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article imageOp-Ed: Still proud to be an American

By W. Mark Dendy     Oct 22, 2013 in Politics
All the bickering, backstabbing, and bushwhacking going on up on Capitol Hill has bothered me more than ever before. Maybe it is my age.
Even in the heat of the battle, in the thick of the fight, none of the lawmakers, Republican, Democratic, Independent, nor any of the White House administration were scathed and that bothered me.
For days, weeks, and months, the skirmishes have continued from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to the halls of the Senate and the House. The only casualties - the American people. And that really bothered me to the point, I couldn't sleep.
During one of those eves, just when the lawmakers were finally coming to a semblance of an agreement, my insomnia was fueled by flipping channels between MSNBC, CNN, and FOX, and I decided to watch a movie. My choice - “Saving Private Ryan.”
As the movie advanced, my calloused attitude began to soften, and by the end of the movie, it was soft as a marshmallow.
Now if you have seen the movie, you will probably understand what I am talking about. If you have served in the military, you will know what I am talking about.
You see, my grandfather served in the army during World War I, my father during World War II, and I was a Navy Seaman at the end of the war in Vietnam.
And there is a parallel between the men and women , the lawmakers, that are inside the beltway, and the men and women, the military, that are stateside and abroad, in jungles, in villages, in places that are foreign to everything they know.
Both groups are sent to there respective domains by the American people and for the American people.
The big differences are, the grown men and women in Washington fight and bicker like a bunch of high school kids, and refuse to shoulder any blame when things go awry.
The men and women in the military, many fresh out of high school with little life experience, do the jobs they are given and take responsibility when things go wrong, many in places that are, as I said earlier, foreign to everything they know.
Why are military men and women and their families so passionate about America and willing to lay down their lives for a country where the machine in Washington that makes the rules is so broken?
They live by the words of Alfred Lord Tennyson, "Ours is not to reason why, ours but to do and die."
Why live by those words, prepared to lay their lives down on the altar of freedom?
Well I believe it is because in spite of the liberals that want to chip, chip, chip away at the moral and patriotic fiber on which this country was built, America still remains the greatest country in the world – one that stands for freedom in the face of tyranny.
And that is why I'm still proud to be an American!
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