Archive for June, 2012

I must be a racist

27 June 2012

After all, I am not a card carrying member of the NAACP, the CBC, the NBPP, the ALCU.  I am a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Male.  All my life I have been brought up to believe that you judge a man by his character, what is in his heart, and not by the color of his skin.

I spent 20+ years in uniform preparing to answer my nation’s call, and don’t regret a moment of that time.  I now help train our nation’s warriors to answer that same call if it comes.  With very few exceptions, in our line of work, we do not concern ourselves with another’s looks, only that he or she carries his or her share of the load.  From pulling comms to pulling guard duty, everyone has a task to perform and we only care the task gets done.  We support each other and when needed, step in to help our brother or sister in arms.

I find it interesting that our current president declared that he was the first post-racial president and yet the conservatives are called racists simply for wanting the rule of law to prevail.  For example, conservatives support ensuring only those who meet the legal requirements to vote do so.  One way to ensure this is to require ID to cast your ballot.  All the legislation I have seen in recent time regarding voter IDs has REQUIRED the state to provide ID at NO CHARGE.  Cost to the individual?  Nada, nil, zilch, in other words FREE!  Some states, Georgia for one, even had MOBILE ID stations full up ready to come to a parking location near you.  Once again AT NO COST to the individual.  Liberals at various levels of government have done their best to defeat these actions.  And have succeeded.

The Constitution of the United States does not state who may or may not vote.  It only states that a STATE may NOT deny the right of suffrage to someone based on their gender (19th Amendment), on their age, as long as they are at least 18 years of age (26th Amendment), or on race (15th Amendment).  Other than that, the qualifications to vote in any election is set forth by each state.  States could, if the electorate therein so decided, could require any number of qualifications to register to vote and cast their ballots at the ballot box.  They could for example, and this is a bit out there, require that all persons desiring to cast a ballot wear a Led Zeppelin concert t-shirt and be well with in their right under the 10th Amendment to do so.  They can also require one to present a valid, government issued identification card to cast a vote.  Especially if the government has provided that ID at no direct cost to the individual.

It isn’t racist to require an ID to vote, it is simply ensuring that those desiring to cast a ballot have met the legal requirements for that state to do so.  It means your vote counts.  It goes to the integrity of the ballot box.

So, because I want my vote to count the same as yours even if we vote opposite of each other, I believe we should have to present valid identification to cast our ballots.  Not because I am racist, but because I am an American.  No more, no less.

Sarge, Out

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26 June 2012

Dear Olympians,

As you prepare to trot off to London for the Games of the XXX Olympiad, please take the time to review the protocol for display of our nation’s flag.  Do not disgrace yourself in the eyes of those that have served, fought, bled or died for that flag and what it stands for.  It is not an article of clothing, so please don’t use it as such.

Before you get on the plane to London and before you take the field of competition take a look at following:

Flag Etiquette

STANDARDS of RESPECT

The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are:

  • The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
  • The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
  • The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard
  • The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
  • The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
  • The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.

The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.

When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

(Source:  http://www.usflag.org/flagetiquette.html)

I wish you all the best that amateur competition offers and a high medal count.

Sarge, Out

Free Speech?

24 June 2012

Lawmakers claim Air Force culture becoming ‘hostile towards religion’

NYC principal bars students from singing ‘God Bless the USA’ at graduation

More and more often, I am seeing headlines such as those.  The reason being given is “We don’t want to ‘offend’ anyone.”  Well, I am looking through my copies of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States and I can not find any reference that protects us from being offended. 

According to the Declaration of Independence all men are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among them are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  And nowhere in the Constitution of the United States nor its attendant Bill of Rights, is there a right to not be offended.  The only place that comes close, in my opinion, is the First Amendment’s protections against Congress making a law abridging free speech.

One reason for the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is to protect that speech that some may find objectionable or offensive. 

“In those wretched countries where a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarce call anything his own. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech” – Benjamin Franklin  

My friends, with the advent of “hate crime” enhancements to criminal charges and sentencing guidelines, the prohibition of mentioning God in the Town Square, etc, we have crossed the threshold and I fear we will not be able to make our way back.  We see it every day, individuals being prosecuted for their thoughts.  What is in their mind, not for their actions.  What’s next?  The police coming and knocking on your door simply because you disagree with the current administration?  I hope not. 

 

Sarge, Out