Heroes, villains and the wussification of America

I’ll be honest: I have come a long way in life in the past three years – spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically. I believe I am more mild mannered and cool tempered than I used to be by a long shot. However, there are some things that I still believe are worth fighting and being willing to die for – namely freedom and the idea of America. I do believe that if somebody hits you, you hit them back; I believe you hit them as many times as you need to in order to secure your safety. I believe if your family is in danger you must be willing to fight by any means necessary in order to prevent their harm.

Maybe that’s the Marine in me, maybe it’s the guy who was passive to a fault in high school and figured out the hard way that passivity doesn’t equal safety. Whatever it is, that’s who I am.

That being my disclaimer, I will say what I’m going to write is not for the faint of heart or the weak kneed. If you taught your kids to never hit back, this post isn’t going to sit well. If you believe that “talking things out” with people who only know communication through violence and force will work, you are probably going to be steaming mad if you even make it to the end of this post.

Now that I’ve let you know where I’m coming from, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.

War is a nasty thing; no doubt about it. However, throughout time it has existed and, I believe, will always exist until Our Heavenly Father places paradise on earth. With that, there are warriors. Some of those warriors are ones who do their job and are grouped with others who do the same. There are also those warriors that stand out for their exceptional expertise and ability to perform their job. One of those people was Chris Kyle, of whom the blockbuster release “American Sniper” has proved that America still believes in recognizing exceptional individuals.

Those type of men go forth and provide examples of phenomenal abilities; there is a cost, though – their reputations come from decisions made that will forever be under the microscope. Decisions semi-similar to the one President Bush made to place our men and women in the military under harms way. Decisions that are still being made by leaders to send their military in to a fight that will cost some lives and change other lives forever. It’s all a field-day for Monday morning quarterbacks.

However, as a former Marine and Iraq Veteran who was part of 47 convoy missions in Iraq in 2005, I recognize the need for these actions to be taken when the fabric of human dignity and respect is under fire.

That dignity and respect for America was threatened on September 11, 2001. That same dignity and respect for life was threatened by Saddam Hussein when he gassed his own people, when he paid families of “martyrs” (of which I have seen the checks he wrote), and when he refused almost two dozen times to abide by a UN resolution he agreed to 10 years earlier that would allow the world to know he wasn’t fabricating nuclear, biological or chemical weapons.

I also recognize the need to show and use force against a people who behead, burn, cage and torture innocent individuals who are defenseless. People who do this, in the name of religion or otherwise, do not understand diplomacy. They are not interested in reconciliation. And they are not “on the run” anywhere except toward the front gates of bases manned by American Marines.

Because they don’t understand anything but force, I am forever relieved that the country of Jordan has entered the stage in the capacity it has.

After one of their soldiers was burned alive and that burning was placed on the web for the world to see, they have chosen to respond with force. Good. At least somebody is.

You see, when there is a bully on the block, that bully will continue to punk everyone he can until somebody stands up to him, is ready to fight back, and is ready to “hit him back as many times as you need to in order to secure your safety.” Will Jordan do this? I don’t know. But what I do know is they have symbolically done more with the little they have than America has with all her might.

Now, given, it hasn’t been all that long since America was something to be feared. When I left Iraq, America was in a good gun fight. When Bush left Washington, DC, we were winning that fight. So while I believe that we are weak kneed, and are viewed as such around the world in 2015, all is not lost.

But the way to gain that back isn’t by praising Michael Moore and Seth Rogan for badmouthing one of America’s modern-day heroes. It isn’t regained by electing passive leaders who can’t seem to mutter the words “Radical Islam.” It isn’t by creating bully legislation and legislation protecting everybody from everything including their own shadows.

It’s done by being willing, as a nation and as individual citizens, to realize that war is sometimes necessary – and when we get in it, we do so with the resolve to accept nothing short of victory. It’s done by teaching our children there are some things worth fighting for. We do it by not letting those who would have us wear elbow pads and helmets to leave our home continue to wussify our nation through media and Hollywood, public schools and universities.

Man up, America, and quit letting pacifists ruin the honor we give our heroes, and villains continue to run amok without response or repercussion.

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Scalawags, Carpetbaggers, and Uncle Toms – A Brief History

Sitting down with my daughter for her freshman-year homework nightly has been a treat. The most flavorful treat yet has been her history homework. We started by working through the Civil War and the era of Reconstruction.

It was a wonderful refresher in how “reconstructed” our minds have become. Between what we are taught and a reality that exists, there is a great moat that nobody dares to cross because doing so would include the admission that one doesn’t care to protect their own emotional, psychological, and political well being. Those who cross will be called names and derided until they submit.

For as long as I can remember, the racially driven politicians, educators, and voters of this nation have associated the minority vote with Democrats. “The Democrat Party looks out for the little guy; they want to make sure no minority is left behind.”

But the difference between political posturing and historic reality is stark. I want to spend this time looking back on history and what we as Americans have apparently lost sight of. That is the fact that though the iconic Democrat Hillary Clinton can pose as a plantation worker at the podium, she and her party have a dark secret: their party is not, nor has it ever been, the party of Civil Rights.

As I was reviewing the unit on the Civil War and Reconstruction with my daughter, we came across Hirum Revels, a Mississippi Senator during the mid-1850s. From the US Senate website we learn “on February 25, 1870, visitors in the Senate galleries burst into applause as senator-elect Hiram Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, entered the chamber to take his oath of office.” Why the applause? No, no – calm down! It wasn’t because he was merely a Republican. It was because he was the first Black American to serve in Congress. That’s right! This glass ceiling for Black Americans in politics was broken by a Republican. What do Senator Revels, Blanche K. Bruce, and Edward W. Brooke, III, all have in common? Yes they were all US Senators – but also they were the first three Black US Senators and also all three were Republicans. As a matter of fact, the first Black American to serve in the Senate as a Democrat was Carol M. Braun, who took office in 1993. It’s amazing how the “Party of Progress” was only 123 years behind the curve of electing this minority to the two-seat per state Senate.

But then what do we expect?

Let’s take a look at the history of the Democratic Leadership of the past. I like quotes, so let’s start with those:

“I’ll have those N****ers voting Democrat for the next 200 years.” -President Lyndon B. Johnson, Democrat

“I am a former Kleagle [recruiter] of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County . . . The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia. It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state in the union.” -Senator Robert Byrd, Democrat

“I did not lie awake at night worrying about the problems of the negroes.” -US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Democrat

Going beyond quotes alone, let’s not forget President Woodrow Wilson – Democrat. While in office he thought it was a good idea to have a showing of “Birth of a Nation”. This movie was adopted from the book, The Clansman, which – among other racially sickening views, saw the Ku Klux Klan as an organization to be hailed.

A great set of further quotes from Democrats and platform statements of their party can be found consolidated in the Wall Street Journal extra, Whitewash.

Another necessary consideration is the overall Civil Rights Movement in the United States. This includes the 1960s movement, but also political battles that included Jim Crow Laws, the Black Codes, and the abolishment of slavery. Whether it was Thaddeus Stevens being a “Radical Republican” (I suppose old terms never die), the common accusation that Martin Luther King, Jr. sided with Republicans, or George Bush’s appointment of more blacks to high-level positions than any other President, there is no shortage of history to show the true Civil Rights Reformers of History have not been those who posture themselves as if they do, that being the Democrat Party. It has, throughout history, been that of the Republicans who have walked the walk.

The point it this: we have an election coming up in November. We can count on issues such as Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a police officer or other racially-driven issues concocted by the left being a part of the election. That being the case, we need to arm ourselves with the facts that help debunk the myths that so many are taught to accept as common knowledge in society. Learn; understand; share.

PS – Thanks, Sis, for asking me to help with homework.