We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Those who are willing to sacrifice and risk all will hold the future. Veterans have proven they are there. We will follow. We will lead. We will be there. Tens of millions of us. For everyone else, enlist in building a secure future. Get to work. Give it everything you have. Then some. That's what it takes. The future belongs to those with the courage and dedication to create it. America was built by rolling up our sleeves, with confidence, with faith, not by moaning, surrendering, or slinking away.
This veteran feels as though he wasted five years serving to uphold a cause that fellow citizens have rejected. Five years holding the line against Marxist\communist ideas, only to find those very ideas being voted for with strong majorities. And to make matters worse, I am now labeled an exstriemist for believing in the very values that this country was founded upon.
Ben, nearly every period in our nation's history has seen the takers pitted agains the makers. When it's on the line, the makers step up. You didn't waste your time, nor did I. Frankly, I don't give a damn about being labelled by the takers. The defenat was not by much - two million votes, maybe a bit more, and some, perhaps a great deal of it was fraudulent. Chin up, and keep fighting for our country!
I, too am crest-fallen at Obummer being re-elected and worse that there are so many who feel entitled to the fruits of somebody else's labor. That so many think it is compassionate to get somebody else to pay for their good ideas rather than work for them themselves.
But no matter what just happened or will happen, I and millions of others in the US and wherever you served value your service now. If you were one of a majority or one alone fighting for freedom; if you suffered crushing defeats or won glorious battles; and ultimately if you valued your sacrifice or if you, as you seem to now, feel it was a waste, it was an incredibly valuable thing you did. There is no greater cause than serving your fellow man and no greater way to do it than fight to allow people to be free.
I'm afraid I have to agree with Ben. I also wasted six years of my life doing my small bit to win the cold war. And it was a waste of time, there's no getting around that fact. I don't want to gloss it over and I don't want sympathy either. Just look at this country. It's commie central. Nope, while I have a great deal of respect for the WW2 vets, who actually accomplished a very big, important and long lasting victory, the rest of us from Korea and later don't have a lot to be proud of. Not that we didn't try of course, our intentions were good, our sacrifices real. Worse though is how I feel for the troops in harms way right now in the ME and Asian battlefields. They are fighting and dying for what? Those wars, or whatever they call simultaneous combat and reconstruction, are lost. Total failure. So, with each passing year, I wonder more about those automatic words of thanks on veteran's day. They seem misplaced and even wrong to me.