Americans Must Defend Their Veterans Because You’re Next!
Who cares that our veterans fulfilled the legal, contractual and Constitutional requirements of their commitment? We all better be because Americans are on the slippery slope to losing our rights under the law.
With the outrage generated from the Los Angeles Times exposure of the Department of Defense demanding the return (with back interest!) of Iraq war veteran’s reenlistment payments, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter ordered a suspension of collection on October 26. Speaking in the best of politically correct “bureaucratease” he said: “Our goal is to have a process that honors the commitment to our service members and also to our responsibility of the taxpayer.” As I am intimately familiar with the language of Washington, DC bureaucrats, allow me to translate: ‘This close to the November 8th election we need to suspend the extortion because Americans are paying attention. Once the election is over, Americans will go back to sleep and it will be business as usual.’
History tells us how reliable the DoD is at fulfilling their responsibility to the taxpayers. Some recent examples: The cost overruns that went into the 1980s B-2 Stealth Bomber exploded to the point where a single B-2 became more expensive than a Navy Aircraft Carrier. In the early ‘90s the F-22 Raptor estimated cost was $65 million each, but after a decade of rising costs, then Defense Secretary Gates finally capped the program after one F-22 had skyrocketed to over $190 million each. DoD bureaucrat’s “responsibility to the taxpayer” has now overshadowed even these examples with the multi-billion dollar cost over runs on the F-35, the most expensive weapon system in history, with an estimated cost exceeding a trillion dollars. With examples like this it’s no wonder the DoD bureaucrats need to go back and renege on their contracts with the veterans. Who cares that our veterans fulfilled the legal, contractual and Constitutional requirements of their commitment?
The answer is simple: We all better, because all Americans are on the slippery slope to losing all our rights under the law.
Who knows what’s next?
- Maybe they’ll say we no longer have the right of privacy, and they can monitor our emails, phones conversations, and force private companies to turn over any information they want about us? Oh wait…they actually did that didn’t they?
- Maybe when the bureaucracy is asked what happened to the over $12 billion sent to Iraq in the aftermath of the invasion, they’ll just shrug their shoulders and say they don’t know. Oh wait…that’s what they actually said.
- Maybe they will say that if you are priced out of the market for healthcare insurance, you will have to pay the government a minimum of $695 a year, even if you have no income? Oh wait, they actually did that too.
How have we come to this impasse? The answer is simple: The slippery slope. You were warned and reminded that today, “Only in fantasy may one speak truth:”
“Civilians don’t understand that when you take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies foreign and domestic, the oath doesn’t come off with the uniform. Too many have forgotten nowadays. Far too many in DC,” Dave Hollis said.
“I don’t understand, Dave,” Gimmel replied.
“In politics there is always the choice of doing nothing,” Dave answered. “Most political calculations in today’s Congress start with that option. Doing nothing maintains your power base while providing IOUs to collect later. Regardless of the harm of doing nothing might be, it’s usually the safest bet politically. The political environment of Washington, DC, doesn’t reward integrity or loyalty nor doing the right thing,” he continued. “Compromising for your own political preservation is the norm in DC today. But that mindset is the slippery slope.”
“The slippery slope?” Gimmel repeated. “I’ve never heard the term used from a political perspective.”
“You’ve heard the old saying, ‘For evil to triumph, good men need do nothing,” Hollis said. “Well if you compromise in the death of one, it gets easier to compromise for the death of two, three, or three hundred. If you allow $100 million to go to some pork-barrel project, then what’s the difference if its $120 million or $120 billion the next time. Decisions have a nasty habit of losing perspective in politics and people in power in Washington started losing perspective as early as 1950 in Korea. Now, in the era of global empire and multi-trillion dollar budgets, the long series of compromises has resulted in a political system with a complete lack of integrity. A blind bureaucratic behemoth, tearing up the Bill of Rights, launching wars, and debating the definition of torture, aggression, and life like a college debating contest lacking any morality, justice, or responsibility.”
“Well can’t the American people change the moral perspective of the bureaucracy through its voting power?” Gimmel asked.
“Impossible, my friend.” Hollis said, “Bureaucracies, corporations, organizations, even spiritual ones as old as the Vatican’s don’t have a moral perspective. Only individual human beings are endowed with a moral compass and the perspective of integrity to use it. Only individual decisions can be made at every step on any issue. What the American people can do—Must do!—is vote in people of integrity with the courage to use it.”
(From Resurrection: An Americans Awaken, © 2014 by WH Wisecarver. All rights reserved).
Vote wisely this November. Once you understand the issues, the solutions become obvious.