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Hope Rides Alone

Posted by wordforit on April 27, 2008

SGT. Edmund John Jeffer’s last few words were some of the most touching, inspiring and most truthful words spoken since the tragedy of 9/11 – and our nation went to war.

SGT. Jeffers was a strong soldier and talented writer. He died in Iraq on September 19, 2007.

He was a loving husband, brother and son. His service was more than this country could ever grasp – but the least you can do for the man who sacrificed his life for you … is listen to what he had to say.

 

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Hope Rides Alone
By Eddie Jeffers

 

 

I stare out into the darkness from my post, and I watch the city burn to the ground. I smell the familiar smells, I walk through the familiar rubble, and I look at the frightened faces that watch me pass down the streets of their neighborhoods. My nerves hardly rest; my hands are steady on a device that has been given to me from my government for taking the lives of others.

I sweat, and I am tired. My back aches from the loads I carry. Young American boys look to me to direct them in a manner that will someday allow them to see their families s again…and yet, I too, am just a boy…my age not but a few years more e than that of the ones I lead. I am stressed, I am scared, and I am paranoid…because death is everywhere. It waits for me, it calls to me from around street corners and windows, and it is always there.

There are the demons that follow me, and tempt me into thoughts and actions that are not my own…but that are necessary for survival. I’ve made compromises with my humanity. And I am not alone in this. Miles from me are my brethren in this world, who walk in the same streets… who feel the same things, whether they admit to it or not.

And to think, I volunteered for this…

And I am ignorant to the rest of the world…or so I thought.

But even thousands of miles away, in Ramadi, Iraq, the cries and screams and complaints of the ungrateful reach me. In a year, I will be thrust back into society from a life and mentality that doesn’t fit your average man. And then, I will be alone. And then, I will walk down the streets of America, and see the yellow ribbon stickers on the cars of the same people who compare our President to Hitler.

I will watch the television and watch the Cindy Sheehans, and the Al Frankens, and the rest of the ignorant sheep of America spout off their mouths about a subject they know nothing about. It is their right, however, and it is a right that is defended by hundreds of thousands of boys and girls scattered across the world, far from home. I use the word boys and girls, because that’s what they are. In the Army, the average age of the infantryman is nineteen years old.  The average rank of soldiers killed in action is Private First Class.

People like Cindy Sheehan are ignorant. Not just to this war, but to the results of their idiotic ramblings, or at least I hope they are. They don’t realize its effects on this war. In this war, there are no Geneva Conventions, no cease-fires. Medics and Chaplains are not spared from the enemy’s brutality because it’s against the rules. I can only imagine the horrors a military Chaplain would experience at the hands of the enemy.

The enemy slinks in the shadows and fights a coward’s war against us. It is effective though, as many men and women have died since the start of this war. And the memory of their service to America  is tainted by the inconsiderate remarks on our nation’s news outlets. And every day, the enemy changes…only now, the enemy is becoming something new. The enemy is transitioning from the Muslim extremists to Americans. The enemy is becoming the very people whom we defend with our lives. And they do not realize it.

But in denouncing our actions, denouncing our leaders, denouncing the war we live and fight, they are isolating the military from society…and they are becoming our enemy.

Democrats and peace activists like to toss the word ‘quagmire’ around and compare this war to Vietnam. In a way they are right, this war is becoming like Vietnam. Not the actual war, but in the isolation of country and military. America is not a nation at war; they are a nation with its military at war. Like it or not, we are here, some of us for our second, or third time,    some, even for their fourth and so on. Americans are so concerned now with politics that it is interfering with our war.                                         

 

 

Terrorists cut the heads off American citizens on the Internet…and there is no outrage, but an American soldier kills an Iraqi in the midst of battle, and there are investigations, and sometimes soldiers are even jailed…for doing their job.

It is absolutely sickening to me to think our country has come to this. Why are we so obsessed with the bad news? Why will people stop at nothing to be against this war, no matter how much evidence of the good we’ve done is thrown in their face? When is the last time CNN or MSNBC or CBS reported the opening of schools and hospitals in Iraq? Or the leaders of terror cells being detained or killed? It’s all happening, but people will not let up their hatred of Bush. They will ignore the good news, because it just might show people that Bush was right.

America has lost its will to fight. It has lost its will to defend what is right and just in the world. The crazy thing of it all is that the American people have not even been asked to sacrifice a single thing. It’s not like World War Two, where people rationed food, and turned in cars to be made into metal for tanks. The American people have not been asked to sacrifice anything. Unless you are in the military or the family member of a service member, its life as usual…the war doesn’t affect you.

But it affects us. And when it is over, and the troops come home, and they try to piece together what’s left of them after their service…where will the detractors be then? Where will the Cindy Sheehans be to comfort and talk to soldiers and help them sort out the last couple years of their lives, most of which have been spent dodging death and wading through the deaths of their friends? They will be where they always are, somewhere far away, where the horrors of the world can’t touch them. Somewhere where they can complain about things they will never experience in their lifetime; things that the young men and women of America have willingly taken upon their shoulders.

We are the hope of the Iraqi people. They want what everyone else wants in life:  safety, security, somewhere to call home. They want a country that is safe to raise their children in. Not a place where their children will be abducted, raped, and murdered if they do not comply with the terrorists demands. They want to live on, rebuild and prosper. And America has given them the opportunity, but only if we stay true to the cause, and see it to its end. But the country must unite in this endeavor…we cannot place the burden on our military alone.

We must all stand up and fight, whether in uniform or not.  And supporting us is more than sticking yellow ribbon Stickers on your cars. It’s supporting our President, our troops and our cause.

Right now, the burden is all on the American soldiers. Right now, hope rides alone. But it can change, it must change because there is only failure and darkness ahead for us as a country, as a people, if it doesn’t.

Let’s stop all the political nonsense; let’s stop all the bickering; let’s stop all the bad news; and let’s stand and fight!                 

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Eddie’s father, David Jeffers, writes:

I’m not sure how many letters or articles you’ve ever read from the genre of ‘News from the Front,’ but this is one of the best I’ve ever read, including all of America‘s wars. As I was reading this, I forgot that it was my son who had written it. My emotions range from great pride to great sorrow, knowing that my little boy (22 years old) has become this man. 
He is my hero. Thank all of you for your prayers for him; he needs them now more than ever. God bless.
Though Eddie is no longer with us, you can help to let his voice be heard, pass this one on.
                     
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See also: When Nations Die and pay attention to the parts about losing the will to fight.

“Carthage was once called “the eternal rival of Rome” but its preeminence and impact waned as it “sank into debauchery and dissipation as a result of great wealth and luxury.” Law and order were destroyed from within. Moreover, the rich young men of Carthage no longer wanted to serve in the military so they hired mercenaries to do their fighting. But when the army came into fierce conflict with Rome and other adversaries, the mercenaries ran and left the nation defenseless. Carthage fell to Rome in 146 B.C., and the first act of the Roman legions was to restore law and order.

In these and many other examples, social decay led to the decline and fall of a great civilization. If we are to prevent a repeat of history, then we must learn from these lessons of history. “

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Stuck On Stupid Syndrome Is Syndrome

Posted by wordforit on April 10, 2008

It’s an enigma, indeed, when those who put their lives on the line, figuratively and literally, are analyzed and persecuted to no end, while the crazies roam around, seeking sympathy and victim status.

When third graders in Waycross, Ga. plot to kill a teacher, it’s past time to rethink “consequences”.

~WfI

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By Dr. Laurie Roth
April 4, 2008

NewsWithViews.com

Our Culture seems to be stuck on stupid and backwards thinking these days! We see many of our top leaders, politicians and management confused about right and wrong, victim and perpetrator, bad guy from good guy. This “stuck on stupid” syndrome acts like a fast growing brain tumor, reflecting symptoms in runaway courts, political agendas that are mostly hidden and un American, and endless empathy for sick, illegal and dangerous people!

I thought I would lose my mind when I recently read in the Washington Post about the 12-year-old boy who was playing a computer game after his homework, then heard the blood curdling screams of his Mom. He ran to help her and saw one of the residents of the boarding house strangling his her on the floor. He yelled over and over, “Stop! Stop! Stop! But the attacker kept strangling his Mom, so he did what any loving child or adult would do, he grabbed what he could which was a kitchen knife and killed the psycho. This is the part that shows mental illness and “stuck on stupid” syndrome. The authorities are actually considering filing charges against the boy!!! What was the desperate boy supposed to do, plan a funeral for his Mom? Make coffee for the killer? Kill himself with the knife? How many types of psychotic are these authorities? I say the boy is a hero and his Mom is alive.

Another recent sign of “stuck on stupid” syndrome comes out of California where a librarian was fired because she dared to report a patron looking at child pornography in the library. Once again we see backwards and stupid thinking. The supervisor was endlessly concerned about the privacy rights of the dangerous pervert, not the law or protection of the kids coming in and out of the same library. The truth of that whole nightmare is that the idiot supervisor should have been the one fired along with the Library Administrator for having child pornography in the library in the first place. It is NEVER acceptable to have child pornography anywhere, especially in a public library. Frankly I could care less about the feelings of sex predators who want to hurt and rape our kids. I say send them all to an Island surrounded by endless coral reefs and sharks. You know what they say. Swimming is good for you. Dive in.

More “stuck on stupid” syndrome was seen in 2003 with Lt. Col Allen B. West who you may recall in Iraq scared a terrorist into telling him where the snipers were hiding so his men wouldn’t be picked off. The terrorist wasn’t killed or tortured, but faked out with a threat. He ended up talking and Allen saved his men. Did he get promoted to General, as he should have? No, he got hammered by the politically correct, “stuck on stupid” military high ups who tried to swipe his career, freedom and retirement pay. After the endless national news and horror for he and his family, he was forcibly retired from his beloved military. By the way, to tell you what kind of man Allen is, he didn’t crawl away and become a bitter victim. He went to Afghanistan as a civilian to train and equip the troops over there the last several years and now he is running for congress in Florida. This is the kind of leader, character and visionary our country needs! Go Allen!

Finally, the final example of “stuck on stupid” syndrome for now lies in the unfolding horror of Agent Ramos and Compeon rotting in prison for 11 and 12 years for doing their jobs wonderfully well. I have covered the details of this case from hell for the last few years. We saw our President bragging about 29 pardons he gave over Christmas and recently 15 more, none of which were these fine agents! We saw Prosecutor Sutton protecting the lying illegal alien drug pusher, Davila and manipulating the evidence and what the jury even saw. Finally an appeal was allowed and the real facts were revealed in this case. Now the nation is awaiting the decision of an appeals judge. Pray for justice in this!

We must as a nation remind ourselves what truth and lies look like, what evil and good looks like and what victim and criminal looks like! Empathy and “rights” are nice when offered first and foremost to our people, our military and our citizens. There is a point where “stuck on stupid” syndrome doesn’t cut it anymore. We MUST take back our courts and demand common sense Judges. We MUST take back congress and demand they get clear about good and evil and right and wrong. We must not allow persecution against parents and home schoolers, border patrol doing their jobs, military being brave in service, those trying to protect our children from predators and those fighting fearlessly against Islamic Radicals. We can save our country people. It is up to us.

© 2008 Dr. Laurie Roth – All Rights Reserved

Dr. Laurie Roth earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. In the late 90’s, Laurie hosted and produced a successful PBS television show called “CD Highway” that aired nationally on 130 TV stations.

Tune in to The Roth Show, Weeknights from 7:00 to 10:00 pm PAC and find out for yourself! You can listen live on cable radio network (live on the internet) channel 6 or visit The Roth Show web site and click on “where to listen”   www.therothshow.com Call the Roth Show at: 1-866-388-9093

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A President Must Have Credibility

Posted by wordforit on April 8, 2008

Like Don Bendell, I sold cars at a “Fast Track” dealership several years ago. In that five years, I learned much about human nature, including just how far some will go to make a buck or outsell a competitor. There were plenty who would ‘throw anyone in front of the bus’ to feed their greed. 

Don Bendell’s assessment in recognizing razzle-dazzle when someone thinks they are a ‘player’ of sorts are more wise words from those trying to warn the public before we end up with a President lacking patriotism. ~WordforIt

By Don Bendell
TheNewMediaJournal

Many years ago, one of the jobs I held as a starving writer was selling cars, new and used, at what was called a “Fast track” dealership. It was straight commission and dog-eat-dog. The top salesman there, Bill, made well over $ 70,000 per year in the early seventies. That was a lot of income back then. It was simple: he smiled, turned on the charm, told every customer exactly what they wanted to hear, and then lied through his teeth.

I once overheard him respond to a customer who asked about a new Ford Pinto if it would get the EPA gas mileage listed on the sticker, and Bill answered with a question, “Is gas mileage what is really important to you?”

The man responded, “Yes, I have to drive many miles to work and back everyday.”

Bill laughed and put his hand on the man’s shoulder and said, “Man, did you come to the right place. The EPA ratings were done by the government, and you know how they screw things up. This car will actually get you at least 54 miles to the gallon between highway and city driving combined. Probably a lot more”

In actuality, the car would have gotten maybe 24 miles to the gallon. The man, like they all did, bought the car.

Another man’s biggest concern was rust. Ohio salted its roads in the winter, and he did not want his car eaten away. Bill immediately told him that the new Ford Mustangs were made out of recycled aluminum beer cans and would never rust, and he would throw in complete rust-proofing for only $ 285. The man bought the car. We were charged $ 8 by the dealership to rust proof a car, and any amount charged above that was profit, out of which we would get one fourth in commissions. The lies were so outlandish, I could not stand working there and never sold cars again.

Bill could turn on the charm with a smile and a golden tongue, stare into your eyes and ad lib the most outlandish lies I ever heard, and worse yet, people believed it hook, line, and sinker, and he was richly rewarded for the deceit.

It has been over three decades, and I have finally seen another Bill, but on a much grander scale. His name is Barrack Obama. He named his best-selling book after a sermon by his self-proclaimed mentor Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who married him and wife Michelle and baptized their family. He knows that Wright gave an award to Louis Farrakhan, one of the most outlandish racial bigots in America, and the horrific statements from sermons by Wright which are played all day long on the news were taken from his DVD’s sold by Obama’s church where Obama has attended for over 20 years. Barrack Obama claims he never heard Wright make any of the outlandish racist statements. Right! And people believe him! Duh!

Then, we have Hillary Clinton braving sniper fire from the Bosnian tooth fairy. The only difference between the two is that she would not be a good crooked car salesman. She does not even lie well at all.

Which now brings me to John McCain. I could not stand him for years. I testified for the Senate Select Committee on MIA/POW Affairs. John McCain tried to shut the committee down and people started saying he had something to hide. I was one of those who said it and passed some of the rumors that started about him. So, when McCain got the presumptive Republican nod, I wrote former POW’s I knew who were POWs with McCain in the Hanoi Hilton, such as Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Bud Day and asked them.

Bud Day, MOH wrote me and said, in part:

Dear Don: I was JSM’s first room-mate and commander in the Hanoi Hilton. He is brilliant, patriotic, loyal, gregarious, independent, feisty, a good follower, a good leader, republican….”

Bud finished with

“He does not have to have everyone’s approval to act. There is a lot of Ronald Reagan..Teddy Roosevelt…Harry Truman in his genes. Example…telling Reagan to get out of Lebanon. Telling GW, the SecDef, and the world that Rumsfeld policies were a failure…backing the surge (like from Vietnam) as the only correct choice….and being right both times.

“His combat experience and life experiences make him the solid choice for prez. John is clearly and unquestionably the best candidate in 2008…of either party, Best regards. Col. Bud Day, MOH.”

Paul Galanti gave me very similar raves about him, and Jim Warner, John McCain’s longtime cellmate and still very close friend and advisor, not only wrote me but has spoken to me on the phone several times, and he said,

“Don, if John had any hidden secrets from our time in the Hanoi Hilton or if any of the other rumors about him are true, simply tell me why are there 81 former Vietnam POW’s voluntarily working on his campaign?”

I learned that John McCain simply believed very strongly that there were no more live POW’s left behind, and he believed that as strongly as I believed that there were. But the important point is that he does not fold, and he does not lie to get someone’s vote.

John McCain stands his ground if he feels he is right. He also has faced down Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and other Republican pundits because he is willing to work with Democrats and actually listen to their point of view. America clearly wants that in our President.

If ever there was a time in US history we need such a person in the White House, it is right now. We need someone with credibility, a quiet strength, and a total determination to stay the course on our national defense; because our pampered nation that now has way too many quick-fix wimps will perish if we don’t. The mullahs and jihadists do not want to be our buddies no matter how much we might suck up to them. They want our heads. The only body parts John McCain will give them is our collective middle finger.

Don Bendell, 61, is an author of 25 books with over 1,500,000 copies in print worldwide. A 1995 inductee into the International Karate Hall of Fame, he and his wife also own karate schools in Colorado. A 60% VA-disabled vet, Don served as an officer in 4 Special Forces Groups, including a 1968-1969 tour on an A-team in Vietnam as well as in the Top Secret Phoenix Program.. He has appeared on FOX NEWS LIVE and many national radio shows and his editorials have been published all over the world. He lives in Florence, Colorado. He maintains a website at http://www.donbendell.com/

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For as much as we hear and read about John McCain’s military contribution in a negative light, here is a writer who went to the trouble of seeking answers from those who served with John McCain! I, for one, am glad to know the rumors of his betrayal are false; it’s bad enough to face war as a country, but even worse to think we don’t have loyal soldiers. ~ WordforIt

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