For the first time in my adult life, I am convinced that America is beyond the “crossroads” that many political pundits refer to when referencing the state of our nation. In fact, most recently I heard a bunch of “firsts” that have made me wonder what America really stands for any more. Never would I ever believe that a political candidate would stand on a national debate stage and call her fellow citizens “the enemy,” but that is exactly what happened. But then again, never would I ever believe that our so-called civil society which supposedly cares so much about children and their moral welfare, engage in infanticide to the extent that would make Margaret Sanger look like a saint. Don’t get me wrong, this is not surrender or a doomsday prophecy, but a recognition to what is really going on in America.
Like many Americans today, I am dismayed by the lack of leadership on display by those who profess to represent us in every branch of government. Even more depressing is the fact that the “Rule of Law” is nothing but a series of words. In practice it is nothing. Everywhere you look today, the political elite class get to do what they want, marching to a different tune than those of us who really work for a living. As a nation, we are the laughing stock of the world and are no longer seen globally as the “Worlds Superpower.” We have been effectively transformed and the match is lit.
On this coming Thursday, the former Secretary of State will testify before the Benghazi Congressional Committee. For some in this nation and according to the former Secretary, this is all the result of some right wing conspiracy brouhaha. The reality is, Americans want to know what were we doing in Libya? Why were Ambassador (Amb) Stevens requests for additional security assets denied? Who had the authority to deny that request and have they been held accountable? What did the Secretary do or not do that night? And, when did the Secretary know of Amb Stevens requests? In my opinion, the truth matters. Maybe not in the political world, but in the warrior world, people lose their lives when peoples noses grow and lies get told. That matters to me and probably matters to lots of patriots.
The former Secretary of State lied when she said there were no U.S. Troops on the ground in Benghazi that fateful night. Is she that out of touch to know that survivors of the gun fight that night have already spilled the beans? Or is she tapping into and counting on the ignorance of many in the nation, and simply furthering the Susan Rice false narrative about some bullcrap video? Worse yet however were the promises she made to the families to get to the truth and tell them what really happened. However, to do so would require backbone and integrity, characteristics that are absent in the political elite class.
Most recently, General Lloyd Austin, Commander, U.S. Central Command, testified before the Armed Services Committee regarding the results of U.S. efforts to covertly train and equip Syrians to fight the Islamic State to the tune of $500M. The results were an absolute failure, yet the President just shrugged his shoulders and stated that its failure vindicated him because he really didn’t support the program to start with.
Here at home, a real fight is brewing. The Republican Party has turned into the do nothing party and the Democrat Party has turned into the socialist party. Either way, both party’s suck at what they do and should be embarrassed, but they’re not. What a pathetic performance by people who are elected to represent the people.
Our President is a huge disappointment to millions of people. During his most recent 60 Minutes Interview, when challenged by Steve Kroft about his leadership overseas, the President looked down and away, stating that “Climate Change” was the greatest threat we face. And as we were all gasping for air, even ESPN’s Tom Jackson was shaking his head in disbelief saying C’mon Man! Hell even the camels are laughing. But the worst is yet to come.
Perhaps I spoke too soon. This morning as I got ready for work, I learned that yet another police officer was murdered. Gunned down simply for doing his job and being a police officer. My heart is heavy and my mood somber. I wonder whether all of this is really true and ask myself over and over the question that seems to need answering. How did we get to this point where life is held in such low esteem? Sadly, as we mourn this Angel in Blue, I know that this will not be the last we lose.
Last but not least, I was saddened to hear that the Vice President did not jump into the race for the Presidency. Not that I would vote for him, but I detest the fact that the DNC has staged their primary in favor for their named candidate verses giving the people a choice. But then again, the DNC favored candidate isn’t much of a choice. Again, I find myself asking the same question, but with more emotion. How the hell did we get to this damn point?
Today in Washington DC, I watched people tweeting and gushing over social media that today was the “Back to the Future” day. In the Senate, “Kate’s Law” was defeated and the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco have voted to uphold sanctuary cities and defy federal law. With news of such developments, I have to admit, we have officially entered the twilight zone. To many, they don’t see the tipping point that I see as they’re too busy giving away “free stuff” with no idea how they’re going to pay for it. But what the hell, its election season and anything goes, because as one candidate says, “I’ve evolved.” Welcome to the tipping point.
Colonel (Ret) John D. Vernon, USA, is the author of “Angels Watching Over Me” and the CEO, American Warrior Press. Learn more at http://americanwarriorpress.com and follow him on twitter @JOHNDVERNON1.