There was a time when enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces was truly something to be proud of … something involving the fight for freedom and the defense of our nation’s people and their most basic interests.
Not so much … and while it’s been the tendency in recent years to blame the policymakers and not their “instruments,” how much longer before these instruments start bearing some of the culpability for America’s consistently misguided policies?
The government of this country spies on its own people (and the rest of the world). It invades other countries and sacrifices thousands of lives based on outdated imperialism and fabricated intelligence. It’s even willing to join forces with the same people who attacked us if it means gaining some geopolitical leverage.
Worst of all, to fund these engagements (and lots of other unnecessary government) America’s leaders print money so they can can borrow money on the backs of future generations.
How is any of that fighting for freedom? And even if America was still the “land of the free” (which it isn’t) – would it be our job to make the world “safe for democracy?”
Heck no …
But there on television (using our money) are commercials which hail America’s Armed Forces as a “global force for good” – capable of reaching the remotest regions of the planet.
Seriously, though, what additional evidence do young men and women enlisting for military service really need in order to reach the unmistakeable conclusion that America is no longer fighting for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?”
This is why their sacrifice has ceased being admirable in our opinion and started being either gullible or intentionally harmful to true American principles.
But the myth of the American solider as a “hero” rolls on … and playing it up to the hilt (again) is Lieutenant Colonel Bill Connor, who formally announces his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by liberal Lindsey Graham this week.
Never heard of Bill Connor’s military service?
Just wait … he will tell you all about. And then he will tell you all about it again. He wears it on his sleeve (literally) and actually gets a little pissy if you don’t give him his due for all he’s done to protect you.
In fact just in time for Connor’s big announcement, he’s updated his profile picture on Facebook …
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Look, fighting for freedom (either your own or your fellow citizen’s) is indeed heroic … but that’s not what America does anymore. Far from it. Of course if you want to compare Connor’s self-promotion with the bald-faced lying of the “military” man he’s running against … Connor probably comes out on top.
Still, we would prefer to see neither man in the U.S. Senate come January 2015.