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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.

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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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The words of Dr. William Maples, in describing typical suicide victims, are poignant

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It’s shame that the late Jeffrey Epstein, who allegedly hung himself, couldn’t have been examined by Dr. William R. Maples. Epstein’s body would have had a lot to say.

Poignant Words

Apart from the FBI subterfuge surrounding Epstein’s death, I found the words of Dr. Maples, in describing typical suicide victims to be poignant. Maples is a forensic researcher, diagnosing how and when people died. In his book, Dead Men Do Tell Tales, Dr. Maples, he writes, “Many of the skeletons that come into my laboratory belong to suicide victims who behaved like shy hermits in their final hours.”

“Usually they are found in remote places. People often go to some hidden place to kill themselves, whether from a desire to act alone and unhindered, or because they wish simply to disappear in solitude, spending their last moments in reflective silence.”

Would these people have killed themselves if they could’ve regularly attained reflective silence? Was their quest to die alone simply an ill-advised solution to the stresses they faced? How would their lives have been if they knew appropriate, reliable ways to find solace in the here and now, at home, at work, and everywhere in between?

Be True to Yourself

The masses take pills by the boatload. The masses race though their days. The masses, by and large, live lives of tension and turmoil. Stress has become the malady of the generation, and it’s better to not to follow the crowd.

Being true to yourself means doing what you need to do to stay healthy, balanced, and relaxed. It means having inner directedness. It requires drawing upon your knowledge, experience, and instinct to carve your own path; and to have less stress because you are less swayed by popular or prevailing norms. It is thinking and acting based on an ever-developing internal guidance system.

Being true to yourself means is learning what doesn’t work. You determine what is and is not relevant to you, and ultimately, what is and is not appropriate for you to stay in control of your day, every day, and of your life which could well extend for many decades.

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Joe Biden Bingo

Here is a tool which could help you to stay tuned on broadcasts featuring our acting president

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Even if you caught only snippets of Joe Biden’s recent press conference, you know that his mental decline continues unabated. It’s unlikely that even a handful of Americans watched the event in its entirety. Who would want to waste their time?

What’s occurring is a national travesty, and it is increasingly evident to larger portions of our population that Joe Biden is being abused as an elder, as he abuses others.

Throughout his 365 days in office, Biden has struggled to pronounce a word and then offers a non-sequitur to what he was originally saying. With regularity he tells stories that are simply false. He refers to his vice president as president. He insults vast segments of the population. He stumbles and stammers repeatedly. He checks his watch, fumbles with his mask, and snaps at people when he doesn’t like a question. And those are the least of his faux pas with audiences.

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If you’re having trouble listening to Joe for more than a minute, the tool above might work for you. On the Facebook site, “Best of the Web,” I saw this Biden bingo card. It could help you to stay the course when tuned into other broadcasts featuring our acting president.

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