Yesterday was Memorial Day, the day we stop and give honor to all those, past and present, who have served in the US armed forces to protect our freedoms. From the Revolutionary War to the current war in Afghanistan, thousands of American men and women sacrificed their lives so that you and I have the right to speak freely. Thousands of others have sacrificed arm, legs, eyes and other bodily parts for those same freedoms.
My father spent six years in the US Navy. He joined up in 1940 and got out in 1946. He served in the South Pacific and saw more horrible things than most people sitting at home have ever seen. I can’t tell you how many times he told me that his favorite quote is,
“Freedom is truly understood by those who have fought to preserve it.”
We owe a great deal to our veterans and to our active military personnel. They see a side of our country that few others see. They have a deeper appreciation of what America stands for than most people. Too many Americans ignore them, look down on them and never listen to what they have to say about our country.
I say it’s time we start listening to them and what they have to say. After all, they are the ones that are putting their lives on the line to protect this nation.
In a recent Gallup poll, veterans have spoken loud and clear and I pray America is listening. While the polls indicated that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are dead even with 46% for each, the same poll among veterans tell an entirely different story, with only 34% of veterans favoring Obama and 58% favoring Romney.
A 24% difference is huge in politics and this should send a strong message to the American people that a large percentage of our veterans have no respect or confidence in the current so-called Commander-in-Chief. When nearly 60% of our veterans favor one candidate over another, there has to be a good reason and we, as civilians, need to listen to those reasons.
One of those reasons is that a large number of veterans are conservative and they see Barack Obama as way too liberal for what’s good about America. Our veterans also see how Obama continually gives in to Muslim demands here and abroad. They also point to how Obama used the safety and lives of our current military personnel by using the Pentagon budget as a blackmail tool with the failed Supercommittee last year.
You can’t rule out how Obama has systematically undermined the integrity of the US military by allowing homosexuals to openly serve, to demand chaplains perform same-sex marriages regardless of how wrong it is according to their faith. They’ve also watched the case of Marine Sgt. Gary Stein, who was court martialed and discharged for exercising his right of free speech on his own time, on his own webpage when he criticized Obama and stated that he would not follow any order that was legally or morally wrong.
To be honest, I cannot think of one positive thing that Obama has done for our military personnel and I‘m sure that many of our veterans feel the same way. This is why the veterans in the recent Gallup poll overwhelmingly turn their support to Mitt Romney and not to Barack Obama. I truly hope and pray that the rest of America will follow suit and send Obama packing come November.