A Lost War

I sit here tonight thinking of something that came to mind this afternoon.  This country has fought for freedom from tyranny, division and two world wars, then a “conflict” and then we lost heart.  The heart of an American is one that knows no defeat.  It is one that fights to the end not only for itself, but every soul about the left and right.  But I speak of the past.

Starting with the Korean conflict and then the Vietnam War Americans clung to their attitude of victors for the lost and down trodden.  I was among those drafted into the military during the Vietnam War.  I didn’t know any of the dissenters of this nation.  I only knew my country meant well to free a people in a foreign land of an oppressor that also looked to gain control over the entire world in the form of Communism.

I served my country in the capacity I was called to.  Not in Vietnam, thankfully.  God blessed me among the few who served, but were placed in other areas of expertise in the military.  The draft was a six year commitment, not the just the two years active duty some  think it was.  We were all subject to recall during that time had it been necessary.  So in practical terms I was in the Army from 1970 till 1976.  I was a reservist during those four following years.  I got an inside look at the workings of the military that not many today will see.

Vietnam was a turning point in our history, I believe.  Many liberalistic college students protested against the war.  There were even battles on campuses.  Some died for their cause in places like Kent State.  I’m sorry this kind of thing happened.  But what happened in the minds and bodies of thousands of us who did serve in Vietnam was far worse.

Close to sixty thousand of us died in Vietnam.  The Middle East has seen far less sacrifice than Vietnam.  That is speaking of the ones who died physically, but there are thousands more who died mentally from this war.  What I mean by that is they came home with a skewed mentality of life.  They were never the same person.  They had become someone else.  I saw some of these people up close and personal.  I know who they were before and knew them afterward.

So why am I writing this?  Well, I’m writing this because during and since the Vietnam War the attitude of the true American has waned.  The younger generations have not known war.  True war.  I’m afraid for them.  I’ll say it again.  I’m afraid for them.  And again.  I’m afraid for them.

Politicians started up during the Vietnam War to confuse not the enemy, but our own troops.  The troops were trained to kill the enemy, but politicians played games with war.  They would allow the troops to gain territory and eliminate the enemy and then tell them to retreat and allow the enemy to regain what we had taken in advancements.  It started small back then.  But now it has escalated in to making puppets out of Soldiers, Marines, Air Force and Sailors.  Politicians send them out to play war in political arenas.  Advancements are made only to be given up.  We fight wars now that have no lines of demarcation.  We no longer have “our side” vs “their side”.  You can no longer tell if the man, woman or child next to you is going to kill you at the drop of a hat.  Couple these two factors together and a warrior cannot let their guard down for a single moment when in a territory infested with people who want to see their demise.

We jump forward to a more distinct concern I have.  We have no leaders with military background, nor military instinct.  They think in terms that don’t befit the destruction of the enemy that a warrior is trained to have built into their nature.

Politicians are good for only one thing.  They promise one thing and deliver another.  Bait and switch is the order of the typical career politician.  Most operate now of initiatives that suits their own agenda.  We have politicians who grind out husks of promises to the people they supposedly represent.  Our government is corrupt to the core.  We, the people, have need to stop and examine ourselves as well.  Do we want a country that is great and powerful and recognized throughout the earth and a force to be reckoned with?

If you think so, then the politicians of this nation need to either take heed to the core Americans of this nation and rid it of all factions that divide us.  We must get rid of the sickening leadership pandering to their own wants.  Some blatantly want to destroy the fabric of this nation.  They are in fact treasonous and yet no one in government will hold them accountable.  I believe that is because they, themselves, are corrupt.

I honestly believe there is a core of American people who are not.  We need to stand with whatever options we that that might steer this nation back on course or we will not exist in another generation.  The death of the United States is at hand if action is not taken.  Those memories I see people posting on FaceBook will be nothing more than a memory and it will stop there.  History books in generations to come will be written to the fancy of those who will likely not put a favorable eye on this nation.  You don’t think so?  On one hand we say Rome was a great nation and on another hand we view it as a corrupt nation.  You are the balance of what this nation will weigh in on.  How good are your scales?  Is this a great nation or was it a great nation?

About Jim

I'm a 72 yr old guy, who had worked in Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune for 28 yrs and now retired as of 31 Dec 16. I've worked in medical records, Health Benefits Department, Billing, the IT department and retired as the Personnel Security Manager for the hospital. I'm a musician and Corvette enthusiast. Yes, I have had two. I traded my second Corvette for a Harley Davidson Fat Boy mid-summer 2019. I've already ridden about seven thousand miles. I'm also searching for a fresh new outlook on life with new spiritual insight among other things. I was ordained a minister on 20190202. I've become certified with the American Chaplaincy Association through Aidan University in June '21. I've found that with the unconditional love of my companion, Libby Rowe life is complete through God. She's a beautiful, vibrant, giving woman who gives her all in everything she puts her mind to do. She and I married on 24 July 2015. She was ordained in February 2022. She has a blog too called Under a Carolina Moon. Give it a visit.
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