Independence Day is a wonderful opportunity to come together with family and friends to celebrate our country and the life we all enjoy. But the freedoms and rights that characterize our nation would not be possible without the brave men and women in uniform and the families that support them.
This Independence Day, I have a special message for all Americans about supporting our military families:
Our military families are tested each day. Multiple and extended deployments mean that children often don’t see their moms or dads for long periods of time. Civilian spouses juggle the demands of work and family without their partners for long stretches of time. Family members serve as primary care givers for our wounded warriors, and too many families bear the heartbreaking reality of moving forward with their lives while keeping the memory of our fallen heroes alive. Through it all, military families contribute countless hours to supporting other military families, being role models to our children, and making communities stronger.
A small percentage of Americans fight our wars, but we need 100 percent of Americans to support these brave men and women and their families back home. Here are some things you can do in your community to get started:
Stay informed about the activities and concerns of military families in your community and across the nation; Take time out to get to know and express appreciation to military families; Help ensure military families have the opportunity to share their stories and voice their concerns in your community; Help ensure the places where you work, worship and participate in community life connect their activities to addressing military families' unique challenges; and Identify opportunities in your communities to tap into the unique skills, experience and commitment to service our military families display each day. To all of our military families serving this Nation around the world, I offer my sincerest thank you. Your courage, service, and sacrifice are an inspiration to us all.
I was brought up to believe that Americans looked out for one another and actually had empathy for those less fortunate than themselves. Not where big business ruled everything and basic freedoms were denied because the Bible said they were wrong.
Thomas Jefferson would be very ashamed if his country was the way you want it to be.
It will be interesting in 2012 to see how well hateful will sell. My money is on the American Voter and that will translate into 4 more years of President Obama. While he's more moderate than I would like - it's a trend to the left I can live with. Michelle is a real lady - those who trash her for no reason aren't tarnishing her reputation - but they are showing thier true colors with no hue of red, white or blue.
Sorry, I don't. Most liberals - at least on the sites I visit - didn't trash the First Lady while GW Dimbulb was in office. I think if they had, I would have objected, but since the liberals I hang with are pretty well-mannered, it was never an issue. Such is not the case with conservatives on HP and it's interesting you take issue with my defense of a lady, but have no objection to the attack.
I totally agree, Doug - I think folks who have to trash the President and First Lady actually should consider what the alternative would have been. Whatever political spectrum you are into, I feel that we owe it to this administration to try and work WITH them instead of against them and maybe, just maybe we'd have a better world. Yeah - there are tons of problems - but at least we have fresh blood in there and maybe we'll be pleasantly surprised a bit down the road at what was accomplished. I take her comments as they were meant - for the good of our country. I wish them both godspeed in dealing with the problems on their plate.
"I feel that we owe it to this administration to try and work WITH them instead of against them "
If you disagree with what they are doing then it would be dishonest and unprincipled to try and work WITH them, wouldn't it? Trying to find real compromise is another thing but just about no one really wants to do that.
It is almost beyond belief that people can attack a letter, and its sender, that does nothing but support US troops in action and calls for what appears to be an ungrateful nation to show respect and consideration for their families. I say ungrateful in respect of some of the posters here.
The fact is - almost every voter can find *something* about Obama policies they don't like. Maybe too liberal here, to conservative there. He's a moderate who has tried to DO a lot in a short time.
Republicans are known for tor their propensity to Do one thing - lower taxes for the rich. Everything else will work itself out in a *free* economy. The voters didn't go for it last election - and they're not going for it in 2012.
Before you can send Obama packing, you have to come up with a conservative candidate who is more popular. And you got NOBODY!
Michelle Obama says ‘’to celebrate our country and the life we all enjoy’’ The 14 million people out of work on this holiday was not mentioned as to how they will find jobs and enjoy the holiday.
Michelle Obama says ‘’But the freedoms and rights that characterize our nation would not be possible without the brave men and women’’ Let’s not forget the take over of our nations industries by Obama Command
Michelle Obama says ‘’This Independence Day, I have a special message for all Americans about supporting our military families:’’ Someone should remind those Democrats in Congress wanting to lose the war by interfering with the spending for the war .
Michelle Obama says ‘’This Independence Day, I have a special message for all Americans about supporting our military families:’’ The president’s decision to send more troops that was asked by the generals took a long time to make a decision. How about the rules of engagement put on our troops by the politicians.
Michelle , remind president Obama that the people need him to follow the constitution. The people want him to stop making excuses as to why we are the greatest country on this earth. The people don’t want a socialistic form of government. The people want their freedoms not taken away and they want a democratic form of government that embraces the constitution . The politicians proclaim that ‘’ we are a nation of the rule of law ‘, the people want the laws enforced without exception. The people want you Mr. President to understand that you are not above the law. The people want you to stand up and tell the truth about your policies. Freedom and liberty is what our country is all about. Equal justice for all, not social justice for all. You condemn the Republicans for holding up the extension of unemployment benefits when that statement is a half truth. The Republicans will vote on the extensions if you find an offset to pay for the bill. By the way 2 democrats voted with the Republicans against the bill, Senator Reid ( majority leader) and Senator Nelson. You didn’t mentioned that in your speech, wonder why? When will you start telling the truth? Pay-go was passed and signed into law, yet your party wants to spend more money adding to the $13 trillion national debt.
2/13/10 2:04 PM EST ( NOTE THE DATE ) President Barack Obama is hailing pay-as-you-go budget legislation he SIGNED Friday night as one in a series of crucial steps needed to snap Washington out of a destructive pattern of overspending. “Now, Congress will have to pay for what it spends, just like everybody else,” Obama said in his radio and Internet address released Saturday morning. “After a decade of profligacy, the American people are tired of politicians who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk when it comes to fiscal responsibility. It’s easy to get up in front of the cameras and rant against exploding deficits. What’s hard is actually getting deficits under control. But that’s what WE MUST DO
Wrong again. (If you read, learn, and THEN respond, this won't happen so often) The war, insider deals with companies Cheney et al had financial interests in, and dismanteling of regulatory systems, happened under Fox's watch..
Not being an American I might not have a right to speak up here but reading through this thread most of you have missed the your first lady's message... and no matter if she believes in it or not
... 100 percent of Americans need to support the brave military men and women and their families back home
...so on a day like Independence day... which is a day when all Americans should be shouting in unisome, shouldn't you all set your political crap aside and honor the soldiers who are away from home and their families???????
We are what we are. I don't see that changing anytime soon. We are among the most diverse nations on Earth, ethnically and ideologically. There are many benefits to such a situation, but also a lot of infighting.
P.S. I'm genuinely curious. Is unisome a word or was it a typo? I like to learn at least one new word daily. Yesterday's was perineum.
Hubpages is not an an American web site. I will admit I sometimes post for a USA political audience but it's not intended as a snub to non- Americans. Considering how the US is quite willing to tell the rest of the world how to live (a policy I don't endorse), it's only fair the folks outside the US give their opinions (often well-informed opinions) for the benfit od those living in North America.
You know, I thought there was nothing more that the lovely HP conservatives could say that would shock and sadden me, but I wake up this morning after spending an evening honoring individual veterans for their sacrifices and read this.
Sab, Brenda, jiberish, Flightkeeper - you're an embarrassment to yourselves and conservatives. People like you are the reason an incompetent warmonger was reelected after 4 incredibly damaging years in office. And, I am heartened to say, people like you are turning voters off. So keep talking. It reminds us all why we don't want to return to the stupidity, childishness, greed, and lack of vision that Republicans gave us for 8 years and continue to offer now.
... from 2008.. after he had been campaigning for 15 months straight.. but not allowed to be human and make a misstep as he glanced at his notes, which he quickly corrected. McCain also made a number of gaffes during the campaign. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0708/11939.html
these men are human. like Clinton said the other day, unhappy people blame the president in office for their problems because they expect him to fix everything. [now these are same people who oppose any form of helping those in need.]
"After graduating high school from Punahou School in Hawaii, Barack Obama attended Occidental College for two years, then got his B.A. from Columbia University. He later got his law degree from Harvard Law School (where he became the Harvard Law Review's first African American president), graduating magna cum laude. Obama was also a lecturer of constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School. "
If you want to beat up on one mistatement from the candidate on the campaign trail, you only show your lack of objectivity.
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