I haven't written to this blog in a long time. It's not that have nothing to say, it's because every time I did so in the past, I couldn't finish the post without a bunch of profanities. Hopefully, I'll be able to finish this post and make it at least a PG rating.
A few minutes ago, I checked a link posted to my Facebook feed by my sister. It was an excerpt of from a recent Mark Levin show, regarding WWII vets and their memorial. If you haven't seen or heard the excerpt, you can find it here.
Not only do I fully agree with much of what he said, I too got very angry when I initially heard what was happening at the WWII Memorial. As Levin says in his commentary, "These men are in their 80s and 90s." They earned the right to visit THEIR memorial. They earned the right to visit it WITHOUT interference from a bloated government, which has totally forgotten the reasons those men went to war.
I feel this way for one simple reason...I served my country myself. I did so during a time of turmoil and I did so without question. I went where I was told to go, and in some cases, where I was asked to go. I gladly served because I knew I was serving the greatest country on Earth. I entered military service in 1969, a few years before the Vietnam war ended for American military members. I survived the cutbacks of the early Carter administration. I continued to serve during the lean years of that same administration. And I was glad when President Reagan was elected, then reelected. I finished my military career shortly after the first Gulf War ended. At that time, I was fighting a war of my own, so to speak. I was facing off with Mother Nature and Mt. Pinatubo at Clark AB, The Philippines. In the end, the base was badly damaged from a volcanic eruption and I was retired when I returned to the United States five months after the initial destructive eruption. You can see some of the damage done to the base at the website here.
After more than 20 years in service to the United States, I feel a kinship to anyone else who served, including WWII veterans wanting to see THEIR memorial. Those brave men are provided that opportunity by an organization called Honor Flight. The organization takes veterans, at NO COST to the vet, to Washington, D.C. to see their memorial. It is a fitting tribute to soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who served this country in past wars. And it is a tremendous way for the American people to show the respect which all members of the military deserve, both past, present and future.
What all this is about, is the National Park Police closing the memorial and threatening to arrest anyone who crossed the barriers. When I heard that numerous members of congress open the memorial in front of the park police, I literally jumped from my chair and let loose the loudest "Yippee Kiyaa..." I could release. Probably scared my landlord at the same time. I would have hoped that the movement to open the memorial was bi-partisan. But I have yet find reference to any democrat who assisted. Is it only members of the GOP who respects the actions of American service members? It looks that way to me.
After I finished reading and listening to what Levin said, I read the comments. The second comment I read, from "Barb," was unbelievable. She states "Your language to incite anger within your followers is disgusting," referring I believe, to the tone Levin took in his verbal address. Well Barb, the anger was already there. I had the anger before I saw or heard of Levin's statement. And I am sure thousands of other Americans felt the same way. It's disgraceful for a party to act the way they are acting. And I am not writing about the GOP. Yes, I lean to the right, but I am a registered Independent. What I see in Washington, D.C., is the party which holds the presidency and the Senate, think they can do what they want without consequences. Mr. Reid should have left congress years ago. His actions of not bringing a House anything to even a debate stage is absolutely irresponsible...and that's the cleanest way I can say it.
Many people blame the Republicans in the House, especially the Tea Party Republicans, for the shutdown. I would say they are partially to blame. But just as much blame, if not more, goes to Harry Reid and U.S. Senate, and President Obama. They seem to have forgotten that there are other parties in the US government who were elected BY the people. We are not a "We have the power, we will do as we please," system of government, as happened with the ridiculous Affordable Health Care Act. I fully support the House of Representatives for shutting down the government. The house holds the purse strings. I personally hope the negotiating stance the house takes is, "You scratch our back first, then we will scratch yours." All to often in the past, when the Democrats promised to do something in return for the GOP doing something, the Democrats conveniently found ways of avoiding fulfilling their end of the bargain. So, this time I hope the House, and the GOP members, stand together and hold tight until actions from the Democratic party speak louder than their so far, worthless words.
I want to address a few more things from Barb's comment on Levin's statement.
First of all, Obama didn't win reelection...the GOP lost the election. Yes, they put forth a person who couldn't get elected. Because so many people didn't think Romney was the best choice, they just didn't vote. I almost didn't vote for the president position. But I did feel I would rather have four years of Romney, than four more years of Obama.
Secondly, you mention how the anger and nastiness needs to quit. Yes, it does. But there is plenty of anger and nastiness on both sides. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with the anger. It is a lot better than radicals standing up for liberal ideas setting off bombs. Isn't venting anger better than blowing up people and/or property? I think venting is much better.
I have no crystal ball to tell me what is going to happen in Washington, D.C., but I hope both sides come to their senses and start doing what they were elected to do, and not what they want to do.