Saturday, March 05, 2011

To Be an American

I think this nation is in great peril. I know, I'm not stating anything new. We've been in great peril before, and never in as much peril as the years 1929 to 1945. We climbed out stronger than ever but we had to fight a World War to get through it. Some fourteen years later I was born.


The first two decades of my life saw the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassinations of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Senator Bobby Kennedy, Man's first steps on the Moon, the election and re-election of President Nixon, the first U.S. President to resign the office in disgrace, followed by the uneventful presidencies of Ford and Carter. All through this I was somewhat aware of the Cold War, though I didn't fully understand it until I began the first year of my third decade at RAF Lakenheath, England, where our only mission was to generate nuclear laden F-111F's to send east toward the Soviet Union to pave the way for the B-52's who would follow after us. Living in this world is serious business after all.


With Ronald Reagan at the helm we, I mean all us Americans, defeated the Soviet Union without firing a shot, though the Soviets didn't actually fold until after George Bush's victory over Iraq's invasion and criminal occupation of Kuwait. I don't know if you noticed it or not but, after that show of superior American arms over Soviet trained and equipped Iraqi arms, I figure the Soviets finally threw in the towel, though I have read elsewhere the failed Soviet economy is what finally broke the Communist Party's hold on power. Though it happened on Bush's watch, Reagan set it up.


Life under William Clinton was nowhere as exciting as it is today, yet it wasn't exactly boring. Of course, he was the President that signed into law an ineffective "Assault Weapons Ban" that never really lived up to its intended purposes, though some may disagree with that. At the time I was in the Air Force and had my mind on other things and really didn't study the subject much. In fact, I even made fun of one of my buddies who owned an Uzi, saying "the last time you went hunting you killed three deer and wounded forty-two." We all laughed about it in good fun and forgot about it. I'm a bit older and wiser now and see how a ban like that can turn into something no one wants or ever intended, even those who originally supported it in the first place. Anyway, moving on I never faulted Slick Willie's penchant for the ladies though politically I opposed him.


George Bush the Second's presidency started off well enough then came September 11th, 2001. Then Afghanistan. Then Iraq. Then Bush's second term. Then what...?


The Betrayal. The open and no longer cleverly veiled aims of politically left statists in this country. The outright denial of the first principles that made it possible for us, this nation, to survive the perils of the Depression and then World War Two followed by the Cold War. We have not only been steered onto the road to socialism but the accelerator is stuck down with a brick named Obama and lashed down with bits of rope whose names are Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, Boxer, Feinstein, Pelosi, Napolitano, Holder, Traver and others who would make our nation into something less than our aspirations. Rush Limbaugh calls them the Blame America First crowd.


I knew we were in trouble when former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, with a straight face mind you, said of ObamaCare, "We have to pass the bill so we can find out what's in it." I have never heard a politician, or anyone for that matter, say anything as stupid as that. This is but one small sample of the mindset of our leftist opponents. If you get your information from many sources as I do you know what I mean. For the reader who accidentally stumbled here during the CNN, CBS, ABC or MSNBC news commercial break you probably won't have a clue to what I mean.

The most puzzling thing of all is the number of my fellow Americans who support the very political ideals that are so contrary to what it means, or meant, to be an American. Unbelieveable.

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