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I posted this blog a little while ago and still the nonsense goes on. Colin Kaepernick is being taken to task over  so called disrespect for the flag, the United States, and the Armed forces yet no one is being taken to task over the true issue of how people of color are and have been treated in the Land of the Free (as long as you are not “colored”). The issue is that too many Non colored Americans do not realize the impact of the third verse of the national anthem and it’s creator on the Non white Americans of this country. Of course you never had to! MA

Americans who are what I call regular people are the Americans who grew up white may or may not understand the following statement: “You never had to face discrimination due to skin color so you do not understand what it’s like”. The reason for this is that you as normal people are color blind and are reminded sometimes of color or ethnicity when it is put before you. This is not a failing  but more a lack of exposure to the issues  that face non white Americans. We all hear and see the same news and information from the same sources generally but there are pockets of information on both sides that would enlighten and unite us all as Americans. The title “American” should be worn with pride by all of us and unfortunately we have allowed our leaders to keep an implied or even specified difference between us aside from the natural differences inherent in all humans. These implications are what has allowed the rise of the Donald Trumps as viable candidates for the Presidency of the United States. Those of you old enough to look backwards a number of election cycles will understand that our two-party system is flawed and too often do produce the best leaders (not necessarily the President) via the Congress. The real problems in a Democracy is  weakest when  the people we elect to serve are allowed to remain too long in office and then cross over the private sector to further influence the lawmaking process. Our true power as voters is to forget the hot button issues and buzzwords such as Race, religion and citizenry but to look at the long serving legislators who so easily use “the American People” as a reason for not doing their job. If you were able to get a straight answer from any of them you would find that they have not asked too many of “the American people” for their opinion. This is a classic case of “when I want your opinion, I will give it to you”. Our focus as “Americans” is to begin the process of reasonable assessment of our legislative leaders at the State and Federal levels and ignore the reality show atmosphere of modern politics. Beware of the man behind the curtain

Previous post addressed this article and I must point out that even in the military retired and not, there are single issue voters who I would have hoped would be more broadly informed. MA 

Julia Boccagno

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Donald Trump won the support of nearly 90 retired military leaders in an open letter released by the campaign on Tuesday.

The letter, first reported by the New York Times, was organized by 40-year Army general and Holocaust survivor Major Gen. Sidney Shachnow (ret) and Rear Admiral Charles Williams (ret), laid out several national security threats and military challenges to the safety of Americans across the country —  from slashes in the defense budget to strife caused by Islamic radicalization.

“In our professional judgment, the combined effect is potentially extremely perilous,” the letter read. “We support Donald Trump and his commitment to rebuild our military, to secure our borders, to defeat our Islamic supremacist adversaries and restore law and order domestically.”

The letter surfaced during a week in which the GOP nominee is highlighting veterans’ issues and national security. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump, and Clinton will both participate in a NBC/MSNBC forum dedicated to the subject.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the political aisle, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton released a campaign advertisement that takes a slap at Trump’s shaky record with veterans.

“Sacrifice” features former Sen. Max Cleland and veterans–a few who bear the visible scars of war– who silently watch Trump deliver remarks that have been frequently described as “insensitive” and “offensive” by outspoken critics. The ad concludes with text that reads “our veterans deserve better.”

The ad is set to air on cable and in several battleground states– Florida, New Hampshire, Ohio, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Nevada.

Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine are also emphasizing national security this week. Kaine spoke on  national security at a speech in Wilmington, North Carolina, while Clinton will discuss national security at a rally at the University of South Florida in Tampa, according to a statement released by the Clinton campaign.

This morning as I got my daily news fix, there was a report on 88 retired General Staff officers (generals & admirals) who are supporting Donald trump. The spokesman sounded more like an uninformed voter rather than a previously serving military officer. One would think a retired officer would have access to how immigrants are vetted or at least understand what happens. I was moved to think about past military actions and decisions  possibly committed and made by these retirees and what affect it had on all of us long-term. Were any or all of them associated with some previous military errors and imprudent decisions? Could we look at their military records and come up with a heroic story or maybe some tarnished areas(like regular people)? Apparently these learned (?) former military folks are not (or were not) as good as we needed then or now. It is well that this is America and not some other country where our freedoms allow open speech by everyone. I support their freedom to support and speak out according to their conscience but I take issue with the seeming lack of back up information.


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