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Veterans Day 2010- Robert Beasley Jr. Commonwealth Attorney , Powhatan Virginia

Veterans Day: the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. We celebrate Veterans Day on the anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War. In our country, we have set aside this day to honor all those who served in the armed forces of our nation. It is on this day that we recognize the sacrifice of our veterans—those men and women who gave of themselves freely and unconditionally the service of their country.

We honor our veterans on this day with flags and with speeches and with firm handshakes, thanking them for their service. We honor their courage. We honor their perseverance. We honor their sacrifice. But I fear that, all too often, we then simply stash them away amidst the hustle and bustle of the coming holiday season, and give them little or no thought again until summer returns on Memorial Day weekend. In doing so, we do both our veterans and ourselves a great disservice because we fail to understand just who veterans are.

Simply put, veterans are soldiers. And so to understand veterans, we must first understand the American soldier. Soldiers are men and women who at some point in their lives, most commonly in their youth, raised their right hand and swore before God that they would support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies; that they would bear true faith and allegiance to that Constitution; and that they would obey the lawful orders of the President and the officers appointed over them.

In a day and an age where truth seems to be relative and where man’s word has become negotiable, one group of American citizens—the soldier—still lives by certain core values: loyalty, duty, respect, selflessness, honor, integrity, and personal courage. These values make up the character of the American soldier.

A professor once asked a student to point to the United States on a map. The bright young student placed his finger on the map and smiled. “No,” said his professor. “That is Missouri.” Frustrated, the student tried again, this time striking the map a little harder as if the use of force could change the boundaries. “No. That is Kansas.” Now embarrassed, the student pointed to the bold letters scrawled across the face of the map reading “United States of America.” “Very good,” said the professor. “You may take your seat.”

You see, what the professor knew, and the student learned, is that the United States is not a place. You cannot find it on a map. You can find Missouri and Kansas. You can find Virginia and California. You can find Wisconsin and Texas. But you cannot find the United States. The United States is not made up of acreage or square miles. There is no land called the United States. The “United States” is an idea. It is an ideal. It exists only on paper and in the hearts of its people. That is why soldiers swear to defend the “Constitution of the United States,” not the country, and not an individual. Without the Constitution, the country does not exist. It is the Constitution that creates our nation. It is the Constitution that creates our government. Soldiers, in swearing to support and defend the constitution, are swearing to defend an ideal: the ideal of constitutional Republic; the ideal of liberty.

The soldier also swears to bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution. The soldier swears not only to defend the Constitution but pledges his loyalty, his devotion, and his faithfulness, as well. From the Revolution to Afghanistan and in every conflict in between, the loyalty, selflessness, and courage of the American soldier has been unquestioned and unequaled.

On the battlefield, the extraordinary ability of the American soldier to improvise is legendary. And the drive to persevere and to accomplish the mission is a direct product of these soldiers growing up in a free and democratic society. As Adolf Hitler learned the hard way, the “spoiled sons” of democracy were not so soft after all.

The soldier’s loyalty extends out from the Constitution to his branch of service, to his individual unit, and to his fellow soldiers. Those who have served have no friends as dear as the people with whom they served. And their loyalty to one another is unrivaled.

Finally, the soldier also swears to obey the lawful orders of the President and the officers appointed over him. Soldiers, more than any other group, perhaps, respect the Office of the Presidency regardless of who the temporary occupant of the White House might be. But their oath is clear—it extends to the lawful orders of the President, not devotion to the whims of any individual.

I want to shift focus for just a moment, and look at that other group mentioned in the oath—the officer. A Marine Corps officer once said, “The more authority one has in the military, the more of a servant he truly becomes.” An Army officer put it this way, “Take care of your Soldiers. They are the most valuable and lethal resource we have in the Army. Don’t caudle them but motivate and inspire them to be leaders. Treat them with respect and correct them when needed but most of all care for them always!”

It is within this framework of servant-leadership that our soldiers function. It is within this framework that our soldiers have confidence in their leaders and so are able to carry out their lawful orders and accomplish their missions bravely, with a sense of duty and honor.

Now you know soldiers. And so now you know veterans. Veterans never forget their oath. Veterans never forget the values they learned during their active service. The service of a veteran never really ends, it just changes form.

It is right and proper that we hold ceremonies such as this to honor our veterans. It is good to thank a veteran, to shake his hand, and to recognize his sacrifice. It is important, too, that we remember those who did not come home: those whose bodies rest both here and abroad, having sacrificed their all for their countrymen.

But to truly honor the veterans of this nation, we must honor what they defended. We must honor the Constitution. It is the Constitution that creates our nation and our government. It is the Constitution that lays out the parameters within which that government must function. And it is the Constitution that by right restrains that government. Always remember that the Constitution grants no rights to the people. Instead, through the Constitution, the People establish our government and, at the same time, the People set limits upon it. The preamble to the Constitution reads:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty for ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

These are simple words. But they are words powerful enough to create a nation. If we wish to honor our veterans, then we must honor what they swore to defend: the Constitution of the United States of America.

May God bless all our veterans. And may God bless the United States of America.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2010 in politics, Veterans

 

” Call me Senator, I worked hard for that title” VFW Shuts down its PAC

 Angered after watching  years of  endorsing incumbent candidates by the VFW PAC, Richard L. Eubank, Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars pulls the plug  on VFWPAC. Commander Eubank  questioned the PAC’s track record of endorsing and supporting candidates with little or no track record of supporting our Armed Forces , or our Veterans.

For Example, VFW PAC endorsed  Democrat Ron Klein, who is running against Republican challenger Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Allen West Florida 22nd Congressional District. LT Col West served in the First Gulf War as well as  Operation Iraq Freedom. Ron Klein’s military experience amounts to watching ” Saving Private Ryan” while sucking  his thumb.

Not to mention Babs ” Call me Senator ” Boxer.

Really????

There are a great number of veterans who are offended by Boxer’s refusal to support our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Fiorina told reporters Sunday. “There are veterans who are offended by the way she dressed down a general, and there are, unfortunately for the VFW PAC, now a whole lot of veterans who are offended by the decision the VFW PAC has taken.”Fiorina’s campaign also released a statement by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and other military veterans, objecting to the VFW’s endorsement of her. (McCain is campaigning for Fiorina).

Asked after her speech about McCain’s objection, Boxer merely smiled and replied: “I’m so excited to have the VFW endorsement. I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

MEMORANDUM
_________________________
National Council of Administration
Richard L. Eubank, Commander-in-Chief
Date:
October 14, 2010
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I have reviewed the Political Action Committee (PAC) Board of Directors’ response to our request to rescind this year’ s Congressional endorsements. I disagree with their assessment.
It is now evident to most of the VFW leadership, both National and especially the departments, that the VFW has been subjected to extreme negative publicity throughout the nation, and the recent endorsement decisions have, in fact, harmed the VFW’ s reputation and future ability to fulfill our mission.
I cannot let this erosion of public support for our great organization continue. The apparent lack of the committee to address these concerns will lead to a proposal by me, as Commander in-Chief, to amend the by-laws at the 112th National Convention for the purpose of dissolving the PAC. Meanwhile, under the authority granted to me as Commander-in-Chief in section 619 of the VFW National By-Laws and under section 620 of the Manual of Procedure, I am withdrawing all PAC all PAC appointments effective October 15, 2010.

Accordingly, I’ m asking the council for a vote of “ no confidence” in the VFW PAC as indicated on the enclosed ballot.

It’s about dam time that the members of these organizations stand up and say NO MORE.  What say you NRA?  Its gets me so mad to watch these PAC’s,  of all types, endorsing  the incumbent without regard. This is a major reason for the 95% re- election rate among a Congress with a 9% approval rating……………………. until THIS YEAR. GIRD YOUR LOINS. I CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM MY HOUSE!

UPDATE!!!!!!!! Colonel Jessup USMC fires back!

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2010 in politics

 

The Socialist/Democrat Congressional Highlights since 2007!

So, are things really better now than they were in 2007 when the Republicans lost the House and Senate? According to NYT Columnist Paul Krugman they are.  The ” Summer of Recovery” has turned into, according to crazy Uncle Biden   the “Buck up or Buck You!” Fall. Ahhhhh yes, the Hope and Change is over flowing. The only thing tingling  on this guys  leg  is the Natty Light I just knocked  over!

Lets go to the stat sheet  to see the score:

  • In January 2007 before the Democrats took over Congress, unemployment was 4.6 percent; now it’s 9.6 percent.
  • In January 2007 there were 7.1 million unemployed people in America; now there are 14.9 million.
  • In January 2007 the median home price was $210,600; today it’s $179,300.
  • In January 2007 the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 12,500; today it’s at 10,840.
  • In January 2007 the gross federal debt was $9 trillion; today it’s $13.5 trillion.
  • The poverty rate in 2006 was 12.3 percent; now it’s 14.3 percent
  • In the final budget created by a GOP-controlled Congress, the deficit was $160 billion; now it’s $1.6 trillion.

Add it all up and: there were half as many people out of work then; houses were worth 17 percent more; stocks were 16 percent higher; the federal debt was 33 percent lower; poverty was 14 percent lower, and; the deficit was 90 percent lower! 

The Obama Administration is so bummed out they couldn’t  roll out their new mascot for the “Summer of Recovery” but  he was recently spotted on the Metro by McMartin looking, well… Sad, you be the judge.

 

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2010/09/24/question-paul-krugman-are-things-better-today-january-2007#ixzz10s9TvKZt

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2010 in politics

 

I LOVE THE SMELL OF NAPALM IN THE MORNING!! ITS THE SMELL OF VICTORY

Over the last year or so, in between the brush wars of the 2009-2010 election cycle, I have kept an eye on the actions taken by Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina… and I have been impressed. What I have witnessed over this period is a that Jim DeMint is an unapologetic, dyed in the wool, Ronald Reagan conservative, even when its inconvenient. He has done whats right, even in the face of opposition from his own party.

He has supported, through his Senate Conservative Fund, and personnel endorsements a host of CONSERVATIVE candidates for the US Senate, including, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ken Buck , Dino Rossi, Sharon Angle, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson, Pat Toomey, and most recently Christine O’Donnell.

Senator DeMint is often criticized by his peers for backing candidates that “can’t win in the general” and his actions will cost the GOP control of the Senate. Jim’s reply is ” what good is a majority if we don’t stand for anything” Check out Senator DeMints interview today on Foxnews with Jenna Lee [I think she is the reason it’s called [FOXnews].

He says he isn’t running for President in 2012…… I think we can persuade him, what say you?

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2010 in politics

 

Ahhh….. Recovery Summer….. how sweet it is.

I want to thank the Disrupt boys for inviting me into the crew and letting me give my occasional rants about the topics of the day. As a former Marine, I think American Samurai is a fitting screen name. Samurai means “those that serve” and Marines have been called the ” American Samurai” on occasion as defenders of the honor of the Republic! Enough about me.

I can barely stomach turning on the TV anymore due to the pablum being spewed by the Media , the Teleprompter in Chief as well as Dingy Harry and Queen Nancy in regards to who drove what into the ditch! The Democraps have been ” Driving Ms Daisy” since 06…… PJTV and Andrew Klavan sum it up nicely in this clip…

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2010 in politics

 
 
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