A dear friend of mine spent yesterday at Arlington National Cemetary visiting her Fallen Hero son on his birthday.
Over the last 24 hours, as we all watched American voters re-elect the current President of the United States of America, all I could think about was young men and women - like Jason - who swore an oath to defend and protect ideals bigger than themselves.
As I watched the final gasps of what has been a most acrimonious and seemingly never-ending grab of the highest office in the land, I was struck by the absolute contrast between the actions of our Military men and women, and those whom the msm seemed to delight in shining the spotlight on. Over the last few weeks, the cacophony - the ugliness - of the harsh voices of the 'give me' electorate tore at my heart.
As Jason's mom Mickey prepared for her annual vigil to her Hero son's resting place, I couldn't help but wince as we were treated to a disgusting display of America the ugly. Courtesy of social media, and aided and abetted by the always willing Obama sycophants in the msm, the noise of the "Obamafone queen' and the like, made me want to cry.
Since the MIC first started on his seeming perpetual campaign to change America, the language of elections has radically changed - and not for the better. Who can forget his famous declarations "get in their faces...they bring a knife...you bring a gun" and that tone has not abaited one iota during this most recent march to the polls. The candidate who infamously espoused a 'new civility' encouraged and empowered those 'voters' who blatantly called for candidate Romney's assassination, for VP candidate Ryan's wife to be raped and worse.
Even as Americans I respect and love held on to their faith that patriotism and reason would prevail, and that MIC would be joining the unemployment lines (which are the largest in US history - a testament to the failed policies of the now re-elected failure of a POTUS) the ugly underbelly of the newest generation of voters demanded the fruits of other people's labours be handed to them - just because.
As Americans lined up to vote on the 6th November (some bragging they were voting multiple times!) the Department of Defense announced that PFC Brandon L. Buttry had given his all in Kandahar, AFG.
Did anybody other than his family - and his brothers in arms - even notice that as this young man served American ideals of freedom, back on US soil the voting polls were the site of increasing fraud as the msm rushed to declare the public had re-elected the status quo: a broken America.
To say that almost half of America is still reeling in shock at the early pronouncement that Obama had been crowned - again - as Emperor (errrrrrrr President) would be a gross understatement.
There was a sense among Americans I know and love that enough voters were aware of the dire state of America the broken that they would effect a change in the tenancy of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The Military knew very well of the importance of this vote, at this time, and almost five hundred Generals endorsed the Republican candidate.
Various Veteran groups raised the alarm about the dire consequences of another untenable term of the MIC, not just because of the affects on the Military itself, but for the standing of America in the world, and for the security of America within a volatile global situation as radical Islam no longers creeps stealthily, but is loudly kicking down doors. War On Terror News wrote many an informative column clearly detailing what was at stake in this election.
All to no avail, as a majority of voters (legitimate or otherwise) endorsed the policies that have seen the death of small businesses - and more to come and carte blanche - open borders - for murderers intent on the spoils of the once greatest nation on earth; the intended destruction of the mightiest Military in the world, coupled with the abandonment of both the Warriors still dying for failed policies in the sandbox, and Veterans who return to a country almost unrecognisable from when they swore an oath to defend America and her people against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.
Our Veterans may be excused for wondering if they have been transported to a different planet.
War On Terror News:
My American Flag is limp tonight
Blame the weather. Blame "global warming." Blame hurricane "Sandy." Perhaps, Washington DC has run out of hot air for a moment. Perhaps, they're just taking a breath to spew some more. But tonight, and for the last 24 hours, my flag has been limp. It was flyng high when I voted. It was flying high when the MSM reported that 59% of Tennesseans voted against the incumbent.
I think it fell limp when CBS called Ohio for Obama. I could dissect how that could have been fraud, or could have been attained, but more than Ohio would have had to gone against him to vote him out of office. They called it way too early, and hours later they were reporting it was within 10,000 votes of going the other way. Like a great number of those that pushed the button against the incumbent, I am not a supporter of the opponent. It's not that I dislike Romney, but that he rarely gave me a reason to actually support him.
And therein lies the problem: Romney did very little to convince Troops and Veterans that he was the better choice. Like many, I can tell you ten to a hundred reasons to oppose the guy re-elected, but I can point to less than a dozen times that his opponent said he'd reverse those policies. Perhaps, had he campaigned on the issues important to those that do or have fought for Freedom, instead of taking for granted they would vote for him, the results would have been different. Reports indicate the military vote was below normal, and that even that, was undercounted. Some have claimed that enough military votes went uncounted to change the election results. I don't have the energy to even look into the claims.
The fact is that if Americans understood and believed in the Constitution, if they paid attention to what politicians are actually doing, instead of Hollywood gossip, we would never have arrived at this point. The fact is that the largest area of America voted against this, and the Founders did not intend for any small portion of America to control the rest. And a look at how Congressional Districts voted demonstrates that a few pockets of mostly urban areas are overruling the will of Americans....
Read the rest here.
WOTN's assessment was echoed around the Military/Veteran community, and as always, when they speak, it is incumbent on all of us to pay attention. To do otherwise is to our detriment (something 'the smartest man in the room' either hasn't learned - yet - or arrogantly chooses to ignore.)
From This Ain't Hell:
November 7th, 2012
To say that I’m disappointed in the results of the election is probably a bit of an understatement. What is most disappointing is to see my “friends” on Facebook who are veterans celebrating a second term of the President. I can’t figure out what they’re celebrating about. Retirees in five western states are being forced out of Tricare Prime and into Tricare Standard which means that, unless they live near a military treatment facility, their healthcare are going to skyrocket. What’s to celebrate?...
You know there's more, here.
BlackFive writers give their usual analysis, based on their own Military service..From Deebow:
I don't think I am overstating the obvious by saying that bad times are coming for America, and you can find the beginnings of it here and here and I am struggling to understand the lesson here. Is it Humility? Teamwork? Understanding? DIversity? I need some help here God, because I am missing what you are trying to tell me. Worse yet, I don't know how I am going to explain all this to my son 10 years from now, when he asks me why we aren't free like we used to be. If we are not the light of freedom and a beacon of hope for he rest of the world who wish to live their lives in freedom, then where will the world look?
During this President's 2nd Term (the 3rd term of Jimmah); I predict the following:
The 1st and 2nd Amendment will be under attack like never before. Small Businesses will wither and die, or never be started because of onerous regulations and taxes. Unemployment will hold steady between 8 and 10 percent, and around the world tyranny will be on the march, because this spineless ass-clown has neither the testicular fortitude, nor the ability to summon the will to stop it.
Whole energy industries will be bankrupted. Energy prices will skyrocket. Inflation is going to crash our currency.
Our allies will not trust us, Israel will stand alone, and possibly have to use a nuclear bomb against Iran in order to survive. China and Russia will be on the march in their spheres of influence. The Chinese could make a move on Taiwan, knowing that as the holder of our debt, we would be powerless to stop them, lest they crash our economy. ...
Read the rest here
Some civilians are commenting too. Ben Stein:
[...] this seems like a terrible fate. But our party has faced far worse. We were pronounced dead after JFK stole the 1960 election in the cellars of the Chicago City Hall. We were in the morgue after the Goldwater defeat. We were dead and buried after Watergate and the 1974 Congressional elections, when the GOP was just a nub in Congress. We always come back because our principles are better suited to human dignity and human happiness than the other side's. We will come back stronger than ever this time, too. We are not afraid and we shall overcome. Our best days as a party and a movement lie ahead. We will rest, regroup, and fight for our beliefs, and next time, it will be different and better. Truth crushed to earth will rise again, as the saying goes -- as the truth goes. ...
Read the rest here.
Yankeemom is one of my favourite patriotic Military Moms, and her writing always cuts right to the core of any issue. She says (in part):
And she ends with this:
Author: yankeemom // Category: freedom
Daniel Greenfield, one of my most favorite writers, has a post up that is a MUST READ for every Voter who believes in what this country stands for and wants to make sure we don’t lose her.
Finally, someone on the pro-America side of the political spectrum gets it.
A few highlights:
Every time people ask me why the left has such a grip on this country, my answer is because they worked for it. It’s the answer that most people don’t want to hear, but it’s true. The left has been planning this for a while. They have been playing the long game, building the infrastructure and indoctrinating generations. And to beat them, we will have to do the same thing.
Liberty is precious and not many on this planet are blessed to live in it. We may just lose it and sooner than you care to imagine.
As Daniel Greenfield says at the beginning of his piece:
The lights have gone out in America now. They may come back. They may not. It’s up to us. No one is going to come help us do it. Other countries have America. We have ourselves.
Go read the rest of this here.
As I began this piece, I shared that I was thinking about my Gold Star Mom Mickey, and her Fallen Hero Jason. Jason, and Keith and Mario (who ran into the madness on 9/11), and Brian, who gave his life saving lives, and Mike, and Sean, and Patrick, and Don, and yes, Chris and ...and...oh so many more patriotic Americans gave their lives in service to an ideal of America that may appear broken right now, are also - and always engraved on my heart. They ARE America, and no matter what politician comes and goes, these Americans and their families ARE the enduring fabric of this country that I love.
As I write this, I KNOW that the American ideal is alive and well in communities across the land. I have total faith that no matter the most concerted efforts of the deluded 'gimme' bunch, patriotic Americans in every city, town, village, are serving their fellow American, a cause greater than themselves - because that is the right thing to do, and it IS the American way.
This may be the time that tries mens souls, but I agree with Patrick Henry who said:
"The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." --Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Convention, 1775
I may be only one person, but I stand with America who I KNOW will rise again - as brightly, as strong as ever. I believe in America.
God Bless America, the land that I love....