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A Veterans Day message to my brothers and sisters

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I’ve spent more than a month thinking about what I wanted to say this Veteran’s Day. I thought perhaps this year would be less contentious than last, but it doesn’t seem that way. Our politics and culture is as divided as ever.

I hope that at least on the issue of our nation’s veterans we can all agree to set aside politics and division for just a little while. I maintain a Facebook account just to keep in touch with friends and relatives, and rarely, if ever, debate politics there. Others don’t seem to feel the same.

I’ve watched comrades I’ve been to war with savage each other over issues of race, guns, taxes, and even things as silly as the NFL. It has saddened me to see men and women who served side by side in the darkest of times forget that they are friends and comrades and assume the worst about each other. I’ve watched silently, reading their posts, replies, and counter-replies, but not commenting myself.

My heart is heavy as those who happen to be of a different race savage each other over the issue. I never considered it before, simply because it didn’t matter to me. They were my comrades. Most served with me as subordinates, a few others as superiors or peers. All were, and still are, my brothers and sisters.

I’ll put things in a larger perspective that most people can understand. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is someone whom I find politically reprehensible, as he runs as a conservative every six years, and behaves as no such thing while in office. Yet I find any attack upon his years spent in a North Vietnamese prison camp as disgusting. McCain was given the opportunity to go home early, yet refused to go without his fellow prisoners. If one cannot respect that service, in and of itself, how can you respect anything?

Kurt Schlichter and I have disagreed on Twitter often enough, usually over candidate, and now President Trump. I disagree with some of Kurt’s support for Trump as unwarranted, but I’ve never lost respect for Kurt’s long and honorable service in the Army. He’s a good man, and his service should be honored.

A man I almost NEVER agree with is Montel Williams. The former talk show host and Naval Academy graduate and I have sparred often enough over a variety of issues. We’re about as far apart on the political spectrum as it gets. And yet we follow each other on Twitter, even giving each other a hard time over each other’s branch of service like vets tend to do. Montel is my brother, and always will be, no matter how much we fight over politics.

Sure, there are those that were and still are in the military I don’t respect, but that come from what I know about their behavior in the military, not because of political beliefs. But those I just disagree with politically don’t stop being my brother or sister because of that.

I hope those I served with, and others, will come to that same place at some point. I frankly wish ALL people could serve in the military simply so they could find that same bond that I value so much in my fellow veterans. If we could at least have that level of respect for each other, I wonder if perhaps our political discourse might in turn become more productive?

At any rate, I hope that everyone, everywhere in the United States, will at least set aside politics for the weekend and honor this nation’s veterans who have sacrificed so much. Many of us are still sacrificing. We live with the nightmares of the dead we carried to their final flight home, or with the fact that we lost families in part due to our service. Please consider that this weekend, even if you can’t consider it all the time.

To those I served with, I begged you to remember the things we went through together, and that bond should be enough to help us keep our respect for one another, even when we vehemently disagree.

Benjamin Wilhelm served as a commissioned officer in the United States military for 10 years, serving one combat tour in Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge among other military awards. Ben has worked in a variety of private sector businesses both large and small. He is a former military and civilian firearms instructor and an advocate for veterans issues. Ben is a strict Constitutionalist who sees the Federal government as an out of control leviathan, and the federal debt as a burden that will break the country. Ben is a divorced father of two boys.

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Trump and Reagan joking about starting a war

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Trump makes final pitch for Roy Moore in Tweet

Let us make one thing clear. America usually has never been the ones to start an attack, although the Iraq war after 9/11 might have been the sole exception. However, when we are attacked we don’t roll over and ask for “another one.” We fight back.

When Reagan said; “I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes;” it was meant to be taken as a joke. The left can dish it out, but they can’t take it in. The media used the term ‘Star Wars,’ not Ronald Reagan himself.

Trump made it clear to North Korean’s Kim Jong Un to not try to blow the United States of America sky high without paying the consequences to what could happen to his hell hole that he rules over. “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

Don’t go their ‘Rocket Man,’ because we shall not roll over and play dead like many progressives want us to do regarding their idols. Most of these idols are tyrants that they wish they could be, and that includes ‘Fat Boy” as Mark Levin likes to call Kim Jong Un. Meanwhile, the left still pushes the welfare state, because wealth redistribution and the promise to “take care of you” is their only way to buy votes and gain power.

P.S. if you progressives are so concerned about despicable people in the White House, how about JFK (and his sexual orgies), Bill Clinton (sex in the Oval Office itself), and yes Barack Obama (for being the Marxist punk that he is). For all of Trump’s shortcomings, it seems that Trump is keeping the White House clean while he is there if you know what I mean.

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Levin: Trump was channeling Reagan with ‘nuclear button’ tweet

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/levin-trump-channeling-reagan-nuclear-button-tweet/The Left’s hysterical response to President Trump’s now-infamous “nuclear button” tweet aimed at North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is just that: Hysterical. So said LevinTV host Mark Levin on his national radio program Wednesday night.

At the beginning of the segment, Levin compared Trump’s tweet to a quip from President Ronald Reagan’s 1984 re-election campaign where the Gipper joked, “I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”

WTF MSM!? #NuclearButtonGate has the media in a tizzy

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/wtf-msm-nuclearbuttongate-media-tizzy/Is there a button? … Yesterday, in response to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s declaration that he has a button to launch nukes, Donald Trump tweeted in response:

The Trump Derangement Syndrome-fueled responses were expected. But this morning a new narrative began to emerge: Trump’s tweet was factually incorrect. You see, there isn’t a button to launch U.S. nuclear weapons. It is more of a process. It began with a “fact-check” by the Associated Press, and now others like CNN’s Chris Cillizza are piling on. These folks know exactly what Trump meant, and calling it a nuclear button is a long-standing literary device. Pedantic attacks like this show just how biased and petty the media is.

Rush Limbaugh on Trump NKorea Tweets: He’s ‘Brilliant’

https://www.newsmax.com/politics/donald-trump-north-korea-kim-jong-un-nuclear-button/2018/01/04/id/835236/Radio host Rush Limbaugh on Thursday mocked the outcry from critics of President Donald Trump after he tweeted about having a bigger nuclear button than North Korea leader Kim Jung Un.

“They act like the greatest insult to human dignity and the presidential regime that has ever happened,” Limbaugh chided during his daily radio program, adding the remark that it “wouldn’t cause a ripple in your average Twitter sewer.”

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Michael Mullen, Obama’s chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the 2009 Iran protests

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Michael Mullen Obamas chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the 2009 Iran protests

Iran is going through several days of strong protests against the regime over economic oppression and lack of rights. President Trump has expressed immediate and unwavering support for the protesters. The same cannot be said the last time there were similar protests in 2009 when President Obama chose to side with the nation he’d hoped would solidify his foreign policy legacy.

His former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Michael Mullen, made a comment that appeared to demonstrate the weakness of the administration back then. While not explicitly attacking the President, his words left room for us to read between the lines:

“I think we chose to not be as supportive as we could have been then. And I hope we can be right now so that Iran can continue to evolve.”

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Former Obama Official: US ‘Chose to Not Be as Supportive’ of 2009 Iranian Protesters

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2017/12/31/former-obama-official-says-us-chose-to-not-be-as-supportive-as-we-could-have-been-in-2009-iranian-protest-n2428678Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen appeared on ABC News “This Week” where he voiced concern that President Barack Obama was not as supportive of anti-government Iranian protesters as he should have been in 2009. He told ABC News that he hopes President Donald J. Trump is “supportive of more freedoms in that country.”

Host Martha Raddatz asked Mullen his opinion regarding President Trump’s response to the recent Iranian protests. Mullen was supportive and made key distinctions between how President Obama handled the situation in 2009 and how President Trump is in present day.

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Trump has a point: North Korea should have been dealt with long ago

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Trump has a point North Korea should have been dealt with long ago

President Trump Tweeted a video pointing out four facts. 23-years-ago, President Clinton made a bad deal with North Korea that directly led to the situation we’re in today. 18-years-ago, Trump called for action against North Korea before it’s too late. A month ago, Jennifer Griffin reported on Fox News that their missile technology may be able to reach the continental United States. Lastly, James Mattis recently declared we’re working with South Korea to counter the threat.

The video doesn’t do much to help the situation other than asserting that the President was right well before he was President. It’s a good ego stroke, as Trump often does for himself, but it’s also a reminder that the situation we’re in could have been handled more easily before they had a petulant leader who may have his fingers on the nuclear button.

This does less to help in the North Korea situation than to remind us the situation that’s currently brewing in Iran. The similarities are striking. A weak U.S. President made a deal with radical leaders of a nation that hates us in an effort to slow down nuclear proliferation. On one hand, the moves may have been effective in slowing them down, but in both cases it’s being demonstrated that slowing them down does not mean preventing them. If anything, it hurts our ability to put an end to the threats before they become tangible.

It’s tangible now in North Korea. It may be tangible soon, if not already, in Iran. Both nations need to be dealt with soon before they turn their threats into actions.

Source: Twitter

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