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Pro Deo Et Patria- An Army Chaplain

I am a chaplain in the US Army, serving in Iraq. I'm keeping a blog to share my thoughts and experiences while deployed. They are my thoughts and they don't necessarily reflect the opinions of the US Army! :)

Thursday, February 15, 2007

My Non-Binding Questions

In the spirit of the non-binding resolution being debated in Congress, here are my additions:

When will Congress demand we remove our troops from Kosovo, which have been there for around 10 years?

When will Congress demand we remove troops from Turkey? They have been there since the Gulf War in the early 1990s.

When will Congress demand we remove troops from South Korea? They have been there since the early 1950s. President Truman assured us it would be short conflict, yet we're still technically at war. When we will be able to stop chanting Truman lied, troops died?

When will Congress demand we remove troops from Japan? Certainly Japan can handle its own self-defense, and the troops have been there since 1945. We all knew the Japanese wouldn't be able to "handle" democracy because of their history, right?

When will Congress demand we remove troops from Germany? They have been there since 1945. The Germans and French have fought each other for hundreds of years, and our presence won't change that.

When will Congress demand we remove troops from Italy? They have been there since 1944. I think Italy is capable of revisiting its conflict with Ethiopia now.

When will Congress demand we remove troops from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Guam? The Spanish-American war was over more than 100 years ago. Speaking of which, why do we continue joint exercises with the Philippines, also a product of the Spanish-American war?

You know, there is only one war, that I can think of, in the last 100 years in which our troops didn't stick around for a while. Vietnam. The anti-war movement got our troops out of there, and thank God they did. Vietnam might have ended up like Germany, Japan, Puerto Rico, South Korea, or any of the other disastrous places where our troops stuck around.

We can't afford to keep troops in Iraq, and let it become another Japan.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Mark True said...

Chris:

This is your best post yet. I love it!

-Mark

1:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right On!!

Obviously, you get the point. Let's hope others do to!

On another note, I have heard many liberal media personnel say we were justified in going to war in Aphganistan but not Iraq since we were attacked--but not by Iraq. Let me see (flash back 1941)--we were attacked by Japan, so why did we go to Germany in the first place? Obviously, we were not justified at all! And, as history will note, the outcome was far from positive!

PAGGS

1:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Notice to reader--this is going to get political, so be forewarned!

I don't know if anyone has noticed or not, but the election process for President is virtually over! Today is February 15, 2007 and the election to be held in November, 2008 is all but decided. At least the candidates have been decided!

Rudolph Guliani holds something like a 13 point lead in the polls and Hillary Clinton holds a 17 point lead. Thus, these candidates,by reason of their poll standings are now able to raise huge sums of money--the money necessary to secure the nomination and go for the office.

But, the election is still over 20 months away! Ugh! How does mainstreet US citizen get his voice heard in the political arena under this system? Well, under this system, he doesn't. So, since he owns the system (at least the way I read the constitution), let's change that system--and here are my proposals:

TRUE CAMPAIGN REFORM!!

1. It will become illegal to "announce" your candidacy until 364 days prior to the election. The only reason someone announces their candidacy in the first place is so they can legally raise funds. This will take their fundraising capabilities away.

2. If you currently hold the office of Governor, Senator, Representative, or a Cabinet Secretary, you must resign that office prior to announcing your candidacy. This will get only those who are serious about running in the race and the rest will stay put. Plus, it's sort of like one of my employees looking for a job on company time--simply not a good idea!

3. A nationwide primary election will be held 6 months prior to the election. Every state will have their primary on the same day. This gives the candidates 6 months to visit all 50 states and campaign. It also avoids the problem of the early states deciding who will be nominated. It becomes more equitable. It's sort of like the media not predicting who the winner is until after the polls in California close.

4. 60 days after the primary, each party will hold their respective conventions--during the same week. At the same time! Once a candidate has been chosen, the fun begins!

5. TV spots can only be run during the last 90 days of the campaign. It will become legal for the networks to charge for campaign ads similar to the way they do for the Super Bowl. Make them cost a fortune. I suspect that if a candidate had to pay $2 million for a 30 second spot I wouldn't have to watch very many of them during Grey's Anatomy!

Now, will this change things? It might! At least it might for the guy walking down mainstreet USA on his way to get his hair cut. It gives him more say and takes the power away from the money-motivated power brokers. His primary vote becomes very valuable.

And, it keeps everything neat and tidy and confined. Pit Bulls aren't bad if they are inside a fence. Politicians aren't bad if they are restrained.

It's time the average voter of this country realizes that the power comes from the bottom up and not from the top down. We are the country. We control things. It's ours! We need to start acting like it.

Only problem--this sort of change has to be resolved by the same guys already in office who will be affected. So, we need a setup like California has where things can get on the ballot by petition.

We need reform. We need to stop talking about it. We are all sick of the crap that goes on during a campaign. Let's take back the process and start over!

And, for whatever it's worth, that is my opinion!

PAGGS

2:00 AM  
Blogger Larry said...

AMEN
AMEN
AMEN

Don't forget about our troops stationed in US Airports. We wouldn't want to "suppress" the civil liberties of those people wishing to blow up aircraft. Also, don't forget about the federal troops Eisenhower sent into Little Rock, to protect 9 students as they entered a school. Incidentally, part of the crowd from which they needed protection was Arkansas National Guard troops sent there by Gov.Orval Faubus to "prevent" them from getting an education. (sort of like the Sunnis and the Shiites?)
Or what about the federal troops sent to LA to keep peace in 1992? What would have happened to LA if there had not been protection of law and democracy? I was in Chicago the day that riot erupted, and near Wrigley Field, there was a virtual armada of police, presenting their presence in order to maintain the peace.(and they did) I am certainly upset that I was "suppressed" from walking into a potential Reginald Denny situation. Heck, that could have been my 10 minutes of fame!

Let's not forget about the over 30,000 active and reserve soldiers who flooded into (excuse my pun)New Orleans 18 months ago. What were we thinking? Why should we spend American tax dollars and risk American lives to help preserve peace, cleanup, rebuild, and restore infrastructure? It's not the American taxpayers fault that the local government didn't maintain order, have adequate storm prevention plans, or an emergency plan in place. Besides those people live below sea level for goodness sake. What were we thinking, they should just be left alone to fend for themselves.

How about Folsom Prison in 1927? What possible reason could Gov. Young have had for sending National Guard into that prison to stop a riot? Those prisoners were "contained". They can't get out of their environment and affect anyone outside their borders. They are all just "violent criminals and radicals" who have been fighting their whole lives.They will never change..... We should have just left them alone and let them deal with their own problems. The U.S Should not have gotten involved....

Is this starting to sound familliar?

Why is it U.S. responsibility to be the world peacekeeper? Why are we the ones first on the scene? Why is there so much federal budget money being funneled into places like Iraq, Kosovo, Sudan, Afghanistan? Why are our troops being sent there to liberate, protect, lend aid, and keep peace? Why not someone else? I'll tell you why folks, because we can! Because we are good at it, and because it is the right thing to do. It is because of the thousands of American soldiers who died fighting for the freedom we enjoy and take for granted today. Our very existence as a world power screams that we get involved, stay involved, and lead the way.
Many people feel that pulling out of Iraq is the right thing to do. That will allow peace to return, and America will not have to worry about that little patch of sand anymore.......well, we are all about to find out what happens when we just "mind our own business and leave the world's problems to someone else"....get ready.

5:54 AM  
Anonymous tem1963@yahoo.com said...

Wow! Wow! Wow!

Chris,

I would suggest you run for office, but you would be misusing your gifts.

Many are praying for your ministry, and enjoying your blog.

Keep up with both and may God bless you and your family.

Tom

3:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The crap doesn't stop after the elections......there is NEVER a stopping point with those 'crappy' politicians! We the PEOPLE do need to take back our country and that includes our money. We need term limits in Congress. I say that's the best avenue in accomplishing both.

5:13 AM  
Blogger Shane Vander Hart said...

Chris - awesome post!

10:16 AM  
Blogger Ronald Barbour said...

AMEN!

Posted on my Blog, The Freedom Fighter's Journal.

Excellent article, Padre!

2:44 PM  

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