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Writing That Blank Check

Updated on April 29, 2011

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.

Nuff said...

The Frog Prince

All I can say is...


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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      marcoujor - Father's Day is a time of reflection for me. It always has been and always will be. For this very reason.

      The Frog

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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh this brought tears to my eyes, Frog. I love and respect the way you have dedicated your life to our country and freedoms, the truth and forever making your Daddy proud. Voted UP & AB- all my admiration, mar.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Pollanna - I had to take a few minutes to reflect and contemplate my answer before I wrote it. I am a baby boomer. I rode through the turmoil of the late 60's and early 70's and saw the unrest that centered around the establishment (government) at that time. My generation was the largest generation to have ever been born. It was a time of great civil unrest. Riots, or near riots, were occurring in the streets. In my mind, even today, the cause of the unrest was a just cause. Things were getting a bit out of hand.

      Over time I kept writing that blank check. Many of my generation still remember exactly what that unrest was about. It was primarily about the actions of our government. What was done brought about change because people were fed up. I believe that the majority of baby boomers alive today are still patriots. I see it all around me. The TPM is comprised of many, many boomers and other concerned Americans.

      Yes, I have seen the carnage of wars, too many wars. I have worked funeral details more than I would ever have cared to. Luckily I wasn't the subject of one of those funerals. That was God's will, not mine. I'm not a war monger, I am a warrior who believes in what this nation has stood for, stands for and should always stand for. I took a life time oath, not a part time oath. Many veterans, even those who didn't stay and retire, feel exactly that same way.

      People have become so self-absorbed that it gives me pause. Our current politicians, many of them baby boomers themselves, were the self-absorbed kids of the time who didn't do what others were required to do or voluntarily did. They are still self-absorbed and will always be.

      Then there are those who recognize exactly what we are seeing. Those are the same ones who recognized exactly what we were seeing back when and the actions that needed to be taken at that time. We're still the largest generation ever to be born in this nation.

      I'll just leave it at that.

      Stu - As the misery index rises, as it did during the Carter years, things actually change and they can change as fast as a dime can turn.

      The Frog

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago


      You're right, and it's scary. I've seen recent polls with about 50% saying Obama is doing a good or fairly good job as president. He could actually win in 2012. It's true that the 25% who are left wing are blocking out the obvious. But another 25% of us (among the 40% who are moderates) simply don't see the obvious. We just about have a bankrupt dictatorship now. Another four years of this guy could spell the end of the nation.


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      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      I won't say a bad word about anyone in military or has been but you have to know better than me the thousands and thousands who died for nothing when it didn't need to be. I would kiss the ground if I weren't afraid of being beheaded because that is where we are headed now and we have no country, it will be all we can do I truly believe to get to a natural death and even that may be from starvation, but you know me, always looking on the bright side. lol Really though you know enough Americans do not see or want to block out the obvious of where we are headed.

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      Hi Ranzi,

      Both Frog and I knew what you meant. No offense was taken at all.

      Regarding "blank checks payable to their government," that's the job of the US taxpayer. :)


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      Cut The Bullshit 6 years ago from All Over

      OMG you serious. haha I had no idea, I thought the U.S veterans could write a blank check payable to their government. Thanks for clarifying that Stu.

      So sorry Frog, hope no offence was taken, and I'm glad you didn't cash that check.

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago


      I think you meant "hope you didn't cash it." "Cashing the check" means dying in war.


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      Cut The Bullshit 6 years ago from All Over

      Wow, awesome, Voted up. Great hub :) Now I understand what this blank check is about, hope you cash it.

      Although I won't thank you for defending my country, because I have a feeling maybe you were bombing it lol (not you personally) but your government. I admire and respect your courage to fight for and defend your beliefs.


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      Pat Potts 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for your service. My hubby was with the 173rd in Vietnam and I have always had a soft spot for our military. That's how I was raised.

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      This is why we still have a country. Will it remain so divided, I don't know. I salute you, and others who defended her and its Constitution.

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      Frog, fantastic!! Very stirring, and really gets to the bottom of what's wrong in our country. While the current mess we are in, financially and politically, is horrible, it is really the culmination of many years of Constitution breaking and profligacy on the part of the federal government, as well as a very poorly informed and greedy public. At the end of the day, in a democracy, you get what you vote for. Only we the people can ultimately change it.


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      Carol 6 years ago from Michigan

      God bless you and thank you for your service Frog - and God bless the memory of your father who made the ultimate sacrifice. You do honor to his memory sir!

      As an added note, I feel the same way you do about this country. My eye opener came when I stood mere inches away from the then East Berlin wall. While I had known in my head that the communists didn't let their people freely come and go, it never hit as it did when I stood there in the only "safe" spot, with my soldier husband in the early 1980's. Even on the "free" side, it wasn't "safe" to go so close, but there was an agreement that we could stand in that particular spot.

      As I looked up at the East German guards in the towers through the barbed wire topping the enormous fence, they looked straight at me and it hit me like a ton of bricks. The thought came to me so clearly, "They cage their own people like animals." After that moment, I can never hear or sing the Star Spangled Banner without emotion. It is a blessed gift to have been born in such a wonderful God-breathed country.

      I too firmly believe this country is in grave, grave danger and it grieves me to my core.

      Voted up and all buttons pushed. Beautifully done!

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      dearabbysmom 6 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you for signing the check, and so eloquently explaining why you did so.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      Well said, Frog...I wrote that check myself and thought it was going to be cashed a time or two. As you point out, when one has made that committment, it really pisses you off to see elected officials trample on the Constitution and attempt ignore the committments they have pledged the government to in the past to gain votes. America, at its core, conceptually is a wonderful experience and the best one in the world..or has been. Those born to that experience take it for granted that it cannot go is ours to keep forever. But it can go away and do so much easier than it ever came about. That is the reality. That is what we must fight against in this world today. Thanks for the reminder. WB

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Partisan Pat - Actually I was there for all Americans. Sad to say though that some of them need to start acting like Americans who value the foundation on which our nation was built. It wasn't socialism or progressivism> It was all about individualism and hard work to achieve what you value in life.

      Hmrjmrt - My ruck stays ready my friend.

      Poolman - I also believe that every able bodied youth in this nation should serve their country in the military. It builds character, a solid work ethic and self discipline. Seems that a lot of our young people are lacking moral fiber. I know I had to grow up quickly at a very young age. I'll remain mute on what I feel about the C-in-C having been in the military. One never understands what it takes unless they have walked a mile in the other person's shoes.

      dahoglund - If you ever want to see me openly week, go to the Memorial in DC with me. I lost many brothers and sisters in that fiasco.

      Fred - That is a supreme compliment to say the least. I woke up early this morning and knew exactly what I had to say and how to say it. The message was clear. You got it clearly as a bell.

      To all who have thanked me for my service, I was but a humble servant doing my duty to my country to preserve the rights we all enjoy. Those rights contained in the US Constitution should be considered sacred. You never know what you have until it's gone.

      The Frog

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      Ghost32 6 years ago

      Thank you for your service, Jim. I recall with extreme clarity a conversation between myself and my then best friend over Cherry Cokes at the diner, just as I was preparing to head in-service for my two draft years. He never went, but only because he already had a "ready made family" and was never called.

      Nonetheless, we agreed completely on the key point of our talk: We owed the country those years if called by the Draft Board to serve. In my case, obviously, I did (as have millions of others) write that blank check. My father did likewise, serving in the Navy during World War II until his ship was sunk out from under him and he came home with severe mental problems that took--as he put it--"a lot of cases of whiskey to rectify".

      I consider this piece the best you've written to date. More than that; it's the best single page I've read anywhere in more than twenty years...and I read a LOT.

      Up and everything but funny.

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      rkhyclak 6 years ago from Ohio

      Frog, thought I'd let you know that I tweeted this piece today and Hubpages Hottest re-tweeted it. Hopefully many others will read this and start thinking. Thanks again!

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      gitrdun4444 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Frog! I admire you greatly, and agree with everything you've said in this hub. I also appreciate your service, and you being so outspoken! "May God Bless You"

      Now, I've also watched that 3 part video that you posted (prt 2 or 3) here. If someone can watch that video in it's entirety, and not feel the same as you have stated in your hub...then there is something seriously wrong with them. On my facebook page, I have posted that entire video for anyone to watch.

      Thanks so much Frog for sharing your story, and views!

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      34thBombGroup 6 years ago

      You're the best your Royal Highness...

      I echo "rkhyciak" above. Can't say it better.

      As I graduated from High School in 1975 (the year your War officially ended) I didn't lose any friends in that hellish war. I KNEW a lot of brothers of friends, sons of my parents' friends, et al, who were killed in action - but no one I actually considered a friend to ME.

      What struck me from that time in our Nation's history was my Father saying, out loud, several times over those troubled years, that if Vietnam was still going on when my younger brother became of draft age, we were "crossing the bridge" and all four of us would've gone together.

      As we were very familiar with Canada, especially Southern Ontario, it would have been an easy move - except we would no longer be able to return to the States. That would have been a small price to pay for Johnny's life. (Well, maybe...)

      THIS from the man who served honorably, and with distinction, in World War II. That was a "necessary war," while Vietnam was not - in his opinion. Johnny was not going to die in some rice paddy for someone's political and/or financial gain. Thankfully, it never came to that.

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      I salute you Frog and thank you for serving for all of us.


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      rkhyclak 6 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you Frog. Both for your service and writing this. You, and all who have served, have my respect and gratitude.

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      Alan Bowman 6 years ago from The World

      Hi FP

      I may not be an American but just love this blog and everyone should read it and learn from it.

      Truly awesome

      Aw ra best

      Alan LSG

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I was a bit older and finished college and my reserve service before I ever heard of Viet Nam. I do know at least one of my high school classmates died there.I am finding that I have to go back and restudy many things--like the constitution--which I thought I knew. I also thank you for serving.

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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      Awesome.....Every male, and a couple females, in my entire family have served their country in the military. My oldest son just retired with 24 years in the Army Rangers. I have nothing but the ultimate respect for those that serve so I may live the life I live.

      It bothers me when those who have never paid their dues start trying to take apart everything we stand for. I have to think a mandatory 2 year stint in a branch of our Armed Forces would change the thinking of many. But, many couldn't hack it so they prefer to bad mouth those who do.

      I was looking at a list of Presidential wannabes for 2012. On the entire list there is one who served his country. Not that this should be a requirement, but it would at least give some understanding of what our military people have to go through. Just think what this country would be like if no one was willing to serve.

      Thanks for your contribution to our country.

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      Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Frog - Well said my warrior brother. It's been said that the taste of freedom is different for those who have defended it. I share my glass of it and raise it to you for the coming fight, your words are the rapiers, paragraphs your shield, that once again defend against all enemies foreign and domestic. Ruck up top it's time to hit the trail.

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      partisan patriot 6 years ago


      We are of like mind; sound mind also I may add. The people you and I wrote the blank check for are not the ones that elected Barrack Hussein Obama and his Rogue Regime; let's hope and pray the people we wrote the check to wake up by November 5, 2012 and boot out this illegal regime!

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      The Frog Princess 6 years ago from Florence area of the Great Pee Dee of South Carolina

      As I follow your thoughts as we both see our nation today going fast in the sinkhole I can only pray our country will regain its respect again in 2012. I know many soldiers feel your pain and ashame of what has become a country you all have giving your life to and it is sorry to say that while you were serving us Americans have allowed a misfit government try to destroy it. Thank you for your service. We all love you. God Bless America.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      rip - Actually it doesn't hurt. I am a bit mad at some of the attitudes I see displayed. "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for you country" seems to be a thing of the past. The "it's all about me" attitude that prevails in my country now is a bit sickening though.

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      ripvanwinkle 6 years ago

      thank you sir, for your service . i'm sure it hurts to see the country you were willing to give your life for sink to this level at the hand of a bunch of idiots.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Beautifully said Frog Prince. First, let me thank you for your service to this nation. I am proud and grateful for all that you have done and so honored to have gotten to "know" you. I understand your sadness when you wake up in the morning and realize how far we have strayed from the very principles that made us strong. I face that everyday. I am hoping that before 2012 this nation will collectively wake up from their prolonged and dangerous stupor and take our country back. Voted up awesome and beautiful!

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      nicomp - It was my pleasure and I do it all again with a few minor changes but not many.

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Thank you for your service.