Monday, September 22, 2008

Country First ???

We as civilized human beings are supposedly learning to evolve in a positive manner. One of the most common methods at our disposal that should aid us in this quest to attain civility, I would think would be history, and I think we can all agree on this idea. But In spite of the most obvious outcome of every single modern day war in regards to the treatment of veterans, this country has problematically failed miserably to uphold the moral obligations that it owes to its combat veterans of every war in every era. This statement sadly is not rhetoric and it has been documented not only accurately, but experienced by the majority of vets that needed help then and now, and I don't mean to cast aspersions on the VA hospitals because the Md's and RN's and all of the staff are hard working and loyal, they just happen to be under staffed and under funded and continually over flowing, and to knowingly let there be homeless and jobless vets out there is just not only heartbreaking, its a sin committed by this administration every day.

I just want to share a brief bit of my personal history in regards to how past administrations have treated combat vets, and before I go any further I believe that no matter what your politics the Bush & Cheney administration by far has been the most disrespectful, odious and malignant human beings to have ever been in command of anything let alone the precious gift of life given to us by our Creator, and if your agnostic you still have to believe that life is indeed precious. My father and four of his brothers now all deceased all fought in WWII, and all they got for their blood sweat and tears were shrapnel and bullet wounds, malaria and shell shock, that's what they called ptsd syndrome back then. I am Joseph and I served in Vietnam along with two of my fathers brothers sons, my cousin Joe and my cousin Andy. The only thing I can remember getting from my government was an additional $65 dollars per month added to my paycheck for combat pay, but in general we got about the same thing our dads got and about the same thing our brothers got who by the way never get mentioned but suffered just the same in the Korean War.

This is one of the reasons that it is hard for me to say with conviction "country first" when the chicken hawks that run this country continue at all costs sending our brave children into the meat grinder of the military industrial complex, not just once but over and over again until they either die or break down, and by the way we were all forewarned about this by a great republican in the 50's president Dwight D. Eisenhower, but to no avail they are sent repeatedly, without regard for their families or their futures, this administration has used human beings like fodder to feed their greed and ambitions. Those are the men that drape an American Flag around themselves and cry support the troops, but refuse to sign a comprehensive GI bill, the same men who sent our sons & daughters, husbands and wives and even our grandfathers to war and not even give them the proper equipment to defend themselves, did you ever think in your life time that you would see a president of these United States of America make a mother or wife or other family relative go to a surplus store to buy their loved ones a bullet proof vest to send to them while they were already in a war zone or send Americans to war without the proper armor and armored vehicles. Did you ever think you would see a president that would mandate that after you went to war and served your time, that you would be back door drafted back into service. When the Bush and Cheney's of the world say "Americans & America First" then may I subscribe to the baseless republican slogan of "Country First"? just one of many slogans that we have had to hear in the past 7 years. I don't think so because republican leaders will never say Americans and America First. Finally for the life of me I still don't understand why of all men John McCain did not support the new GI bill sent to the floor by Senator Jim Webb ???

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