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by OPOVV, ©2012, Presidential Candidate

The first flag raised on February 23, 1945 was at Mt. Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima

(May 11, 2012) — In the spring of 1965, I was stationed at Subic Naval Base, an American outpost in a place called Olongapo, located on the island of Luzon in the northern Philippines.  I was in the transit barracks awaiting a ride to the next duty station when a Gunny came up to me and congratulated me for “volunteering” for, in his words, “a humanitarian” mission. The object was to deliver “humanitarian supplies” to some dudes who lived in the hills in Southeast Asia.  The operation turned sour as soon as we landed: the plane was shot up in seconds and the pilot was killed.   The rest of us would have been, too, except for the “humanitarian supplies” which the Gunny tore open and started handing out. When he handed me the BAR, still wrapped in wax paper and cosmoline, I felt pretty proud until I learned that nothing draws fire like a BAR: it’s like a magnet attracting all the lead flying through the air, or so I thought.

Well, the fact that I’m writing this now tells you that some of us made it back.  A couple of weeks later, I saw the Gunny at the club and asked him what the deal was.  He he told me that we had to get the job done “whatever it takes,” with the admonishment that, since the operation was “off the books,” I zipper my lips, and I have, for almost half a century.

In August of that year I was present at the battle of Chu Lai. The artillery was giving supporting fire for our troops when, in the heat of battle, the firing stopped. With no military protocol whatsoever, I pointblank asked the scrambled eggs why we had stopped firing. The reply was, “Because we reached our quota.” Here it is, our guys are getting killed in the heat of battle, and we’re playing politics.

Either win or get the heck out.  We can certainly do without giving the Palestinians anything, including millions of taxpayer dollars so they can buy rockets to lob into Israel. I know that there are thousands in our military who read what I write in The P&E, and they share our take on the political climate in America with others. Just as in the Vietnam Era, it’s the LTC’s and the Gunnies, the Lieutenant Commanders and Chiefs on down from whom we need support in order to be able to raise the flag over our present-day Mt. Suribachi, because the Admirals and the Generals seem to have lost their way somewhere between the words “I do solemnly swear” and “So help me God.”

Today’s United States Storm Troopers operate under false mandates:  government agencies conducting raids, arrests and incarcerations as rouge elements, no legal sanctions, following orders from Homeland Security, and other maverick entities. Let me ask you this: if our government were doing the job it is contracted to do by the citizens, why, then, are there any illegal immigrants in our country? Why are there any Muslims within our borders, and why are they allowed to have arms caches (mosques) and paramilitary training camps, aka “Islamovilles”? If our FBI, Border Patrol, and Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) were doing their jobs, 9-11 NEVER WOULD HAVE HAPPENED. Think about that for a moment, and then think about this: they’re still not doing their job.

Our government wasn’t doing its job over the last decade and continues to receive a grade of “F” during the first two years of this decade. Goons following illegal orders, brain-dead government employees, doing whatever they are told to do, right or wrong; insane actions accepted as reasonable behavior…an example would be Michigan state employees violating farmers’ Fourth Amendment rights. As I said, we must put our Constitution back as the law of the land, starting with kicking the usurper de facto charlatan Obama out of our own Mt. Surabachi, the White House. “Whatever it takes.”


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