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Thoughts On Vetting the Military from a Former Military Officer

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“When Willing To Die For Your Country Is No Longer Enough.”

 

I do not like the word “offended.”  I don’t believe in it because it gives too much power to the person trying to degrade you, and as a former Military Officer who served in combat, I find it impossible to be offended.  So when people say that they are offended that the new regime is vetting National Guard troops, I shake my head, because I believe the word they are looking for is disgusted.

To vet National Guard Troops for inauguration detail is to admit that the new regime doesn’t trust in the tradition of the military, nor does it have any idea what the Military or its personnel are about. Everyone who joins the military is different;  they come from different backgrounds, have different life experiences, different fears, and different political beliefs.  The one thing they all share is a willingness to get their head blown off to serve their country that they love.

The men and women who are being vetted for the inauguration detail are essentially being told that their willingness to sacrifice their lives for their country is no longer enough; they also need to give up the one piece of individuality they are allowed to keep when they put on the uniform; their private opinion.

Throughout our history, proud American soldiers fought side by side against our nation’s foes, and never once was it required that they thought a certain way in order to fulfill their duty.  Soldiers of all political stripes crossed the Delaware on Christmas, stormed Normandy, liberated Dachau… they endured the harshest conditions in the name of defending their country, from the very beginning until this very day, and they never asked for anything in return.

They felt the sadness and isolation that comes with being thousands of miles away from everything they have ever known, wondering if people are thinking of them or just going on with their lives like normal. They have been shot at and blown up; some have been killed or seriously injured.  Some lost limbs, some lost sight, some watched as their best friend was consumed by an enemy explosion.

I can guarantee you that every person who has ever put on the uniform has found themselves in situations they didn’t want to be in, following orders from someone they didn’t care for or agree with, but they did it anyway. That’s the difference between them and the left;  the left operates 100% on emotion.  The idea of protecting a leader that they don’t agree with is unreasonable and vile in their minds.  There’s no greater good, there’s no concept of duty, there’s no concept of respect for our country; it’s all about their feelings.  If said leader said something to hurt their feelings, they see no reason to protect them.  The opposite is true for our men and women in uniform, and that’s what makes them special. That is why they are willing to lose their lives and subject themselves to misery and loneliness and danger. They don’t give a damn about whether or not they share the same political opinions with their leaders, all they care about is the mission at hand.

So while the leftists these days will find themselves overwhelmed by the idea of protecting a leader with differing opinions, retreating to a safe space where they can stew in their hate and be appalled that another human being has the audacity to think differently, the American soldier will put any and all personal feelings aside, and accomplish their mission to the best of their ability.

The American soldier knows that their feelings are insignificant when put up against the importance of the mission.  So if you want to yank American heroes away from a mission because they don’t think a certain way, you are revealing a sad ignorance of the Military and its soldiers.  The National Guardsman relieved of inauguration duty won’t retreat to a safe space; they won’t run to social media and cry about how unfair it is, and they probably won’t give it a second thought;  They will go home with their heads held high, and prepare for the next mission.


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Limousine Liberals Cruising Through Locked Down America !

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Thomas Paine wrote “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” John Adams told us that “Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.” This past year of media fueled hysteria and government lockdowns has shown just how wise our Founding Fathers were.

One thing we have all learned is that there is one set of rules for the rulers and another set of rules for the ruled. New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham quickly seized on the COVID-19 hysteria to lock the state down. In the early days of the virus, she lectured people to stay home, and she closed hundreds of “non-essential” businesses. Her policies caused long lines and shortages at grocery stores and put many restaurants and small companies out of business at a press conference, Grisham said “We are in really tough financial times as a state. It mirrors the incredible, personal sacrifices that happen every single day…”

In an illustration of rote hypocrisy, from the get-go, Michelle Lujan Grisham has not been willing to make the same “personal sacrifices” that she has forced everyone else to make. A week before Easter the Governor called a “non-essential business,” a jewelry store. The store opened just for her, the owner apparently “risked her life” and went into the store and filled an order of jewelry for the Governor. Another person also “risked their life” went and picked up and delivered the jewelry to the Governor. While Grisham surely is not the only person in the state with the ability to call in a favor from someone who they know who owns a business, she is the only person with the power to prevent everyone else from doing what she did.

The Governor’s pharisaical behavior did not stop there. It was recently revealed that Governor Lujan Grisham spent $6,500 of taxpayer’s money on bottles of tequila, vodka, merlot, whiskey, gin, and Wagyu beef. While residents of her state are forced to wait in line in the cold of winter to pick through empty store shelves of her own making, the Governor of New Mexico is sipping Merlot and nibbling on “Wagyu beef.” One set of rules for the rulers and another set of rules for the ruled.

To be fair, Michelle Lujan Grisham is not the only hypocritical politician to have imposed rules on the peasants that apply to everyone but the rule maker. The Mayor of Denver, Michael Hancock, told residents to stay home during Thanksgiving and to meet virtually over the holiday. He even tweeted: “Pass the potatoes, not COVID. … Host virtual gatherings instead of in-person dinners” – Presumably, he sent this tweet from the airport prior to flying to Mississippi and “passing the potatoes” to his daughter.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has been photographed at a high-end restaurant after ordering everyone else to shut down and stay home. Back in September, Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi got her hair styled while everyone else was forced to stay home; and more recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appears to be disregarding the 6-foot social distancing rule, particularly when it comes to female subordinates.

An entire article could be filled with example after example of Democratic lawmakers, (local, state, and federal) and their lockdown hypocrisies. We should not be surprised at all by this type of behavior. The Democratic left have been lecturing Americans for years about what we can and cannot do while they themselves do whatever it is they want.

Ironically, it was a Democrat who coined the term “limousine liberal” in the 1969 race for mayor of New York City. The epithet then, and now, is used to effectively illustrate the hypocritical behavior of the political left and the elite ruling class. For years, Democrat politicians like Al Gore and John Kerry have lectured us about fighting climate change while they themselves live in mansions that require massive amounts of energy to heat and cool. They fly around in private jets and are shuttled from here to there in motorcades consisting of multiple sport utility vehicles. These same types of people admonish us for wanting to own guns to protect ourselves while they live in gated communities and have armed guards. They want to force our children to attend public schools while sending their own children to elite private schools.

In the classic book Animal Farm, George Orwell, better than anyone else, showed the world the inevitability of how power corrupts. He demonstrated the far left’s hypocrisy and the failed promises of Communism’s utopia. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Is not promised utopia always the vehicle used by the authoritarian left to gain more power and take away freedoms from others while they bask in comfort?

Today, we are promised a utopia of health. A world where no one will ever get sick or die. We just need to make “personal sacrifices.” We need to listen to, live, and repeat the following slogans and health utopia will be within our reach: “mask up, we are in this together… alone together…whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy, whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend…”

In the real world in the year 2021, we are not animals on a farm. We are citizens treated like peasants. We are expected to shut up and watch from our windows and computer screens while Michelle Lujan Grisham, Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom and their ilk cruise through the country they locked down, in their limousines; with their freshly styled hair, sipping fine wine and dining on Wagyu beef.

If there was ever a time that demonstrated the reasons to limit government power, that time is now. The government is made up of people, just like you and me. We are all imperfect creatures. We are fallen and we are all subject to give into our unlimited needs, wants and desires. Everyone is capable of abusing power. This is the lesson of history that our Founding Fathers knew so well. It is why they advocated for an extremely limited government. They saw it as a “necessary evil.” This past year has shown us what can happen when that evil, and the flawed humans who wield it, are left unrestrained.

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Donald Trump Brings Down The House At CPAC 2021

President Trump gives a rousing speech to the conservative faithful at CPAC 2021.

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President Donald J. Trump delivered a rousing speech at CPAC 2021. In it, he drew a sharp contrast between Joe Biden’s feckless policies, and the negative impact they were having on America, and his own Administration’s historic achievements. He laid out the stark differences between the two administrations on job creation, women’s rights, border security, the big technology trusts, election integrity, and creating peace versus waging war.

Trump laid to rest the persistent misinformation about him starting a 3rd party, and declared that he was fully committed to the Republican Party as the vehicle for the America First movement.  He committed himself to helping the Party in the 2022 and 2024 elections, and declared that he would help the Republicans recapture the Senate, the House, and the White House.

The speech laid out his concerns with the last national election, and his belief that it was not conducted in a free and fair manner. He delved into what happened in Pennsylvania, where Republican poll watchers were denied the right to observe the counting of over 600,000 votes; in Michigan, where in some precinct there were more votes than people; and in Georgia, where there were over 15,000 documented votes from dead, illegal, and out-of-state voters. He promised that he would put his considerable energies toward ensuring that all elections going forward would be recognized as free and fair.

He mocked Biden’s negotiations with Iran, where he gave away the leverage of sanctions, and now was reduced to begging the Iranians to come back to the table. He ridiculed Biden for lying about his energy policies, and for cancelling the Keystone Pipeline, thus eliminating over 100,000 well-paying union jobs. He attacked Biden for ending the Trump Administration policies designed to combat human trafficking, and opening the southern borders to illegal migrants with zero controls or virus testing, straining America’s resources and potentially importing other viruses into the country.

Trump’s energy was infectious, and the CPAC crowd loved it. They gave him a rousing welcome and a heroic sendoff. It is clear that the Republican Party is Trump’s party, and the grassroots see him as their leader.

Trump won the CPAC straw poll, with over 50 percent saying they wanted him to run again as the Republican nominee for President in 2024. If he chooses not to run, their first choice would be Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, whose strong stand for election integrity and bridging the tech trusts to heel have engendered strong support from Republican voters.

DeSantis is running for reelection as Florida’s governor in 2022. He is expected to be reelected easily. The Democrats do not have a viable candidate who can beat him. He is expected to win reelection by at least a 10 point margin, possibly as high as a 20 point margin. Should President Trump decide not to run, DeSantis would be the most likely nominee.

Trump 2024 probably looks like a Trump-Noem ticket. Should he not run, the Republican ticket will most likely either be DeSantis-Noem, or Noem-DeSantis. Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota will likely be the first woman elected President in her own right. It is possible that Kamala Harris will succeed Joe Biden, should the 25th Amendment be invoked and Biden be removed from office due to mental incapacity.

 

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