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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 21, 2014

Veterans should not be political pawns

By James Lee Elliott | Dec 12, 2013

To the editor:

Benjamin Franklin had a low opinion of people pretending to be lovers of liberty and freedom while they begrudged paying for the defense of it.

Shame on you, Washington D.C., as some of you have recently been guilty of holding hostage America’s veterans and the men and women of an all volunteer military that have taken the oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from foreign and domestic enemies.

As if the threats from other nations and extremist groups weren’t enough concern, our military now has to deal with politically motivated threats coming out of Washington, D.C. What a morale booster when you penalize them for your lack of leadership and failures to provide a budget as you continue your tax-and-spend policies of an out-of-control government that creates an out-of-control national debt.

This nation’s men and women in uniform dedicate, risk and put their lives and the lives of their loved ones on hold to fulfill their missions and commitments to their country. Some of you in D.C. give political rhetoric at election time to the concerns you have for veterans and military but your actions don’t live up to the promises made as candidates. Now, you hand out furloughs, delayed pay, delayed or canceled benefits and tuition as we still remember the reassignments, realignments, closures and cutbacks of a previous fiasco called sequestration.

What a tribute to our veterans and all those that have served and gone before us as the freedom flights arrived only to find out that they were being used by the White House as political pawns in a battle on Capital Hill.

Today, this nation is suffering a paralysis that is in need of a revival. When this nation has a thinking problem such as it has in this 21st century, we need to turn to the heart of the problem and cut the fat from the heart of this nation – Washington, D.C.

We need a change in leadership that will inspire with renewed hope and appreciation for the sacrifices made to found and defend this great nation that is to serve as a gleaming “city set on a hill,” to be a beacon of enduring freedom to all nations.

As we look back over our lives and the life of this nation, do we wonder if there were battles fought that did not need to be? Or will we always wonder if there were battles not fought that needed to be?

The newest debt ceiling was increased again as Democrats and status-quo Republicans failed to respond to putting this nation back on a path of sound fiscal responsibility and economic recovery (jobs), not more government, for not only its legal American citizens but also for those seeking the legal path to the American Dream and the freedom it offers as was the original intent of our Founding Fathers.

 

– James Lee Elliott, Fairfield

 

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