Veteran Veritas has been devoted to veteran advocacy since the inception of TC.com. Seldom do I enter the editorial fray and ongoing polemic.
Advocacy in its focus on veterans affairs can be a rather large tent.
In this instance I am breaking rank with a self imposed policy.
I am in a state of high dudgeon over the deafening silence from the speakers at the RNC who are clearly under strict marching orders to not emit a word or a breath about War.
Our men and women in uniform, in sync with the combat veterans of this nation, should be indignant, and not allow this convention nor the DNC Convention coming up, to skate on a situation that both parties obligated our nation to for a period now exceeding the length of all American wars.
Not a peep of war. Is not the shame of this a stain that is akin to a national “Scarlett Letter?”
How in God’s name can we balance a budget when we are paying for a wars on two fronts?
Billions of dollars a month are flowing to privateers who are essentially serving as mercenaries in a growing shadow government. Blackwater, simply changed their name, and we the taxpayers are paying their salaries. Does no one care? Can you not see the red herring tactic being fostered on America?
The level of distraction that is being fostered on the American people is unmatched in our history.
I have viewed every Presidential campaign since 1956. None were so absent of content at this one. All rhetoric, no plan. I suspect the DNC will ditto this mentality of avoidance. Would you want the Armed Forces to operate in this fashion?
A suicide a day in the military, with no solution in sight. Worse yet, there is no concrete explanatory narrative.
I am offering one. I believe this disjunctive, disconnected, dysfunctional set of legislators is creating an environment that is so toxic and so pervasive that these multiple tour soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines, are classic canaries in absorbing this negative radioactivity that has permeated the entire nation. While struggling with their own transition issues, they do not identify with the nation they just defended, and elect to bow out.
We have a collective responsibility to address every aspect of war, financial and spiritual. Peacocking on stage in a state of denial only exacerbates the problem, and furthers the mythological fog that has enveloped these electeds in a way that mimics a Greek tragedy.
These are the most perilous times of my adult life. This will not end with the election of a President.
This is a distraction racket with an end- game that transcends politics, all paid for with the booty from Citizens United Supreme Court decision. Finding veritas, will, from this point onward, be like Diogenes going out with a lantern looking for an honest man.
How many men died in Afghanistan this week?