Who in the sam hill do you think you are?
Let me begin by telling you I do not claim to be the brightest bulb in the box and sometimes it’s a real stretch to do what the bible teaches about letting our light shine so all can see. I try real hard to my light shine out from my corner of the universe so that anyone (family, friends and everyone I come in contact with) can see my light.
Much of my adult life has been spent in dealing with people associated with military matters, from a village in Southeast Asia; a small town in Central America; farmlands of Germany; or Japanese cities, and right here in the USA. My years of wearing the uniform of the United States Army while circling the globe have brought me into contact with some of the friendliest people I never knew existed and in some of the strangest places imaginable and I’ve come across some real stinkers too.
Yet what really puzzles me is how anyone with a good conscious can mix politics with socialism and call themselves “patriotic”? It gets even worse when they bring religion into the mix as a means of publicly justifying what God calls sin (sinful behavior) with eternal consequences.
Jesus taught that in as much as possible we are to live in peace with each other, provided we first love God with all of our heart. In my opinion that is where our problems begin.
The military teaches discipline and structure to accomplish the mission above all else. Insubordination is dealt with severely under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). In my experience I have had to deal with insubordination at squad and platoon level and have fired people as a consequence of their actions. Yet I know what it is like to not have the full backing or support of my chain of command.
While serving on active duty under six Presidents (Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and GHW Bush) some pretty nasty things happened back then, yet never had I heard the disrespectful, insubordinate and outright incitefully un-American and treasonable comments from top governmental leaders, the media and grossly overzealous and/or misinformed citizenry about George W. Bush (2001-2009) and Donald J. Trump (2017-2021) while giving a complete pass to the actions and conduct of William J. Clinton (1993-2001), Barack H. Obama (2009-2017) and sitting President Joseph R. Biden (2021-Present).
It is my belief that much of the turmoil in our nation today is a direct result of political parties stirring up and dividing Americans against each other while some individuals either do not know or falsely assume that our nation is a democracy because we try to bring democracy to places currently under communism, socialism or fascism which breed dictatorships where one person at the top has full and total control, while demanding unwavering and total compliance under the threat of imprisonment or death. This lack of understanding what sets us apart from every other government in the world is the fact that the United States is not a democracy but a Constitutional-Republic established by our founding fathers to insure that everyone has equal say over how our government operates and the freedom to worship God, speak our minds, defend ourselves and vote as to who represents us in government.
It’s time to reign in government, abolish all political parties and bring back the system of running for public office by citizens willing to return to private life. We need to elect men and women of integrity who will reign themselves in while in office and return to becoming tax paying citizens once again.
So who do I think I am? I am a Christian by the grace of God; I am a Republican by choice; and I am a American by birth. I love God, I love my family and I love my country which is the greatest nation on the face of the earth, so long as we do not turn our hearts against the God who created us. – RTM