Destruction of the Warrior Culture

If you could put your finger on a point in time when it started it would have to be the decade of the 1960s. That is when Americans stood by and allowed the destruction of the warrior culture to start.

The warrior culture is the unique culture that exists in varying degrees in all branches of the United States Armed Forces. To use the lingo of the day, it is the American spirit and probably the last stronghold of it, only on steroids.

In the Special Operations and the Combat Arms branches of service it is by necessity intense. It is the invisible to the uncultured, but is their crucial tool bag item for survival. These forces represent the tip of the arrow that strikes our nation’s enemies. It is smaller than the rest of the force, but it is the deadly piece. It is the piece, without which the remainder is useless. Like a bee without a stinger, an arrow without an arrowhead is just a buzzing annoyance. A much larger shaft, representing the remainder of the force, enables the arrowhead to strike its target. From the arrowhead to the vane, the warrior culture is the glue that holds it all together and makes it work. The culture is commonly focused with strongly held core values as its foundation. If any piece of its foundation falters, the rest will fail. The results for our warriors and ultimately our country? Catastrophic.

How does a nation allow the destruction of its military force, clearly the world’s most powerful, whose cornerstone is that strong and dedicated warrior culture? Social engineering is how. The weapons of choice are anti military liberal ideology and its abject offspring – political correctness. Their method? Through social engineering, destroy the core values.

I enlisted into the Army in 1971. It was not a popular career choice at the time. Our military was still in Vietnam and hamstrung by inept politicians of the Ted Kennedy genre. Soldiers, many of whom were conscripts, were commonly greeted as baby killers by the Jane Fondas and John Kerrys of the day. They were welcomed home from war, one in which their country called them to serve, by the ignorant reprobates of the me generation. Today, we call them the President’s czars.

As the draft was winding down, I was introduced to the new VOLAR Army. VOLAR is short for volunteer Army. Haircuts and other appearance standards were relaxed and basic trainees got to wear civilian clothes on the weekends. The recruiting pitch was not “join the Army.” It was “let the Army join you.” To attract volunteers, the assumption was that the warrior culture needed to be more like the culture outside the gates of the military bases. Or, at least give the appearance that it was.

From my perspective, that was the jumping off point for the slow turn away from the warrior culture and toward a politically correct culture. Fortunately for our country, our Warriors hung on to the culture that is dear to them and necessary for the survival of our nation. They brought our Armed Forces back from the precipice on which it stood after Vietnam. They survived Jimmy Carter and were blessed with the leadership of Ronald Reagan. The concern is can it survive in the current political culture and under our current political leadership.

Political correctness cost lives at Fort Hood, because Army officers feared a discrimination complaint would be filed against them if they challenged a jihadi lunatic in an Army uniform. I do not need an investigation to tell me that is the case. I lived it.

The other day I was trapped in the waiting room at the eye doctor. The first thing I had to endure on the flat panel television hanging from the wall was Ellen. For me, that glorification of homosexuality is like water boarding. Or maybe worse. Oprah followed Ellen. Oprah’s guest? Ellen’s wife. Trying to sell her book about anorexia and bulimia. With tears running down her face she read excerpts about puking up Nachos followed by accounts of how hard it was hiding her homosexuality. Good thing DADT was repealed.

Hang on to the warrior culture Americans. With all of your might.

© 2011

Life in Obamastan

What if the free United States of America and freedom loving individuals stopped participating in the independence and prosperity destroying policies forced on them by the federal government? What if we told Washington that we intend to abide by the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution whether they like it or not. If we do not want to buy an Obamacare insurance plan, we will not. If we do not accept industry crushing regulations, we will not implement them. If we want to break out into spontaneous prayer and acknowledge God whether at a sporting event, in the schoolhouse or in legislative halls around the country, we will. Jail us for it. The jails need prayer too. On the upside, you can create prison guard jobs.

Maybe to start 2011, we need an American collective Rosa Parks moment. We are tired of being ignored, so we are not going to do it your way anymore. Period.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

The 10th Amendment is a very short one. Like the rest of our Constitution, it is very unlike those Reid Pelosi two thousand page liberty crushing monstrosities. And remember the wisdom of San Fran Nan. We must first pass them into law so we can then learn what they do to us. What does this red button do? How have we survived and prospered for so many years without the wisdom of Nan?

Do you know what differentiates the United States of America from the third world mud holes? The places Americans might never hear about if our young warriors were not sacrificed in them for nation building endeavors politically disguised as wars? The difference between us and them is that we have, for now, a world class middle class. Correct that, not A but The World Class Middle Class.

The liberal mind is a marvel. It is a mind that wraps itself around wars on capitalist greed and every heart wrenching story of despair attributed to it. Liberal cheering for this gang of freedom killing wealthy, progressive/communists currently running our country will continue right up until the day when harsh reality shows them that the war was not on the rich capitalist dogs at all. It was on them, at least those among them who are part of the middle class. By the time they understand that they were only collateral damage in the progressive war on the middle class, the rest of us will have to feed them. Well the remainder of them anyway.

What are we, including our misguided liberal brethren, getting in return for all of the hope and change fairy dust that us sprinkled upon us by a manufactured man and his adoring sycophantic media?

We are getting a utopian life in Obamastan.

In Obamastan, the very wealthy will always be very wealthy. Whatever they do to help us down-trodden, like provide Obamacare, will have no impact on their lives – none whatsoever. They will never have to concern themselves with government wrecked health care nor being too old to get life sustaining medical treatment. They will always be able to buy the world’s best private health care.

Their world view requires destitute peasants who are dependent on and beholden to them. To achieve this, they must destroy America’s world class and independent minded middle class. After which George Soros, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates can hold hands and proclaim that they have finally achieved benevolent global governance. Ahhh a utopian world led by Obamastan, the former free republic of the United States of America.

The Environmental Protection Agency wing of the new communist party, in the name of earth worship, is also hell-bent on destroying our middle class. With all of their hard work, who knows, maybe I can stop shoveling the global warming out of my driveway.

A moratorium on oil drilling? Who do you think $5.00 gas is going to hurt? John Kerry? The private jets of the wealthy will still be zipping around. Our world class middle class, who will not be able to afford private transportation will have to move back to Detroit and the other wonderful liberal controlled ghettos from which freedom and prosperity allowed them to escape. Or, trade their freedom of movement in for a high-speed Obamarail pass.

Want another little taste of the future in Obamastan brought to you courtesy of EPA regulation? Have you noticed your electric bills creeping up? Remember, his highness told us that under his plan our rates would necessarily quadruple. Coal keeps the lights on in most of this country, take a minute or two and educate yourself about Obamastan’s war on coal, energy in general and industry. This is an important issue for Americans, especially in the regions of our country that depend on the coal industry for survival – like here in Wild and Wonderful.

For another little peek into the future visit Ashland, Kentucky located in the tri-state border area with West Virginia and Ohio. AK Steel has a coke plant there. Coke is produced from coal and is used to fire the company’s blast furnaces. It will close permanently in 2011. EPA regulations make the plant too expensive to upgrade and operate. It will cost directly 263 jobs and affect around 300 more contract jobs. The economy will take a hit and the city of Ashland will take a direct one too. Ashland will lose around $500,000 in payroll taxes and its largest water and sewer customer. Those costs will be transferred.

Hey Sarah! I can see Obamastan from my front porch. Happy New Year.

© 2010

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The Birth of Jesus

Luke 2

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Jesus Presented in the Temple

When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

Consequences Intended or Not

Whenever special interest driven politicians force social engineering on Americans and their Armed Forces, there are always consequences.

The premise is that all homosexuals want to be known primarily by their sexual identity. If this is true why did a college kid commit suicide when his homosexuality, obviously against his desire, was made public? I am asking because the popular meme is that every homosexual is eager to share his or her private sexual identity with the remainder of the world and treat it as his or her primary attribute. That may not be so, but it will be the consequence of this particular endeavor into social engineering.

If you accept that premise then your indoctrination is complete. The only people you cannot tolerate are the Christian fanatics who still believe in something with a foundation infinitely more solid than moral relativism.

Has anyone given even a modicum of thought about the feelings of homosexuals who are serving and are doing so because they want to be identified as Soldiers first before they are identified as being homosexuals? How many of them will end up like the college kid from Rutgers because people like Congressman Barney Frank insists that we accept a person because of their sexual orientation before we accept them as anything else?

Might I ask you? Do you want your spouse to post on Facebook or stand on your front lawn and lay out the details of your private sex life to everyone who passes by whether they care a whit to know about it or not and regardless of your feelings on the matter?

Is sexual orientation now going to be our most important identifying characteristic – for Soldiers or anyone? Superseding even race, ethnicity and gender – another hyphen preceding our already hyphenated identities? If it is, then the fallacy that repealing the law is actually about service is clearly exposed. Is it not?

I read the discussion forums frequented by Army Noncommissioned Officers. There is no overwhelming number either for or against open homosexual service. Most of them are firm in what they believe. That is what I expect of Army NCOs. Stand up for what you believe. But support what you believe with what you know, not what you think you know or how you feel. Do some critical thinking about this issue that takes you below the red herrings of service and rampant homophobia.

I read in those forums that homosexuals have always served and we all know who they are. Do you know any? Can you name them? What difference does it make now if you point them out to the rest of us who are not perceptive enough to identify homosexuals on sight?

In all of my time in the Army, including 4 years as a Unit First Sergeant and 6 years as a Command Sergeant Major, I saw many more trained and qualified Soldiers separated for being overweight than for being homosexual. Not all of them wanted to leave the service either. Why were they separated? It was certainly not because of their performance. Many of them worked much harder than the pencil-necked headquarters policy wonks just to prove that they were worth keeping. They were separated because they did not fit into someone’s idea of what a Soldier should look like. Their sin was having more than the allowable amount of body fat. Often only a little more. There are dogonned few jobs in the Army that require thin bodies.

I am not too concerned about the troops themselves, only their safety. They will fulfill their obligations and do what is asked of them. American Soldiers are renowned for their ability to adapt to their situation, but how many of them will remain at the end of their obligation?

I am more concerned about the leadership. I know a tad about military leaders. They want the led to view them as Soldiers and leaders first and not as something else. They do not want the deadly possibility that Soldiers might lose even a little bit of trust in them because they may be distracted by the leader’s homosexuality. When there are any chinks in the armor of trust that an Army leader wears, he or she becomes less effective and subsequently a more deadly leader. It is just a matter of fact.

The other thing we are told is that thousands now serving in the military will no longer have to live a lie. You would think by the talk and discussions that our military forces are overwhelmingly homosexual. Pardon me if I am just a bit skeptical of that presumption.

The remainder of the military, comprising many more thousands and including the leadership who do not accept homosexuality as normal behavior, will now most certainly have to choose to live a lie about who they are by pretending that they do accept it. That is more dangerous to any military unit than outright and overt opposition. Or they can be true to what they believe and hold dear, as has been pounded into the heads of American Soldiers for generations, salute and quietly leave for a place where they are not forced to accept as moral something they firmly believe is immoral.

If I heard it once, I heard it a hundred of times. The Army recruits Soldiers, it retains families. This is unquestionably true. More than half of our Soldiers, at least the last time I looked, are married. The number of married Soldiers has steadily increased since we became an all-volunteer force in the 70’s. This reflects a career, professional, and volunteer force. That is one reason we are for now the world’s best. How many of those career families that provide the most professional leadership of any military force in the history of the world will now exit at the first opportunity?

The Commander in Chief, his Congress, the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have established their legacies. Let us see how history records them. Maybe we will be the next dusty volume in the historical collection of the rise and fall of great nations. Maybe that is the consequence, intended or not.

© 2010

Our Moral Fabric

I believe America’s is a bit tattered.

Considering the road our nation is traveling, the law commonly mislabeled as “Don’t ask Don’t Tell”, will likely be repealed. The smart guys and gals in Washington believe that is the thing to do. Many of them, calling themselves political conservatives have stated that maybe we should just let these “social” issues go and focus on other more important things. I believe there are no things more important.

The moral fabric is what holds everything else together. For many years, the concerted effort has been to unravel our country’s thread by thread. Commencing with removing God from the public square and murdering unborn children to the veritable destruction of the traditional family unit it is only logical that our country’s most respected and trusted institution, our Armed Forces, be a major stepping stone toward turning America into New Amsterdam.

I hope those serving in or leading our armed forces who are championing repeal of the law that states that homosexuality is not compatible with military service understand that this is not about military service just as homosexual marriage is not about marriage. It is about declaring as a nation that homosexuality is normal behavior and that homosexuals should have protected status under law as a minority class. That is what it is about, period. So, when the law is repealed, do not expect legions of homosexuals to overwhelm military recruiting stations.

I know that there are homosexuals serving now. The impression one gets from the party line, however, is that military units are literally filled with homosexuals just waiting to come out of the closet. I expect the number is not that great. I also expect that the majority of those who are serving are not the in your face radicals who are pushing this issue and prefer to keep their lives, including their sexual proclivities, private as do most people.

When this law is repealed, understand that our Armed Forces do not move in half-steps. When homosexuals are given minority status by law, expect the military to lead the way with homosexual affirmative action, annual homosexual –American history and culture celebrations and recognition of homosexual partners as military dependents. Of course all of the endless government forms, where one must declare his race and gender, will need modification. I do not know how that will work. If sexual orientation is to become ones identity, do we make it a new race or do we create a third sex or do we just replace gender identification with sexual orientation? Would we include a block for pedophilia? Is that not also a sexual orientation?

Without checking too hard, I can assure you that since 1993 when this law was passed the military has separated more fully trained, qualified and productive Soldiers for being overweight (and in case you are curious, overweight by military standards would probably be a svelte civilian) than for being homosexual. The people inside the service who are cheering for homosexual service do not hesitate to chase away overweight Soldiers many of whom want to remain in service. They are dishonest if they do not admit to that truth. Of course there is a new war on our nation’s immoral fat people. Fat is just not acceptable. So as service in the military becomes a new right by law, will we recall all of these fully qualified and trained Soldiers who were separated against their will for being overweight?

There is another issue here that bugs the living daylights out of me. It is the red herring of integrity. The argument is that homosexuals must lie about who they are in order to serve. Are you not curious about why the policy is dubbed “don’t ask”? A person does not have to declare his or her sexual orientation on entry into the military just as no one has to declare his or her preferred form of sexual activity. And who in the heck wants to in the first place? Will that not have to necessarily change?

There is an integrity issue here though that is bigger than keeping ones sexual preference private. It will impact military leadership more than it will impact the troops. Military leaders who do not believe that homosexuality is morally acceptable behavior will be asked to abandon what they believe and pretend that they do accept it. Some will put up a politically correct façade and pretend. Some will not.

Military leaders who actually live by the strongly professed values that comprise their code of honor, which includes integrity above all else and candor, will lose their careers for having the courage to stand by their personal moral convictions and telling homosexuals that they cannot accept their behavior as moral. The military will lose good leaders.

To reiterate, repealing this law is not about service. Like marriage, it is about taking down the institution.

We need to end all of the phony baloney hooey and get right down to the brass tacks of this issue. Are the people of this country ready to accept laws making homosexuals the country’s new minority protected class? That is the goal by the way. Man’s law condones a lot of things these days like murdering unborn babies, but man’s laws cannot change what I or anyone believes, thinks or accepts as moral.

© 2010

Passage of the measure may also spur broader debate about issues like gay marriage rights. Kate Kendell, the executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said debate over the military policy “ignited a national conversation not just about the ability of lesbians and gay men to be good soldiers, but about the underpinnings of all sorts of government-sanctioned discrimination,” she said. Wall Street Journal

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