by Lou Binninger
“When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen; and we shall most sincerely rejoice with you in the happy hour when the establishment of American Liberty, upon the most firm and solid foundations shall enable us to return to our Private Stations in the bosom of a free, peacefully and happy Country.” —George Washington (1775)
If it weren’t for the will to fight and die for freedom there would be no United States of America. From the beginning with those fleeing religious persecution in Europe and the Revolutionary War with England to now, there has been one conflict after another to secure the American Way.
For those whose parents served in WWII it’s often thought of in hindsight as a 4-5 year battle for the United States. However, for those alive then there was no end date. It was victory at any cost or lose every freedom and liberty described in our Constitution.
This last Saturday, May 18th, was Armed Forces Day, an annual observance dedicated to the brave ones currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. It is celebrated on the third Saturday in May and is one of the several holidays that are part of National Military Appreciation Month. Each year, Armed Forces Day centers on a unique theme designed to highlight the hard work and dedication of our service members.
The 2019 theme is "For the Nation. For the People." The first Armed Forces Day was on May 20, 1950, and the theme was “Teamed for Defense.” The theme that year was selected to show that all branches of the military had been united under one department of the government.
This 1950 inaugural observance was celebrated with parades, receptions, open houses and air shows. Approximately 10,000 American troops marched past the President in Washington D.C., while 33,000 people in New York City commemorated the occasion “under an air cover of 250 military planes of all types.”
Famous World War II warships were in harbors across the country for the public to see, and precision flying teams filled the skies. The American people came together everywhere to honor members of the Armed Forces.
President Trump wanted to honor the military in 2018 with a Washington D.C. parade but D.C. politicians saw it as a cash cow to get money from the federal government. Cost estimates spiked to an absurd $92 million. Can you imagine what it would cost and take to replicate the 1950 observance today? Our parents and grandparents thought that the observance was well worth it having already sacrificed their friends and family members.
Many liberals in Congress who hate the military, law enforcement and President Trump complained about the cost to honor the military. They are cowards and hypocrites.
They would rather our tax dollars fund studies like these - $1.5 Million Spent Studying Fish on Treadmills; $3 Million Spent Studying the Jaws Theme and People’s Perception of Sharks; $3.4 Million for Hamster Cage Matches; Zoo Poetry ($1,000,000); Genital Washing of South African Men ($800,000); Male Vietnamese Prostitutes in Vietnam ($442,340); The Worst Super Bowl Commercial Ever ($2,500,000).
Someone needs to open a store to rent sets of Spaldings near Congress.
Both the Obamas and Clintons despised the military. In 2016, just in time for Armed Forces Day, Obama celebrated the confirmation of Eric Fanning as the first homosexual Army Secretary. Obama brought our military forces below pre-WWII troop levels and fired over 200 leaders in command positions.
He was more interested in homosexuals and transsexuals in the military than he was in having the backs of our military warriors. Who can forget Obama shamefully honoring deserter Bowe Bergdahl at a White House ceremony or the repeated Obama, Hillary Clinton and UN Ambassador Susan Rice lies about leaving our people to die at Benghazi and the government’s gun-running to terrorists?
Finally, Obama wanted one of the fleet of Navy oiler ships named after San Francisco pedophile Harvey Milk. Not a destroyer or a carrier, but an oiler. That’s fitting.
Harvey was known for banging the backside of young boys versus guys his own age. He was a sweetie and a liar. How would you like to proudly serve on the “oiler” Harvey Milk, a real warrior, Harvey?
It’s a relief not to be led by a sissy president for a change. Thank God and pray for our Armed Forces and Law Enforcement.