When I was younger, I was always told that you don’t talk about politics or religion. At the time, I never really gave it much thought because I had less than zero interest in either. I had “more important” things to worry about. Yeah, with age comes wisdom.
Over the last decade or so, things have changed dramatically, much to my wife’s dismay. She, like many other people, believes that it’s best to just smile and be agreeable. I can’t do that.
People who don’t know me very well might think that I like to argue or prove how smart I am. I don’t. I’ve tried explaining why this has become so important to me, usually to no avail. On this one topic, I often get frustrated before I get my point across. The secret is that it has absolutely nothing to do with politics. I don’t give a damn about the Democrats or the Republicans. I learned everything I need to know about the legislative process from Schoolhouse Rock, and I’m less interested in the personal lives of politicians than I am in the personal life of Justin Bieber. I simply couldn’t care less.
I am passionate about politics for one reason; a deep unwavering love for the United States of America.
What changed? For me, there wasn’t one single “epiphany” moment where the clouds opened up and the sun poured revelation down upon me. It was a slow process of realization that started during former President, Bill Clinton’s Monica Lewinsky scandal. At the time I was a relatively young Marine, and had heard story after story of the utter disdain Clinton had shown for our armed forces from a fellow Marine who had just returned from a two year term at 8th & I, the Marine Corps unit in Washington, D.C., that supports both ceremonial and security missions in the nation’s Capitol. What I heard was appalling, but I wasn’t sure if I believed it until I watched the investigation into Clinton’s corrupt business dealings, sexual escapades, abuse of power, and perjury unfold. Not only did he show absolutely no respect for the law; he actually felt he was above it. Not long after that, two of our embassies in Africa were attacked by terrorists with truck bombs, killing over 200 people. Clinton’s response? To launch a few cruise missiles at targets in Sudan and Afghanistan and call it a day. Then in 2000, al-Qaeda attacked the USS Cole while docked for fueling, using a small boat loaded with explosives, which killed 17 sailors and injured 39 more in the blast. This time, Clinton just ran the clock out, waiting for President Bush to take office.
Bush wasn’t exactly a dream come true either. His response to the September 11th terrorist attack on the Twin Towers was to launch an attack on the Taliban, an Al-Qaeda supporter located in Afghanistan at the time. I’m fine with that—mostly. Building schools, hospitals, and mosques in Afghanistan? I wouldn’t have done that, but I can see the logic. But he let the war drag on and then sent some of our troops, who were already spread too thin, to attack Iraq because they possessed weapons of mass destruction. I don’t care how you spin it; we’ve seen Saddam Hussein use chemical and nerve agents over and over, and every major intelligence agency (ours and those of other nations) had come to the conclusion that they had developed nuclear weapons as well. Hell, even Clinton agreed.
But was that a reason to drag us into yet another war? Not as far as I’m concerned. If someone attacks us, by all means, let’s go kill them—then come home. We don’t need to build schools, hospitals, and mosques for them, we don’t need to pay them to pretend to be our friends, and we sure as hell don’t need to be the world’s police force. I’m tired of families spending years apart. I’m tired of spending billions upon billions of borrowed money on wars. And most of all, I’m tired of Americans getting torn up and killed.
Eleven years later and what do we have to show for it? A lot of broken families, a mind-numbing bill that our grandchildren will be paying, and far too many body bags. Oh, and the Middle East still hates us.
President Obama promised that when he took office, he would usher in a new era of peace. Unfortunately, like nearly all of his campaign promises, that turned out to be false. He showed tremendous weakness to our enemies, pandering and apologizing to them at every opportunity in hopes that it would turn them around to our way of thinking. It didn’t; it just emboldened them. To make matters worse, he tied the hands of our troops by further tightening the ROEs (Rules of Engagement), after all, we wouldn’t want actually kill the people who were trying to kill us, right? As a result, our troops have suffered more than a 350% increase in causalities since he took office. In fact, over 77% of the total U.S. casualties during the entire war in Afghanistan have occurred during his term. On September 11th, 2012, our embassies in Egypt and Libya were attacked, killing one of our ambassadors and four other Americans. The Obama response was to blame an amateur video that mocked the “prophet” Mohammed, despite all the evidence pointing to the contrary.
It’s not just about war though. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have sold out to the highest bidder time and time again, passing laws that benefit those who line their pockets, but are disadvantageous to the average citizen. Our tax code is over 2,500 pages long, stuffed full of loopholes to benefit campaign donors and friends of legislators. Social Security, a massive Ponzi scheme that would make even Berni Maddof blush, has been plundered so that elected officials could fund their pet projects and ensure their own reelection. Our dollar has been transformed from the most stable, trusted currency in the world, into a valueless fiat currency that’s about to implode, destroying our country in the process. For decades, every President and Congress has increased our national debt, burdening our children, grandchildren and future generations to come with an ever growing obligation. Since our government has taken over the education system, we have spent more per student than any other industrialized nations, while consistently under-performing against the rest of the world, and it gets worse every year. Our 1st amendment rights are routinely trampled on because someone is “offended.” Once upon a time, our 4th amendment rights were respected but now police and various three-letter-agencies tap your phone, monitor your internet traffic, and hack into your email account anytime they want to without a warrant. There is a shocking growth of botched paramilitary raids, both by local and federal police, who routinely raid the wrong house and kill innocent people, never to be held accountable. We’re felt up by a mob of unionized perverts every time we fly, all in the name of “safety,” although everyone knows it doesn’t make us any safer. Our “leaders” borrow trillions of dollars in our name, then hand it out to inefficient and wasteful bureaucrats, companies owned or run by their friends, and campaign donors, and even foreign interests. Don’t even get me started on the NDAA’s assault on due process. The worst thing is that the media isn’t even covering any of this because they are cozying up the the very people responsible for perpetrating these crimes against the American citizens.
Does this sound like the America you know and love? Do you think we can continue down this path for much longer?
Believe me, if I could turn off the news, delete every political website from my web browser, and trade AM radio for Pandora, all with no consequences, I would do it in a heartbeat and no one would be happier than me (except maybe my wife). I would again be able to spend more time with my family, put more energy into advancing my career, and enjoy my hobbies every once in a while.
But I can’t, because there would be consequences, and it’s not just about me. It’s not even just about my family. You see, I am just one man in a long line of patriots who fought to build and protect this country that we’ve been blessed with. I can’t stand to see America, the last beacon of freedom and opportunity, being destroyed like this. I am well aware that as the former President, Ronald Regan once said:
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
In my life, my priorities are: God, country, family, career. Though in all honesty, as a human, I am flawed, so I fail in all regards on a regular basis. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar.
That being said, after God, our highest priority is to do everything in our power to maintain, or better yet, improve, America. That comes before your personal comfort, wealth, convenience, or anything else, because if America falls, you won’t have any of those things anyway. There have been hundreds of thousands of brave men and women before you who have endured great hardship and sacrifice, many even giving up their lives, to build and defend the United States of America, in turn, passing down to the next generation a country that is better off than when they received it.
How selfish must one be to toss that gift aside with such blatant disregard, such callousness, just because you’re afraid you may lose a client, get “unfriended” on Facebook or not be invited to a silly Christmas party?
I’ve spent my share of time in shit holes all around the world and I can promise you there has never been a place in the world like America, nor will there ever be. People are falling over each other trying to become citizens here for a good reason; despite our many flaws, America is still unquestionably the best country in the world.
You want to ignore the direction this country is headed in so you can avoid conflict and focus on your business? Great, but what will you do when it all collapses? When inflation and unemployment sky rocket, and the cost for everything doubles or triples, but no one has the money to buy anything, how will your business fare then? When revenue to the government (taxes) dries up, so they squeeze you harder to make up the difference, will you still prosper? When instead of happy customers, the streets are filled with angry mobs of rioters bent on destroying your business simply because you have more than them, how will you earn a living?
Like some people, you may be telling yourself “that could never happen here.” That’s also what the people in Spain, Greece, Iran, Japan and Russia, to name just a few, told themselves.
Maybe I haven’t painted a clear enough picture yet, so let’s put this into terms everyone can relate to. Let’s say you’re having a party at your house, and a few people start to get drunk and stupid. Before long, it’s escalated to an all out brawl; dishes are being smashed, furniture is being torn apart and your garage is on fire. Do you A.) kick them out, call the police and start to repair the damage, or B.) tell them that their opinions are just as valid as yours, and simply hope they stop, rather than speaking up because you don’t want to offend them?
No shit! But that’s exactly what our elected officials are doing to our country!
So if you’re willing to ruffle some feathers over the destruction of your material belongings, which can easily be replaced, what on earth is stopping you from having an open and honest debate to protect the greatest nation on earth, the very foundation that our lives are built upon?
There are plenty of people today, both domestically and abroad, who want to see America knocked down a few steps. If we refuse to stand up and protect her, she will fall and be picked apart by vultures. If that happens, it’s all over. There’s no where else in the world to run to, and if you believe we, as civilians, will fight and win another “American Revolution,” this time against nations armed with tanks, drones, and nuclear weapons, you need to smash your Red Dawn DVD and step back into reality. People who are unwilling to risk upsetting a friend over mere words certainly are not going to pick up a gun and fight.
I served in the Marine Corps in defense of this country. Many patriots have served alongside of me, or chosen other branches of our armed forces, the intelligence community, law enforcement, political office, and even activism. If you’re not willing to contribute to our country in some way, then you don’t deserve to call yourself an American or enjoy the benefits bestowed upon our citizens.
If you think America isn’t worth fighting for, there are plenty of countries you can call home instead, and you should do that. Sooner rather than later, please. No, you won’t enjoy the freedoms and opportunities you do here, but that’s the price you pay.
Are you going to cross paths with people who disagree with you? Hell yes! If everyone agreed, we wouldn’t have any problems. Look, it’s going to be awkward and even unpleasant sometimes. You’re going to lose some “friends,” probably even some family members, but I’ll tell you something; it’s going to be a hell of a lot better than losing your entire country, because if that happens, nothing else matters. I have some liberal friends. Admittedly, not many, but I will happily debate politics with any of them at any time. I’m not worried about offending them because I care more about America.
Folks, if you value the life you live today, if you enjoy your freedom and appreciate the opportunities you have, this is a fight worth fighting!
Are you wondering what you can do to change things yet? Great! Then we’re on the right track.
People who are still afraid to take action will try to trivialize things, offering excuses like “putting a sign in my yard isn’t going to change anyone’s mind,” or “talking about so-and-so on Facebook isn’t going to make anyone vote for them,” or “calling my Senator isn’t going to change their actions.” That’s true; one sign, Facebook post, or phone call will probably not change anything. What it will do is engage others, allowing you to create dialog, share information, and build a network of like-minded patriots, who when working together damn sure will change something! Just look at the impact a group of motivated patriots had on the 2010 congressional elections, the Wisconsin 2010 Governor’s race, or the Wisconsin 2012 recall election.
Not everyone will be receptive, especially at first. Expect that. In fact, some people will be downright pissed off that you challenged their world view. That’s OK; that’s how our country got started. Our founding fathers didn’t bite their tongues. They battled their way through vicious debates, arguments, and yes, even the occasional bare-knuckled fight, then fought the world’s most powerful military, all to build the greatest nation in the history of mankind.
Surely, you can at least talk to a few people, can’t you?