- Politics and Social Issues
Writing That Blank Check
There Are No Guarantees
This is a personal experience type of Hub based upon decades of experience and hind sight. Hind sight is usually 20/20 huh? Years ago, oh say around 1968, I entered the US Army for the long haul as it turned out. I was just a kid back then, the Viet Nam conflict was raging, my generation was taking to the streets and battling the establishment and demanding change. I still remember those times well. Students were shot by National Guard troops as young innocents were killed in a war of political purposes. It wasn't pretty at all.
I come from a long line of military warriors. My father was killed in the Korean conflict three months before I arrived in this world, so I'm a bit of a war orphan. You see he wrote that blank check to his country. I imagine he never felt that it would be cashed but he was a professional military officer who believed to the depths of his soul that this nation was worth the risk. He took the risk in order to support and defend the US Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help him God. Even though I never got to see him, I love him dearly. He gave his life in defense of the way he lived. Just a bit of backgrouind.
I had a lot of liberal views back in 1968. But I was also a patriot back then, though not as much as I was to become over the ensuing years. I entered the Army young and dumb and 23 years later my eyes had definitely been opened wide as I went around the world twice. I took the same oath my father took and know it pretty well by heart. I willingly took that oath and wrote my own blank check to this nation and have no regrets. You see, if you have never written that check, you may not understand that it becomes a "life time" oath and shouldn't ever be taken lightly. It never is when one is cashed.
Now six decades have passed and I have them firmly under my belt. I haven't wasted that time by any means. I went where I was told, when I was told to go there and did what I was told (at times a bit skeptically), but I was in it for the long haul for the American people, not the federal government. I defended the freedom of the American people, freedoms I now see taken too lightly by many. Many times I am asked why I am so down on the federal government since I served it for twenty three years. I've actually been called a traitor more than once about my outspokenness concerning the federal monster we now witness. I reckon someone has the right to express that opinion, but I also reckon I earned the right to say what I feel and condemn what I now see. I wrote the check for all Americans, not just a few.
But lets make one thing perfectly clear. I didn't ever take an oath that said anything, not one word, about protecting and defending the federal government. The US Constitution is a yes, some ever expanding federal government is a no. As I rose in rank, I understood that the it is required of a leader to be apolitical. I remained in that state for twenty three long years. I was always a rebel at heart which is hard to pull of with any amount of the diplomacy required to tell some misguided superior that they were a few bricks shy of a full load on a particular subject. It's an art and I learned that art to a "T" in order to survive, thrive and quickly rise to positions of greater responsibility. There are, were and always be "yes men" in the military. I can tell you quite honestly that I wasn't one of them. The yes sir, no sir and three bags full were never ingrained in this frog.
The other thing I learned along the way is to kiss the ground of this nation anytime I returned to my home land. I mean that literally. This is the greatest nation on earth and I wish it to remain so. That's my point of reference now, even more so now as I am able to freely speak my mind and not have to be apolitical. I paid my dues in order to be able to speak freely, openly and critically about the course this nation is on. I wrote that blank check and it wasn't cashed, but I wrote it. I paid the price for all Americans to enjoy the freedoms outlined in the United States Constitution. I understand that document, have studied it and the principles of our founding fathers in writing it. If you haven't done sufficiently so, I suggest that you do and read history extensively.
I don't trust the federal government now and with just cause. There are no guarantees when you deal with those who can change the rules as they go along. If you don't see that quite clearly now then you may never see it. I was promised certain things, contractually I might add, that haven't occurred. I won't go into detail here but what they penned in ink, they changed over time and there is nothing that can be done when one has the power to alter the agreement at will with the stroke of a pen. But anymore there are leaders who feel that they can change the US Constitution, our guiding laws and principles, with that same stroke of the pen. That I take exception to.
We have strayed so far away from using the US Constitution, as a guide, when enacting legislation that at times it gives me a sinking feeling. That's not a feeling I like to feel about those who govern this nation. I didn't write that blank check so that people who never have can trample all over that document to achieve their own means. They had my guarantee, I am unjust to expect the same?
Not sure exactly why I wrote this but it is just something I felt needed to be said. You see, I am a rebel. But I am a rebel with a cause to this very day. That cause is a just cause. That cause is to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God...
I'm not one anymore to adore child-like thoughts since I am no longer a child. What I have seen over the years I learned from. One basic principle I definitely understand is that there is "no free lunch." What you are taking for granted, someone along the line has shed their blood for. When you put your hand out for a freebie, it isn't free at all. Someone has paid for it.
May God bless America. I speak from experience and knowledge whenever I speak, otherwise I don't speak. With age comes wisdom, or at least that should be the case. I am a concerned patriot as I watch this misguided path we are on. My own Representative, James Clyburn, once told Judge Napilatano in an interview that most of what our Congress does in enacting legislation isn't IAW with the Constitution. That needs to change and quickly. That's what has gotten us in the present mess we find ourselves in.
Do I care if you like what I say or how I say? Not really.
The Frog Prince