posted on Nov, 4 2012 @ 05:45 AM
I have spent most of my life in the US Armed Forces, I joined at age 17. Through the many years till I was medically retired, I served many
Presidents. Never did I question a political matter. I was discharged shortly before my Team was deployed to Afghanistan in the weeks after 9/11. I
was left with a great deal of guilt as I was the Team medic and I feared for my fellow comrade's lives. I guess some might refer it to "Survivor's
Guilt" - I lost many friends over the years we have been at war, both in Afghanistan, Iraq and other hot spots around the globe.
I have seen a lot. I have never registered myself politically with any particular party and have voted as long as I can remember, it seemed that I
usually voted blindly to be blunt. I had a hard time with President Bush Jr. but it passed, because it did not seem my Veteran's benefits were at
stake and also whomever I voted for seemed to be the lesser of the evils. For that I am sorry, as in self regret.
But now, with my current received benefits, I feel I do not deserve them, I live with too much guilt, but not enough that my wrecked body could have
helped me stay on active duty. At any rate, I am a 47% American Patriot. I fear that Mitt Romney will go as far as deciding what we as Disabled
Veterans are allowed. If it is shown that cuts will be made across the board and I am really a blood sucking American to be banished because I rely on
Government funding to support my family, what does that say to other Veterans? I fear my Social Security will disappear, wars will once again start
and a division in the United States of America will ensue. This does not even begin to cover the tip of the iceberg, as there are many other issues at
hand other then my own self reliance.
What I heard locally where I live scares the heck out of me, this is not paranoia or conspiracy that drives me. What I fear are words spoken in front
of me. Where I currently live almost everyone supports Mitt Romney. Though they do not know anything about my vote one way or another, I was like a
"fly on the wall" - Hearing several people note murderous intent and racial slurs about President Obama sent chills down my spine. It was if I stood
unnoticed at a KKK rally. One person mentioned that to "get rid of Obama" they should receive a Medal of Honor and relegated as a Hero. I am not
making this up to stir trouble, especially since this is my first post. I spoke with my wife and she somewhat believed this, because all over town
there are anti President Obama signs, people all take for granted that everyone locally have the same feelings.
I fear divided as Americans, Veterans or just people trying to scrape by, that all hope will be lost. I see people who can barely pay rent, or afford
much, praise Mitt Romney. It is like I live in a vacuum of intolerance. As if the majority here are mostly obsessed with race and change, no matter
the cost. I am tolerant of quite a lot, for being in the Armed Forces teaches a bit of compassion and understanding, especially when dealing with
foreign nationals goes along ways, always trying to win the hearts and minds. But never have I heard people, citizens within my own country speak such
terrorizing comments, even if they were just the "Good Ole Boys" B.S.-ing... It just makes me feel that most who oppose President Obama do not
really know why and fear mongering ends up being the sole enabler of which proclaims a winner.
My utmost apologies if I have offended anyone and shall I be flamed, or turned upon, I am convinced that I did my best and when my time comes, I will
be judged by what matters the most.
My God Bless the United States of America