Alright, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of gun control, in addition too, the gun’s role in past and present shootings. A ridiculous rumor is circulating around America; it’s said, the gun is to blame for the deaths of men, women and children. If indeed you are one of these loose-lip finger-pointers, here are some other theories to consider:
A firearm is only a lethal weapon when a human hand picks it up, loads it, aims it, and fires! (Lay a gun on the table; don’t touch it, then let me know when it alone kills someone) Guns don’t kill people, people kill people! This will not change by implementing stricter gun laws. If a person wants to kill another human, they will do it regardless of the means to the end. Shall we ban rope, knives, cars, pillows and swords? A killer can use a rope to strangle a victim, or a knife to stab, a car to run over, a pillow to suffocate, or a sword to behead and dismember. What’s more, the internet now has sites which provide step-by-step bomb making! Shall we ban the internet?
Why does an individual pick up a weapon with intentions of killing another? Well, many theories exist; each of them right, signally and collectively. First and foremost, it takes a mentally detached person to contemplate murdering another human –let alone actually doing it. So, how do these killers reach the point of murder? A hopelessness and helplessness which has no point of return?
Perhaps the killer was abused or molested as a child, and the havoc it played on their psyche was more than they could take. Or, maybe mass media warped their mind with violent programming; the glorifying of death and tragedy. Just maybe, it was the continuous playing of violent video games which make death seem ‘undoable’ ~something which can be undone with the push of a reset button. Could it be they were bullied until broken, with little to no resolve? Or, just maybe, a different political view threatened the very values of the deranged mind which believed killing a Congress Person is their Civic Duty; the only way to ‘save’ their Country!
Regardless, whether it be one, or a collective of reasons, the dead are dead –period! Some believe banning assault rifles is the answer; or banning guns all together. In Connecticut, where the Sandy Hook mass shooting took place, assault rifles are illegal. Yet, some crazed nut-job commandeered one and shot over 20. Therefore, said argument has no validity.
Strict gun laws are active on the federal and state levels: 3-day waiting period; background checks; photo ID requirements; felons need not apply, etc. Has this stopped or slowed the gun violence in America? Hell no! Gun laws only control the lawful. Criminals will, and have always found guns for trade or purchase. Hell, America’s own Department of Justice’s Eric Holder is giving them out to drug cartel and Mexican Mafia thugs! Now, they want to take ours?
Many others believe mental health services are to blame for the rise in murder rates. Most of America’s insane asylums have long been shut down. The mentally ill being cared for in jail or prison, only after being arrested. The care they receive is minimal at best. Counseling Centers are over-run with patients, but short on employees. Medicaid and Medicare, not paying for most services. VA Centers forced to cut back because of $600 billion in cuts; leaving PTSD Veterans out in the cold. Psychotherapy medicines prescribed on a massive scale –side effects unknown to each individual patient. Seem like a catch 22? It is!
“Ban all violent video games!” scream others. World of Warfare, Second Life (which allows a player to create a character of their choice…allowing for murder, prostitution, rape, and even child molestation), War Games, etc. These games breathe imagination into a young mind. Giving the impression death is not permanent, that shooting someone has no consequence –except for a lost game. Additionally, violent games give the gamer the confidence they’re indestructible –untouchable to the ‘force’ with which they battle. This especially holds true for the mentally ill gamer. Shall we silence the 1st Amendment Right? Americans would not stand for such Tyranny!
Question is: Will Americans stand by and allow their Government to water down the 2nd Amendment? I don’t believe so. Americans were given this Right for a reason; to protect family, self, property, and country. If it is taken from the American people, who will defend them? Who will be standing there to fend off a predator which has a weapon and murder in their eyes? Self-defense will hold a whole new meaning! No! We the People will not stand by while our families, friends, properties, and country are left defenseless! What’s more, no Executive Order will sway said stand.
You raise our taxes
Want to take our guns
Dictate what moral choice is
Prohibit our fun
Jack up gas and claim it’s due to crisis
We can either walk, or pay the high prices
Farmers’ troubled with plowing land
You give with one, yet take with the other hand
Low Grade Credit with S&P
Head so far up your agenda you cannot see
You’re blind to the needs of the people you govern
Can’t compromise because you’re too damn stubborn
We the People, just pawns in this game of power
Rhetoric, lies, and scare tactics to make us cower
Have you forgotten who you work for?
You work for US!
Acting as if WE have no right to fuss
Do your job or get the Hell out!
You’re inept ~that’s no doubt
A Revolutionary Right is certainly ours
To come and disassemble the White House of Cards
Our best interest should be yours
If it’s not, we’ll be happy to show you the door
And, don’t underestimate our passion within
We are bound and determined America will be Great once again!
Proud American & Tired of Bureaucratic Bull
Stephanie Ann Kinzel
January 1, 2013
Once again, Americans are debating Gun Control; and, once again, the opposing argument lacks logic. Each time some nut-job goes on a killing spree, socialists push for abolishing the Second Amendment ~and, frankly, it’s pissing this American off! Nothing is more frustrating than debating with a person who has not thought out the theory of their position. This American has pondered and analyzed the misguided, ignorant theory of Gun Control ~the following is how I see it:
First, the Constitution was enacted to protect America and her citizens; each dilution of the Amendments will prove cause and effect on the People’s Rights. The Right to Bear Arms was given to protect self, family, business, and country. Who will protect the individual from the Evils of society if not themselves; the Government? Hell, they won’t protect our Borders, which would provide protection for America ; how can I entertain they give a damn about me, the invisible individual? Dependency on Government is a fool’s bet!
Secondly, Gun Control only controls the lawful ~not the lawless! Socialists and Marxists will never have the power to prevent killers and low-lives from obtaining guns. If anything, they will only empower the lawless, and turn decent citizens into criminals. What is more, it’s hard to control guns when those whose job it is to enforce Gun Control (i.e. Justice Department) are literally handing guns to Drug Cartels! Proof, “Dumb and Ridiculous” theories have deadly consequences.
Thirdly, previous amendments to Gun Rights have proven ineffective in eradicating violence. If indeed these amendments worked (i.e. background checks, three day waiting periods, limiting ammunition sales), the recent mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin could not have happened. The fact is, gun control is impossible to enforce. There will always be Black Markets where criminals can purchase or barter for firearms. What are needed are, stronger deterrents and sentences for those who commit violent acts upon another; not punishment upon the lawful for the actions of the lawless.
Additionally, knives, bows and arrows, automobiles, alcohol, sports, some foods, and a plethora of other things kill people; shall we ban those items as well? Should we make the Big Mac illegal because it can cause heart disease? Do we make it illegal to drive an automobile because some drive irresponsibly? Of course not! What we do is punish those who abuse their rights and privileges. Guns are no different people! Guns don’t kill people, people kill people ~you can’t control that!
In conclusion, Gun Control is an egotistical attempt from the left to falsely pacify the fears of the ignorant and simple-minded. Another feeble effort from the current Administration to brainwash constituents into a false sense of security, and dependency on government! The day Obama stations the Secret Service in front of my property, is the very day I will consider relinquishing my firearm! Until then, security to this American is: knowing if a robber, rapist, or murder breaks in my home, I have a 44-mag to welcome them!
When Democrats find I’m a Conservative, the rhetorical question is: “So, you’re a bigot, hu?” Unfortunately, there is a common misconception all Conservatives are gay-bashing, KKK “Tea-baggers” whose goal is to shove their religion down everyone’s throat. Admittedly, there are some on the right who resemble said statement; however, there are those of us whom do not. The following is an effort to clear-up where it is I stand on homosexuality and gay marriage.
First, let’s establish one thing: I do not take “Chick-Fil-A’s” position on gay marriage. A true Christian, who does not believe in homosexuality, realizes all God’s children were put on Earth to make choices ~and, answer accordingly! The fall out between God and the Devil is said to have occurred over a similar incident. The Devil thought it best humans be programed to obey Lord and Law. However, the Lord wanted humans to have free choice; he wanted to know the loyalty and love was due to choice, not force ~the rest is history. If it wasn’t proper to regulate choice then, what makes it proper now?
Personally, I believe it’s cogently evident, if humans were meant to have sex with the same gender; we would have been born with the same reproductive characteristics. I don’t believe however, it’s my place to judge or mandate others whom do not believe the same. I’m educated enough to realize, what I desire sexually, may not be what another desires. Therefore, what God given right do I have, which would entitle me to force my desires or moral choices upon another? None has such a right!
Why does it matter who a person loves? Shouldn’t it only matter that they love? After all, homosexuals are not mandating all mankind marry or love someone of the same sex; they just want acceptance for ones who choose to. Society is full of rapists, robbers, thieves, cheats, murders and liars; if someone wants to love, damn it, let them love! “Judge thee unless thee be judged!” It is no one’s business! Those who believe it is their business, needs an Ethics lesson.
Aware this piece will offend Republicans and Democrats alike, I add this:
Quit trying to divide and concur! We are all occupants of the earth, we each have our own values; moral choices to make; are all different in some way; all are sinners; and finally, not one of us are better than the other ~regardless of race, sexual orientation, religion, or financial status. Elephant or Ass, minus worldly possessions, we are equal!
United we stand ~divided we fall!
Portland Oregon is famously known for its “weird” eccentric activist population. Oregonians ride through the city naked to protest oil dependency ~proudly displaying their “business” to fight “big business”. Now, a frequent participant in the annual “World Naked Bike Ride”, John E. Brennan is showing his penis for privacy; stripping down to nothing but his pubic hair to protest TSA security practices. Brennan was scheduled to board a flight to San José April 17 when TSA agents at Portland International Airport pulled him to the side for a secondary search ~ peeved, Brennan shed his attire to prove he wasn’t concealing a bomb.
Brennan was instructed repeatedly to put his clothes back on; however, he refused in protest and was arrested. The Oregon man was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Indecent Exposure and housed at Multnomah County Jail. Brennan was arraigned Wednesday April 18 where the disorderly conduct charge was dismissed. Reports paint a picture of parents shielding the sight of their young, and onlookers pointing, laughing, all the while snapping photos and videos. The story has made national news, YouTube, and Social Networks ~many feeling the plight of this frequent flyer.
We all long for the days when airport security didn’t “feel” us up, administer radiation via body scanning equipment, riffle through personal belongings, or treat our children like suicide bombers. The fact remains however, it is a necessary evil. The tragic events of 9/11 proved there is no friendly sky ~no such thing as safe flight! I am certain those who perished on 9/11 wish there would’ve been more effective airport security! Maybe if those bitching, neighing, and protesting with their pecker hanging out would just shut the hell up and move through the line, things at airport security would move more efficiently and effectively! Furthermore, screw your privacy!!!! I will take safety over your privacy any day. Almost 3,000 people died on 9/ 11 due to lack of such procedures. What’s more, Mr. Brennan should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, in hopes others will not emulate this inappropriate behavior.
Let me be candid for a moment. Not as a Republican or Democrat, but instead as a logical American. Lately there has been a lot of bitchin’ about Voter ID laws, and frankly I am tired of hearing the constant whining. In America, ID is required to purchase beer and cigarettes; to cash a check or sign-up for entitlements; to enter a bar or drive an automobile; what’s more, emergency rooms and physicians require identification to be treated. These requirements are necessary to prevent fraud, underage sales of tobacco and alcohol, and detour identity theft. Why is it so terrible to require an ID to vote? It protects the election process from fraud.
Naysayers assert Voter ID laws are set up to discriminate against the low-income, disabled, and minorities. I say balderdash! All three (low-income, disabled, and minorities) must show ID to drive, cash checks, buy beer and cigarettes, and sign-up for food stamps and Medicaid; therefore, there is no logic to such an argument. Yet, this is the precise skewed argument the Department of Justice and left is spewing.
Thirty-one states now require proof of ID before allowing constituents to cast a vote: strict photo ID states include Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. Photo ID states include, Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, and South Dakota -16 others have non-photo ID laws. Some Democratic governed states vetoed similar laws.
Democrats claim the Republican push for tougher Voter ID laws is politically motivated. And, I am certain that’s true. However, Democrats have the same agenda –political gain. It is in America’s best interest to have strict Voter ID laws; it will prevent fraud and preserve the election process. If memory serves correctly, in 2008 ACORN committed election fraud in Obama’s favor –in 2004 the Bush election was tainted by Florida’s “hanging chads”, where Jeb Bush (George Bush’s brother) held an elected office. Personally, I believe tough Voter ID laws protect our voting right, not encroach it.
By Stephanie Ann Kinzel
On the first day of Christmas my Government gave to me,
A 3,000 page health mandate I cannot read…
On the second day of Christmas my Government gave to me,
12 “Super Committee members which could not agree…
On the third day of Christmas my Government gave to me,
An I.O.U from a failed solar company…
On the fourth day of Christmas my Government gave to me,
An ulcer over the debt ceiling…
On the fifth day of Christmas my Government gave to me,
A credit downgrade from S&P…
On the sixth day of Christmas my Government gave to me,
A broken economy…
On the seventh day of Christmas my Government gave to me,
An unsecured border, risking my safety…
On the eighth day of Christmas my Government gave to me,
A pack of lies and Tyranny…
On the ninth day of Christmas my Government gave to me,
A bankrupt Social Security…
On the tenth day of Christmas my Government gave to me,
Inept leadership to my country…
On the eleventh day of Christmas my Government gave to me,
Class Warfare and a divided society…
On the twelfth day of Christmas my Government gave to me,
A plethora of regulations which prevent businesses from hiring…
Impeachment sound a little harsh? Then you are a coddler! Coddling those who display egregious behavior only reinforces said behavior. If we continue to put up with inappropriate behavior from government officials, such as Eric Holder’s, then that is precisely what we will get. Since 2009, the Department of Justice has used tax dollars to fund a “Dumb and Ridiculous” gun-running operation known as “Fast and Furious”, which has put dangerous weapons in the hands of drug cartels. And, now that thousands of guns are MIA and one Border agent is dead, Holder’s resignation is being demanded by many Republicans.
First and foremost, Eric Holder is not stupid by any sense of the word; diabolical yes, amoral yes –stupid, no. One excuse Holder gives for not turning over important documents to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is; an investigation is in progress that forbids him to do so. Well, Holder initiated said investigation (as he stated many times) quickly after the operation’s blunder hit the media. It is believed Holder knew initiating such an investigation would keep certain incriminating evidence from Congress, therefore delaying the process. Sound like the strategy of an inept ignorant man, or a cunning, slick shyster? Holder did not reach his position in the DOJ because of a life-time of inept performance; therefore, claiming ignorance cannot be an option.
Secondly, Eric Holder claims he doesn’t remember exactly when he was made aware of “Fast and Furious”. Sure bet he didn’t eat any of those $16 dollar muffins either (sarcasm). Let’s remind him: Mr. Holder, remember the Mexico press conference in 2009 where you more or less bragged about DOJ’s Operation “Fast and Furious”? Furthermore, do you think “We the People” believe for one second you knew absolutely nothing of the operations within the Department of Justice sir? Since you obviously cannot handle said job sir –you must go; willingly or not! Americans deserve better from their employees, and you sir are criminal in the eyes of this American!
What is more outrageous is, Eric Holder could not even grasp a little common decency and call the family of slain Border Agent Brian Terry. No “I’m sorry for your loss” or nothing –guess Holder’s “give a damn is busted”. Could it be the guilt? Or, is it his arrogance?
“Under “Fast and Furious” ATF agents recorded and tracked straw purchases of weapons and allowed the guns to “walk” across the U.S. border into Mexico in an effort to locate major weapons traffickers, rather than catching the low-level buyers. The operation took a tragic toll when two weapons where Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was murdered were linked to the ATF program” (Kinzel, 2011).
There is no doubt the DOJ has the blood of Brian Terry on its hands; however, it isn’t likely any one will step up and accept responsibility for the inapt operation that caused the DOJ’s fall from Grace. Holder has recently said more firearms from Operation “Fast and Furious” will certainly show up at future crime scenes in both Mexico and America.
Holder admitted, “Although the department has taken steps to ensure that such tactics are never used again, it is an unfortunate reality that we will continue to feel the effects of this flawed operation for years to come”…“Guns lost during this operation will continue to show up at crime scenes on both sides of the border.”
The one thing Holder won’t admit, as the Attorney General he is ultimately responsible for the operations of the DOJ; good, bad, or indifferent, the buck stops with Holder. That said it is time for Eric Holder to take responsibility and resign –or be impeached. America no longer has faith in the ability of the Department of Justice or its leadership, and this will not change until Holder and a few high-ranking officials are fired. What happened to “Justice for all”? Where is the justice for the family of Agent Brian Terry? The firing and/or impeachment of Eric Holder, Lanny Breuer, and any entity who knowingly participated in “Fast and Furious” would be a start. This American votes Impeachment!
Kinzel, S. (2011, September 17). ATF’s “Fast and Furious” turns
“Dumb and Ridiculous”
Since left-wing media ran Herman Cain out-of-town, Newt Gingrich has soared to the top of the Republican food chain, now the wolves are stalking their prey. Recent polls have Newt at a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney as Gingrich continues to gain favor. The rise in poll numbers has left-wing media, shovels in hand, digging up the fossils of Newts past. A long list of controversial topics, flip-flops, and improprieties make Newt the perfect target for the only shovel ready project the left has produced. Criticized for everything from selling books and movies while campaigning too past stands on issues, Gingrich defends himself with conviction claiming he has sought redemption for his transgressions and is a “grandfather” now –which has changed him considerably. However, do people believe him? It seems they do according to poll numbers, what’s more, tactics of Republican rivals and the left prove Newt to be a creditable threat.
In a December 9th article published by The Huffington Post, issue is taken with Gingrich promoting and selling books and movies while campaigning for the Presidency. The article continuously slams Newt and his wife for signing, promoting, and selling books while on the campaign trail –depicting Gingrich as a self-promoting name dropper. Criticizing the Presidential candidate for relentlessly focusing on financial security for himself and his family is a weak argument at best. Who in their right mind would stop securing a certain life for prospects of an uncertain one? It’s not like Newt has secured his place in the Oval Office.
The Washington Post also engaged in the fossil-find via a December 10th article, which outlines Newt’s flip-flop on health care mandates. The article highlights contrasts between earlier positions and recent quotes made by Gingrich during the 2012 Presidential campaign. The WP article, “the first in a series of five”, quotes Gingrich’s most recent comments denouncing healthcare mandates in which he calls it “unconstitutional” and an open door for more government mandates. However, this left-wing read quickly breaks ground, digging up old news of Newt’s past position when fighting against “Hillary Care”. According to the article, in 1993 Gingrich insinuates he is for mandatory health insurance by comparing health care mandates to auto insurance mandates, suggesting all Americans should have insurance.
Whether it is affairs, passing Bills with Pelosi, calling the Palestinians “terrorists” and “invented”, health care mandates, or Donald Trump’s upcoming debate, Gingrich can’t catch a break –even Conservative pundits are throwing mud in Newt’s eye. Regardless, Newt Gingrich is standing firm on his convictions of ‘lessons learned’, and refuses to go “negative” in the run for the White House. Will Newt keep his word? Probably not, because politics are NOT a nice guy’s sport! However, as Joe Biden says, “don’t compare him to the Almighty, but by the competition”. Newt may not be Presidential material to most, but he is better than the alternative –Obama for another grueling four years!
(This article is not in support of Newt Gingrich -I’m just saying!)
Gingrich Describes Palestinian People as ‘Invented’
Iowa Poll: Gingrich Best Prepared for President
NBC Poll: Gingrich Has Big Leads in SC, Fla.
Newt Gingrich And Nancy Pelosi Co-Sponsored A Lot Of Bills, And This Is Meaningful Somehow
Newt Gingrich’s changing stance on health-care mandates (Fact Checker biography)
Newt Gingrich condemned for calling Palestinians ‘terrorists’
Newt Gingrich Sells Books And Films While Campaigning For President
Trump Debate Good Test to Beat Obama, Gingrich Says
The failure of the “Super Committee” has the Department of Veterans Affairs scrambling to figure out how to pay for and support soldiers with PTSD and brain injuries. Already strapped for cash, the VA is facing deep cuts when a mandatory $600 billion is slashed from the Department of Defense budget. The budget cuts were automatically triggered when the “Partisan 12” failed to set aside Party agenda for national security. Between the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, PTSD and associated depression sends nearly 10,000 new cases to VA Hospitals each quarter, with an estimated total of 800,000 patients expected as soldiers return home from the war.
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a psychological disorder that causes nightmares, anti-social behavior, flashbacks, suicide, alcohol and drug abuse, anxiety, and an array of other debilitating symptoms. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, diagnosis of PTSD criteria includes, but is not limited to:
“A. The person has been exposed to a traumatic event in which both of the following were present:
(1) The person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others
(2) The person’s response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror.
Note: In children, this may be expressed instead by disorganized or agitated behavior
B. The traumatic event is persistently re-experienced in one (or more) of the following ways:
(1) Recurrent and intrusive distressing recollections of the event, including images, thoughts, or perceptions. Note: In young children, repetitive play may occur in which themes or aspects of the trauma are expressed.
(2) Recurrent distressing dreams of the event. Note: In children, there may be frightening dreams without recognizable content.
(3) Acting or feeling as if the traumatic event were recurring (includes a sense of reliving the experience, illusions, hallucinations, and dissociative flashback episodes, including those that occur on awakening or when intoxicated). Note: In young children, trauma-specific reenactment may occur.
(4) Intense psychological distress at exposure to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event
(5) Physiological reactivity on exposure to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event
C. Persistent avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma and numbing of general responsiveness (not present before the trauma), as indicated by three (or more) of the following:
(1) Efforts to avoid thoughts, feelings, or conversations associated with the trauma
(2) Efforts to avoid activities, places, or people that arouse recollections of the trauma
(3) Inability to recall an important aspect of the trauma
(4) Markedly diminished interest or participation in significant activities
(5) Feeling of detachment or estrangement from others
(6) Restricted range of affect (e.g., unable to have loving feelings)
(7) Sense of a foreshortened future (e.g., does not expect to have a career, marriage, children, or a normal life span)
D. Persistent symptoms of increased arousal (not present before the trauma), as indicated by two (or more) of the following:
(1) Difficulty falling or staying asleep
(2) Irritability or outbursts of anger
(3) Difficulty concentrating
(5) Exaggerated startle response
E. Duration of the disturbance (symptoms in Criteria B, C, and D) is more than 1 month.
F. The disturbance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.”
(Read more at http://ptsd-symptoms.org/ )
The problem with the VA’s diagnosis process however, is a great number of soldiers wait an average of 14 days or more to receive treatment, as a result, many soldiers forgo seeking treatment at all; what’s more, with definite budget cuts on the way this wait may very well become indefinite. Additionally, the military’s overall health care and retirement benefits will be affected; leaving American heroes and their families to struggle in a nation they unselfishly sacrificed and fought for. Is this the thank you American soldiers and Vets deserve? Is this how America welcomes home our heroes? If it is, it is a pitiful attempt at “Thank You”, and we all should be ashamed!
A more staggering fact is, the $600 billion cuts to the Department of Defense will put many American soldiers at a higher risk for PTSD and death by halting training activities that properly prepare them for battle, and discontinuing the purchase and production of life-saving equipment needed to keep soldiers and America safe from foes.
“Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned…cuts in spending estimated at $600 billion from fiscal 2012 to 2021 would be “completely unacceptable”… [Suggesting], “If that happens, it could trigger a round of dangerous across-the-board defense cuts that would do real damage to our security, our troops and their families, and our ability to protect the nation” (David Alexander and Jim Wolf, 2011).
9/11 should have taught America a valuable lesson that WE are not untouchable, and our safety is not secured; however, cuts to defense say we have learned nothing! Military officials continue to fight the sequestration triggered by the “partisan 12”; however, President Obama said he would veto any attempt to repeal. What does this mean for the Department of Defense? According to George Little, it means “the smallest Army and Marine Corps in decades, the smallest tactical Air Force since [that branch of the service] was established, and the smallest Navy in nearly 100 years” (Cheryl Pellerin, 2011). Feel safe yet?
Well, if that little tidbit of knowledge is unsettling, the following information will not comfort either. According to a Web Memo published in February 2011 by the Heritage Foundation,
“…the army is “unable to buy four new CH-47 Chinook helicopters for the Army’s 13th Combat Aviation Brigade… army leaders have said there “would be no money to refurbish Humvee utility vehicles, and officials could be forced to shut down production lines at the Red River Army depot in Texas and the Letterkenny Army depot in Pennsylvania… The air force is considering the possibility of “grounding some of its F-15E fleet” due to funding shortfalls… A delay in the purchase of Active Electronically Scanned Array radar for F-15Es “will increase the risk that we might have to ground a portion of our F-15E fleet because the existing radar system is dependent on parts that are obsolete and not available. … Without kicking off that modernization program this year, as originally scheduled, we are significantly increasing the risk that parts on those radar will fail and be irreplaceable. That has significant operational effect” (Eaglen, 2011).
What’s next, the military laying our heroes to rest in a landfill somewhere because they either won’t or can’t pay for a proper burial service? Oh, that’s right –they are already doing that! Officials argue this practice was the standard of disposal at the time, but no one expects their loved one to be dumped in a trash pile by the very people they died for! It is bad enough when soldiers get injured and are refused funding for treatment, but it is egregious to be so ungrateful that the fallen (who will no longer “strain” military funds) can’t even get a respectful funeral service! Bin Laden received a more proper burial than these 274 + American soldiers. What the Hell kind of gratitude is that?
In conclusion, if the current administration would have given $535 Billion to the Department of Defense instead of Solyndra, America’s security might not be at risk; what’s more, PTSD and brain injury patients would receive proper treatment in an acceptable time period. Additionally, taxpayers would have been more secure in their investment. America MUST take care of the heroes that fight, die, and come home injured; furthermore, their benefits should be the last to suffer budget cuts –period! Finally, World War 3 is lingering in the minds of America’s foes; do we really want to be unprepared for battle?
(To All My Heroes: I don’t know you, but I OWE you –Thank you for your sacrifice!)
Alexander, D., Wolf, Jim. (2011, August 3). Panetta warns against sweeping
defense budget cuts. Reuters.com.
Eaglen, M. (2011, February 14). Defense cuts in FY 2011 would hurt troops.
The Heritage Foundation. No. 3153.
Pellerin, C. (2011, September 15). Additional budget cuts would devastate
military, spokesman says. American Forces Press Service.