being "charged" by the government to just exist, that's if you work. Obtaining the names of CEO s of major corporations sponsoring those media outlets need to be gathered, distributed with instructions to purchase the competitions products and send the appropriate CEO the sales receipt with a note stating why you made your choice with your money. I think it is a start and will grow as the word spreads, and may take years to show major results, but we need to start somewhere and money is the attention getter, think Chick Filet.
I sent the essence of the write by Kevin to the Speaker of the house, politely asking when they were going to fight for this country, to include those serving and those that have served. There is enough known in evidence to dispace the Pied Piper and all of his lemmings. Of course there is another factor that is presently sucking up to the UN, in a give away contest
making us the nest Banana Republic.
Sometimes it's no good to try to turn back the tide... sometimes you have to let it all burn down, and start fresh. We must be ready to use the original recipe when it comes time. it may well be 50 years from now, but if we preserve America's recipe for freedom, as we know it works... someday our kids kids will yearn for liberty and 'old school' freedom and individual responsibility. We have to prepare for that day. It's got to run it's course. Our country has been overrun by takers, and they will never accept reality. The current generation will pass away in greed, ignorance and envy. (not to mention racism and fear) After that another opportunity for liberty and the American way will present itself. It will only come after all this madness has resulted in the total destruction of normalcy. I wish there was another way... With the lame stream media in our way... who can win. That all needs to pass away before we can have any impact. Without it we will need to be working closely in our own communities to teach an prepare the new generations to see (and recognize) TRUTH.
With all due respect, the truth lies somewhere between Kevin McGinty's piece and the response sent in by Nathan Pizzo. We are living in a Country where a large and growing part of the Citizenry have bought in to the idea that they have a "right" to expect the government to supply them with "necessities" which were once thought to be the responsibility of the individual to acquire as a result of his or her own efforts. To suggest otherwise is to be branded, racist, a homophobe or whatever other derogatory term the entitlement minded can bring to bear to discredit the purveyors of such blasphemy. How many AMONG US believe that it is the responsibility of the government to guarantee loans so those who wish to can go to college, for instance? There was a time in this Country when that sort of guarantee was limited to veterans who had served. You remember, the GI Bill. Now illegal aliens are affronted if they aren't afforded such "assistance". The Country has changed. Yes, there are those of us who are willing to fight to take us back to the Constitution, but we are becoming fewer and fewer in number. As I so often say, The game of government is rigged! You cannot win in a rigged game by playing by the rules. To appeal to our representatives, whether in the Judiciary, the Congress or the White House is futile. They are all in on the "rigging". You need proof? An unqualified individual was ONCE AGAIN, without any resistance from Congress or the Judiciary, returned to the oval office. The time for talk is over. Further discussion is fruitless and only allows the game to go forward as rigged. It may be that Nathan Pizzo is correct, but I even have concerns about that as I think the traditional respect for the Constitution and individual responsibility, which was the foundation of our Country, has been so enfeebled that a transmission of those values to posterity is debatable. If we're going to fight, let's get it on. All the talk just perpetuates the misery. Let's do as Nathan suggests. Let's get back to the "original recipe". NOW!
Oh, and by the way, Kevin - respectfully - it's interment, not internment. That's reserved for those of us who are still alive and a threat to the liberal - progressive Marxists running the show at present.
Kevin, I for one can tell you, I understand precisely the problem. This Government, the Judical and all the way down from the State Governments down to the Local counties are grooming Progressives to take over their jobs and those progressives have no respect for God, Country or the rule of Law (the Constitution). In a nut shell, WE THE PEOPLE will have to take to the battlefield of America all the way to Washington DC and round all of them up, Include in this Listing (The BANKERS) and George Soros, cart them off to Leavenworth, Kansas and start the gallows going again, till they are all dead, then we start over by Restoring the original Constitution, the we "Regular Folks", not Politicians, Doctors, Lawyers, etc into Elected positions for all the vacated positions. Then recommend and require those people elected, amend the constitution to add: Balanced Budget Amendment, and Term Limits for all offices and then get rid of Congressional First class Medical/Dental plans and Retirement plans, force them to be in the same plans as the American People for starters. Get rid of Duplicated services, departments and departments that should be reverted to the states. ObamaCare would be dead on arrival, since there is nothing wrong with our Medical Care system in this country, it is the best in the world. shucks, my fingers and brain are getting tired.
Kevin there is something that, unfortunately, has been true ever since this country was founded. Those who give and sacrifice the most are the first (for lack of a better term) to get screwed. The soldiers who fought the revolution were given worthless (to them) land grants rather than the money they were promised. During the depth of the depression the veterans of WWI asked for payment of the bonuses they had been promised. The government's response was to ride them down with cavalry. Just recently a left leaning think tank said that military benefits should be cut back. I don't know for sure but I would be willing to bet that not one member of that think tank ever served in the military. Personally I'd like to take them and put them in a camp all their own in Afghanistan and see how they feel after a few weeks. Every time I see one of the Wounded Warrior ads on TV it makes we want to cry for these vets and at the same time I would like to take some politicians by the scruff of the neck and beat the living daylights out of them. There should be no need for Wounded Warrior Project. That is the government's responsibility. As regards the most recent election, what we witnessed is the demise of the United States of America as we knew it. As I said in another post, the people of our generation have truly been blessed. We lived through the best times that the United States had to offer. From the end of WWII to the election of Bill Clinton were the best years this nation will ever see. Ever since Clinton's election and lying we have been on a down hill slide with no end in sight.