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Another One of THOSE Nights

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Isn’t it enough that I can’t usually get to sleep easy? I guess not, because tonight, the Army is out letting the boys play with their “big guns.” I’m talking about the ones where I can feel the concussion hit the house and we’re miles away from the fort.

Ah, what is my sleep worth compared to the importance that they fire their artillery on the gun ranges? They are the keepers of our freedoms. I have already served to keep and preserve our freedoms and rights, only to live long enough to watch the precious document I swore to protect and defend shredded by those whose roles in government were delineated by it.

By this time next year, we will know who will become our next President. Will I be able to sleep nights safely then? When the enemy is inside the house isn’t the time to turn the artillery and big guns on him, is it? Each generation grows up, sure that they will be “the ones” to fix things, to make things right.

In the Cold War, we fought and won the intelligence battle. Western Europe was safe. “Ivan” never could get close enough  to TRY to breach the Atlantic. “The Japs” were held at bay by the Pacific. We had secured peace. Our children were never going to know the horrors of the threat of “Nuclear Annihilation,” or “Concentration Camps,” nor “Fascism” or “Communism.”

The 90s were fun…

Now weekly, fundamentalists and mad men blow each other or us up in public places. The attacks occur on our soil. Our sitting President and his political allies swear that by taking our rights away, we become safer. Some actually see Wisdom in that sentiment. They are wrong.

Each right that belongs to the people of this nation, the citizens of these United States, whether they choose to exercise their rights or not, have been BOUGHT and GUARANTEED with the blood of our young men and women. Whether spelled out in the Bill of Rights, Constitution, Declaration of Independence or any of the other Amendments to our Constitution, every right has been paid for in blood – American blood.

How dare anyone – citizen or not – elected official or misguided activist – righteous campaigner or wicked fraudster – view the rights we have and contemptuously sneer at ANY of them. Whether we agree with the right or not, it exists. It has been purchased. The snakes distort this fact and use it to set us against each other. We can only defeat them by standing together, exercising and prizing every single right and privilege guaranteed to each and every CITIZEN of these United States.

If they are not citizens, they may apply to become such. If they are not citizens, it has not been THEIR blood that has purchased any of these rights. This does not make non-citizens lesser people, it only means that the rights of citizens does not and should not extend to them. By even this much enforcement, many of our nations ills could be solved. Our children can learn the value of what they have. When they value it, they will prize it and defend it. When that occurs, despotism, fascism, nepotism, inequality will be greatly reduced if not ultimately vanquished.


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