Four Weeks of American History I Thought Iâ€™d never See
By: Jack L. Key
There is a story in my local paper of a US Navy ship arriving in a Georgian port on the Black Sea. Almost three weeks after the Russian invasion of the tiny country, an American warship finally arrivesâ€”to deliver baby food, bottled water and assorted foodstuffsâ€”and tissue paper. This to a war-torn friend and ally who has been invaded by a world power.
A guided missile destroyer, it carried nary a Marine or fired any weapons. Commanders waited until the Russians had left before sending ANYTHING. As a former Navy man, Iâ€™m embarrassed. The largest blue-water Navy in the worldâ€”and the costliest–and we deliver baby food and toilet paper!
Meanwhile, Georgians bury their dead while a portion of their country is still occupied by Russian armed forces. Congressional Democrats didnâ€™t even interrupt their summer vacations and President Bush had only harsh words for the Russiansâ€”who did as they wished anyway. American media dismissed the invasion as a â€œpolitical event.â€
Yesterday the 2008 Olympic Summer Games drew to a closeâ€”in communist China. The communist Chinese won more Gold Medals than anyone with the USA taking more overall medals. The Chinese also won a huge propaganda gameâ€”the American media couldnâ€™t shut up about how great China is.
And the US had a person murdered on the first day of the games by a crazed Chinese Communist man full of hatred for all Americans. This from a nation that killed thousands of U.S. marines and soldiers in the Korean Warâ€”and that has never signed a peace treaty or apologized for invading its neighbor to the South.
The Chinese secret police had the whole thing hushed up in a few minutes and all eyewitnesses were never heard from again. The American media present reported it in two sentences and then ignored it. All athletes too were silenced. Can anyone tell me the name of the American murdered, and howâ€”or why?
The United Statesâ€”the worldâ€™s great superpowerâ€”is now a third rate power. China and Russiaâ€”number one and twoâ€”have shown both their power and aggressiveness in a matter of days. The U.S. has shown its bark to be much worse than itâ€™s bite, and that it cannot be trusted by its friends and has no stomach for confrontation or a fight.
Now this week the Democrat Black Socialists and Leftists Convention gets underway in Denver, CO. The half-black Anointed One, Barack Hussein (Barry) Obama is expected to be nominated later as the first black Muslim Democrat candidate for President in U.S. history. But the Great One has yet to prove heâ€™s even a Native-born American or a citizenâ€”but heâ€™s a â€œswornâ€ US Senatorâ€”and the media has â€œanointedâ€ him to be president!
Meanwhile, it was reported that the great white Catholic socialist Ted Kennedy may be already in Denver, awaiting an adoring crowd. Make no mistakeâ€”this is not the Democratic Party of Roosevelt, Truman or Johnson, or even John Kennedy. Moderate Democrats may well never survive after this convention is over.
I grew up during the â€œgreatest generation,â€ as it has been called, the one that made America into the greatest industrial and military power in the world, and the one that defeated the then-worst evil that ever walked the earth and brought us victory in World War II. I was a child then, but I remember the hunger and desperation of the â€œgreat depressionâ€ and the fear and sorrow of the most catastrophic war in history.
When I joined the US Navy in the 1950â€™s as a young man I was proud of my country and proud to serve it as a member of the greatest naval fighting force ever assembled on the globe. Dwight D. Eisenhower, a great leader and WWII General was President, and most politicians in Washington loved America. You would not have recognized the media then– it was pro-American and anti-Communist (or so it said).
My, how things have changed!
Old Joe Kennedy made a fortune in Florida cut-rate department stores, rum-running from Cuba and bootleg whiskey and eastern politics. But he was a quasi-capitalist, not a socialist. When son Jack Kennedy won the Presidency in the 1960â€™s he said â€œAsk not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.â€
You can bet the socialist Ted Kennedy who shows up at this â€œconventionâ€ will NOT deliver his brotherâ€™s same message.
And so Iâ€™ve seen and heard these past few weeks what I never thought I would from my countrymen and from those who claim to represent us as a nation. I suppose you could say Iâ€™ve seen it allâ€”or as much as I would want to seeâ€”during my life. The country I see now has no semblance of the one in which I grew up. If my parents and grandparents were alive, tears would be in their eyes and disbelief in their souls.
President Ronald Reagan once said â€œ Politics has been called the worldâ€™s second oldest profession. I have learned it bears a striking resemblance to the first.â€
America today represents much of what I despiseâ€”socialism and communism, lack of character, spineless politicians, arrogant, racist blacks, a controlling and biased media, free-loading illegal immigrants, scam artists, drug dealers, dishonest businessmen, abortionists, political liars, religious cheaters, unkept words of honor and government unreliability for our friends and allies. It seems our lack of respect has fallen even onto ourselves. We are, as has been said, â€œA country most foul.â€
This despite our rich history and noble ancestors who fought and died for our freedom and liberty and the Constitution put in place by the founding fathers. This is the season of rhetoricâ€”of paper promises and sunshine patriots, of boastful exploits and false claims, of power-hungry politicians and backroom warriors. See it for what it is, and look for a deeper meaning that, God willing, can be to the credit of us all.
So please pardon my bad commentaryâ€”it has been a bad few weeks. But Iâ€™m afraid those bad weeks are just a beginningâ€”and I am deeply concerned. And ashamed.
Jack L. Key, Ph.D. is an author, writer and retired healthcare professional. He is also a veteran of US Navy aviation. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.authorsden.com/jackkey