I’ll let the article speak for itself…class acts…unlike some…
True Heroes Don’t Kneel….
Damn right snowflake :o)
I’ll let the article speak for itself…class acts…unlike some…
True Heroes Don’t Kneel….
Damn right snowflake :o)
I’m just going to keep this simple and succinct…
Navy Veteran and United States Senator John McCain died yesterday. Unlike today’s “heroes” like LeBron James and the NFL Divas that disparage this country’s Leaders and disrespect this Nation, John McCain was a true hero. He honorably served his country as a Naval Aviator. He endured years of unimaginable, horrific mental and physical torture as a Prisoner of War serving his country. Afterwards, he continued to serve his country as a Steward of the People, selflessly dedicating his life to this Nation’s ideals.
I don’t pretend that John McCain was a perfect man. Like all of us, he had his faults. Senator McCain could at times be stubborn, temperamental, and incorrigible. Yet one thing is for certain…unlike the NFL Divas of today, John McCain never knelt in the face of adversity. He faced adversity with equal vim and vigor. Unlike Edward Snowden and Chelsea (Bradley) Manning, John McCain never sold his country out. Even as a Prisoner of War. This…this…is what makes Navy Veteran and United States Senator John McCain a true hero.
Damn right, snowflake…it’s called RESPECT
So in today’s day and age we are led to believe that Police Officers are shit-bags. We are led to believe by the uninformed masses, that Police Officers are the enemy.
This military Veteran disagrees.
The Women and Men, that choose to put their lives on the line for us, on a day to day basis, are truly heroes. They get paid shit…to do some pretty amazing things. We are truly fortunate for them.
Don’t think so…that’s fine….
This is what true heroes do….
Damn right, snowflake :o)
*** I actually wrote this four years ago, but i really couldn’t come up with anything better. As Americans, we really owe so much to those that have given the ultimate sacrifice. Patriotism isn’t anything to be ashamed of…peace to those families that have lost a loved one in the name of this country***
As we celebrate this Memorial Day weekend, it is only fair that we take a moment to commemorate its purpose. Memorial Day “commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.” This rather plain, stark explanation of Memorial Day doesn’t do justice to its significance. The reality is we, as a nation, enjoy the quality of life that we enjoy due to the ultimate sacrifices of those that died while defending our country’s values.
Memorial Day is the day that we put aside our political ideals and differences. It is the day that we stop fighting amongst ourselves. It is the day that we pay tribute to those that answered their nation’s calling….obeyed their orders…and died for doing so. It is the day we thank…and embrace…those that lost their loved ones. The wives….the husbands. The daughter and son that never met their mother or father. The parents that raised their son and daughter to do the right thing…only to die doing the right thing. Memorial Day is the day that we stop…to remember that we are Americans.
As a Veteran, I stand tall, and salute those who fell…and to those who lost their loved one. Thank you for your sacrifice!
Damn right snowflake :o)
It seems the NFL cannot help but continue to stick its foot in its mouth regarding the player protests that began last season. The latest “situation”…the NFL recently rejected a proposed AMVETS Super Bowl ad that dared to call on the NFL’s million dollar divas to respectfully stand during the National Anthem.
According to the NFL, the ad was rejected because it made a “political statement”. The NFL went on to say that, “The Super Bowl program is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams, and the Super Bowl [and] it has never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement.”
I find it rather ironic, and hypocritical, that the NFL is all of a sudden concerned about making a “political statement”. Isn’t that what its overpaid divas have been doing by protesting? The above statement raises other interesting questions as well. Is the NFL suggesting that it’s ok to protest and make a “political statement” during regular/postseason play, but not during the Super Bowl, in the interest of the “fans to commemorate and celebrate the game”?
Here’s another question…in the interest of “fan commemoration and celebration of the game”…is Mr. Goodell saying that his million dollar divas are not going to be allowed to kneel and protest during the National Anthem at the Super Bowl so as not to make a “political statement”? That’s an easy one…of course not. Roger Goodell hasn’t had the balls to stand up to his players this entire time. Why would he start now?
Naturally, the NFL did its best to portray itself as the victim in this situation…much like its players do when protesting. The NFL made it “clear” that it went out of its way to try and work with and find suitable alternative messaging so as to accept the ad. However, it was the AMVETS organization and not the NFL that was unwilling to compromise.
Throughout the player protests, the NFL has had to go out of its way to justify its divas’ right to protest. The NFL has also been consistently swift to vehemently admonish any individual, or entity, that dares to challenge or rebut its players’ right to protest. This was evident last year when the New Orleans Saints organization seemingly went out of its way to disparage a disabled Veteran that dared to decline an award from the team due to the ongoing players’ protests. That Veteran, Mr. John Wells, declined to accept the team’s Peoples Health Champion Award because he believed the “ongoing controversy with NFL players’ disrespect for the national flag forces me to decline to participate in the presentation. I am unable, in good conscience, to enter an NFL stadium while this discourtesy prevails. Since this award is tainted with the dishonorable actions of the NFL and its players, I cannot accept it.”
At this point and time, the New Orleans Saints organization could have simply honored Mr. Wells’ decision and quietly moved on. Instead, the Saints organization went on the offensive and publicly vilified Mr. Wells for daring to have the audacity to decline its precious honor and to challenge the NFL’s players’ protests. What makes this even more despicable is the fact that it was Veterans that rebuilt New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It was Veterans that ensured the New Orleans Saints organization had a Superdome to play in after Hurricane Katrina. How soon the New Orleans Saints forget.
It’s clear that throughout these protests the NFL, and Roger Goodell in particular, don’t really seem to understand the concept of a “protest”. All parties involved have been adamant about their right to freedom of speech to justify the protests. The part that Mr. Goodell and his million dollar divas seem to miss is that…those that disagree with their protest have just as much the right to freedom of speech to rebut their protests!
To be fair to the NFL, I recognize that the organization does do a lot for the military as well as Veterans. In addition, I also realize that the original intent of the protests have been lost and that it was never about disrespecting the flag, country, military, or Veterans. However, this is something else the NFL, the players, and Mr. Goodell don’t seem to understand about protesting. Just because someone protests, that doesn’t mean their intent is going to be clearly understood by others. In addition, just because someone protests, that doesn’t mean their intent is going to stay intact. The reality is, due to Coin Kaepernick’s impulsiveness of kneeling during the National Anthem, his protest was never clearly understood. Which means that his intent was pretty much lost from the very beginning.
In light of this, Roger Goodell should have grown a pair and nipped the protests in the bud from the very beginning. Instead, Mr. Goodell tried to placate everyone…and as a result his million dollar divas’ protests continue to haunt him and the NFL as a whole. Mr. Goodell is slowly and systematically alienating the NFL’s fan base…just to protect his overpaid divas’ right to protest.
While I haven’t watched an NFL game this year due to the players’ protests, I was considering watching the Super Bowl. However…in light of this latest “situation”, I have decided not to. I cannot…in clear conscience…support an organization that seemingly goes out of its way to heavy handedly disparage those that dare to challenge its actions. In addition, as a Veteran, I will not support an organization that seemingly went out of its way to vilify a fellow Veteran.
I would love nothing more than to see other Veterans do the same and boycott this year’s Super Bowl. I understand though it’s highly unlikely this will occur. However, the longer Roger Goodell allows his million dollar divas the right to protest, the more fans he and his players will alienate. The more often the NFL heavy handedly admonishes any individual, or entity, that dares to challenge or rebut its divas’ right to protest, the more fans and businesses the NFL alienates. It’s no secret that the NFL’s revenues are down…viewership is down…and we’ve already seen cracks in the foundation as companies affiliated with the NFL are suggesting, whether openly or rumored, that the protests are adversely affecting their bottom-line. At this rate, Roger Goodell and his overpaid million dollar divas are well on their way to “burn[ing] this bitch down”.
So it’s official…Chelsea Manning is now a free “man”. I use the term “man” loosely. It has nothing to do with the gender he now identifies with. Just because Manning decided he’s now a “woman”, changed his name to a more feminine one, that doesn’t make him a woman. Nor is he a man. The reality is Manning is a spoiled little brat that did what he did out of selfishness and a falsely perceived sense of self-entitlement.
There are many things about the Manning saga that absolutely floored me. Foremost is the fact that many look at Manning as a “hero” and a “whistleblower” for having the “courage” to bring to light the supposed “atrocities” the United States was committing at the time while fighting the war on terror. Apparently, these Manning supporters forgot that these “atrocities” were in response to the cowards that attacked this country on September 11, 2001. For those that have forgotten, in that attack close to 3,500 Americans were murdered and over 10,000 were injured. (Staff, 2010) That doesn’t account for the first responders that are now battling and dying from the hazardous environment they were exposed to as they selflessly and courageously performed their duties (unlike Manning, who selfishly performed his duties with absolute discredit). That doesn’t account for the families whose loved ones, unlike Manning, will never come home again.
I gotta hand it to this “hero” though, he’s quite cunning. The manner in which he and his supporters pulled off this whole “traitor to victim” thing is nothing short of brilliant. Manning sells out his country and is sentenced to a 35 year term. (Savage, 2017) He goes to jail and immediately states…oh by the way…I’m a girl now, my name is Chelsea…and that is how and what I will be referred to as. The absolute crazy thing about it is…it worked! Seemingly overnight, and without any question whatsoever from the media, Bradley was now Chelsea…he was now a she!
This was brilliant for a couple of reasons. First, because the media embraced Chelsea without question, Bradley faded from the spotlight. Chelsea became center stage and more importantly…recent. The “Recency Effect” is a well-established psychological phenomena. Basically, what it means is human beings are more apt to recall and remember recent information over previous information (Pam MS, n.d.). This was key because as Chelsea’s “transformation” became “the” story, people forgot about “Bradley’s” traitorous actions.
Also, once Chelsea’s “transformation” manifested itself, the issue at hand also “transformed”. Once again, cue the media! What was the issue of Manning selfishly selling out his country, the media made it into an LGBT issue! Poor Chelsea…stuck in prison…just wanting to become the woman he felt he was always supposed to be but not being allowed to! How convenient for Manning! This “transformation” enabled Manning to now be viewed as a victim instead of a traitor. Once again, this allowed the original issue at hand to fade from the spotlight.
From this point, the list of injustices continued to flow unhindered. In combination with strategically planned suicide attempts and hunger strikes, Manning convinced Army officials to begin hormone therapy as a means to “treat” his “gender dysphoria”. (Kube, O’Hara, Helsel, & Press, 2017) Despite being a prisoner, this hormone therapy was paid for with tax payer dollars. In addition, Manning had access to means which allowed him to update his Twitter account from prison. (Karimi, 2015) This enabled him to reach out to supporters and garner support for his “cause”. Also, while in prison, Manning was able to write opinion pieces for The New York Times and The Guardian. (Karimi, 2015) Then, the final injustice occurred. Before leaving office, former President Barrack Obama commuted Manning’s 35 year sentenced after only serving 7 years despite the fact that Manning SOLD OUT HIS COUNTRY!
So yes…it is brilliant how Manning pulled this whole “traitor to victim” thing off. Manning and his supporters manipulated the media, making all accomplices look like complete and utter fools! Despite being a PRISONER, Manning garnered privileges that some free, law-abiding citizens don’t even have access to! Some of these privileges even came at the monetary expense of the very country that he sold out! At the end of the day, Manning went to prison for selling out his country and somehow managed to come out of it better off than he was before!
I’d like to believe that Manning feels some shred of remorse for what he did. Yet, he doesn’t. He’s simply too selfish, too self-absorbed, and too much of a brat to feel any sort of responsibility or accountability for selling out his country. This sense of self-entitlement is clear as Manning “is [now] looking forward to eating pizza, swimming, playing PlayStation and meeting the many friends who have supported her over the years”. (Kube, O’Hara, Helsel, & Press, 2017) In addition, Manning stated, “After another anxious four months of waiting, the day has finally arrived,” said Manning. “I am looking forward to so much! Whatever is ahead of me is far more important than the past. I’m figuring things out right now-which is exciting, awkward, fun, and all new for me.” (Kube, O’Hara, Helsel, & Press, 2017) Clearly, there is no remorse whatsoever on the part of Manning for selling out his country.
Ironically, I hope Manning enjoys his pizza. I hope he has fun playing his PlayStation and swimming. I hope he enjoys spending time with the “friends” that he suckered into supporting his “cause”. I hope he enjoys all these things because in doing so Manning highlights what freedom really means in this country. What Manning is too self-absorbed and too selfish to realize is only in the United States of America can you sell out your country and still be alive to enjoy all these things.
The harsh reality is had Manning done what he did as a citizen of less understanding countries…the outcome would have been very different. In these countries, even if suspected of being a traitor, Manning would have disappeared. If he were lucky, he would have been killed on the spot. But…he wouldn’t have been that lucky. He would have likely been beaten and tortured in ways he has no idea even exist. If he managed to live, the rest of his pathetic, pitiful life would have been spent in confinement…or a work camp…hoping to die. This grim reality doesn’t even take into account had it been known that he wanted to be a “she”. This grim reality doesn’t take into account what would have happened to his family for him being an enemy of the State.
So let’s set the record straight. Manning IS NOT a hero. Manning IS NOT a whistleblower. Manning is a TRAITOR!!!!! Manning was entrusted with secrets vital to the safety and security of this country and just like Edward Snowden, he selfishly and irresponsibly SOLD OUT THIS COUNTRY!!!!! That is not what heroes do. That’s not what whistleblowers do. Manning’s actions were the epitome of what TRAITORS do! Manning, along with those that defended and supported him, brilliantly manipulated the media to transform him from a traitor into a victim. This only served to reinforce his selfishness and falsely perceived sense of entitlement which means Manning will never feel remorse for SELLING OUT HIS COUNTRY. He will hypocritically enjoy the freedoms and liberties of this country despite being a traitor to this country. Know that those that defend and support him are just as despicable. Manning may look forward to his future…but his past will never be forgotten.
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Pam MS, N. (n.d.). Psychology Dictionary. Retrieved from What is RECENCY EFFECT?: http://psychologydictionary.org/recency-effect/
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