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AN AMERICAN VETERAN STORY!

My great friend, Dr. Peter Forrest sent me the following article. This brought back memories only a veteran could possibly understand. This took me back to the day I asked my parents to allow me to join the Navy Reserve at 17 in 1947. Just think, how many American boys have died serving in the military, especially when this boy decided to give it a try so soon after WWII was over shortly after I was 15. I have never shared all of this with anyone. 

My real desire was to continue learning as the opportunity to attend college was not possible for me and there were no jobs for kids. It was still difficult for the veterans of WWII to find jobs and any hope of a scholarship at that time was for the veterans as it should have been. My hope to fulfill my desire to serve on active duty was answered and I was sworn in on March 15, 1948. I will not bore you with the pride I had at that moment or the details of my service as I was not involved IN the war in Korea that started not too long after I enlisted. I served some 42 months on active duty before I finished my reserve enlistment and was Honorably discharged on August 30, 1952. This was the day before my 22nd birthday. 
The greatest thing the service did for me was to make a man out of a boy, and fast. If Americans really wanted to re-establish discipline, pride respect in their children they would support mandatory military training for every boy and girl at 18 whether they graduated high school or not. There would not be gangs and violence we see today and the prisons might not be full of young people. Please enjoy this wonderful story.     
                                         A great article…………….
This is a well written article about a father who put several of his kids through expensive colleges but one son wanted to be a Marine. Interesting observation by this dad.  See below.  A very interesting commentary that says a lot about our society, By Frank Schaeffer of the Washington Post.
Before my son became a Marine, I never thought much about who was defending me. Now when I read of the war on terrorism or the coming conflict in Iraq, it cuts to my heart. When I see a picture of a member of our military who has been killed, I read his or her name very carefully. Sometimes I cry.
In 1999, when the barrel-chested Marine recruiter showed up in dress blues and bedazzled my son John, I did not stand in the way. John was headstrong, and he seemed to understand these stern, clean men with straight backs and flawless uniforms. I did not. I live in the Volvo-driving, higher education-worshiping North Shore of Boston. I write novels for a living. I have never served in the military.
It had been hard enough sending my two older children off to Georgetown and New York University. John’s enlisting was unexpected, so deeply unsettling. I did not relish the prospect of answering the question, “So where is John going to college?” from the parents who were itching to tell me all about how their son or daughter was going to Harvard. At the private high school John attended, no other students were going into the military.
“But aren’t the Marines terribly Southern?” asked one perplexed mother while standing next to me at the brunch following graduation. “What a waste, he was such a good student,” said another parent. One parent (a professor at a nearby and rather famous university) spoke up at a school meeting and suggested that the school should “ carefully evaluate what went wrong.”
When John graduated from three months of boot camp on Parris Island, 3000 parents and friends were on the parade deck stands. We parents and our Marines not only were of many races but also were representative of many economic classes. Many were poor. Some arrived crammed in the backs of pickups, others by bus. John told me that a lot of parents could not afford the trip.
We in the audience were white and Native American. We were Hispanic, Arab, and African American, and Asian. We were former Marines wearing the scars of battle, or at least baseball caps emblazoned with battles’ names. We were Southern whites from Nashville and skinheads from New Jersey, black kids from Cleveland wearing ghetto rags and white ex-cons with ham-hock forearms defaced by jailhouse tattoos. We would not have been mistaken for the educated and well-heeled parents gathered on the lawns of John’s private school a half-year before.
After graduation one new Marine told John, “Before I was a Marine, if I had ever seen you on my block I would’ve probably killed you just because you were standing there.” This was a serious statement from one of John’s good friends, a black ex-gang member from Detroit who, as John said, “would die for me now, just like I’d die for him.
My son has connected me to my country in a way that I was too selfish and insular to experience before. I feel closer to the waitress at our local diner than to some of my oldest friends. She has two sons in the Corps. They are facing the same dangers as my boy. When the guy who fixes my car asks me how John is doing, I know he means it. His younger brother is in the Navy.
Why were I and the other parents at my son’s private school so surprised by his choice? During World War II, the sons and daughters of the most powerful and educated families did their bit. If the idea of the immorality of the Vietnam War was the only reason those lucky enough to go to college dodged the draft, why did we not encourage our children to volunteer for military service once that war was done?
Have we wealthy and educated Americans all become pacifists? Is the world a safe place? Or have we just gotten used to having somebody else defend us? What is the future of our democracy when the sons and daughters of the janitors at our elite universities are far more likely to be put in harm’s way than are any of the students whose dorms their parents clean?
I feel shame because it took my son’s joining the Marine Corps to make me take notice of who is defending me. I feel hope because perhaps my son is part of a future “greatest generation. “As the storm clouds of war gather, at least I know that I can look the men and women in uniform in the eye. My son is one of them. He is the best I have to offer. He is my heart.
“Faith is not about everything turning out OK; Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out.”
I know that the candy-ass, spoiled youth of today that have majored in demonstrations, violence and ignoring our laws will never know how proud the dad in this story had to have been. I have no doubt that if America were attacked today like it was in 1941 we would never be able to defend ourselves with the cowards that ran to Canada to avoid the Vietnam War. My brother, Lt. Col. James Brewer, served 24 years in the Army and was heckled, booed and threatened after he served two tours in that war that was fought for the Democrats and the banks. We have a similar event in Afghanistan that is a waste of life and trillions of dollars that will never change the way these people desire to live their lives.
To the young marine in the story my message is “SEMPER FI”. I have a shirt that best expresses my feelings. On the front over my heart it says “Veteran”. On the back above an American Flag it says, “I AM NOT A HERO”, below the flag it says, “I HAVE WALKED BESIDE A FEW”. My brother died at 55, an unhappy warrior who’s country turned there back on. He and my friend John Booker are just two of those “HERO’s” who I have been proud to have walked beside.   
 
GOD SAVE AMERICA, the Demoncrats  will give up. Comments please.   C Brewer
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“OBAMATACTICS” – HOW TO BUY OHIO WITH TAXPAYER MONEY!

I just read an article from Townhall.com, written by Tad DeHaven yesterday that upset me deeply. Having spent twenty seven years working on white collar welfare (100% government funded projects), facts like those reported were obvious to me. What prompted me to write this article was wondering if other voters understand how crooked the system actually works.

To explain my concerns, I will use some of the facts reported by Townhall and give credit to the Washington Post and reporters Jerry Markon and Alice Crites. The writers, Tad and the Post deserve accolades for focusing the spotlight on the Obama administration’s use of taxpayer funds to buy votes in the critical battleground state of Ohio.

To be fair this practice is not new and all political parties and individual incumbent politicians screw the tax payer by force funding wasteful projects to buy votes. The difference now is that the Obama team has taken this practice to levels never before experienced to buy votes with your money to be re-elected. Term limits are the only solution to stop the waste.

Let me share these facts that used Ohio as an example. Ohio’s portion of the $2.3 billion in clean-energy manufacturing tax credits was tens of millions of dollars more than what went to other critical swing states.

High speed rail service was another Obama team project to buy votes in Ohio. The White House in 2010 awarded the state $400 million to resume passenger train service between Cincinnati, Cleveland and other Ohio cities. This service had been cancelled over 40 years ago as it was not economically feasible.

Obama personally visited Mansfield, Ohio in August. Local media outlets and Republicans in the state pointed out that he would be flying into an Air National Guard base where Obama’s latest budget would cut a fleet of aircraft and about 800 positions. Local base officials vowed to position the threatened planes so Obama could see them from Air Force One. In less than 24 hours, the White House promised local news outlets that it would “find a mission” for the guard unit. A White House spokesman said yesterday that Obama remains “absolutely” committed to finding that mission.

When Obama made his first visit to Ohio as president in March 2009, Obama came with more than $1 billion in stimulus money. Later with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., he showed up for the Columbus, Ohio police graduation ceremonies and highlighted funding for everything from law enforcement to roads.

Another Obama’s proposal to invest $1 billion to create a network of ‘manufacturing ­innovation institutes,’ Congress declined to approve the funding. Without approval the Obama team provided funding from some slush fund for a pilot program that will focus on digital-based manufacturing. Guess what, the winner of the $30 million pilot grant was a consortium that will base the operation in, guess where, Youngstown, Ohio

The state of Ohio has also been a huge winner in Race to the Top, the Obama administration’s signature education reform initiative. Ohio has received the fourth-highest total in federal grants of any other state.

There are more government agencies that use your tax money to buy votes. The Small Business Administration (SBA) also has been very liberal with subsidies to Ohio businesses:

One example is Mr. Brian Reis, who runs a company making potato chips and other snack food about 100 miles from Cleveland Ohio. Obviously he is grateful for the SBA loans. Reis, a Republican, has received three Small Business Administration loans totaling $3.9 million since Obama took office. He had previously received $2 million SBA loan during the Bush administration. In August 2012, the head of the SBA, Karen Mills, toured this facility for the launch of a kit that allows people to flavor their own gourmet potato chips. Last year, Joe Biden singled Reis out in a fund raising speech near Cleveland.

Next example of vote buying involved Mr. Joe Miceli, who is the head of Miceli Dairy Products in Cleveland. Miceli makes ricotta and other cheeses. Meceli was the first to benefit from a new law that raised the limit for SBA loans for manufacturing from $2.5 million to $5.5 million. Miceli was awarded with SBA loans totaling $5.49 million in December 2010. Two months later, Obama cited the loan at an event with small-business leaders in Cleveland. In 2012 alone the SBA has approved 2,726 loans for Ohio businesses. As an example this is nearly 500 more SBA loans than Florida, a state with 7.3 million more people.

It awes me to believe that Mrs. Obama is totally unaware or would accept the fact that the federal government (SBA) is subsidizing companies that produce potato chips and fatty cheeses? Apparently the SBA did not read the message from the First Lady’s office that we should not eat fatty foods. Where are the loans to produce more green vegetables? Entrepreneurship in this country must be so hard up that Uncle Sam needs to backstop loans to potato chip and cheese manufacturers. One fact is clear; no one can eat the government funded green energy products that friends of Obama have gone belly up trying to manufacture.

Obviously Obama’s salespeople all swear that the flow of federal funds into Ohio had nothing to do with politics. If you believe this and vote for Obama’s re-election you belong in a mental institution. If you are sucking a living off the government teat you will always vote for any democrat. Romney made a similar statement last week and was admonished by the lefties for being honest. Our current national media has no conception of what honesty even means and really don’t care.

Anyone who has ever spent more than a month working for the US government is fully aware that the Obama’s servants earn their keep by making sure they maximize the political benefits of taxpayer handouts.

We are all paying to get Obama re-elected and sadly even most Republican voters do not care. They get bogged down with abortion and religion and fight each other.

C Brewer

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