Archive for April, 2014

Can America Afford All the Service Academies?

April 28, 2014

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A debate has emerged over whether U.S. military academies are worth the more than $400,000 per graduate that they cost taxpayers. Especially at a time when America’s Combat Capability has been eroded to a pre WWII level. Bruce Fleming, who has been a professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., for 25 years, contends that service academies represent a military Disneyland.

Fleming told a reporter that Navy and other service academies don’t really attract the best and brightest students, and they don’t really produce leaders. The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and Officer Candidate School (OCS) do a better job of that, he said.

Having commanded scores of Academy graduates during my career, I must agree with Professor Fleming. Of the 20 top Officers who served under my command, I would only include one Academy Graduate. If I were to list the 20 worst Officers who served under my command the list would include mostly Academy Graduates.

Of the five Service Academies, West Point is clearly the best but do we really need the five taxpayer supported Academies? West Point, The Coast Guard Academy, The Merchant Marine Academy, The Naval Academy and The Air Force Academy? While Tactical Fighter Wings and Combat Brigades have been disappearing, life goes on impervious at the Academies. There is even taxpayer money for a Pagan Worship Area at The Air Force Academy.

The top Officer in the Military is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Many have been Academy graduates but many great Chiefs have graduated from civilian colleges including North Carolina State University, Bradley University, City College of New York,
University of Maryland and Kansas State University.

General John Vessey served as the tenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs from 1982 to 1985. When he retired at age 63, he was the longest serving active duty member in the Army. He began his 46-year military career in the Minnesota National Guard in 1939 when he was still 16. He was a First Sergeant with the 34th Division when it entered the Anzio beachhead in Italy in May 1944; there he received a battlefield commission as a second lieutenant, serving as a forward observer.

General Vessey also served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He did not graduate from college until he was a Lieutenant Colonel at the age of 41. He had almost 30 years service before he was promoted to Colonel. As a Colonel, he was a student at the Army helicopter school at the age of 48. Nine years after being promoted to Colonel he was a Four Star General. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan appointed him as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was the last four star combat veteran of World War II on active service.

In retirement, he served President Reagan and his successors, Presidents George H. W. Bush and William J. Clinton, as a special emissary to Vietnam on the question of American service personnel missing from the Vietnam War. He was awarded the nation’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1992. Here is a quote from General Vessey: “Our strategy is one of preventing war by making it self-evident to our enemies that they’re going to get their clocks cleaned if they start one.” General Vessey is now 91.

Thanks for indulging me, as a man who worked my way up through the ranks I believe that Officers with Enlisted experience make the best Officers. General Vessey is a leader who prevailed in spite of the system and without a college degree until long after he became a Field Grade Officer.

So do we really need all these Sacred Cow Academies or would our tax dollars be better spent on Combat Forces?

A long investigation into rape at the Naval Academy revealed some ugly truths about its culture. The 11 midshipmen who took the witness stand described a world of binge drinking, casual sex, social-media harassment and lying — you can do that at most any college. But for some academy alumni, it was a disturbing portrait of an institution that imposes strict rules on aspiring young officers whose educations are funded by U.S. taxpayers.

I’m not singling out one Academy, simply search the Internet for “Rape, Cheating, Service Academy” and you will have plenty to read. As for me, I don’t want one more red cent of my tax money going for Pagan Worship Areas or for supporting a culture of cheating and rape. I would not object to a single Joint Service Academy if it was run by an adult who would not tolerate a disorderly, subculture. I appreciate your comments.

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SOCIALIST PARADISE 90 MILES AWAY

April 26, 2014

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Ninety miles from the United States lies the Island Nation of Cuba, a case study in Socialism three hours away by Bass Boat. Those who want to learn more about Socialism might want to visit Cuba, one of the World’s most Socialist nations as it has a mostly state-run economy, universal healthcare, government-paid education at all levels, and a number of social programs. A Yahoo Contributor, Stan Stevens, on Yahoo Voices wrote, “The Teapartiers, Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh, most of the staff at FOX, and Americans who fear Socialism do not really know what Socialism is. Americans who fear Socialism only know it is bad because they have been told it is bad and to fear it by Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh, the GOP and those like them.” Stevens is just one of a crescendo of voices touting the greatness of the Socialist system including many in the pedagogical hierarchy who mold the minds of our children.

In 1924, Gerardo Machado was elected president of Cuba. During his administration, tourism increased markedly, and American-owned hotels and restaurants were built to accommodate the influx of tourists. The Wall Street Crash of 1929 led to precipitous drops in the price of sugar, political unrest, and repression. Protesting students turned to violence in opposition to the increasingly unpopular Machado. A general strike (in which the Communist Party sided with Machado), uprisings among sugar workers, and an army revolt forced Machado into exile in August 1933. He was replaced by Carlos Manuel de Céspedes y Quesada who was quickly overthrown by Sergeant Fulgencio Batista. A five-member executive committee (the Pentarchy of 1933) was chosen to head a provisional government. A year later Batista took over and dominated Cuban politics for the next 25 years, at first through a series of puppet-presidents. The period from 1933 to 1937 was a time of “virtually unremitting social and political warfare”.

A new constitution was adopted in 1940, which engineered radical progressive ideas, including the right to labor unions and health care. Batista was elected president in the same year, holding the post until 1944. His government carried out major social reforms. Several members of the Communist Party held office under his administration.

Batista adhered to the 1940 constitution’s strictures preventing his re-election. Ramon Grau San Martin was the winner of the next election, in 1944. Grau further corroded the base of the already teetering legitimacy of the Cuban political system, in particular by undermining the deeply flawed, though not entirely ineffectual, Congress and Supreme Court. Carlos Prío Socarrás, a protege of Grau, became president in 1948. The two terms of the Auténtico Party saw an influx of investment fueled boom which raised living standards for all segments of society and created a prosperous middle class in most urban areas.

After running unsuccessfully for the presidency in 1952, Batista staged a coup. He outlawed the Cuban Communist Party in 1952. Cuba had Latin America’s highest per capita consumption rates of meat, vegetables, cereals, automobiles, telephones and radios.

In 1958, Cuba was a relatively well-advanced country by Latin American standards, and in some cases by world standards. On the other hand, Cuba was affected by perhaps the largest labor union privileges in Latin America, including bans on dismissals and mechanization. Between 1933 and 1958, Cuba extended economic regulations enormously, causing economic problems. Unemployment became a problem as graduates entering the workforce could not find jobs. The middle class, which was comparable to that of the United States, became increasingly dissatisfied with unemployment and political persecution. The labor unions supported Batista until the very end. Batista stayed in power until he was forced into exile in December 1958.

In late 1958, rebels broke out of the Sierra Maestra and launched a general popular insurrection. After Batista fled from Havana on 1 January 1959 to exile in Portugal. Fidel Castro’s forces entered the capital on 8 January 1959. The liberal Manuel Urrutia Lleó became the provisional president.

From 1959 to 1966 Cuban insurgents fought a six-year rebellion that was eventually crushed by the government’s use of vastly superior numbers. The rebellion lasted longer and involved more soldiers than the Cuban Revolution. It is estimated that political executions range from 4,000 to 33,000.

Castro’s legalization of the Communist party and the public trials and executions of hundreds of Batista’s supporters caused a deterioration in the relationship between the US and Cuba. The promulgation of the Agrarian Reform Law, expropriating farmlands of over 1,000 acres, further worsened relations. In February 1960, Castro signed a commercial agreement with Soviet Vice-Premier Anastas Mikoyan. In March 1960, Eisenhower gave his approval to a CIA plan to arm and train a group of Cuban refugees to overthrow the Castro regime.

The invasion (known as the Bay of Pigs Invasion) took place on April 14, 1961. About 1,400 Cuban exiles disembarked at the Bay of Pigs, but failed in their attempt to overthrow Castro. In January 1962, Cuba was suspended from the Organization of American States (OAS), and later the same year the OAS started to impose sanctions against Cuba of similar nature to the US sanctions. The tense confrontation known as the Cuban Missile Crisis occurred in October, 1962. By 1963, Cuba was moving towards a full-fledged Communist system modeled on the USSR.

During the 1970s, Fidel Castro dispatched tens of thousands of troops in support of Soviet-supported wars in Africa, particularly the MPLA in Angola and Mengistu Haile Mariam in Ethiopia. The standard of living in 1970s grew extremely Spartan and discontent was rife. Fidel Castro admitted the failures of economic policies in a 1970 speech.

In 1975 the OAS lifted its sanctions against Cuba, with the approval of 16 member states, including the U.S. The U.S., however, maintained its own sanctions.
Things got even worse in the aftermath of the Soviet collapse, when Cuba faced a severe economic downturn following the withdrawal of former Soviet subsidies worth $4 billion to $6 billion annually, resulting in effects such as food and fuel shortages. The government did not accept American donations of food, medicines, and cash until 1993 when desperation overcame pride. On 5 August 1994, state security dispersed protesters in a spontaneous protest in Havana.

In February 2008, Fidel Castro announced his resignation as President of Cuba, and on 24 February his brother, Raúl Castro, was elected as the new President. In his acceptance speech, Raúl promised that some of the restrictions that limit Cubans’ daily lives would be removed. In March 2009, Raúl Castro removed some of Fidel Castro’s officials.

On 3 June 2009, the Organization of American States adopted a resolution to end the 47-year ban on Cuban membership of the group. The resolution stated, however, that full membership would be delayed until Cuba was “in conformity with the practices, purposes, and principles of the OAS.” Cuban leaders have repeatedly announced they are not interested in rejoining the OAS, and Fidel Castro restated this after the OAS resolution had been announced.

Effective January 14, 2013, Cuba ended the requirement established in 1961 that any citizens who wish to travel abroad were required to obtain an expensive government permit and a letter of invitation. The now-replaced travel ban dates to 1961, when the Cuban government imposed broad restrictions on travel to prevent the mass migration of people after the 1959 revolution and only approved exit visas on rare occasions. Henceforth, Cubans will only need a passport and a national ID card to leave; they will also be allowed for the first time to take their young children with them. Despite the new policy, a passport will still cost on average five months’ salary and it is expected that it will be mostly Cubans with paying relatives abroad that will be able to take advantage of the new policy. In the first year of the program, over 180,000 left Cuba and returned.

So how are things today in the Socialist Paradise? The President of North Korea rides in a 1970 Lincoln Town Car while the few Cubans who own cars drive 1950’s vintage or older US automobiles. Traffic is so sparse that a pedestrian could duck walk across the busiest street without fear of being run over. Just about every building you see is owned by the government and is dilapidated with Communist Propaganda panted on it. Outside the nicest dilapidated hotel in Havana is a statue of Hugo Chávez. Of course, bank cards, credit cards, and Smartphone’s don’t work and Internet access is virtually nonexistent. Almost every worker works for one employer, the government. Many of the jobs are “make work” jobs because Cuba produces almost nothing. If there is any running water, it is not safe to drink. The power is very unreliable and daily blackouts are a certainty. When the government hands out free commodities there are more workers handing out stuff than recipients. Through all this, 85% of the Cuban population has remained Catholic.

Cuba was once a major exporter of sugar. The late Catherine L “Kac” Burford of Fort Smith, Arkansas owned and ran a Sugar Cane Plantation in Cuba for 13 years with her husband Richard until the Cuban Revolution in 1959. Castro simply confiscated the plantation. Today, under the Socialist System where the government pretends to pay the workers and the workers pretend to work, Cuba has to import sugar and almost all of the rest of their food.

The flourishing 1950’s hotels and casinos are no longer even a faint memory. If there was an influx of tourists there would be no place to stay. Recent visitors were told that their bus driver spoke no English, however, the driver listened intently to the American passengers and took copious notes. Any itineraries must be approved in advance and strictly adhered to.

The good news is that average salaries in Cuba rose 17% during the last five years to $17 a month. There is little difference between salaries in Cuba, a street sweeper earns about $16 a month while a Brain Surgeon earns $22 a month. That kind of salary inequality might still be too much for some people. It takes about an hour to learn to be a productive street cleaner while it takes at least 14 years after high school and a lot of grueling work to become a Brain Surgeon. The Teapartiers, Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh, most of the staff at FOX, and Americans who fear Socialism might worry that the incentive to do all this work and preparation might not be there. Most every meager thing is free so why work to fix the plumbing system and electrical problems?

The Cuban health care system also seems unreal. There are plenty of doctors. Everybody has a family physician. Everything is free, totally free. The whole system seems turned upside down. It is tightly organized, and the first priority is prevention. Family physicians, along with their nurses and other health workers, are responsible for delivering primary care and preventive services to their panel of patients — about 1000 patients per physician in urban areas. All care delivery is organized at the local level, and the patients and their caregivers generally live in the same community. The medical records in cardboard folders are simple and handwritten, not unlike those used in the United States 50 years ago.

All patients are categorized according to level of health risk, from I to IV. Smokers, for example, are in risk category II, and patients with stable, chronic lung disease are in category III. The community clinics report regularly to the district on how many patients they have in each risk category and on the number of patients with conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and asthma, as well as immunization status, time since last Pap smear, and pregnancies necessitating prenatal care.

Every patient is visited at home once a year, and those with chronic conditions receive visits more frequently. When necessary, patients can be referred to a district polyclinic for specialty evaluation, but they return to the community team for ongoing treatment.
Abortion is legal but is seen as a failure of prevention. I caution you not to romanticize Cuban health care. The system is not designed for consumer choice or individual initiatives. There is no alternative, private-payer health system. I mentioned Physicians’ pay earlier but there are government benefits such as housing and food subsidies and all their education is free, and they are respected, but they are unlikely to attain any personal wealth. Resources are limited, a nephrologist in Cienfuegos, 160 miles south of Havana, lists 77 patients on dialysis in the province, which on a population basis is about 40% of the current U.S. rate — similar to what the U.S. rate was in 1985. A neurologist reports that his hospital got a CT scanner only 12 years ago. U.S. students who are enrolled in a Cuban medical school say that operating rooms run quickly and efficiently but with very little technology. Access to information through the Internet is minimal. One medical student reports being limited to 30 minutes per week of dial-up access.

Cuba has developed its own pharmaceutical industry and manufactures most of the medications in its basic pharmacopeia. Even though Cuba now has more than twice as many physicians per capita as the United States, many of those physicians work outside the country, volunteering for two or more years of service, for which they receive special compensation. In 2008, there were 37,000 Cuban health care providers working in 70 countries around the world. Most are in needy areas where their work is part of Cuban foreign aid, but some are in more developed areas where their work brings financial benefit to the Cuban government.

Any visitor can see that Cuba remains far from a developed country in basic infrastructure such as roads, housing, plumbing, and sanitation. Nonetheless, Cubans are beginning to face the same health problems the developed world faces, with increasing rates of coronary disease and obesity and an aging population.

Today there is a huge Chinese presence in Cuba. Most of the TV stations received in hotels are Chinese. One of the most popular persons among Cubans is Ernest Hemingway. He wrote “The Old Man and the Sea” in 1951 in Cuba and published it in 1952. It was the last major work of fiction to be produced by Hemingway and published in his lifetime. The Monument Hemingway is pictured above.

So this is my epistle, I report, you decide if you prefer the American Dream or the Socialist Paradise. As for me, the 34 years I spent in the Armed Forces was to protect Americans and the American Dream.

DEAR GOP: THE TEA PARTY IS NOT THE ENEMY!

April 10, 2014

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Dede Scozzafava, the Republican candidate for Congress who dropped out of the race and endorsed the Democrat after the RNC gave her a million dollars, is just one of the candidates foist upon us by the Republican Elites. You know the ones of which I speak, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Eric Cantor, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Kit Bond, Peter King, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Chuck Hagel. At least Chuck Hagel had the decency to switch parties.

What’s wrong with our Republican leaders? Let me take you back to the Virginia Governor’s race last year. Three candidates appeared on the ballot, Republican Ken Cuccinelli, the Attorney General of Virginia; Democrat Terry McAuliffe, former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee; and Libertarian Robert Sarvis, a lawyer and businessman. I worked hard to get Cuccinelli elected, we follow each other on Twitter. Cuccinelli should have been elected. Are you strong enough to understand the workings deep down in the bowls of the Republican Party?

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling who was elected in 2005, made a deal with Governor McDonnell whereby Bolling would run for re-election as lieutenant governor in 2009, enabling McDonnell to run for governor without a primary, in exchange for McDonnell’s support in 2013. After the 2009 election, Bolling made no secret of his intention to run for governor in 2013, while Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli openly stated that he was considering three options: a run for re-election as attorney general, running for the U.S. Senate in 2014, and running for governor in 2013. Cuccinelli announced to colleagues on December 1, 2011, that he was indeed running for governor. Bolling responded on the same day that he was disappointed that Cuccinelli decided to challenge him (the very idea!).

Bolling, who was polling poorly against Cuccinelli, withdrew from the race on November 28, 2012. He ruled out running for another term as Lieutenant Governor and refused to endorse Cuccinelli. Bolling considered running as an independent, but decided against it. Bolling also rejected the possibility of a write-in campaign. Cuccinelli was clearly the choice of the Tea Party but got very little help from the Republican Party. Still, Cuccinelli only lost by 2.6% even with no GOP support. The Independent received 6.5% of the vote. That is often the consequence Independent candidates have, they ensure victory for Democrats.

Then there is Ted Cruz. The Republican Primary for U.S. Senator in Texas was something else! Declared Candidates were Glenn Addison, funeral home owner; Joe Agris, plastic surgeon; Curt Cleaver, owner of a hotel management company; Ted Cruz, former State Solicitor General; David Dewhurst, Texas Lieutenant Governor; Ben Gambini; Charles Holcomb, retired judge; Craig James, sports commentator and former professional football player; Tom Leppert, former mayor of Dallas; and Lela Pittenger, mediator.

Several withdrew, Elizabeth Ames Jones, Florence Shapiro, Michael Williams and Roger Williams.

Some well known names declined to run including Kay Bailey Hutchison, incumbent U.S. senator, Robert Paul, doctor and son of Ron Paul, Ron Paul, U.S. Representative and Dan Patrick, Texas state senator.

So here is how the race of the decade shaped up, David Dewhurst was the darling of the Republican establishment. He was endorsed by Governor Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee, most state organizations and several Liberal Newspapers. Ted Cruz was endorsed by Sarah Palin. Of course, I also did what I could for Ted Cruz and still do, we followed each other on Twitter from the beginning. The Primary ended up with David Dewhurst 44.6%, Ted Cruz 34.2% and the rest from 13% on down. The runoff resulted in 56.8% for Cruz and Ted cruised to a 56.5% win in the General Election. Cruz’s election was described by the Washington Post as “the biggest upset of 2012 . . . a true grassroots victory against very long odds.”

We can’t forget Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. Rand’s Primary opponent was the darling of Republican Elites Trey Grayson, Kentucky Secretary of State. Senator Jim Bunning decided not to seek reelection because his poll numbers were so low. Grayson garnered endorsements from Senator Mitch McConnell, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani, Senator Rick Santorum, Representative Hal Rogers, and several members of the Kentucky State Legislature. Sarah Palin endorsed Rand Paul.

Rand Paul defeated Grayson 58.8% to 35.4%. Even with VERY LITTLE GOP support, Rand Paul won the General Election with 55.7% of the vote.

Rand Paul is embarrassed to be supporting Mitch McConnell for re-election, and can barely hide it. In a radio interview posted to YouTube, the conservative freshman was asked by an incredulous Glenn Beck why he’s endorsing the Senate Republican leader. After an awkward pause, Paul tried to change the subject. “Um … I’m here in Texas today to endorse Don Huffines,” he said. Beck burst into laughter. Paul laughed with him, and then took a stab at answering the question. But he couldn’t muster up a single nice thing to say about his fellow Kentuckian and leader of his party. “Uhh, because he asked me,” Paul said. “He asked me when there was nobody else in the race and I said yes.” (I think maybe Paul did it to prove he does not hold a grudge against McConnell for endorsing his opponent?)

“Well, Al Gore has asked me to change my opinion on global warming and I did not do that,” Beck quipped.

Can you imagine what the Republican Party could do if it embraced the TEA Party instead of rejecting it? I am here to tell you the TEA Party is not the enemy of the GOP, the TEA Party is the enemy of Liberalism, Big Government, Socialism, over taxing, wasteful spending, amnesty for illegal aliens, unsecured borders, weak national defense, giving away our sovereignty, taking guns away from law abiding citizens, removing God from our culture, abortion on demand, Obamacare and dumbing down and indoctrinating our children.

AMERICA IS GRAVELY UNDER THE WEATHER

April 3, 2014

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It is with heavy heart that I inform you my Beloved Country is gravely under the weather. The Country I served and fought for from 1961 until 1996. I am proud of my service but now I wonder in the words of Hillary Clinton, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” Like millions of other Veterans, I donned the uniform, saluted and went where my Country sent me. As a young Airman I spent my first Christmas away from home on the northern tip of Japan in the fishing village of Wakkanai. After a lot of night school and some full time college I was commissioned and attended Air Force Pilot Training at Vance AFB, Oklahoma. During the next two years I flew 50 combat missions in Vietnam. I flew the 325,000 pound C-141 Starlifer and four different jet fighters as the years slipped by.

After Vietnam, training intensified during the Cold War. Bombs were not falling but we prepared as if the very survival of the United States depended on it. All the time there were wars and conflicts. I did not participate in the invasion of Panama but I did participate in the Defense of the Panama Canal with F-4 Phantom II’s from time to time. Many of us were prepared to participate in the Persian Gulf War but were not used. I felt the pain of losing men training for combat and the difficulty of training for fighting in a chemical environment. I know the empty feeling of searching for human remains. Nevertheless, I believed in my Country and believed I was making a difference. I had heard about Nikita Khrushchev’s words, “We will bury you” but I never believed them. I trained to employ nuclear weapons and would have used them to save America. Even in high school we feared what the Russians might do. After I retired, one of my former pilots spent $10,000 to go to Russia and fly their Mig 29. Although I can never go to Russia or China because I was an Analyst at NSA, I had hoped we could live in peace.

What has happened to my Country? The man who was endorsed by the Communist Party has twice been elected President of the United States. It makes no difference that even this morning I heard news that thousands of people had voted twice in North Carolina and thousands of dead people voted. There is simply no fear of being prosecuted for voter fraud or voter intimidation in my Country. Illegal Aliens are welcomed from anywhere, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Libya, Yemen, you name it. Border Patrol Agents are told to run away even if fired upon. Our military soldiers are told never to shoot first. Heroes like Colonel Allen West and Lieutenant Clint Lorance are punished for protecting their men. Valor, Intrepidity, Gallantry and Courage are no longer valued traits in the Armed Forces. Our sons and daughters, America’s Finest, are regarded as fodder to be sent to combat and forgotten.

Israel has gone to war for the sake of one soldier. Israeli leaders told one squadron to rescue the 248 passengers of the Air France Airliner that was hijacked and flown to Uganda. On July 4th, 1976, they did just that. I talked to the commander of that operation. They flew two C-130s to Entebbe International Airport with lights off in the middle of the night carrying a black Mercedes rigged to look like Idi Amin’s automobile. They drove up to the terminal and yelled “get on the floor” in Hebrew. Everybody who didn’t get on the floor was shot. All hostages were rescued except one woman who had been taken to the hospital. Israel trusted their military to do the job without government interference. The troops knew they had the full support of their government. How many American Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, Marines and Coast Guardsmen believe our government has their backs? I guarantee you Lieutenant Clint Lorance knows they don’t. Hundreds of senior leaders have been fired. Who is replacing these Admirals, Generals, Colonels and Captains? Drag Queens? Yes Men? Enemies of America?

Our economy is worse, our healthcare system has been trashed, our veterans are treated poorly, the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the highest levels of our government, our great companies have been forced overseas, most of our recent college graduates cannot find jobs and those who do are working in positions that do not require a college education. Our tax money has been squandered bailing out companies rampant with poor management and union goons. Even today, 70% of the General Motors vehicles sold in America are made overseas. I don’t have to tell YOU all the things that are worse. The response from our President is, “We are not there yet.” If we are not there yet, I sure hope we never get THERE!

Now as we ponder the aftermath of another senseless mass shooting at Fort Hood and the shooting at the DC Navy Yard it may be time to ask who is responsible. Among President Clinton’s first acts upon taking office in 1993 was to disarm U.S. soldiers on military bases. In March 1993, the Army imposed regulations forbidding military personnel from carrying their personal firearms and making it almost impossible for commanders to issue firearms to soldiers in the U.S. for personal protection. For the most part, only military police regularly carry firearms on base, and their presence is stretched thin by high demand for MPs in war zones. Do you recall who finally shot Fort Hood gunman Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan? A civilian policewoman from off base. I know the alphabet news will never tell you these things nor will it be an issue with them. It boils down to this, our government does not trust our soldiers to protect themselves in a combat zone or on a military installation in the United States. When President Obama takes a break from golf and fundraising long enough to visit troops overseas, those troops are disarmed for his visit. Yes, United States Armed Forces Personnel are disarmed in a Combat Zone to protect the President.

Senator Diane Feinstein and her ilk use these shootings as an excuse to take guns away from soldiers and law abiding citizens. You know the usual suspects. The Connecticut Legislature has voted to make felons out of hundreds of thousands of law abiding citizens. The insanity seems to be coming to a head in that state. You remember Connecticut where the Christmas tree was swapped for a holiday tree? Where government officials think crooks will honor “Gun Free Zones.”

I am starting to get sick at my stomach just thinking about my wasted time in the Air Force and the bottomless pit politicians are pushing my Country into. Can all the King’s Horses and all the King’s Men ever put America back together again?