Unafraid of the Future

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Recently, a friend and I were talking about the future of our country and the prospect of turning it over to the next generation. She wasn’t confident that the people behind us would be up to it. I understood her reticence. It’s easy to believe that the generation behind is interested in only, “The Girls Next Door,” internet porn, gaming, competitive shopping and jello shots. It’s easy to believe right now that millions of people think it’s the government’s job to give them a job, a paycheck, a bail out or a home.

But I reminded her that a generation of America’s leaders are deployed around the world right now. Our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are right now honing their skills as warriors, leaders,

diplomats,
public servants,
teachers, scientists, confidantes and

problem solvers.

They’re coming back to lead here. They’ve been tested and remain infused with the code of duty, honor, country.
Thank God.
God Bless America.
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15 thoughts on “Unafraid of the Future

  1. Scientists?

    The Republican party routinely rejects the findings of today’s science: on evolution, on global climate change, on chemicals like phthalates, on air pollution, and on and on, against the findings of science. We routinely hear about Bush’s FDA, EPA, and NFS making decisions against the findings of its own scientists.

    Hopefully today’s young scientists are not wasting their potential serving on the front lines of Iraq or Afghanistan, securing our oil delivery. They need to be deeply immersed in graduate study, learning how to do research, looking to replace oil delivery with sustainable technologies and discoveries yet unmade — discoveries that will come from modern science and engineering.

  2. Klatu, you might want to study up on who served in the military and who did not.
    Democrats: John Kerry, US Navy, five medals. Al Gore, US Army, served in Vietnam. Massachusetts liberal Michael Dukakis: US Army. Massachusetts liberal Teddy Kennedy: US Army. Former Senator Tom Daschle: US Air Force. Former Senator Bob Kerrey: US Navy, Medal of Honor. Senator Daniel Inouye: US Army, Medal of Honor. Jimmy Carter: United States Navy. Senator Jack Reed: US Army. Senator Jim Webb, Congressman John Murtha: US Marines. Former Senator Max Cleland: US Army, Bronze Star, Silver Star, two legs and one arm amputated. Far left presidential candidate George McGovern: bomber pilot in WWII.

    Republicans: George W. Bush: used family connections to secure spot in Air Force Reserve. Deserted after failing to appear for a mandatory physical and being stripped of his pilot’s wings. Can’t remember what he did after that. Dick Cheney: five deferments. “I had other priorities.” Convicted of drunken driving twice during this period. Presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thomspon, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo, Mike Huckabee, Alan Keyes: did not serve. Former House Speakers Newt Gingrich, Dennis Hastert: did not serve. Former Senate Presidents Trent Lott, Bill Frist: did not serve. Republican House leaders John Boehner, Roy Blunt, Tom Delay: did not serve. Jeb Bush: did not serve. Karl Rove, election stealing boy genius: did not serve. Republican Senators John Cornyn, John Kyl, Saxby Chambliss, Bob Corker, David Vitter: did not serve. Sarah “I’m still out there looking for the real America” Palin: shoots moose, did not serve.
    Let’s not overllok a few Republicans. George HW Bush: served in WW II. Robert Dole, John McCain: served courageously, suffered, came home and served their country in long careers in the Senate. Honorable and admirable men.

    Now, Klatu, please tell me the names of five other prominent Republicans who served in the military. How about even three? One?

  3. Jose its no secret that the Military is over whelmingly REPUBLICAN. And I don’t blame them after the Democrat Party was spitting on them during and after the VIETNAM WAR, kicking ROTC off of Campus’s, and Do I have to bring up the ***** you ***** still do to “recruiting offices”. Give me a *************** break.

    IMAGINE THERE’S NO LIBERALS

  4. Jose, you poor deluded liberal. How can you fall for that tripe? Copy and paste from that biased and unfactual list was disproved long ago.

    Gore was a photographer in Vietnam for 5 months!

    Kerry was in country for 4 months, the first going through in country training. His medals are very suspect as how does one obtain three purple hearts in three months without a single night hospitalized? During my 18 months in country I saw medal shoppers whose main goal was building a portfolio before watching their buddies backs. We couldn’t get rid of them fast enough. Think Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth, who sported two Congressional Medal of Honor of recipients.

    Oh, since you mention “draft deferments,” John ‘F’in Kerry took 4 himself!

    Who Served Exposed

    You really should verify your “sources” before you copy and paste.

    But, since it is so important to you, can you explain why Vietnam Service was so important to hte Democrats in the presidential campaigns of 1988, 2000 and 2004, but held no significance at all to a candidates ability to lead in 1992, 1996 and 2008.

    While the Military is predominantly conservative, liberals do at times serve and come out to run for office also. Somehow, though, their Military Service matters much more than does that of conservatives.

    If need be, I’ll be more than happy to place my 214’s next to yours.

  5. By the way, Jose, the longest serving member of the Senate in U.S. History, Democrat Robert C. Byrd, long venerated by the Democrat Party, spent World War Two not in service to America, but in recruiting for the Ku Klux Klan.

    He also led the filibuster against the Republican’s efforts in the Civil Rights Bill of 1964.

    During the war, in 1944, he explained his refusal to serve in the Military in a letter to segregationist Theodore Bilbo (D. Ms.) in a letter saying in part, “I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side… Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.

    He is said to have renounced his membership in the Klan, but was heard publicly using the ‘N’ word as late as 2001.

    You somehow forgot to include his “service to America” in your list.

  6. Not even close, Eileen, but the longest serving Senator in history, a Democrat, chose the Klan over the Military during WW2.

    Nice try at spin, hon, but no seegar.

  7. Well we were talking about those who served in the Military and for some reason you felt it necessary to point out some fact about some Senator who was a bigot and served in the KKK.

    So should we now point out all bigots, or all of those who did not serve in the Military?
    I am not sure what direction you are trying to take this.

    Is this to regress to the typical, historically which side has the most scum, the most honor, or the most of anything else.

    Sorry, but I am really not sure what the point of your post was.

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