As a retired Army veteran I want to extend solemn camaraderie to the fallen Marines and soldiers of America in this time that precious life has been loss in defending Afghanistan’s people from tyranny and oppression. No amount of memories will replace the countless hugs, kisses and joy of being in the presence of these service members to their families. The possibilities of looking into their eyes and hearing them speak or hoping for their futures are all gone now. No expression of understanding of what these brave service members meant to their families could be possible using words. The sacrifice is everything. Those who have never served could never understand that the words of Duty, Honor, and Country aren’t just vocalized upon command. Read further. This is what it means in scripture.
Proverbs Chapter 7 vs 1-3: “My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.” Republican politicians are loathsome creatures. Who would even attempt to use the death of brave service members whose deaths aren’t even known to their loved ones yet to try to spew despicable critiques of the Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces? Who does that? This is why I wanted to wait until the mission was over in Afghanistan to verbalize my thoughts. Afghanistan is a ‘WAR ZONE’! The men and women who wear the uniform understand this and place it on their hearts. Whisking people to safety unfortunately means getting face to face with them. That cowardly act of that terrorist won’t stop one service member from the performance of their duties.
My second tour in Afghanistan as a 92F required me to transfer fuel from third country national tankers into the above ground tanks on my FOB. Don’t you think I knew that if an explosive device eluded detection my life would be ended? Yes I did. Nevertheless I got up on top of every tanker that came into my fuel point and unloaded every last one of them. I vote Democratic and I was there under a Democratic President. I would feel great shame if my parents blamed whatever President of either party for my death. That is akin to what we say down south of spitting in somebody’s face!
What? Is the President ending a war in Chicago? I doubt that there would be attempts by mischievous persons to strap a bomb to their ass and kill themselves along with countless others. Absolutely not! The President is ending America’s involvement in a war in Afghanistan! The President is not airlifting people out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s airlifting them out of Afghanistan! Yeah, the President knows that with war there are casualties. Let no politician of either party belittle what is inevitable about war. This isn’t a matter to be reduced to political blasphemy!
All Republican politicians in office today are unworthy to have their names uttered in the same sentences as duty, honor and country. These are the people who morph into whatever a mob is feeling in the moment whether it is hatred of the other to excusing immoral and dishonorable behavior from their leaders in power. Citizens, do you really think a Republican politician with an empty heart has limits to what he or she would do to achieve, hold, and wield that power? Every one of you who votes to give these people power again deserve the cold splash of truth coming soon after you give it to them. How does the saying go? “An empty heart will receive your wishes, but its’ many valves will soon flush it out any available chamber.”
Can’t flush Duty, Honor and Country from a person wearing the uniform in service to America. Why not you ask? Because Duty, Honor and Country can’t be flushed when it is written on the heart of a warrior. That’s why!