My Oath to Serve
Added: Sun. Aug 02, 2009 11:35am
Posted in: Veterans
One of the most memorable moments of my life was taking the oath to enter military service. As I stood there echoing the words, it really sank in that I was swearing to defend the constitution of the United States and it's citizens. What an honor was bestowed upon me. No matter what menial job I was asked to do, I was proud.
But now, I feel a great frustration. In my life I have watched as America has begun the slide down the slippery slope of decay and loss of sovereignty.
Once, it meant something to be a citizen of our great nation. We had rights and privileges that gave us great pride and security. Even one citizen that found themselves trapped in some foreign country new that our government would make every effort to rescue us. We had services and endowments that showed the world that we took care of our own. We prided ourselves in education and knew that our news media was fair and reporters would risk life and limb to bring us the true facts, and report them in an unbiased way that allowed us to make intelligent decisions based on truisms and facts.
However in this time when our borders are little more than lines on the map and coming here is as simple as slipping in during the dark of night, and unimportant superfulous chatter fills our news desk, I am terribly frustrated about where we are headed.
Few ever even mention the word citizen anymore because the importance of the word has wained away possibly to the point of no return.
Many of our citizens are imprisioned in far away lands. We have lawless thugs coming across our southern borders harrassing and even kidnapping Americans, and even members of our own military are being held captive and killed to publisize others dubious goals. While our Special Forces are stymied by our own leaders.
Our own elderly citizens are being ignored in our hospitals while illegal immagents are flooding our health care and social service systems. Creating a great overburden that we must foot the bill for.
Many of our youth have become so confused that they see prison as a rite of passage, instead of the correction that it was designed for. It has become more popular to be a thug than to enlist and serve your country.
Our judges, Lawyers, and polititions have lost all credability in their lust for monitary gain, and have become untrustworthy idiots who seem to have lost all sense of fairness and equity.
Our news media have become prostitutes to the headline grabbing story of the day. Selling out the important facts and going for the entertainment value that will please the shallow minds that seem to rule our daily lives. Giving us glitter instead of substance so that we may live our lives in a fantasy of American greatness.
I came from a generation that believed that one person could make a difference. However, it will take much more than one old man who is in a demographic that has no voice in a youth oriented world to bring back the pride and belonging to our great nation.
I wonder, do others who took this oath of protecting our freedoms feel the same anger and frustration that I do. Do they still feel the pride when they recite the Pledge of alliegence to our nation. Or, do they bow to the pressure of pollitical correctness and fear the repercussions of acting like a proud American CITIZEN.
I pray that all who took these oaths will rise to the call and help right the upside down society that we now live in through the peacful and efficiant system that our inspired forefathers set out for us and use it to inspire a new generation to see our country once again as, "One Nation Under God".