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As a disabled Vietnam Vet, on Veterans Day 2008 I am rambling through my mind trying to fathom just what Veterans Day means to me, as well as what it should mean to non-veterans. It is all very nice that we have days to honor our veterans with thanks and pageantry, but there seems to be something that is missing. Something that is very substantive and moral in nature. As we honor veterans for their sacrifice and duty, we seem to fail to take this solemn occasion that one step further. That step is to resolve that the veterans of the future will not be used in vain and immoral manners such as they have suffered in the last 50 years. Vietnam and the second Iraqi war were totally unnecessary, as well as having been fought on political terms. This misuse of our protectors is inexcusable. We, the People, must hold ourselves accountable for allowing the lame politicos that we have elected to be able to make such unethical and immoral use of our sons and daughters.

We have allowed these miscreants to make use of "hot" words such as "communism, Democracy, weapons of mass destruction, terrorists, traitors, unpatriotic" to stir us up and distract us from their real agendas. Greed and power have rendered this country into little more than a limp puddle of what we know we should be. As a result of these events we have been electing what are essentially comic book characters as Congresspersons and Presidents.

The last two Presidents (and VP's) have been little more than crummy characters from an illustrated pulp rag with insane ambitions and just as insane intelligence. I have great difficulty just looking at these creatures without feeling nauseous and sick to my stomach. To see these "people" representing us on the world stage is very disheartening, at best. Their lack of values and integrity are easily the most embarrassing occurrences in the history of this once great country. Just seeing their picture on the same wall that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt are affixed drives me to tears.

It all begs the question, how do people vote for candidates such as these? Has our education and intelligence fallen to such low levels that we will put losers such as these in charge of our most valued and honored "troops"? The American Military as a whole is supposed to be held up as an elite force that stands for what is good, right, and, indeed, moral, in this world. We want to be seen as rescuers, protectors, and saviors - not terrorists and bullies!

I had many misgivings about what was going on during my military service (1968-1972). In those days we had no internet in which to search for truths. Our total source of information came from the news media, which, while not as bad as today's press, was quite biased or misused as well. I can barely imagine what the troops over in the Middle East must wonder as they strive to understand what is going on.

On this Veterans Day we must newly resolve ourselves to pay much more attention to whom we vote for. The political parties, left and right wings, liberals and conservatives, are tags that mean absolutely nothing and truly have no relevance to who we must elect to lead our battered nation.

We, as a nation, must put pressure on our elected representatives to enact term limits for both Congress and the Supreme Court. The corruption of lobbyists and other backers of politicos must be removed and purged from our government. The mega corporations stranglehold on both the government and the once "free press" must be removed. If our integrity and honor as a free Democratic Republic is to be restored and preserved, all of these things and more must be done.

As human beings we are responsible as individuals for our own actions. So, too, we must hold all elected persons responsible and accountable as individuals. We must go forward into a non-partisan climate to extract ourselves and our country from the messy swamp of politics!

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I am a Vietnam Vet disabled by MS and other various diseases.  On average I am a Moderate with slight Conservative leanings although it truly depends on what issue I am concerned with at the time.

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