I said this once before, when we had our online radio show…but it bears repeating:Listen up world…right now the United States is in a position of declining power, both militarily and economically, and the blame falls squarely at the feet of the Muslim-in-chief, the current occupant of the White House.
Opinions are like noses, everybody has one and mine are certainly no better or worse than anyone else’s…except that you have an opportunity to read or see mine. That, in case you don’t remember it, is how free speech works in this country. The First Amendment says that. You don’t need a permit. You don’t need to be in a certain zone. You don’t need to be in agreement with the government, or anyone else for that matter. You have a brain, use it. You have a mouth, use it…but understand that what you say and do has consequences and sometimes those consequences come back to bite you in the ass.
Let’s mix a couple of things together. We have a lot of veterans in this country. These veterans fought for our freedoms and a lot of the guys and gals never made it back…but they lie in cemeteries around the United States and halfway around the world. They died, and fought, to give us the freedoms that we have…or used to have. If we abandon them, in any way, it would be a crime of some sort and the criminals should be punished. Give the veterans the medical help that they need. Keep the red tape and BS out of the system that gives veterans the assistance they require. If that means stringent watch-dog approaches to management, so be it. If it means that slackers, liars, and political hacks get fired, so be it. The veteran comes first and foremost…always.
That’s the first part of this mixture, and here comes the second part…the borders. Let’s utilize those veterans who would want to participate in patrolling the borders. They know weapons, they know about enemies and they know about the consequences of letting your guard down. Along with the veterans, there’s private citizens…gun owners all, who want to maintain the border security, and we should bolster our Border Patrol in any way we can, and if that means a sort of “posse” or “deputizing” volunteers, let’s do it. Calculations are that there’s about 100 million gun owners in the United States…and they probably own more than one…maybe a long gun and a handgun.
Just say, for conversation’s sake, that there’s 200 million guns in the hands of private citizens and that, of course, includes the veterans. If just 1% of gun owners “volunteer” to assist the Border Patrol, that’s a tremendous boost in security…something that is needed, but the current administration doesn’t seem to want to do it, for reasons unknown to me. We have a volunteer armed forces system…and they get paid, don’t they? Why then can’t we have a volunteer border-watching group, and they would get paid also? Most, if not all, would probably supply their own equipment, including weapons, ammunition, camping gear and whatever else they needed. Not only would it bolster the security at the border, but it would alleviate unemployment, somewhat. No, it probably wouldn’t eliminate unemployment but it would help.
It would send a message to the world that America is coming back, so don’t screw with us. We’ve been knocked down a peg or two…by our own government, but we can, and will come back, remember that. The next president, and I sincerely hope it’s a person of honesty, loyalty and patriotism, will have a massive job of turning the ship of state around. Imagine, if you will, that you’re on a very large ship and you need to make a turn back to where you were. It doesn’t happen quickly because the ship might tilt and turn over…so you make a wide, gentle, turn back to where you came from. Our ship of state is a big one so don’t look for overnight miracles. They’re not going to happen.
It should happen, if the right person is elected, and if that person fills the cabinet with people of vision and patriotism. Loyalty is to the country, not to the party, not to the President, but to the country.
Don’t screw with America. That’s the message. We started this country by defeating one of, if not the most powerful countries in the world at the time. We’ve continued on to become a great economic and military power…but of late, the eagle has had its wings clipped. But wings and feathers can grow back, I believe, so look out, you enemies of freedom, America is coming back and if you screw with us, we’ll be coming for you.
Stand up, speak up, rise up. Wake up America, your country needs you…desperately.
Larry Usoff, US Navy Retired; email@example.com
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