How Do We Put This Evil Genie Back In the Bottle?
Lewes, DE — Confidence in Congress and the presidency has taken a nosedive in the last 10 years. The same is true of other key institutions, although almost all voters continue to have faith in the military, according to the latest Fox News poll.
Isn’t it ironic of all our government institutions our military is the one trusted significantly more than all others by the American people. And yet it, as Secretary of Defense Hagel’s just announced cuts to military pay, certain benefits, and overall reductions in force would suggest the Administration doesn’t share the country’s respect and esteem for our military. And most regrettably our men and women in uniform, who are bearing the brunt of the Pentagon’s cost savings program.
More of our military families are already on food stamps than ever before. We are losing our experienced and professional soldiers to frustration, interminable deployments, imposition of mindless rules of engagement with the enemy, a growing distrust of an increasingly politicized senior military leadership and a Commander in Chief and First Lady who exploits them to make political points at every opportunity.
We give billion of dollars in foreign aid and military assistance to countries that blatantly demonstrate they are not our friend or ally. And, every day we learn of another hand out to the growing on rush of ILLEGAL aliens who cost the taxpayers billions. Out of control federal agencies spend millions on retreats, conferences and conventions that are nothing more than an excuse to party at popular vacation venues. Not one of these agencies or programs was targeted for funding cuts to the magnitude we are asking our military men and women to bear. It’s obscene.
And now, to add injury to insult, we find the Veterans Administration, whose sole mission is to help America’s veterans, has destroyed thousands of medical records. By this criminal act they have potentially denied thousands from receiving critical or life saving medical attention. Why? So a faceless Senior Executive Service department head, making six figures, can crow about meeting his department’s goal and receive an end of the year bonus. Those at the VA who conspired to destroy the records should be in prison before Saint Patty’s Day. But in an Administration where we have seen that accountability is anathema to its culture...it won’t happen.
So how then can we possibly recruit and maintain Hagel’s vision of a mean lean fighting force of the future? He, the Commander in Chief and the Congress have sent a strong signal to our military men and women. And that is, the Administration and Congress place more value on illegal aliens and foreign governments who disrespect and despise us than they do America’s finest…our military men and women. How do we put this evil genie back in the bottle?