Category: Patriotism

WE CAN ALL SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!

What can an individual do to support our troops?

1200px-25th_Infantry_Division_CSIB.svgWhatever we can do to support our troops, we should!  I was messaging with my nephew who is with the 4/25th and currently stationed in Afghanistan. He is attached to my old unit … the 1/501st Parachute Regiment.  The 1/501st was airborne during WW II. However, when I was serving post-Vietnam, it had transitioned to the 1/501st Air Assault Regiment (Geronimo).  I guess they have now switched back to airborne. Things change.

My daughter periodically puts together packages and sends them to his unit when it is overseas. She has made quite an art of it, including weird things … however, things that they really need such as flea collars. I guess for sand fleas? I got to thinking about what I can send.

Soldiers often love to read!

support our troopsI did. I read all of Louis L’ Amour’s books at least twice when I was serving in the Army! I also read many other books by many authors. My nephew was telling me that his Dad had sent him a copy of my book and how much he really enjoyed reading it.  He also said that all the members of his platoon were waiting their turn to read it.  Maybe even some soldiers from the 1/501st wouldn’t mind reading it!  Then it hit me.  I can send them several copies of my book. So, that is what I am doing. I am putting together a shipment of my books to send over to his unit in Afghanistan. It is a small part I can play to support our troops and I think they really will enjoy it!

What can you do to support our troops!

I am sure you can think of something you can do … even if it is just thanking them for their service when they get home!

A Poem on PTSD by U.S. Marine, Frank Lazzaro

PTSD and the Vietnam War!

A former Marine I recently met, Frank Lazzaro, who’d served in the Vietnam war. shared this poem he’d written on PTSD some time ago. He told me I could share it if I wished to. I did think it was pretty good and definitely worth sharing, so I decided to post it here. I hope you enjoy it.

 

PTSD

Shadow

 

What is it I see in the recesses of my mind?

A form, eerie and frightful,

From which there is no escape.

A shadow that follows me

From age to age

Haunting me, beckoning me,

Seducing me with its dream-like call.

Never ceasing, always present,

Chilling me to my very core.

 

Twilight to dawn this shadow waits,

Eager to pounce once more,

To render me scared and helpless. 

I resist to tears but to no avail

For this shadow is fearsome and relentless.

It has no face that I can see,

No form of hate.

A vapor not human, yet all too real

Ever there … haunting, haunting.

 

In the night it touches me,

Rousing me from sleep.

Sweat, like a mist, covers me.

Tears flow with soundless screams not heard

Like the dead that surrounds me.

I jump to met my adversary

But it’s only a shadow.

 

A memory of long ago

When youth was changed,

And time stood still.

Of death and loss so vivid.

Of war so fearfully fought so far away.

Now only a shadow that haunts me

In the recesses of my mind.

 

~ Frank Lazzaro

 

 

Remembering Today: 9/11 and Hurricane Irma

Remembering Today

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma & 9/11My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the path of Hurricane Irma. I have relatives in both Orlando and Tampa, Florida … and so far, they seem to be okay. I must say I have never seen such an outpouring of support and help being offered to victims of this Hurricane like what is being offered via Facebook. It is amazing to me.

I also think the communication between Federal, State and Local governments helped lessen the catrostophic impact of this hurricane. While certainly still bad, the planning pre-positioning of equipment and supplies was amazing to see and well thought out. President Trump, his administration, FEMA, Governors, State Police, Local Law Enforcement and First Responders, the U.S. Military and volunteers … all showing why America is such a great country. You are all owed an immense debt of gratitude!

 

September 11, 2001

Hurricane Irma & 9/11

September 11, 2001 … a day we, in America, must never forget. I remember hearing a description of the first jet hitting the twin towers on the way to work at the University of Tennessee that morning. I thought, at the time, it had to be a hoax. When I got to campus however, crowds were standing around TV screens in the University Center watching events unfold. I learned it was not a hoax. And, I watched the second plane hit the tower. There are not words to express the way I felt at that moment in time.

 

We must never forget and we must remain forever vigilant. Freedom is never free! I have had ancestors and family members fight in every American conflict since the American Revolution. To squander away what our ancestors purchased for us with their own blood would be unforgivable. Think about that as you rush to deprive another American of their God-given rights … whether it be the right to free speech, or to protect themselves from danger, to worship in the way they choose, or to pursue life in a land of equal opportunity.

Can We Have an Honest DACA Discussion

Some DACA Honesty … Please?

DACACan we have an intelligent discussion about DACA? The Left now blasting President Trump for his decision to phase out DACA. However, what he did is put the decision back where it RIGHTFULLY, LEGALLY and CONSTITUTIONALLY belongs … in the hands of Congress. Of course, if you hate America, the U.S. Constitution, the Rule of Law, and everything this country stands for, you would be blasting this decision … no matter who made actually made it

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What did President Trump Say?

The President Trump’s administration announced its decision on DACA Tuesday.  They will implement an “orderly wind down” of this Obama-era executive order.  The unilateral order gave a deportation reprieve to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. In addition, President Trump gave Congress 6 months to come up with a legislative solution to the issue. Congress, not the President, writes the laws. They don’t teach that in school anymore? It is almost as if our schools are preparing our kids for a more “authoritarian” form of government.

I often wonder were all the vocal critics and protestors when, under the Democratic controlled legislature, Obama couldn’t get this done through legislation? Remember, Obama is the one who took the unconstitutional path and imposed it unilaterally by executive order … not President Trump.

What About Being A Society built on Laws?

It has become fairly clear that neither the establishment politicians of both parties nor the media care about the rule of law. 25 States sued the previous administration in Federal Courts with Federal Judges ruling that DACA (and DAPA) were unconstitutional executive actions. Did you hear about this in the left-wing mass media? Nope? I sure didn’t. I think I heard it on Fox news though! That must be why the Left hates Fox News so much. Furthermore, it is simply more evidence of the mass  media’s  “enemy of the people” status perhaps?

President Trump is Heartless, Evil, Racist, and Cruel!

I don’t think so. First of all, I think this decision weighed heavily on his mind.  Look at what he said and think about what it really means. What is the message behind President Trumps words?
I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are a nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.

And What of Barack Obama?

Yesterday, Obama went on the attack, saying President Trump’s ending of DACA is “cruel”. Yet, he once said he did not have the authority to do what he later did. Either Obama has a very short memory or his is being very disingenuous in his attack on President Trump. Furthermore, I remember when Obama stated this was not amnesty or immunity. Obama said it was not a path to citizenship. He stated himself this was not a permanent fix … calling it a temporary stopgap measure.

Just maybe, what President Trump is doing … is actually fixing the gap!

FLOTUS, Melanie Trump, Wears Spike Heels to Texas

FLOTUS Wears Spike Heels to View Texas Damage … Left-wing Media in a Tither!

Spike Heels
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for briefing on Harvey relief efforts, Aug. 29, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)

 

Spike heels … are you kidding? Of course you can see from the photograph, she must have somehow found time to change from Spike Heels into sneakers on the flight down from Andrews AFB.  It is obviously hard for the left-wing media to believe that the First Lady would be capable of such a daunting task! I mean, change her shoes? What was she thinking. Left-wing pundits are obsessed with the state of her shoes while the rest of America worries about the rescue efforts and what will be needed to rebuild!

It is just another piece of evidence as to how political the media has become and how it has, in fact, become an enemy of the American People. As I have posted in the past, a Free Press is certainly a vital part of a free and democratic society. The lest-wing media simply continues to prove time and time again that it is not a Free Press. It is the propaganda wing of the Democratic Left-wingers and Progressives.

Mean While … In the Real World!

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had high praise for President Donald Trump and the federal government for its response to Hurricane Harvey, describing it as  “A-plus.” This effort is only just beginning. It will be a long haul because this storm and its rain will continue to weak havoc for several days.

Abbot want on to say

I’ve got to tell you, I give FEMA a grade of A+, all the way from the president down,” Abbott said. “I’ve spoken to the president several times, to his Cabinet members, such as secretary of homeland security, such as the administrator of FEMA, such as Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services.

Of course, you won’t hear any of that on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABS, The Washington Post, The NY Times, or any of the left-wing’s propaganda tool … the one that, at one time, was the American Free Press!

It’s Become Time to Resist the Resist Trump Group

 Resist Left-wing TyranyI just have to ask, what kind of a responsible news organization publishes the transcripts of a Presidential conversation with other heads of state knowing that these transcripts were illegally released? This Trump Derangement Syndrome is really getting out of hand. Maybe it is time to resist the resistance!

There is no logical reason for it. Have you seen the “new” new Democratic platform? They rail against the evils of unrestrained capitalism, but their proposed solutions, with the exception of building the wall, are copied from the Trump playbook … only smaller-minded. How can President Trump be that evil, if they want to do what he is already doing, but on a more limited scale? If capitalism was the devil they portray it to be, they should want to take much more drastic action. Their actions and their rhetoric do not jive. And, they accuse President Trump of being unbalanced?

Despite our differences, we came together whenever the Country was threatened. What changed? We no longer have allegiance to the ideals that made our County great. The Left has worked so hard to ridicule, remove, denigrate, destroy and rebuke what it means to be an American.

Unhinged Resistance

The liberal-left and their media lapdogs have truly lost their minds. They have no concerns about the integrity of our government, the safety of its people, or the welfare of our Country. As long as they “resist” they think they can attack President Trump with impunity. Right or wrong … they will do it … regardless of the Constitutional, Legal, Ethical, or International consequences. It is insane!  And, it is a very real threat to the American people. Let me say that again, another way … the media has indeed become the enemy of the American people. President Trump got it right

We Now Have a Criminal Mass Media

The FBI should arrest the Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Post. Charges of treason may be a bit unreachable, but knowingly releasing classified information to the public is a crime! Even if somebody else leaked it to him. Let him sweat through a few FBI interrogations. Maybe some of this insane, and illegal, leaking of classified information will stop

Democrats totally ignore the many good things the President has already done. I think it is simply because they cannot get over the fact that he won. They somehow cannot forgive him, or themselves, for that. Furthermore, they attack his Presidency at the expense of the American people.  They ignore the fact that the world is about to go up in flames. We have highly volatile situations with Russia, Iran, and North Korea, mostly because of the Marvin Milktoast policies of the former president, Barack Obama.  Yet, they ignore all that so they can play “blame President Trump” and wage unrelenting war on the Trump Presidency. The really scary part is, they do it to the detriment and endangerment of us all.

Resist the Unhinged Resistance

That is what is truly unforgivable! Yes, this Administration has certainly had some issues and some shake-ups. Let us remember it is only his 8th month in office. I can remember a few other Administrations that had some shake-ups and problems as well. This situation in the media is very much like the Pot calling the Kettle black

In conclusion, let me just say that it may be time for President Trump’s supporters to wage a little counter-war. And, no I am not calling for violence in the streets. It is simply time for his supporters to speak up, to protest the protestors, resist the “Resist” group, and try to get a little equal time in the spotlight.

Words Really Are Weapons If You Control The Narrative

If you control the language, you can control the story. Therefore, words are weapons. The radical left has learned this and is using that fact to destroy this country. My brother, Dan Gilbert, penned the below post. I just made a few edits. It sums this idea up very well.

Antifa

Words Are Very Powerful!

Words are very powerful, especially in their impact on the uneducated. The radical left has seized on this concept and it has freed them from accountability and rationality. They have figured out that if they can control words, they can maintain a powerful role in America despite promoting ideas that are clearly against this country’s best interests. They promote ideas that ignore the will of the vast majority of its population and violate our laws.

It is hard to understand how we have let the statist radical left claim the term liberal. But, it is one of the more effective tactics developed in modern political history that they employ to work to legitimize their radical beliefs. They are in no way liberal. The Democratic party is patently not liberal. Every one of their policies is the antithesis of liberalism.

By claiming the term, they position their enemies as not only wrong but evil. While they promote totalitarian and statist policies that degrade the last vestiges of individual liberty in the US, they rant about how their opponents are racists and bigoted.

Promoting racially segregated housing on campus they call opponents racists. While rioting to prevent others from expressing their beliefs through intimidation, they call their opponents violent. Demanding adherence to a single worldview, they call their opponent fascists. They justify assaulting harmless animals, burning buildings and cars by claiming they are defending themselves. Yet, they call themselves liberals and as such are beyond reproach.

Claiming A Title Does Not Make It So!

By claiming the liberal title they can ensure that the DNC lines up behind them. As long as you are liberals, rape, assault, burning buildings, and looting trucks on the highway is okay.

True liberalism prioritizes individual freedom from the government over the desire of the government to control our daily lives. The liberals protected freedom of speech, thought, property rights, and freedom of social practices such as freedom of worship against government intrusion. The academics that dominate the radical left have mastered doublespeak to the point that terms mean what they say they mean in order to promote a statist, totalitarian agenda. The worst examples are the clowns running around in black and face masks claiming to be the “Antifa” (anti-fascist) movement when they themselves are acting very much like fascists. Liberty requires accountability and acceptance of others. It does not explain away criminal behavior or treat people differently based on some artificial identity marker. Liberals developed the rule of law as a concept to fight against the implementation of a different set of laws based on identity or class.

We do not have to accept this. We do not have to be witnesses to the death of the American Dream. Do not allow the radical left to pervert the English language to promote their totalitarian worldview.

We need to reclaim our language and our principles, one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.