Life these days is a constant flurry of activity, information and noise. Even our down time is spent absorbing television rays, texting, dodging traffic, or planning our next activity. That’s why it’s important to take a deep breath every once in a while, find a quiet place, clear your mind, and reflect on life.
Veteran’s Day is a day of mixed emotions for me. I am proud of our country and the values upon which it was founded. I am grateful for the military men and women who have risked their lives to keep us free. I am amazed at the honor and compassion our troops exhibit in the face of grave danger. I am humbled by the generations of soldiers who have fought to protect the dream of America.
At the same time I am disgusted by our foreign policy of aggression that does not serve to protect our homeland and only serves to create more enemies. I am saddened by the thousands of soldiers who have been killed and tens of thousands who have been severely injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am unimpressed with the American people who buy into the war propaganda and acquiesce to these wars that enrich war profiteers while bankrupting our nation. I feel sorry for the soldiers who die oversees to protect our Constitution, while politicians at home are systematically destroying or ignoring the very Constitution they have sworn to uphold. And, especially today, I am sickened by the way our government treats our veterans when they return home from serving their country.
I address many of these issues in my previous post “You Help Hospitalized Veterans“, so I won’t rehash it all here. I hope this Veteran’s Day, you will read that article and others, and spend some time thinking about the way we treat our vets.
If you agree that we can do more, perhaps you will consider contributing to Ron Paul’s Veteran’s Day money bomb. Ron Paul is the only candidate serious about bringing our troops home safely and has been a champion for military veterans in Congress. In fact, Ron Paul’s presidential campaign has received more donations from active duty military personnel than all other candidates combined including Barack Obama. Maybe it’s because our troops understand that these wars in the middle east are no-win quagmires that do nothing to enhance our national defense. Maybe it’s because his plan to save the economy cuts $1 trillion in the first year and balances the budget in three years, but doesn’t cut one penny from veteran’s programs.
I would like to thank our veterans for their brave service to our country. I support our veterans by supporting Ron Paul. You can check out Ron Paul’s policy statement of foreign policy here.