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April 22, 2014

The Boston Marathon and the American Spirit

One year after the horrendous terrorist bombing perpetrated by the Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, brothers who were born in Chechnya but spending the decade before their hateful and despicable act of terror in the United States, the Boston Marathon was held today. One would have been fully justified and it would have been understood had the crowds been small, miniscule even, simply due to memories of the senseless carnage at last year’s Boston Marathon. Instead the finish-line, the scene for last year’s carnage, was crowded layers deep with people welcoming and cheering the runners as they completed the race. There was some of that never say die, look any threat in the eye and then walk towards the danger, the spirit which many have claimed had been lost and no longer was a part of the new modern America. Trust that this may be the America that many have not seen, as currently the Americans most in the focus of the cameras are those surrounding the political elite and other so-called special people. The average American has not changed and is still there working and playing hard. The real American never gives up hope and this is a good thing as hope may be the only chance for much of a future when the bills for the reckless fiscal policies reach their unalterable endpoint and the bills come due. Then we will see the real Americans picking up the pieces and moving forward rebuilding a new and improved America though it will take decades, possibly a century or more. But today they got to see a race and reward those who accomplished completing a Marathon, quite a feat if you have ever tried to run such a distance. The Boston Marathon was a tribute to the spirit and determination of the American people to never allow anything to blunt their spirit or deter their determination or place any challenge before them and expect it be unconquerable. The American people, the people we rarely get a glimpse of until the times are dire and they are most needed, are the ones who refuse to say quit and they will be the ones the world will turn to and place their hopes when the economic consequences start to topple national economies one upon another. Today we got to witness that the American spirit still lives and the heart of the heartland still beats steady and strong, even in Boston. I would wish it not be a necessity to explain that this is a tribute to the American people, the ones who toil to produce the ideas, goods and treasures in great abundance and who pull the wagons of civilization, commerce, freedom, liberty and human dignity despite all else that surrounds them simply because they are driven to provide and care. These are the Americans which the world seldom witness as the world is often only provided a censored scene framed around the political and other leadership, many of whom portray America in the worst possible light thus doing a great disservice to the average American, because the average American is anything but average.

 

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May 28, 2012

Emotions on this Memorial Day

I just wished to express my heartfelt feelings in a tribute to the greatest military men and women the world has ever known. This is fact which can easily be demonstrated by recounting just some of their accomplishments and a few tributes of acclaim given them by those who they fought. Before I get to that please allow me some additional commentary giving special note where merit is due. The American fighting soldier stands head and shoulders above virtually every fighting man ever fielded in battle. I speak of the men aside from their officers even though they have had some of the greatest military minds in history among their officer corps. But the American fighting men are equally effective and oft more feared when they operate on their own volition without an officer in the lead. The sole historical example of an equal force from history was the Spartan 300 under King Leonidas at Thermopylae who fought to the last man against odds beyond belief. The American Special Forces soldiers are every bit the equal of King Leonidas personal guard and have proved so on many occasions, many of which we will never be made aware of due to the nature of the operations they perform. But the American fighting forces have a long history of greatness.

The Marines and the Navy were the first military in the annals of modern warfare to defeat Muslim terror which had laid siege to commercial shipping in much of the Mediterranean Sea and parts of the Atlantic Ocean near Gibraltar. They not only defeated these Muslim Pirates once, but twice while taking time to defeat the British a second time in the War of 1812. The Muslim menace which plagued the seas were the Barbary Pirates who, when queried as to their motives in 1786 by Thomas Jefferson, Ambassador to France, and John Adams, Ambassador to Britain, in London, the Ambassador to the Dey of Algiers, Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja replied, “It was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.” Some things just do not change with time, primarily the excellence of the American soldier.

The one attribute which has the American soldier stand out from among their peers is the ability to think independently and not being totally reliant on the orders of a superior officer. This has been exemplified by numerous of soldiers decorated for their independent actions without needing to be given orders which turned the tide of battle or saved numerous of their fellow soldiers. It has been rumored that enemies have instructed their troops not to aim at and take out the American officers as doing so only makes the remaining soldiers completely unpredictable, overly innovative, and simply far more dangerous on the field of battle. No finer tribute is there than the respect and even the trust of your adversaries, something the American soldiers have consistently earned throughout the years. So, this is to all the soldiers, young and old, present and past, combat and support, this salute and tip of the hat is for all you have given selflessly in order to preserve those sacred convictions of a free and liberty loving country. Thank you.

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