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Monday, June 19, 2017

Step It Up - Bucks County Courier Times June 19, 2017

     Yet another Memorial Day has come and gone with each annual remembrance seemingly more meaningful than the past.  Not sure why that is.  Maybe it’s because we’re in the midst of the next “The Greatest Generation” and more and more simply understand what’s at stake and have an intense reverence of today’s men and women in uniform who are in harm’s way as we speak.  And, certainly, Bucks County has no shortage of young heroes stepping up for this critical role.
     It was impossible to miss the banners of our recent Fallen at the County Courthouse.  It was their special memorial so appropriate and so tragic.  We honor the same from past wars, but this tribute was theirs.  A special and reliable place for others to extract strength and meaning from that has now been removed.
     I can’t even imagine the character of those stepping up to today’s challenges.  Today’s recruits and candidates selflessly step forward with a clear understanding of leadership even prior to initial training.
     So the question begs to answer in that we say that we honor and support The Troops, but do we really?  Do we just thank a Vet here and there and call it a day or do we really honor them? 
     We can start by understanding their mission - a pursuit that we’ve failed so miserably that I’m not even going to explain.  A good rule of thumb is to listen to those who have been there and not those working on their next campaigns on the backs of those drenched in blood, sweat and tears.
     And we can continue by following the example of those with character so profound that a new word probably has to be invented.  They have been called to serve and do so with the ultimate calling of leadership - putting the needs of others before their own.  They set the example for the rest of us to follow.  They stand up for what’s right even when we stop supporting what they do because some politician told us so.  They’re friendly, respectful and enthusiastic.  They weigh the facts and they help those who are in trouble.  In short - they represent everything that defines our great nation; even though we’re often told otherwise. 
     Speaking of character and integrity, The Travis Manion Foundation has offered to assume financial responsibility for the memorial banners that were recently removed from the County Courthouse yard.  So far there’s no resolution.  That might be from leadership taking a back seat to politics, but what else is new.  I would have expected much better from Bucks County, but maybe I expect too much. 
     Many of you won’t get it and don’t care.  You view everything through the distorted prism of politics because you’re incapable of independent thought, are convinced that the world revolves around you and really don’t matter.  For the rest of us there are a few things to consider if you’re so inclined.
     Firstly, all three County Commissioners need to be replaced during their next election cycle.  Regardless of party affiliation you must vote for the incumbents’ opponent.  There’s no alternative and this is absolutely essential for many reasons.
     Secondly, if you’re one who thanks Vets for their service you should mean it and conduct yourself accordingly; especially when no one’s watching.  If you’re unable to do that then don’t insult them and maybe consider keeping your mouth shut in the first place.
     Lastly, it is you who are on the front lines of this war on terror.  You either support our men and women in uniform with your voting behavior or you undermine them (and everyone else, for that matter, including yourself).  You really need to step it up, educate yourself to today’s harsh realities and not continue to seek fraternity in weakness.  The chronic false narratives that do not accurately represent who we are as a nation are getting fantastically old.

     And for those who are still reading, thank you for your past, present and continued service whether you wore a uniform or not.  You’re needed now more than ever.  Thank you for stepping up when called upon and for being someone who can be counted on when needed.


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