by Ed Evans, MGySgt., USMC (Ret.)
I will admit at the outset of this rant that I am incensed, highly offended and honestly angry with the elected politicians who are supposed to represent us in our Nation's Capitol. With the President? No, I knew what he was going in. He's only disappointed me that I was right.
That "career politicians", however, would allow the office of the President of the United States to be sullied and misused, as Barack Hussein Obama has done -- causing the abuse of innocent citizens and foreign tourists in Yellowstone as they were held hostage at a hotel by armed NPS Rangers; the abuse of elderly veterans from among the Greatest Generation whose blood and courage bought our very freedom; with armed NPS Rangers and guard dogs reminiscent of 1950s Birmingham, Ala., driving veterans away from the Vietnam Wall; denying death benefits to the grieving families of dead soldiers; stopping WIC payments to needy mothers and infants; shutting down a national Amber Alert children's rescue website ... and more -- is the very picture of greedy self-interest and cowardice among the people's legislators. And we are not even talking yet about the Benghazi debacle and the Fast and Furious abortion where people died, about money sent to Syrian rebels who were on our own terrorist watch list and martyred entire villages of Christians, or a politically motivated IRS attacking conservative interests.
It is in a peaceful rage that I publicly send to our agenda-driven President and these pantywaists who ally themselves with him against the best interests of We the People, these collected words of "Doc Lee". Admittedly we Marines love and respect our U.S. Navy Corpsmen. Anyone who has ever campaigned with us and experienced a shot fired in anger knows well the basis for that honored relationship.
Gentlemen, if I may speak in the most general terms, study, understand and take to heart a few of the truths and aphorisms by which this hero lives:
"Nothing enhances authority more than silence." -- Charles de Gaulle
"Men trained in arms from their infancy, and animated by the love of liberty, will afford neither a cheap or easy conquest." ~ Declaration of the Continental Congress, July 1775
"Deo et patriae" (God and Country)
"Molon Labe" (The Spartan's retort to King Leonidas and his superior force.)
"Let us study things that are no more. It is necessary to understand them, if only to avoid them." -- Victor Hugo
Integrity Counts - Candor Counts - Honor Counts
Now, readers of this rant may wonder by what right I deign to say anything at all. Here are my bona fides, and I am legion:
30 years in the United States Marine Corps
17 years as a federal civilian with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
4 battlefields: two tours in the Republic of Vietnam; wounded second tour; with the 32nd Marine Amphibious Unit in Beirut, Lebanon, 1983
13 months in Iraq, 2003-2004.
Father of five children, husband to one woman for 48 years
Ordained minister of the gospel, April 29, 1995.
A man of God, a U.S. Marine who knows by name men who bled and died to keep this nation free, extremely, extremely disappointed in those who inherited the job of defending it in Congress from enemies foreign and domestic.
Rise up and be the leaders of this nation you are expected to be, on behalf of the citizens who put you there, because your self-serving rumps are beginning to show. And believe me, it is true, I am legion.