A hard look at today’s realities from the dismayed eyes of a veteran.

This is a “word puke” written hard and fast, so please don’t correct my spelling, grammar or writing process.

WARNING!  This is a hard look at some hard issues.  This may offend some, I am ok with that, you are allowed to read it or not read it and are free to be offended.  It is your right.

I am a United States Air Force Veteran.  I say that not to solicit your words of appreciation, but to admit that today I wonder if our service was worth the effort.

From before the very foundation of our country young men and women of character, bravery and valor have answered their countries call to fight for freedom, democracy and the American way.  This call many of us answered freely, volunteering to serve; while others answered the call through the military draft system.

All served.  Many did not return to their home, spilling their blood on foreign soil.

When we entered military service each and every one of us swore and oath to the country we love and serve.

“I, Charles Alderman, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; So help me God.”

The brave folks who swore this oath were willing to fight, to bleed and to die for our country, defending the constitution that binds us all together as the United States of America.

These men and women were mostly in their teens and early twenties, wet behind the ears and without really knowing who they were and what was possible.

These youths were the ones who fought WW1, WW2, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, Iraq, Afghanistan and countless other wars, battles and conflicts.

They fought on beaches, in jungles, in forests, on mountains and in the sand.  They fought in the air, the sea, on the land and both on and under the seas.

They left families and communities behind to be shipped off to far away lands of strange languages, customs and enemies.

They left their homes and comforts for tents, barracks and trenches.

The placed themselves in harm’s way for the country that had blessed them so much.

It is often said that the men and women of our armed services do not go to war to kill an enemy, but so the enemy will not go to their homes to kill their loved ones.

They do not fight to kill the enemy in front of them, but serve their country and the loved ones they left behind.

Tonight I wonder if it is all worthwhile as the legacy of the American veteran is looked upon with such hate and disdain by many of the very countrymen we served.

Today’s youth seem to have little respect for their country or our constitution.  The actions by many “Americans” over the past few years makes me wonder if the next great enemy of our Constitutional republic will rise from within.

Professional athletes use their platform to disrespect the military, the veteran and their country.

There are violent and destructive protests over an American Election.  This is absolutely contrary to the American Traditions and Laws.

Where young men and women were once true patriots, today they burn out flag, defecate on our streets and bring chaos to our cities.

Where we were once fair minded and accepting of others and when things did not go our way, today we cry like little babies and throw temper tantrums like toddlers.

We served for your freedom.  Do not disrespect our service by disrespecting our flag, our constitution or those who serve.

Grow up.  Mature.  Learn to ADULT! Stop being babies.

Maturity is more than a plot on an age progression chart.

If you continue to bring battles to our street and engage our law enforcement officers with violence you may force some grizzled old veterans to follow their oath to our country and take action.

Perhaps the first action we should take is to introduce a bunch of adult babies to the serious side of our belts and bring some discipline and correction into their lives.

Perhaps we should actually hold people to account for their behavior.

Maybe we should stop giving everybody trophy’s except the champions and allow our teachers to use their red pens and give students the grades they actually earn. The fruit of hard work should be encouraged.

Maybe we should allow our kids the kindness of failure.  Then teach them how to deal with failure constructively, learning to communicate and cope with the ups and downs of life.

Then teach them the history of their country and the constitution.

Here are a few of your first lessons:

  1. You are constitutionally guaranteed to be offended.
    1. Deal with it.
    2. There are no safe spaces
    3. You are tougher than you think!
    4. If you insist on being a dainty butterfly then you are in for a rough ride.
      1. Outside of college/educational systems your cry for “safe spaces” or insistence on a world or workplace free from conflict will probably get you unemployed quickly
      2. Your employer does not care if you feel offended or the president elect is scary.
        1. Your employer cares that you get your work done, earn the wages you are being paid to get your work done and help the company be successful.
      3. When someone’s words of correction, wisdom and guidance make you feel bad it is called your conscience.
        1. Follow it! Change your direction.
        2. You are not being “triggered” you are being given a chance to be a better person
      4. We are a country of 350 million individuals from different states, countries, economic realities, races, colors, creeds, religions, backgrounds, tragedies and triumphs.
        1. We are a collection of different people
        2. We will not all get along
        3. We do not have to be the same
        4. I am not required to upturn my life to make you happy; and neither are you.
        5. If you have a different faith and religious practice than I do then don’t join my church. But do not restrict my constitutional right to freedom of religion and my religious beliefs and practices.
        6. If you do not like guns then don’t buy one! But do not infringe my constitutional right to own them and bear them
        7. If you do not like what I am saying then walk away. But do not infringe my freedom of speech.
        8. If you don’t like a certain person, group or corporation then don’t join them. But do not infringe upon their right to gather together.
        9. Give others the right to be who they are and expect them to do the same for you.
      5. Never trust just one source of information.
        1. Learn from many sources and ALWAYS ask questions and seek wisdom
        2. Understand that most of what you hear and read from the free press is biased.
        3. The internet is full of lies
        4. Go and learn things.
      6. Learn to love the country that is blessing you
        1. The USA might not be perfect but we are the best country and system of government out there
        2. Respect the gift you are given
        3. Be a patriot.
          1. There is a difference between being patriotic and being a true patriot.
          2. The patriot will offer their wealth, time and life for this country.
        4. You can always ask a veteran what it is like in the Middle East or how Hitler treated his own countrymen to see if you would like to move.
        5. The USA is very tolerant of most, if not all lifestyles. Lifestyles that other countries would bring beatings, imprisonment or death.
        6. We have a great life here; learn to love and appreciate what you have.
        7. Be part of building our country, not tearing it down.
      7. We are a tolerant people
        1. We may struggle with lifestyles and activities we find socially or religiously wrong, but are willing to tolerate this behavior because of the freedoms we all have.
        2. We may absolutely disagree with you, your ideals, your politics or your lifestyle. That is a right we have, as do you about our choices.
        3. What binds us together is not uniformity, it is a constitution that guarantees our right to be different.
        4. We know that an orchestra sounds best when every instrument plays their part in harmony; not when everyone plays the same note at the same time.
        5. What is hard to tolerate is people who take and take then disrespect the gift and the givers.
        6. Forrest Gump said “Stupid is as stupid does.” Don’t be stupid.
        7. Be constructive with your criticism and approach to conflict resolution.
      8. BUCK UP!
        1. Stop being a baby
        2. You will not always win
        3. Your candidate didn’t win? Neither did mine, didn’t even make the final big show.
          1. Half the possible voters – didn’t and the half that did was pretty much evenly divided.
          2. The system plays out and we have what we have.
            1. Accept the results
            2. Stop calling half of your country ignorant haters just because they didn’t agree with you.
            3. Look for ways to serve to make America better.
          3. Life is tough, tougher if you are stupid
          4. You are responsible for you
            1. You are the first person responsible for your education, safety, finances, food and every other thing you will need in life.
            2. Not your parents
  • Not your professors
  1. Not your government
  1. Your success in life depends on how hard you will work at being successful.
  2. I am not responsible for you.
  3. If you want something work hard and earn it

Start with those, then grow into the American Citizen you should be for your country and you to prosper.

The American Veteran loved you and this country enough to write a blank check for everything we have, even up to and including our very lives for you.

PLEASE, stop making veterans regret their service by your behavior.

Learn to Appreciate.

Learn to Respect.

Learn to Love.

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