reply to post by PammyK
Well, as a veteran, still "connected" to the military, I can say that the OFFICE itself is not being disrespected - it is the man. This president,
more so than any other in history, has created a firestorm to the very people who hold integrity as one of their top and most respected virtues.
Without integrity, where is his loyalty? Without knowing where his loyalty stands, then how can he expect to gain the respect of, and command the
most powerful military on the earth? Unfortunately, Obama is the icing on the cake for many folks, who are past their patience level with a long line
of self-serving politicians who preceded him. The system is grotesquely flawed and many people feel that he was not "elected" fairly, portrayed
unbiasedly in the media, nor did he deserve the position.
A lot of people, including myself, have had a very difficult time getting past the initial issues surrounding him in regards to his loyalty and
integrity. His loyalty was/is in severe question by the company he kept/keeps, and his integrity over his birth records pretty much sealed the coffin
- this issue is still not adequately resolved in my book, and I have lost faith in the system simply because of this. If he had nothing to hide, why
hide it? Integrity is first and foremost the MOST IMPORTANT virtue that any president should have. Obama has YET to pull the wool over the eyes of
those who know better. Military folks see a double standard, where every ounce of information about them is handed over to the government for review,
yet the President was not required to do the same? It is a terrible breakdown, and what you are witnessing are good people who don't serve the
"man", but serve the country as a whole. When the enemy to the country starts to appear to be the politicians themselves, then there's a serious
problem. The Marine Corps has a saying that ranks their priorities of commitment...."God, Country, Corps"....meaning, God comes first, then the
country, then the corps. After that, comes family. The president isn't on that list. I don't doubt for one moment that our military members have
anything but love and loyalty to their country. You shouldn't either. I don't think anyone would desire a military full of puppets.
I would be more inclined to respect those military personnel for not following blindly, and for having the bravery to speak up against what they see
is wrong...they fight for their OWN freedom of speech, as well as everyone else's. There is decorum that they will follow, because their code of
conduct requires it. But freedom of speech in their casual moments is still a right they have.
It wouldn't be the first time uniformed personnel sought to uncover conspiracies. Obama is NOT favored in the military, as a whole. And to respond
to another poster that the military should be praising him for leading them off into another war is just absurd. NOBODY likes war, least of all, the
people who actually fight in them, or the families who bear the long deployments and/or losses due to death. Show me a military person who rejoices
at getting orders to go to war, and I'll show you someone who has nothing to love but war itself. I've never seen it. Nothing irritates me more
than for people to make such ill-informed and broad generalizations like that without knowing the hardships those families actually live through.