Report 55, Taxes

Well, how did you make it through tax-day? I’m sure you are just as thrilled as me how our tax dollars are being used. I’ll just hit some of the highlights.

Afghanistan: $1.4B

Burma (Myanmar, a repressive dictatorship): $208M

Congo (Brazzaville, a repressive dictatorship): $10M

Congo (Kinshasa, a repressive dictatorship): $907M

Cuba (a repressive dictatorship): $7M

Ethiopia (a repressive dictatorship): $2.2B

Djibouti (a Chinese puppet): $46M

Haiti (controlled by gangs): $309M

Lebanon (home of Hezbollah): $640M

Mexico (home of earth’s major drug cartels): $231M

Qatar (an oil-rich nation): $450M

Saudi Arabia (an oil-rich nation): $303M

Somalia (a failed state; run by gangs): $1.1B

Ukraine (involved in a war of attrition that may or may not be won): $12.4B

Venezuela (once the strongest economy on the planet, now run by Communists): 210M

West Bank and Gaza (terrorist regimes): $150M

Yemen (involved in a civil war for the past several decades): $1.4B

I did not list Israel because they are surrounded by enemies as well as being attacked by forces around the world. The US is currently supplying them with $3.3B in foreign military aid.

These are not my figures but just what the Foreign Assistance website lists, and this is just a short list.

As of February, of this year, Democrat governors and mayors have earmarked at least $517M for programs for illegal immigrants. That’s states monies, not federal. Federal financial contribution to the illegal immigrants is upwards from $1.9T, (Fox news). This includes one-time cash grants worth $1,000/immigrant.

Doesn’t it just warm the cockles of your heart to know that your hard-earned dollars are going to such worthy endeavors?

Looking at how much of your money goes out in taxes, it is estimated, conservatively, that over 50% of your earnings goes to one tax or another. Let’s look at some of the taxes we pay:

Income tax (we work for it but the government believes it is theirs)

Gas tax (hooray for electric cars who don’t have to pay this)

Property tax (a rent we pay to government to live on our own property)

Sales tax (further degrading our income that is already taxed)

Automobile tax (just for the privilege of leaving our homes)

Social Security tax (yes it really is a tax; you will never get it all back)

Capital Gains tax (for being smart in investing your money)

Corporate taxes (you didn’t really believe corporations pay this did you?)

Inheritance and Gift taxes (because someone had the audacity to die)

This is just a short list of taxes that we Americans pay. There is a favorite saying that once someone is elected to congress or the state legislature, they start spending our money like drunken sailors. Well, I resent that. I used to be a drunken sailor and I never spent what I did not have on me.

Our legislators, state and federal, look at the average American as their own personal bank account. I keep hearing that at some point there will be a tax revolt. When is that supposed to happen or are we in the “frog in the pot” mode? Our legislators are confiscating money that is not theirs and using it for nefarious purposes, not of our choosing. At what point will the American public stand up and say “ENOUGH.”

Report 54: Why Do We Support the UN?

On Christmas Eve, the Jewish Press reported that Israel will no longer be issuing visas to UN workers. They are even expelling an employee of the UN Women agency already in Israel and denying a visa to Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths.

Why is Israel taking this step? It is because of the UN’s silence on the murder, torture, rape, and sexual abuse of Israeli women. When the UN finally issued a statement on the Israel/Hamas war, they framed is as a moral equivalent between Israel and Hamas. Are you kidding me! How can anyone possibly equate Israel’s actions of self-defense to the murderous, barbaric actions of the animals known as Hamas?

But when you look at the track record of the UN “Peacekeepers” it becomes more understandable. UN peacekeepers have immunity for their crimes when they deploy for their supposed peacekeeping missions. The way the UN rules are written, when a peacekeeper commits a serious crime, it is up to that individual’s home country to hold him accountable; he has immunity in the country in which the crime is committed. The only way the peacekeeper can be tried in the country of the offence is for the Secretary General to remove his immunity. Since many of these peacekeepers come from countries with very poor human rights records, there is very little likelihood of any justice being visited upon that peacekeeper.

Since the UN has little or no regard for human rights, it is understandable that they view Hamas as just doing normal day-to-day business.

Let’s look at the UN and what they were established to accomplish and what they have evolved into. They were originally established as a hedge against world war and wars of aggression. This was supposed to be accomplished through diplomacy and negotiation. How’s that working out?

How effective were they in Ruanda, Bosnia, Ukraine, Israel, just to name a few? The UN is now admonishing Israel to cease fire with little to no consequences for the Arabs. There is no condemnation for the total barbarity coming out of Gaza with assistance from Lebanon. Where is the condemnation of Iran supporting the Houthis in Yemen? They are attempting to close the Red Sea, one of the most important commercial routes in the world, and they are threatening to do the same to the Mediterranean Sea by bottling up the Strait of Gibraltar. Where is the UN on that?

Let’s look at the funding for the UN. The United States paid the UN $12.5 billion in 2021 out of a total UN budget of over $50 billion. That is just over a quarter of the UN budget. What does this buy the US? It buys condemnation, no support for most of our initiatives and the animosity of most of the rest of the world, especially the UN leadership.

The arrogance of the UN as a whole is staggering. They have no problem admonishing democracies when they have to defend themselves; the tell countries what laws they should pass and enforce. One good example is the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The UN wants to tell all countries what guns may be traded within the countries, thereby regulating what guns citizens can own. Fortunately, at this time the U.S. has not ratified this treaty; but if the Senate ratifies it, it carries the weight of law; a law that has not been debated in Congress and signed by the president. 113 countries have ratified it.

Now, I go back to my original question. Why do we support the U.N.? It is my opinion that the U.S. should pull out of the U.N. and tell them to pay their traffic tickets and parking fines and go home. The U.N. headquarters sits on some of the most expensive real estate in the world. It should be confiscated by the U.S. government, sold, and the proceeds used to pay down a very small percentage of our $32T debt.

Report 53: The Malaise of America

Over the past three years I have watched my beloved country, the United States of America sink from a high level of national prosperity and world-wide respect to the laughing stock of the modern world. The primary reason for this degradation can be boiled down to one culprit, the American politician.

When I look at the American politician, I see an entitled class who goes into office with semi-modest means and within a few years is a multimillionaire. They feel like the average citizen is beneath them and treats them like serfs. Of course, being feudal lords, the politicians promise handouts that engender loyalty so that they will be reelected to continue handing out “free” money and other benefits.

During the “Covid Crisis” the politicians (and unelected bureaucrats), with the help of the Chinese Communist Party, created a problem and then came up with the solution to the problem they created. This circular strategy was looked upon with great glee by the vast majority of the country as these politicians were passing out trillions of dollars. Of course, it’s easy to pass out other people’s money.

We are now in a situation that the Founders would have NEVER imagined, a national debt that will never be paid off; and yet, the politicians keep sending the taxpayers’ money out to people who never worked for it and have no right to it. The recipients of this largess will just grin and go on their merry way.

We see daily reports of thousands of illegals crossing our southern border and nothing is done to stop the flow. Meanwhile, thousands of people are waiting in countries around the world to come here legally. The illegals coming in are given transportation to the city of their choice, or if they don’t have a preference, one is provided to them; they are given money for subsistence (we can’t have the illegals starve), and set up for OUR social security and medical care. There is a “joke” going around that the best way for an American to live is to go to Mexico, renounce his U.S. citizenship, and come back into the U.S. illegally to get all the benefits. All this time, our national debt is skyrocketing in order for the Democrats to generate new voters.

Daily, we see YouTube videos of Congress Critters hammering bureaucrats for not doing the job they promised to do but nothing gets solved. Daily, we watch Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas sit before committee after committee and get grilled and exposed for his prevarication and outright lying. We see the same scenario with Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christoher Wray as well as other bureaucrats.

Evidence of unconstitutional behavior exhibited by these Biden-appointed bureaucrats is presented almost daily but the Congress Critters responsible for holding these and many others accountable are doing nothing. I have not seen any news of impeachment proceedings against any of them. Am I to assume that just because we see them being excoriated on YouTube that will be enough? Are these felons going to get by with just an embarrassing 15 minutes on YouTube?

Looking at my current tax “obligation,” I calculate that over 50% of my disposable income goes to taxes of one form or another and I’m not alone. Americans are living in the “frog in the pot” syndrome. The water keeps getting warmer and Americans are just getting used to the increased temperature. Eventually, the temperature gets too high and the frog dies. That is what we are looking at with America. Our money is being promised to too many people who haven’t worked for it and do not deserve it. It is not just the illegals who are getting our money, it is the welfare recipient who has been caught in the welfare world and is unwilling to break that cycle; it is foreign governments who don’t particularly like us but will kowtow to us so that they can continue to get their piece of the foreign country handouts; it is funding foreign wars in which we have no national interest. I do not include the current war between Israel and the Islamist devils; we DO have a national interest in that one.

These and many other wasteful and unnecessary dole programs are bleeding our country dry. If I ran my household on a deficit basis like Congress and the senile felon in the White House are doing, I would have been kicked out and homeless years ago. It’s time for Americans to stand up and be counted.

And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson, 1787

Report 52: Repressive Colorado Gun Laws

There are currently 25 states in the US who have Constitutional Carry; that means that you do not have to have a permit to carry your every-day concealed handgun. Three more states are rapidly moving forward to joining this list, Florida, Nebraska, and South Carolina. That will make 28 states who understand the value of allowing citizens the God-given right to self-protection. They understand that we, as citizens, are our own First Responders in the event of a violent action. The police will show up to take the after action report.

However, the Democrat Socialist legislators and Democrat Socialist governor of Colorado do not believe we are citizens. They consider us Coloradans as subjects. One difference between a citizen and a subject is that a citizen has the right to be armed and a subject does not. The Democrat Socialist super-majority in Denver is on the verge of taking our Second Amendment rights away from us. They do not believe that Coloradans need to be able to protect themselves.

Current laws expected to go into effect this year include banning all semi-automatic firearms, expanding the Red Flag law, enacting a three-day waiting period to purchase a firearm, allowing victims to sue firearms dealers and manufacturers for the actions of felons. Does that mean I can sue Ford if a drunk driver hits me?

Colorado citizens can testify until they are blue in the face against these bills but the Democrat Socialists in Denver will NEVER hear, much less heed what we say, for to them, we are subjects.

I’m sure that I, as a Second Amendment advocate, a loyal American, and firearms and personal protection instructor, will be on their list of enemies. It is just a matter of time. I am grieved to see what the Soros/Bloomberg organization has done to our state.

Report 52 More on Training

There was a very interesting article in the May/June issue of the Concealed Carry (USCCA) magazine. The article discussed the concept of a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) holder coming to the aid of a police officer in a fight for his/her life.

Let’s review the Colorado “Self-Defense and Defense of Another” law. The law clearly states that you have the right to self-defense anywhere you have a legal right to be. That right extends to defending an innocent third party. The short discussion is that if you see someone, officer or not, in danger of extreme bodily harm or death at the hands of a bad guy, you have the right to defend that person. HOWEVER, (there’s always a however) before you do, you had better know the facts. Remember, facts can be stubborn things. If the person in danger is plain clothes cop you may not know who he is. The person in danger may not be a cop at all. The person doing the beating may not be a bad-guy. If you step in and shoot the guy doing the beating, how are you going to explain to the widow of the under-cover cop that you just killed her husband? Bottom line: YOU HAVE TO KNOW THE FACTS!

Obviously, if the person in danger is wearing a police uniform that makes the decision considerably easier. Now, instead of having to decide who the good guy is, you just have to look.

There are other concerns you have to consider. One of the NRA’s rules states, “Know your target and what is beyond.” The easiest way to describe this is when you have a major adrenalin dump into your system, your average 2-inch group at the range now goes to 8 – 10 inches. With this constraint, are you even going to hit the bad-guy? Are there innocent bystanders in the immediate area just off to the side? Are you carrying a heavy magnum like a .357mag, a .41mag, or a .44mag? With any of these (and some would argue the same with a 10mm) the over penetration could endanger innocent bystanders. This is one of the reasons I don’t recommend carrying the heavier calibers.

One way to mitigate the fear of opening groups is to train, and train often. When you train, you build muscle memory. Lack of training requires you to use your fine motor skills meaning that you have to consciously think about the five fundamentals of shooting; aiming, hold control, breath control, trigger control and follow-through. That takes time and concentration. Hold control, breath control, and follow-through should all be automatic reactions every time you shoot, whether at the range or in a defensive action. Aiming and trigger control should be “near-automatic” reactions. The only way you will get to that point is training and practice.

So, as you are preparing for your day or walking around town maintaining your “Attitude of Awareness,” keep these considerations in mind.

Report 51, Taxes

I’m not an economist but know enough to know what debt is. The feds are starting to talk about shelling out major tax credits as a stimulus to the economy. If they do this the $24T in debt will grow exponentially.

Don’t misunderstand me. I hate all forms of taxes but understand that there are a LOT of goods and services we have come to expect. Bankrupting the country, though, is not the answer. The answer is shutting off the open-handedness of all levels of government. Every time some group comes to a legislative body with a sob story, they throw money at it. This must stop. There is nothing in the Constitution that allows Congress or any state legislature to pay for illegals for ANYTHING except deportation. We have homeless vets that don’t know where they are going to sleep or where their next meal is coming from. These are people who signed on the bottom line to, if necessary, give up their lives for us, all of us.

We have a mental health problem that has been ignored for decades and now these unfortunate people are out there without a lifeline but government entities at all levels are passing out billions every day to illegals.

We are taxed for everything under the sun and watch our legislators give the money away to people who do not contribute to our country and have no intention of assimilating into our society. We even now have a group of congressional “representatives” who advocate that people not go back to work, just live off the dole. That is not America. America is a country where a man or woman can work and keep what they earn. Today, roughly 60+% of all we earn goes out in some form of taxes, whether it is income tax, property tax, sales tax, telephone tax, import tax, or what-have-you tax. If it is out there, some politician is going to tax you on it, irrespective of party.

This has to stop. When he was in Congress, Davy Crockett put it very well, “We have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money.” This concept has been lost on our politicians.

Charity is not the only category of giveaways in which our politicians engage. When I think back on the bank bailouts and auto industry bailouts, I cringe. We fought a revolution because of the concept of “taxation without representation.” That’s what we have now. Our federal government passes out our tax money to people who have made bad business decisions because they are “too big to fail.” Wrong, there is no one or no entity too big to fail. No Representative or Senator took a poll to see if John Q. Public approved of the bailouts. They voted to do it anyway.

I have lost faith in the political process and politicians in particular. Professional politicians are out for only one thing, their next election, not the American public and our way of life. Their constituents are not John Q. Public, but rather the major corporations, the home builders’ associations, and the ethnic group that shouts the loudest. Those are the competing factions in our election and tax dole codes.

The idea of supporting ANY politician who has ever supported a new tax or tax increase is abhorrent to me. However, supporting ANY politician who gives our money to those who have never contributed to our society makes me seriously question that politician’s dedication to our country. Politicians, theoretically, are elected to preserve our country. It is past time we hold politicians to this standard.

Report 50, Bernie Sanders, Some Thoughts

As anyone who has read my postings (blogs) will surely understand, I am a God fearing, Constitution loving, family loving man who served my country for many years. I love our country and want it to last forever. However, that possibility is being reduced by leaps and bounds as the “Progressives” work tirelessly to destroy the USA.

A number of people who are very close and dear to me are, unfortunately, very fond of Bernie Sanders. There is a lot wrong with Sanders and I will note some of his more egregious flaws at the end of this posting, but first, as a gun-guy, I would like to address his take on gun control. One of those dear to me has sent Bernie’s official position so that I would be able to understand just how reasonable Bernie’s position really is. Therefore, I will not guess what his position is, I will be able to read it off his position paper and offer my comments. Actually, I find his official published position/s to be much more reasonable than many (most) of his rival Democrats.

For those of you who don’t know me well, let me offer some of my bone fides. I started teaching firearm safety and marksmanship over 30 years ago. I formed my company Falcon Personal Security in 2007 and it has had an explosive growth and we are now up to an employee count of – – one. If I have an employee dispute, I simply look in the mirror and get it straightened out. All kidding aside, I have certified for almost every certification from the NRA that they offer.

Now, back to Bernie. Let’s look at what he says. He claims to be “middle ground.” He has voted on the nationwide ban on military-style assault weapons. The Progressive definition of “Assault Weapon” is anything that is black in color, has a pistol grip, is classified as a semi-automatic, and a detachable magazine; in other words, scary looking guns. What Progressives don’t understand is that this definition can be applied to guns that date back to the Spanish-American war. The bottom line of this position is that Progressives don’t understand what an assault weapon is. Actually, the term was not even invented until Bill Clinton decided to ban them in the 90’s. If there was actually going to be such a weapon as an assault weapon, it would be a fully automatic fire weapon such as was used to storm the beaches at Normandie, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, and you get the point. Banning guns that Progressives call assault weapons would ban over 70% of all firearms in the United States.

Bernie wants to ban bump stocks. From a freedom and liberty standpoint, I disagree with this position but from a practical point, I have no opinion on bump stocks. They just burn up ammo at an extreme rate and I suspect they are hard to shoot accurately, but I have no experience with them.

Bernie wants to federalize 100% background checks. The rational behind this is that he wants to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those with mental issues. In Bernie’s favor, he says that he is in favor of background exemption for “family, friends, and neighbors.” I applaud this exemption but would argue, correctly, I might add, that criminals don’t go to gun stores to buy guns and FBI statistics do not support the idea that criminals buy their guns at gun shows. Bad guys steal their guns or they buy them from those other bad guys who stole the guns. I do applaud Bernie in his concern for addressing mental health issues in this country. He is absolutely correct in this position. The US is grossly lacking in this area.  

Bernie wants to take on the NRA. The rational given is that he wants to take on all big-money support in Washington. He says that the NRA has a corrupting effect on Washington. Well, let’s look at that with regards to other industry lobbying organizations. Most other lobbying organizations lobby to get money and/or business, or favorable legislative perks for their organization members; in this last category I would point to the labor unions. However, the NRA lobbies exclusively to advocate for governments (state and federal) to merely follow the constitution. I greatly appreciate the NRA from a training aspect as they have set the standard for firearms safety and training in the US. The NRA-ILA (Institute for Legislative Action) wasn’t even formed until 1975. The whole purpose of the NRA-ILA is to ensure that the Second Amendment remains intact and that Progressives do not emasculate it, or worse, abolish it. I find it sad that we have to have a lobbying organization that fights to uphold the Constitution. I thought that was the job of our elected officials.

Numerous famous people such as actors, and prominent business persons have said that guns are rarely used in defense of an individual or group of individuals and therefore average citizens have no legitimate reason to own guns. This argument is naive at best. Estimates of anywhere from half a million to three million times per year just the presence of a firearm in the hands of prospective victims have prevented the crime. These figures are difficult to impossible to verify because most of these cases are never reported to the authorities.

Now, I told you that I would look at some of the major problems I have with Bernie. First, he has never had a job where he took home a regular paycheck. When he was young, he did sell some articles for $15 (to whom, I don’t know), one of which talked about how women fantasized about gang rape. In his youth, he had some part-time jobs, but never ran a company, made a payroll, or even attempted to establish a career except for politics. He was a draft-dodger.

In his career in the Senate which he has held since 2007 (he was a Representative from 1991 – 2007) he has been able to pass three bills, two of which were to name post offices.

In 1988 he took a cold-war era honeymoon in Communist USSR. He went to Cuba in hopes of meeting Fidel Castro. This attempt was unsuccessfully. He describes himself as a democratic socialist. He is a firm believer in giving things away such as free health care and 100% forgiveness of student debt. As the old saying goes, if you think something is expensive now, just wait until it is free. All the stuff Bernie wants to give away has to be paid for by someone, and that will be the wage earner.

Just the idea that Bernie Sanders may have a shot at the presidency scares the wits out of me. I don’t believe for a minute that a Sanders presidency would even have the low success of the Obama administration.

Report 49: More About Training

Anyone who has followed my writings will remember that I spend a lot of time talking about training. Well, I’m a trainer, so, that would stand to reason. Just so you won’t be disappointed, I’ll talk about training this time too.

Constitutional Carry has hit the nation in a big way, much to the chagrin of the anti-gun crowd. Just what does Constitutional Carry mean? In its simplest form, it means that any adult who is not otherwise prohibited from carrying a concealed handgun can do so without a state-issued permit. That means if you want to carry, you can. The only restrictions would be that you cannot carry in places that prohibit you from doing so; such as in court houses, in public K-12 schools, in federal facilities and military bases, and those private properties that have been so posted.

Is Constitutional Carry a good idea? Overall, I believe it is, even though in my home state of Colorado, I would lose a lot of business teaching the Basic Pistol course because Constitutional Carry would eliminate the requirement. But is that necessarily bad? I don’t think it is. I should point out here that my home-state of Colorado is not a Constitutional Carry state.

So, where does the training come in? When a person who has not been trained decides to start carrying, do they know the fundamentals of shooting? I know that sounds kind of, well, fundamental. YouTube is replete with videos of novice shooters doing funny as well as just down-right dangerous (read, stupid) stuff with guns. This can make for a very dangerous situation. Does the new, untrained carrier know when to place their finger on the trigger; how to line up the sights; or get a grip (in more ways than one)? That’s just covering the fundamentals.

On a more serious note, do these novice carriers understand the basics of buying the appropriate handgun for them? How about how to pick out the right holster, or how to draw from that holster without shooting themselves in the leg, foot, or hand? Experimentation is often fun, but when not done incorrectly, it can be very dangerous, to the person with the gun as well as those around them.

Now, let’s get really serious. Does that new carrier know when to carry and when not to carry? Does he know how to plan his wardrobe around his Every Day Carry (EDC), or does the new lady carrier understand how to carry her purse and how to carry her EDC in her purse and how to effectively get it out of her purse when needed. For that matter, does she know what kind of purse she should use? Not all purses are created equal.

Do these new carriers know when they can legally use their EDC in defense of their own lives and the lives of their loved ones; how about protecting the lives of third parties who are unknow to the new carrier.

Carrying a concealed handgun is not a trivial matter and should not be taken lightly. When you decide to take up the lifestyle of a concealed carrier, you need to make a lot of serious decisions and training is among the most important. If you have not been adequately trained and PRACTICED that training you are setting yourself up for a lot of problems down the road. Training to use a gun to protect yourself and your loved ones is a sober decision. It requires you to put your head in a different place. This is one of those areas of life where we hope and pray that we never have to put that training into practice. However, I would much rather have the ability to protect my loved ones than have to wait 15 to 20 minutes for the police to arrive and possibly (probably) collect forensic evidence. Remember, we are our own First Responders.

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Report 48: Can You Stop A Shooter?

There has been a great deal of discussion, pro and con, about the Second Amendment over the past several months. Three mass shootings, that I can think of off the top of my head, has a lot of people talking about taking our guns away and a lot of people saying “come and get ‘em.” Obviously, I don’t understand the first. Not a single one of the mass shooters would have been stopped by another gun law. Also, every one of these mass shootings took place in a gun-free zone. That one, I really don’t understand.

Let’s look at what would have really stopped the shooters. The most effective counter to a mass shooter is a responsibly armed citizen who is trained. Let me repeat that last part again, a responsibly armed citizen who is trained. Let me ask you a question. Assuming you are a responsibly armed citizen, with your current level of training and practice, if confronted by a bad guy wanting to do harm, could you confidently deploy your every-day carry handgun and deal with the threat effectively? Do you have the confidence in your ability to put rounds on target with the first two shots?

Even if you reached that level of competency this time last year, have you kept up the practice, live and dry, to the point that you could effectively protect yourself and your family? Shooting is a perishable skill. Even the most experienced marksmen have to maintain practice and training.

I urge each of you to seek out the appropriate advanced training if you are already a Concealed Handgun Permit holder. If not, begin your training and work toward what I like to call “unconscious competence.”

Falcon Personal Security is ready to help get you there.

Report 47: A Lament for the America I Knew

My wife, Rocky, and I were eating at a local fast food restaurant when she mentioned an older gentleman coming in, presumably with his grandson’s family. He was wearing a WWII veteran’s cap with a lot of ribbons sewed on it. His legs were a bit unsteady but he didn’t seem to need help, no walker or cane. You could tell by looking at the wrinkles on his weathered face that he had “been there, done that.” As we were leaving, I had to go up to him and thank him, no conversation, just a simple “Thank You.”

As we have just come out of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, I couldn’t help but reflect on the difference between the America that this old vet had protected, and the America of today. Thinking back on America of 1940, we were watching the events in Europe and the Far East with some trepidation. There were many in the US who wanted desperately to stay out of the fray. Remember, WWI was only 20 years prior. That was supposed to be the “war to end all wars.” Now it was looking like the job wasn’t over.

Then the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. Admiral Yamamoto is said to have been against attacking the US mainland, saying that there would be a rifle behind every blade of grass. Whether he actually said this is up for debate, but the sentiment is correct. An attack on our nation, with which the Japanese Empire was not at war, melded the American people into one mind with one voice. With reports coming out of Europe and now the attack on Pearl Harbor, Americans knew that this was a war we had to win. There was a unity of purpose that had never been seen in this country, even greater than that experienced during the Revolution. Everybody was ready to sacrifice for the war effort.

Now, fast forward to today. When you read, or watch the news, there is absolutely no mention of what would be good for the nation, but rather how quickly the president can be impeached or indicted. The president and the Speaker of the House and the Senate Minority leader constantly bicker. The National and international news media seem to be working for, or at least on the same side as, the leftists. They cloak their hatred of the president with an insincere, self-righteous concern about America. With this apparent complicity from the media, those who look only at leftist media view the president as the devil incarnate.

When I was young, I listened to my parents and learned certain values: what is right, what is wrong; and what does America stand for, what is right for Americans to do in pursuit of our goals, domestic and global. I think, to some extent, this parental influence is still there, but the lessons taught are not those of our fathers. Lessons do not include patriotism and national pride.

On 1 February 1968, a Viet Cong fighter, Nguyen Van Lem, was summarily executed by BGen Nguyen Ngoc Loan, Chief of the Republic of Vietnam National Police. This event was captured on film and photo for all the world to see. This became the turning point and rally cry for the anti-war faction in America. No matter that Lem had just slit the throats of South Vietnamese Lt Col Nguyen Tuan, his wife, their six children and the officer’s 80-year-old mother. For the most part, the press became one of the enemy, misrepresenting events in the war to their American public, encouraging Americans to hate anyone advocating for it or fighting in it. Veterans coming home from the war were vilified.

 “Main stream media” seem to have perfected their craft. Those who fought against the war, those we used to call the “hippies” of the ‘60s and ‘70s, are now in positions of power. They hungrily read Bill Ayers’ “Rules for Radicals” and other Communist writings. One very prominent Ayers disciple, Barrack Obama is a prime example. The children of the ‘60s and ‘70s have grown up with a much kinder, and I may say eager, opinion of Communism and Socialism than those of us who were reared by the “greatest generation.”

Today we are not seeing the patriotism that was put on display by those like the old vet in the fast food restaurant. I see fewer and fewer retiring people, men and women, who are veterans. There just doesn’t seem to be the consuming urgency to protect our way of life or our heritage that we witnessed in the ‘40s and ‘50s.

What is the answer? I think we can trace the downward spiral of national disrespect to the time when we took God out of the public forum, and especially out of the classroom. Taking God out of our lives made it easier to take patriotism out of our lives. How is this possible, you ask? Easy, when you start to discredit a person’s belief system, it is a simple matter to increase this system of disbelief. I find this extremely distressing. Our Founding Fathers had a profound faith in the Creator. When that faith was legislated away from the public square, the slippery slope was started.

Now we are seeing daily the loss of these wonderful patriots who fought for our freedom to worship our God; we have let them down. That generation that gave so selflessly to ensure that we could live free in this, the most wonderful country ever devised by man