reply to post by Swampfox46_1999
History may be written by the victors, but it will always be remembered by those who live it. I appreciated your commentary. You amplified well what
was already said about Reagan's ability to make Americans feel better about their country.
My father came back from WW2 Europe with medals and various souvenirs, often sharing his box of medals and trinkets with us, as we sat at his knee
listening to the stories he would share. (Mother later admitted that there were stories he could not share with us.) The last time he ever did this
was when I was 13, at the height of Viet Nam, and he leaned back in his chair and with lowered voice said, 'If I had sons, I would take them out to
the back and shoot them, rather than have them go to war." This man, who went to church weekly and made sure our flag always hung proudly out front,
said so much with that one sentence.
I had an older cousin in Special Forces, one of those "advisers" sent in early on to Viet Nam, who quit in disgust as a colonel, from the corruption
he saw around him. Some family members and friends came back from Viet Nam safe and sane, others not so.
You had to suffer because of the ignorance of those chanting "Baby killers". Our military serves at the discretion of the CIC, whose judgment is
trusted to use the military appropriately. The young men who were drafted were many times ones who could not get into/afford college or the National
Guard (nearly impossible then, unless you had connections).
My suffering was less, but to be called "Baby killer" for a different reason, and my patriotism, my love of my country, questioned when I would
question my country's actions comes from the same level of ignorance.
Reagan did help to give hope to a nation, as Obama is helping to give hope once again to a nation, and a world, that needs it once again.
What Reagan could not do was heal the wounds left open from the Viet Nam era, to be used as political bait and entertain audiences in coming years.
The wounds must close and allowed to heal. If not, then for all the wars our soldiers have fought in, they will have fought and died in vain.
edit to add that Dad's sharpshooter insignia now belongs to my older son
[edit on 8-2-2009 by desert]