My friend, Ron Jenkins, who has also traveled the world during his Air Force career is a wonderful writer. He stays abreast of the major happenings and has a solid conservative mind. He submitted this deeply common sense article to a newspaper in San Antonio where he lives. He has given me the option to print his work on my blog every time he writes anything. He bores into his work with great analysis of whatever subject that motivates his interest. I am proud to post his work on my blog so others can agree or disagree with facts. Clyde Brewer
My friend, Peter Forrest, sent me these questions and it seems more than interesting to ask your “Liberal Friends” to see if they can explain even one. I want to ask you to please share any answers you might receive as I don’t have even one Liberal” that will speak to me. Even my own liberal family members no longer speak to me. I promise to print any answers but I doubt I will get any feedback as Liberals” never have an answer to anything I ask them. They just shrug their shoulders and walk away. I have no idea who compiled these questions and if anyone knows, tell me so I can give them credits.
C Brewer January 16, 2017
Since only 8 million people have ObamaCare, how will 24 million people die after it is repealed? Will 16 million people be randomly shot?
If Donald Trump deleted all of his emails, wiped his server with Bleachbit and destroyed all of his phones with a hammer, would the Mainstream Media suddenly lose all interest in the story and declare him innocent?
If women do the same job for less money, why do companies hire men to do the same job for more money?
If you rob a bank in a Sanctuary City, is it illegal or is it just an ‘Undocumented Withdrawal’?
Each ISIS attack now is a reaction to Trump policies, but all ISIS attacks during Obama’s term were due to Climate Change and a plea for jobs. Why?
After the London ‘Lone Wolf’ terrorist attack government officials have arrested at least eight other ‘Lone Wolves’ who had conspired with the original ‘Lone Wolf’ in planning the ‘Lone Wolf’ attack. Even though all involved are Muslims, you can be assured, the ‘Lone Wolf’ attack has nothing at all to do with Islam, just like the other 1000 plus ‘Lone Wolf’ attacks by Muslims, are completely unassociated with Islam. Why?
We are scolded every day to stop calling “Freebies” ‘Entitlements’. Welfare, Food Stamps, WIC, ad nauseum are not entitlements. They are taxpayer-funded handouts, and should be called, What?
Social Security and Veterans Benefits are Entitlements because the people receiving them are entitled to them. They were earned and paid for by the recipients. Why does the Media keep listing them with other Freebies?
If Muslims want to run away from a Muslim country, does that mean they’re Islamophobic?
If Liberals don’t believe in biological gender then why did they march for women’s rights?
If Trump was involved with the Russians hacking the Presidential election. How did the Russians get Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC to steal the Primary from Bernie Sanders? How did Russia get Donna Brazile to leak debate questions to Hillary Clinton in advance of the debates?
Why is it that Democrats think Super-delegates are necessary for their nominations, but they have a problem with the Electoral College? Aren’t they used for the same reasons?
If you don’t want the FBI involved in elections, why did the Democrats nominate someone who’s being investigated by the FBI.
If Hillary’s got paid $250,000 an hour for her speeches, how come no one showed up to her free ones?
The DNC is mad at Russia because they ‘think’ they are trying to manipulate our election by exposing that the DNC was manipulating our election, why?
Just one more thing on Trump’s ‘Locker Room Vocabulary’. Why is it that Liberals and the Media are upset about the words Trump used 11 years ago but they are comfortable with strange adult men using the Ladies Room with your Wives and Daughters? ANON
I feel sure I could keep adding more questions but the Liberals will ignore theses as no one forces them to follow the rules. If we has an honest media and Federal Employees that were not biased it would be nice to watch closely if any of these questions ever appear again. When the FBI can’t be trusted who can you trust?
If the Democrats were made to follow the rules and laws they would never get anyone elected at the national level again. Draining the swamp has been found to be wider and deeper than even Trump expected. Let’s all try to help.
This story touched me deeply as I was a boy 15 years old when World War II ended with millions of boys dead. The impact was the driving force that led me to volunteer to enlist in the US Navy two later at 17 after graduating from high school. It is a shame we do not have mandatory basic military training for every boy and girl American, foreign students and illegals. They either make a man or a woman out of every child or designate them as a future problem. They also can pinpoint those who are ready for higher education or provide the others for the trades. Many will remain in the military as a career.
The Navy prepared me well for my future and made a man out of this boy professionally. I served during the Korean war but never faced combat. I am proud to be a veteran. My wife, Norma, had one Uncle killed on Iwo Jima and another Uncle lost both legs. Both were also just boys. I am posting this on my blog and hope my family keeps posting this again and again long after I my lifetime is over. My thanks to my friend Peter Forrest who shared this great story with me. Clyde Brewer
This read is long but worth the time. If you read it before it’s pretty good to read again. ( I have read it five times. CB)
Each year I am hired to go to Washington, DC, With the eighth grade class from Clinton, WI where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I Greatly enjoy visiting our nation’s Capital, and each year I take some Special memories back with me. This fall’s trip was especially Memorable.
On The last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima Memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and
Depicts one of the most famous photographs in history — that of the six Brave soldiers raising the American Flag at the top of a rocky hill on The island of Iwo Jima, Japan, during WW II. Over One hundred students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed Towards the memorial. I noticed a solitary figure at the base of the Statue, and as I got closer he asked, ‘Where are you guys From?’
I Told him that we were from Wisconsin . ‘Hey, I’m a cheese head, too! Come gather around, Cheese heads, and I will Tell you a story.’
(It Was James Bradley who just happened to be in Washington , DC , to speak at The memorial the following day. He was there that night to say good Night to his dad, who had passed away. He was just about to leave when He saw the buses pull up. I videotaped him as he spoke to us, and Received his permission to share what he said from my videotape. It is One thing to tour the incredible monuments filled with history in Washington, DC, but it is Quite another to get the kind of insight we received that Night.)
When All had gathered around, he reverently began to speak. (Here are his Words that night..)
‘My Name is James Bradley and I’m from Antigo, Wisconsin My dad is on that statue, and I Wrote a book called ‘Flags of Our Fathers’. It is the story of the six Boys you see behind me.
‘Six Boys raised the flag. The first guy putting the pole in the ground is Harlon Block. Harlon was an all-state football player. He enlisted in The Marine Corps with all the senior members of his football team.. They Were off to play another type of game. A game called ‘War.’ But it Didn’t turn out to be a game. Harlon, at the age of 21, died with his Intestines in his hands. I don’t say that to gross you out, I say that Because there are people who stand in front of this statue and talk About the glory of war. You guys need to know that most of the boys in Iwo Jima were 17, 18, and 19 years old – and it was so hard that the Ones who did make it home never even would talk to their families about It.
(He Pointed to the statue) ‘You see this next guy? That’s Rene Gagnon From New Hampshire If you took Rene’s helmet off at the moment this photo was taken and Looked in the webbing of that helmet, you would find a photograph….a Photograph of his girlfriend Rene put that in there for protection Because he was scared. He was 18 years old. It was just boys who won the Battle of Iwo Jima . Boys. Not old Men.
‘The Next guy here, the third guy in this tableau, was Sergeant Mike Strank. Mike is my hero. He was the hero of all these guys. They called him the ‘old man’ because he was so old. He was already 24. When Mike would Motivate his boys in training camp, he didn’t say, ‘Let’s go kill some Japanese’ or ‘Let’s die for our country’ He knew he was talking to Little boys.. Instead he would say, ‘You do what I say, and I’ll get you Home to your mothers.’
‘The Last guy on this side of the statue is Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian from Arizona . Ira Hayes was one of them who Lived to walk off Iwo Jima . He went into the White House With my dad. President Truman told him, ‘You’re a hero’ He told Reporters, ‘How can I feel like a hero when 250 of my buddies hit the Island with me and only 27 of us walked off Alive?’
So you take your class at school, 250 of you spending a year together having fun, doing everything together. Then all 250 of you hit the beach, but only 27 of your classmates walk off alive. That was Ira Hayes. He had images of horror in his mind. Ira Hayes carried the pain home with him and eventually died dead drunk, face down, drowned in a very shallow puddle, at the age of 32 (ten years after this picture was taken).
‘The next guy, going around the statue, is Franklin Sousley from Hilltop, Kentucky . A fun-lovin’ hillbilly boy. His best friend, who is now 70, told me, ‘Yeah, you know, we took two cows up on the porch of the Hilltop General Store. Then we strung wire across the stairs so the cows couldn’t get down. Then we fed them Epsom salts. Those cows crapped all night.’ Yes, he was a fun-lovin’ hillbilly boy. Franklin died on Iwo Jima at the age of 19. When the telegram came to tell his mother that he was dead, it went to the Hilltop General Store. A barefoot boy ran that telegram up to his mother’s farm. The neighbors could hear her scream all night and into the morning. Those neighbors lived a quarter of a mile away..
‘The next guy, as we continue to go around the statue, is my dad, John Bradley, from Antigo, Wisconsin , where I was raised. My dad lived until 1994, but he would never give interviews. When Walter Cronkite’s producers or the New York Times would call, we were trained as little kids to say ‘No, I’m sorry, sir, my dad’s not here. He is in Canada fishing. No, there is no phone there, sir. No, we don’t know when he is coming back.’ My dad never fished or even went to Canada . Usually, he was sitting there right at the table eating his Campbell ‘s soup. But we had to tell the press that he was out fishing. He didn’t want to talk to the press.
‘You see, like Ira Hayes, my dad didn’t see himself as a hero. Everyone thinks these guys are heroes, ’cause they are in a photo and on a monument. My dad knew better. He was a medic. John Bradley from Wisconsin was a combat caregiver. On Iwo Jima he probably held over 200 boys as they died. And when boys died on Iwo Jima , they writhed and screamed, without any medication or help with the pain.
‘When I was a little boy, my third grade teacher told me that my dad was a hero. When I went home and told my dad that, he looked at me and said, ‘I want you always to remember that the heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who did not come back. Did NOT come back.’
‘So that’s the story about six nice young boys.. Three died on Iwo Jima , and three came back as national heroes. Overall, 7,000
boys died on Iwo Jima in the worst battle in the history of the Marine Corps. My voice is giving out, so I will end here. Thank you for your time.’
Suddenly, the monument wasn’t just a big old piece of metal with a flag sticking out of the top. It came to life before our eyes with the heartfelt words of a son who did indeed have a father who was a hero. Maybe not a hero for the reasons most people would believe, but a hero nonetheless.
One thing I learned while on tour with my 8th grade students in DC that is not mentioned here is . . that if you look at the statue very closely and count the number of ‘hands’ raising the flag, there are 13. When the man who made the statue was asked why there were 13, he simply said the13th hand was the hand of God.
Great story – worth your time – worth every American’s time. Please pass it on. ANON