On the eve of tonight’s Republican debate, an event I’ll no doubt watch, more for entertainment than substance, I still wondering just how the hell did these candidates get to be on the stage running for President of the United States (POTUS)? In fact, this is a non-partisan question and the same question applies to both Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton. With the exception of former Governor Jim Gilmore (who’s not polling well), none of the candidates have ever served in the United States military.
As a matter of pride and defense of country, those of us who have served in the military strongly believe that our Commander-in-Chief should have military experience. Having spent my entire adult life in the armed forces, it is a slap in the face to veterans and their families when these elitists pay lip serve to those of us who have served in harm’s way; “Thank you for your service”, now move along.
Now you just have to ask yourself, what other job can you name where experience as a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) doesn’t matter? Can’t think of one you say? I can’t either. So just think how foolish you would look, if for example, you applied to be the CEO of IBM, but had no experience in the Tech business. I’m sure the Board of Directors would have quite a laugh and send you the obligatory “thank you but no thank you” letter of rejection.
I know there are many of you that will say that it doesn’t matter and that service in the military is not a perquisite for POTUS; I disagree. For centuries now, men and women have answered the call to service for this great nation. Today, and as I wrote in my book, “Angels Watching Over Me” (http://americanwarriorpress.com), elitists have long bumbled their way to the top by scamming voters for support and money. White collar politicians start wars and blue collar men and women fight them.
I believe our country is in big trouble and is in dire need of leadership and of being united. This does not mean that we have to agree on every issue, but we have long forgotten what is important and what really matters. Three weeks ago, I was at Arlington National Cemetery to pay my respects to a warrior and close friend who lost his life in Afghanistan. Like many Americans deployed abroad in harm’s way, my friend believed in what he was doing and he loved his country. He served with distinction and honor. It is a rare event when elected officials visit this most hallow place and are able to see that it is the people of this great nation that make her exceptional.
On the flip side, most politicians do not and have not served with distinction and honor. There are exceptions; however, we the people have been lied to, had our nation’s security compromised because of convenience and lost countless lives because of political ideology and correctness.
And so as you watch tonight’s debate and listen to the horse manure being shoveled upon the American people, pay close attention to how many candidates can talk about their real qualifications to be Commander-in-Chief of the most exceptional nation on this planet. After all, it is a matter of experience, the survival of our nation depends on it.
Colonel (Ret) John D. Vernon, USA, is the author of “Angels Watching Over Me” and is the CEO, American Warrior Press. Learn more at http://americanwarriorpress.com and follow him on twitter @JOHNDVERNON1. ©JohnVernon2016