World War II Memorial - Name - 2011

A couple of days ago Dr. Eowyn wrote an article about today’s Veteran’s March on D.C.:

On Sunday, October 13, U.S. military veterans from across the nation will come to Washington, D.C. to march at the World War II Memorial as part of the “Million Vet March on the Memorials” to protest the “anti-American” barricades and mounted police President Lucifer set up as part of the federal government shutdown last week. (Here’s their website.)

The Million Veterans March is sponsored by Special Operations Speaks, a group of veterans holding the Obama administration accountable for the Benghazi scandal and demanding that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) form a Select Committee to investigate the matter.

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I feel that I owe everything I have in life to God and America’s Veterans. So today I want to try to put into words why this means so much to me and why I feel like this has to be the red line that we can not allow our government to cross. As I write this I know that nothing I say can be enough to honor the sacrifices of America’s heroes. I only hope that I can do something to contribute in some small way.

Would it surprise you to know that my Father was a pacifist?

Would it surprise you to know that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree?

My Father went to prison as a conscientious objector. He refused to fight on religious grounds and they threw him in jail for it. To his deathbed he never told me this. He thought I would be embarrassed of him.

This same man taught me the respect that is lost in today’s America. He taught me that any time I saw a veteran I was supposed to shake their hand and thank them for their service. I saw him do this many times and in that way I follow in his footsteps.

My Father was much like I am. I have objected to nearly every war of my adult lifetime but I have never once sought to disrespect a veteran. It is my belief that today’s wars are fought over secret motives of imperialistic governments but I can not fault men and women who have the courage to stand tall and risk their lives for the freedoms which you and I enjoy. I simply object to the motives of the warmongers but I have nothing but love and gratitude for the men and women who fight for you and I. There is a difference in my mind.

Governments fight for power.

Soldiers fight for freedom. Soldiers still believe in God, Family and Country.

In a couple of hours a group of people from all walks of life will descend upon The World War II Memorial and demand the right to honor the fallen. The government says it is closed and this is an insult beyond almost anything I can imagine.

We send young men and women to war and they return changed forever. The innocence of youth quickly fades in war. These men and women return with mental scars that they may carry for a lifetime. And to what thanks?

Let me go over a short list of things we have reported on The Clothesline in the past 10 months. We didn’t get to every story and I can not remember them all. But this is the disrespect that is shown today to those who risk everything for a government who mistreats them.

Most recently we heard of death benefits that were not being paid because of the budget crisis. The President has now signed a bill into law to correct that, but how could we get into that situation in the first place? And why are the Fort Hood victims and their families still waiting for the same respect?

Do you remember the marine holding Obama’s umbrella? This is one reason I have never voted for a President who did not serve his country. I refuse to do it. They are not qualified to lead. That also means that I don’t feel I am qualified to be President. I will get over that. To me a high level of respect for military is a prerequisite of not just our leaders, but all citizens of this country.

Do you remember the letters that veterans started getting early this year that took away their gun rights? Did you know that those letters were a direct result of 98 Senators who likely did not read the bill but voted to pass our latest NDAA? Oh yeah, it was pretty much all of them. They may as well have signed this letter.

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What about the stoppage of hot meal service at Camp Leatherneck or the cancellation of 4th of July Fireworks at a variety of military bases this year?

What about the bombshell that Dr. Eowyn dropped yesterday? Are you aware that our government has been holding fake memorial services and letting people grieve over empty caskets in Hawaii?

Do you remember the totally inappropriate prayer of the Imam who presided over the ramp ceremony of Extortion 17?

What about the slap in the face of recent debates in this country to actually try to strike Syria and tell our soldiers that the enemy was now our ally? How would you feel if you had just returned from Afghanistan or Iraq and were now being asked to fight along side your enemy?

The list could go on forever and we (The D.C. Clothesline) have only been going since December. I would guess we have printed at least 20 stories about disrespect shown to our veterans and today it has to end. There is one story that is possibly bigger than all of them and let me remind you of what happened just a couple of years ago. On December 8, 2011 Fox News (and many other outlets) reported that the remains of American soldiers were being dumped in a landfill:

The Pentagon on Thursday pledged “utmost care” for the remains of fallen soldiers following a report that the remains of at least 274 troops were dumped in a Virginia landfill.

The report, in The Washington Post, revealed that the Air Force used the landfill far more frequently than had previously been acknowledged. The practice was ended three years ago.

“The secretary is aware of this media report and remains committed to the utmost care for our fallen heroes and their families,” George Little, spokesman for Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, said in a statement.

Can you imagine anything more indignant than putting our soldiers in landfills? So they say this practice has ended? Are we to believe them?

What evidence do we have that our veterans are receiving any more respect than they have in past years? Dr. Eowyn’s article from yesterday is proof. Empty caskets? So where are those remains? Are they “unofficially” being dumped in that same Virginia landfill?

I want you to think about a few of these things and try to fathom how they could happen. Remember the story of Marine Brandon Raub who was arrested for Facebook posts and held without charges being filed? They tried to commit him to a mental hospital.

Think of the work of Chris Kyle and how he was working with PTSD vets. Does anyone find it the least bit ironic that he was shot while trying to make a difference for our veterans?

The truth is that our government has been allowed to dishonor our finest for too long and it has to stop today. This has to be our final red line. It is drawn and it can not be crossed. They will arrest those who attend today, just as they arrested vets in New York last week, and this is something we can no longer stand for.

I am publishing this article a couple of hours before the March. Please, anyone who is within two hours of Washington D.C., please consider making a trip there to show your support.

We need so many people there that arrests are not an option. What are they going to do? Arrest 50,000 people? My hope is that they have to try to figure out how to do that.

Depending on what happens today we must have a national discussion about tyranny because if this goes down badly we simply can not take anymore. They have had plenty of opportunities to correct their course. It is obvious that they do not respect us and certainly do not respect our nation’s finest.

What do you think? Have you had enough yet?