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WE ARE IN GREAT DANGER
Essays like the attached come to me from friends who know how I care...about Veterans who have defended America in the past, about those Veterans still in uniform who are protecting us now, and about those new Veterans whom we shall muster to protect America's future. This article paints an ominous picture for the future, and cites some institutions for not supporting the Nation, as the same institutions traditionally did in generations past. For a comparison:
In the past week, I visited three of Florida's six Veterans Homes, which my Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs (FDVA) is held responsible to fund, operate, manage, and nurture. During each of these three visits, I interviewed a World War II Veteran, who consented beforehand. While each story is quite different, the common denominator of all three is their zeal to serve, as fueled by the patriotic fervor of the international news when it got to those heroes whom I interviewed.
All three of my interviewees were truly inspired to volunteer and serve with vigor wherever they went, because they KNEW the Nation was solidly behind their personal commitments... "to support, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, against all enemies, foreign and domestic." Today, those serving are arguably even more dedicated, but not because they see similar support in the media (as we saw during the Greatest Generation of the 1940s). Back in the 1960s and early 70s, there was not simply a lack of support by the media; indeed, the media, movie stars, universities and public were downright HOSTILE to those Viet Nam Veterans returning home. While there are many opinions re why those hostilities were/are there, there seems no doubt THEY IN FACT EXIST.
The WHY is discussed in some detail, which I think you will find provocative.
'You aint gonna like losing'
President Bush did make a bad mistake in the war on terrorism. But the mistake was not his decision to go to war in Iraq. Bush's mistake came in his belief that this country is the same one his father fought for in WWII. It is not.
Back then, they had just come out of a vicious depression. The country was steeled by the hardship of that depression, but they still believed fervently in this country. They knew that the people had elected their leaders, so it was the people's duty to back those leaders. Therefore, when the war broke out the people came together, rallied behind, and stuck with their leaders, whether they had voted for them or not or whether the war was going badly or not.
And war was just as distasteful and the anguish just as great then as it is today. Often there were more casualties in one day in WWII than we have had in the entire Iraq war. But that did not matter. The people stuck with the President because it was their patriotic duty. Americans put aside their differences in WWII and worked together to win that war.
Everyone from every strata of society, from young to old pitched in. Small children pulled little wagons around to gather scrap metal for the war effort. Grade school students saved their pennies to buy stamps for war bonds to help the effort. Men who were too old or medically "4F" lied about their age or condition trying their best to join the military. Women doubled their work to keep things going at home. Harsh rationing of everything from gasoline to soap, to butter was imposed, yet there was very little complaining.
You never heard prominent people on the radio belittling the President. Interestingly enough in those days there were no fat cat actors and entertainers who ran off to visit and fawn over dictators of hostile countries and complain to them about our President. Instead, they made upbeat films and entertained our troops to help the troops' morale. And a bunch even enlisted.
And imagine this: Teachers in schools actually started the day off with a Pledge of Allegiance, and with prayers for our country and our troops!
Back then, no newspaper would have dared point out certain weak spots in our cities where bombs could be set off to cause the maximum damage. No newspaper would have dared complain about what we were doing to catch spies.
A newspaper would have been laughed out of existence if it had complained that German or Japanese soldiers were being 'tortured' by being forced to wear women's underwear, or subjected to interrogation by a woman, or being scared by a dog or did not have air conditioning.
There were a lot of things different back then. We were not subjected to a constant bombardment of pornography, perversion and promiscuity in movies or on radio. We did not have legions of crack heads, dope pushers and armed gangs roaming our streets.
No, President Bush did not make a mistake in his handling of terrorism. He made the mistake of believing that we still had the courage and fortitude of our fathers. He believed that this was still the country that our fathers fought so dearly to preserve. It is not the same country. It is now a cross between Sodom and Gomorra and the land of Oz. We did unite for a short while after 9/11, but our attitude changed when we found out that defending our country would require some sacrifices.
We are in great danger. The terrorists are fanatic Muslims. They believe that it is okay, even their duty, to kill anyone who will not convert to Islam. It has been estimated that about one third or over three hundred million Muslims are sympathetic to the terrorists' cause...Hitler and Tojo combined did not have nearly that many potential recruits.
So...we either win it - or lose it - and you ain't gonna like losing.
America is not at war. The military is at war. America is at the mall.
/s/ LeRoy Collins, Jr.