To my fellow Veterans, and to all Americans.
From Bones ‘Morning Coffee”
There comes a time in each generation, where men of valor and courage are forced to stand up for what they know to be right, and true, and just. Such a time is now upon this generation. It is a time where division and strife among us will surely lead to our own certain destruction. It is now, once again, a period in our history when individual self-interest, and personal ambition, must take a back seat for a time. This time is today.
Veterans, you have polarized yourselves; not along political party lines, but along ideologies concerning which among you is more deserving…or less deserving…of compensation from the government. It is now time to forgo such selfish considerations. There are peoples, groups, and organizations, that even now seek to destroy all that you have sacrificed so dearly for. Freedom is no longer freedom. Liberty is taken as license. Personal responsibility is a concept that is no longer considered. Individuals in America even now use the law in order to make other Americans responsible for what they, themselves, have said and done. The courage of a man’s convictions is long gone from use in public debate. All that matters among today’s Americans seems to be thoughtless, and self-destructive, ad hominem attacks upon one another. Logic, critical thinking, common courtesy, and mutual respect, have become the lost arts of our civilization. Such things are now missing from among us as a people. Ethics has been forsaken, and morality is the subject of punch lines. Honor is a curiosity. Courage has been exchanged for fear. The founding religion of this nation has been legally forced to the fringes, and Islam, Buddhism, Wicca’s, and other pagan religions, are set above it, by law. The American government controls more and more of what a man may say, as well as what he might do. Dreams and plans for his future, the future of his children, and of his grandchildren, are predicated upon what the government will or won’t do to disrupt those dreams.
Politicians, local, state, and federal governments, cause division among you by what they offer to one Veteran, or group of Veterans, over the real and perceived needs, wants, and mere desires of another. Additionally, there are many among you who desire nothing else but more of the government’s income, thereby allowing more of its influence over your own lives, as well as over the lives of your children, your wives, and your husbands, merely for the price of a few more dollars from government coffers. In such a way have you allowed the government to divide and conquer you, so that you are without real, unified, and present voice among the people of this once mighty nation. These things must end. Such behavior does not become you. It denies the real and ready sacrifice that you have made for yourself, your families, and for all Americans. For the cause of freedom’s sake in America, it is time to stand up, and to be men and women of valor, honor, and integrity, once again. This nation needs you now as it has never needed you more. This nation needs you standing together, united, and speaking as one voice, for one America.
With your combined skills, leadership, and management abilities; with your knowledge and experience; with your honor, courage, and commitment; with the professionalism and dedication of purpose that only Veterans can call upon; it is left to you, once again, to correct this nation’s course through history.
Foreign nations buy influence in our legislatures that is guaranteed only to American citizens through legal elections. The government beggars its citizens through high taxes and unjust laws, as well as through the unjust and inequitable application of its laws. The government borrows what it cannot hope to repay, and has no intention of repaying. Meanwhile, it punishes its citizens for merely doing business and earning a living. No one in government leads by example. None in government are among the last to eat, nor are they among the first to lead. Their only sacrifice is for personal gain. The government presently borrows money that it cannot repay, in order to give that same money as an offering to other nations, in order to secure their co-operation in its drive for power, and for survival among the nations. Our treaties with other nations have continually entangled us in their internal problems, to our own detriment. Foreign nations curse us if we help them, and the same nations curse us again when we do not. America is presently upon such a course that nations throughout history have followed, each to its own eventual, and certain, destruction.
The culture of America has been shattered by our own goodness, and because of our goodness, our unwillingness to defend ourselves from the depredations of many and several nations, who openly and illegally encourage all of their poor, weak, helpless, and criminal, to cross our borders. Those people, used by their own governments in order to purposely endanger our economy, destroy our culture, and further weaken us in many and sundry ways, now claim citizen’s rights among us without having any knowledge of our language, customs, culture, or laws, and without any intention of becoming American citizens. When detained, they often make false claims of torture and mistreatment, and ask for the services of a tax-paid lawyer…and of a reporter.
They make a false claim upon our lands, upon our sovereignty, and upon our peace. They claim rights that you have sacrificed your lives, health, families, and careers in order to protect. They claim citizen’s rights in our courts of law. They even now claim the same money from the government that you have claimed for yourselves; this Veteran’s group for one group of Veterans, that Veteran’s group for others. You fight and argue among yourselves for money from the government. You use the government to your own ends, and the illegal alien has only taken his cue from you. You wonder why all of these things happen in America, the country that you’ve fought, bled, and cried for, and the answer is that you are divided among yourselves. This should not be so among you. It is time to be united as men of action once more. Men and women with a single purpose: The restoration of liberty and freedom in America, for Americans.
The government ignores The Constitution for its own purposes, and when it is convenient for it to do so. The Judicial Branch takes its cue, not from The Constitution of the United States of America, but from case law in other nations. The government has increased its laws repeatedly, and each time told of how such laws will increase convenience and security, but only Americans are subject to its close examinations and penalties. Americans, old women, and even Veterans and the disabled, are subject to random strip searches, searches of their homes, constitutionally illegal phone taps, and investigations unfounded by any evidence. In such cases, most Americans are often without the benefit of legal representation, or of any recourse for redress of grievances.
The government itself violates the very Constitution that you took an Oath to defend and to protect. Your contract ended, and while you may no longer be subject to the orders of superior officers, the rest of the Oath still stands. It is still valid, for it is an Oath that was taken before both man and God. Are you an Oath breaker?
What will you do, this day, to defend your rights, your freedoms, your liberties, your honor, your country, and your Constitution? Will you speak with one voice? …or will you continue to be divided over mere pieces of paper, and which among you receives how many of those pieces of paper from the government? A government that only seeks to keep you divided, that it might be free to do as it wishes with your freedom, and the freedoms, liberties, prosperity, and happiness, of your children and your grandchildren.
This day, this very day, you have a choice to make. What will you do with that choice? Will you stand, merely for what you can get when you can get it? Or will you stand, and speak out, as men of action, and men of valor, and men of freedom and principle, for freedom’s sake?
It is your decision to make. No one else can make it for you. No one else can save this nation from itself but you. Each and every one of you bears responsibility for the tomorrows that this nation will have. Whether those tomorrows are good or ill, it is now your choice and your responsibility. It is time for this generation of free men and women to make themselves known. How will history judge you? As men who seek only your own desires? Or will you be known as being among the greatest of the Patriots of our nation’s great history? I know that as Veterans, unified as one voice that you can return this nation to its course, a course that is destined for glory. A glory that is predicated upon individual freedom, and personal liberty.
May you be true Patriots, and may you decide once again to stand in the breech, brother next to brother…as one. As Americans standing together, for America.
Warren “Bones” Bonesteel
Author and columnist
P.O. Box 1413
Rapid City, SD 57701
How about you?