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Black cop, White cop, to-may-to, to-mah-to, let’s throw the whole thing out!

Let’s face it, regardless of the race of the police officer, they are all the same.  Yet, the media et al., would have you to believe that there is a difference  — that if an African American is pulled over by a police officer and brutalized (which may or may not result in death), somehow it makes a difference as to whether the officer involved was black or white.

People are willing to concede (albeit begrudgingly) that if a tragedy against a black person, African American or person of color is committed by a white cop then, it MAY be an act of racism.  But, if the officer is not an active member of the KKK and/or spouting racial epithets while goose stepping, carrying a noose and burning a cross, racism may be ruled out.  However, if the same level of violence occurs at the hands of a black or Asian or Hispanic police officer, racism isn’t even considered as a factor.  This is because of a fundamental lack of understanding of what racism is and what it does.

Newsflash (to America and abroad):  Racism is systemic!  Racism is causative or contributory of EVERY social malady from sea to shining sea!  But, and this is the important part, racism is more complex than a white person disliking a black person or even a white person not wanting to sit or live next to or even physically touch a black person.  Racism is EVER so much more than that.  For clarity, I quote the late Francis Cress Welsing’s definition of racism:

“Racism (White Supremacy) is the local and global power system and dynamic, structured and maintained by persons who classify themselves as white, whether consciously or subconsciously determined, which consists of patterns of perception, logic, symbol formation, thought, speech, action and emotional response, as conducted simultaneously in all areas of people activity (economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex and war), for the ultimate purpose of white genetic survival and to prevent white genetic annihilation on planet Earth – a planet upon which the vast majority of people are classified as nonwhite (black, brown, red and yellow) by white skinned people, and all of the nonwhite people are genetically dominant (in terms of skin coloration) compared to the genetic recessive white skin people”.

Now that we have this working definition of racism in hand, it becomes clear that racism is more than just a function of individuals who classify themselves as “white.”  It is a mindset and a system of values and beliefs all geared toward the same goal.  Much like the ideas of Freedom or Independence, Racism is intangible, but subconsciously governs the actions of all people.  And these same individuals are in total control of all areas of black people’s lives.  Thus, black person attempting to live, work or play in a country built on racism must themselves conform to racist laws, policies, religion etc., in order to attain even a modicum of success.

Simply stated, if people of color (namely black or African Americans) become police officers (or occupy any other position in a country where the laws were established during their enslavement) they are tasked to enforce the same set of rules or regulations that white police officers enforce, regardless of whether the rules/regulations are racist or not.  With that in mind, it is fair to say that a police officer is a police officer, color be damned.  Once a member of any race becomes a police officer, he or she has to honor the established CREED of police officers, similar to how gang members have to operate as one entity.  The race of the police officer is immaterial.

Black persons, African Americans, persons of color or whatever other name is fashionable at the moment are disproportionally killed by police officers for infractions as minor as a taillight being out.  They are obvious target of racism in America.  As such, they would do well to treat ALL police officers as a collective and not as individuals.

My advice to anyone of color who is pulled over by a police officer for any reason, whether the officer is black or white, is to run like hell!  You’ll still die, but at least your family won’t have to argue that you are pointing a cannon at innocent, harmless officers while tripping in a sexually aggressive drug trip.

Can anybody hear me?

Lately, I have noticed a growing trend among black televangelists who are preaching a ministry of prosperity.  They emphasize that “nothing and/or no one can stop you” when you are in sync with this “holy” way of thinking.  They cite grace and faith as guarantees for success… right along with the following disclaimer:  If it’s not working for you, you are to blame.

Perhaps your faith is not strong enough.  Perhaps a monetary seed is needed.  Perhaps you’re too sinful.

In any event, YOU are to blame.  Oh wait, there is something else you should know.

You see, there is an enemy and that “the enemy” is prepared to thwart your blessings, if you are not careful.  This enemy moves through your life and seeks only to cause harm, and demonstrate its power over this world.

Nevertheless, this “enemy” is never clearly identified, nor is there any mention made of very real external forces that may contribute to your failure.

Of course, Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub and even Abaddon are all honorably mentioned (or dishonorably, as the case may be), but as for anything tangible, that’s never really discussed.  The problem is that this leaves most people with the idea that a ghost or, even worse, a red devil with a pitchfork is all that needs to be avoided to have a good life.  If you can do that, you can successfully navigate this thing called existence.   Avoiding that spectacle shouldn’t be too difficult!  I mean, how could you possibly miss a seven foot tall being with horns?

However, the elephant in the room remains largely unmolested… as it has since days of old.  It’s not mysticism, it’s people, and a particular group at that, that stand in the way.  But that little detail is left out– that is, until white televangelists takes center stage.  You see, they can discuss it.  The question becomes, will they?

Now, this is no slight to black televangelists.  The truth is, they cannot fully discuss the elephant in the room.  If they do, they are accused of whining, complaining, living in the past, displaying a lack of forgiveness (which is unbecoming of a man of the cloth) or, worse of all, race baiting.

But the fact remains that, in order to have this particular “enemy” (the one that has destroyed more lives than any red devil with a pitchfork) addressed, it is up to white televangelists to champion the cause!

As such, I’m calling loudly on white televangelists to publicly, openly and honestly discuss racism and its vestiges with their congregations!

I am calling upon white televangelists to speak the truth and no longer ignore or allow their congregants to merely be Sunday Christians who go on to terrorize their employees, coworkers, neighbors, etc. on Mondays.  No amount of “Hail Mary’s” should exonerate so-called Christians from their obligation to love, honor and respect fellow human beings (as it has done so in the past).

If churches and other religious institutions continue to ignore this elephant in the room, the church will continue to decrease in influence and importance in the ever decaying world we now live in.

I mean, why attend church, synagogue, mosque at all if you experience the same mistreatment there that goes unchecked in secular society?  What’s the point?

Can anybody hear me?

Contrary to popular belief, terrorism and the threat of terrorism are not new phenomena.  In fact, terror attacks are, in a big way, the very reason we’re speaking today.  Think about it, the fact that the United States of America is even a country is as a direct result of the invasion and conquering of other lands and people by European settlers, who then called them their own.  In the history books, this process is lovingly referred to as colonization.  At least, that’s what it’s called by the culprit.  Just for one moment, try to imagine how the peoples being invaded felt.  Imagine being attacked and decimated, having your families tortured or used for sport and watching your homes burn to the ground.  Imagine succumbing to diseases you had never even heard of due to being given infected blankets or injured by strange weapons never seen before.  I think we can safely assume that the individuals being colonized were not willing participants and did not view the process as a blessing.  Thus, battles ensued.  Blood was shed.  Lives were lost.

But more than the overwhelming loss of life was the loss of the culture of the inhabitants of the conquered lands.  Whatever ideals, religious beliefs or lack of religious beliefs, customs etc., that were a part of the conquerors’ world were now imposed on the remaining individuals that survived the physical slaughter.  I don’t think it is farfetched to say that these same citizens had to have experienced extreme trauma, major distress and mental illness after being forced to abandon everything they ever knew or believed on the threat of death.

Now, imagine this same scenario being repeated and played out from sea to shining sea.  The trauma imposed upon the conquered occupants who were oftentimes members of thriving civilizations before being colonized was completely ignored.   Honorable mention to the raping and pillaging that ensued.  But, depending on your vantage point, the success or failure of each mission changes.

Try to imagine conquered peoples having to live through and with these situations without reparations or apology!

Fast forward to today and the script is being flipped!  The former conquests are now becoming the conquerors!

For the first time in history, the colonizers are getting firsthand knowledge of the fear and helpless rage that their conquests have lived.  Now, the former master is being threatened, confined and controlled by forces who have a totally different belief system.  For the first time, the former conqueror is afraid…and rightly so.   After all, he is dealing with a rising group of people who believe that their way of life is both accurate and mandatory.  To that end, they are willing to kill or be killed.

The former colonizer finds himself unprepared to deal with this new threat.  So, amazingly, he solicits members of other societies that he previously colonized to take on HIS latest enemy.  By convincing them that they are being threatened as well, he feels that he can get them to be willing to die in his stead.

And why not?  He’s done it before!

He sends them to boot camps and other training camps designed to strengthen his cause.  He convinces those that he has consistently terrorized to assist him in terrorizing his future conquests.  He uses inclusive words such as “us” and “we” when discussing the threats  —  ones that are actually aimed at dethroning HIM!   Once graduated, the reformed members now use words such as “us” and “we,” seemingly forgetting that they were previously as much of a “they,” “them” and “those people” as their new enemies.  As such, they are now ready to die for a country that never even considered them human beings!

And then you have people like me.  As all this is going on, we’re here encouraging others to live by the words of Tonto when he addressed the Lone Ranger after the latter’s frantic statement that “they” needed to hurry to escape from the natives who were pursuing them.

Can anybody hear me?

Political Correctness…

What does it mean?

According to Wikipedia, political correctness in modern usage is terminology that is used to describe language, policies, or measures which are intended not to offend or disadvantage any particular group of people in society.

This sounds innocent enough but, what does it really do?

For me, political correctness is a destructive, unnecessary muzzle on the mouth of truth.  It inhibits anyone from speaking the truth to anyone else (regardless of substance) for fear of repercussion/ostracism.  Furthermore, it actually leads to the sort of resentment and disgust that mark the language it’s trying to curtail.

Think about it for a moment.

Does it promote education to be more tolerant of others?  No.  Does it teach the history behind the abuse or mistreatment of certain groups and explain WHY the statements are wrong?  No.  So what does it do?

It forces us to pretend and, if that isn’t enough, to provide fake comments/responses in all areas of our lives under the guise of not being offensive to others.  However, in the process, we offend ourselves and our beliefs.

Now, I’m not advocating that we have a free for all.  I’m not suggesting that we impose our personal truths, beliefs and choices upon everyone under the guise of freedom of speech.  To be clear:  Everyone has the right to govern their own personal truths, beliefs and choices.

Nevertheless, when these personal truths, beliefs and choices become the norm or mainstream, we have a problem.  And what’s worse is that if you don’t get on board with this madness, you become the problem.  YOU become the anti-social malady that needs to be removed.

When a country such as the United States purports that it is built on Christian principles and provides the Bible as the foundation on which it stands only to modify the teachings thereof to suit personal truths, beliefs and choices, this is not a sign of progress.  This is a mistake and “not” correct politically or otherwise.

Either the Bible is the Book that governs the lives of Christians or it isn’t.  You cannot have it both ways.  You cannot rewrite it for your convenience or to suit your lifestyle.

Don’t get me wrong.  Other religions and religious beliefs have a right to be.  The individuals who profess these other religions are tasked to adhere to the rules thereof just as individuals professing Christianity are tasked to adhere to the rules of Christianity.

Love them or hate them but, The Ten Commandments, from the Bible on which this country claims it stands, are clearly stated regardless of race, creed or color.  If you state that you are a Christian, you are tasked to abide by the rules.  Period.

Now, I’m not discussing things like smoking or drinking even though the drinking of strong drink/alcohol consumption is addressed therein.  Let your conscience be your guide.

I’m not even going to discuss racism and the vestiges thereof.  I am not going to bring up the murder of African-American citizens in the streets of the United States at the hands of law enforcement and any other citizens who deem them inferior to themselves. I’m not even going to discuss sexism at all.

That’s because there are other behaviors mentioned in the Bible that are clearly condemned and deemed an abomination.  One such behavior is homosexuality.

Oddly enough, no matter what these religions agree or disagree on, they all seem solidified on that subject.  To me, that implies something.  The idea that religions that are, in many cases, literally at war with one another can agree on this and other things speaks volumes.

Can anybody hear me?

Almost every time I turn on the news, there seems to be a lot of attention being placed on abortions. I mean, don’t get me wrong, abortion has always been a hot topic for a lot of people. Lately, however, even more emphasis is being placed on the “life” of unborn babies.

Folks seem to be picketing and marching more and more as well as petitioning Congress to establish rights for the unborn child at a rate that is truly staggering. They rally around the ideas that “life begins at conception” and “all life is precious.” On some level, I respect that. But…I have a slight issue with them as well.

You see, while all of the hoopla is unfolding, I can’t help wondering about the lives of “born” babies. You know, the ones born every day without further ado?

It seems that once the child is actually born, the picketers and marchers lose interest in them! Once out of the womb, these same babies can starve, receive minimal to no education, be jailed, murdered, abandoned and forgotten and no one will bat an eye.

In fact, it seems as though anyone that makes a fuss over those poor, unfortunate, post birth fetuses, they are labeled as apologists, troublemakers or bleeding hearts. And heaven help them if they begin marching or protesting again. Then, they become rioters, looters and “those crazy people you see on TV.” Why is that? Why is it so noble to protest for someone to be here but ignoble to protest for them to be respected once they are? And why does that make sense to so many people?

Why are people accepting of bringing children into a world that will only treat them as second-class citizens once they arrive? Why are so many people ok with the existence of a society that forces these former babies into low level, dangerous or violent work if they want to make a living?

Oops. I think I just stumbled on something there.

For all the arguments about Pro-life, Pro-choice, Pro-golfer, maybe the truth is that life isn’t precious so much as it is valuable. There’s money in it. Where else but the underclass can you hope to find suitable servants willing to work for peanuts? Where else will you find workers to complete the myriad of menial tasks that keep people from having to fend for themselves (e.g. cleanup and outdoor work)? Where else would you find soldiers willing to throw themselves in danger for the promise of a loan and a scholarship while failing to notice the constant stream of complaints from former soldiers towards the VA, and all the people asking for donations to help the wounded veterans that the government forgot?

Yes. With all the minimum wage positions that need to be filled, I can see why life is precious. But, make no mistake, some lives are more precious than others. Why is that? Can anybody hear me?

*This is a collaborative piece.

At what point does embellishment become plain ole, bold-faced lying? I mean, everybody lies about something or other and everybody embellishes a story at one time or another during the course of their lives but, at what point do we draw the line? When we do stop calling something a “little white lie” and just call it a lie?

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last month or so, you know that during one of his many news stories over the past twelve years or so, Brian Williams placed himself in harm’s way while reporting on violence abroad. Truth be told, he darn near placed himself on the battlefield!! Okay, that was clearly an embellishment (that word again), but there is a definite point to be made. If Mr. Williams had simply told his exaggerated story to his closest friends during one of their guess-whose-story-tops-your-story sessions then, no big deal. I mean, he would be the undisputed champion of his inner circle, but that’s about it. No harm, no foul.

However, to get on National Television and tell his story as part of an actual news report as well as to go on late night television programs and repeat the story becomes so much more than simply stretching the truth of a story between friends/frenemies! Going on National Television and telling his story as if a news-worthy fact is, plainly stated, a complete lie. Brian Williams was not embellishing a story to impress his inner circle. He was lying to the American public.

This is unacceptable on so many levels that I cannot even cover them all. As such, this action cannot be tolerated…no matter how likeable the perpetrator is!!

This becomes even more insane when you consider what happened with Dan Rather, who left CBS after some 43 years following his questioning the record of then President George W. Bush’s Vietnam-era service in the National Guard. It should be noted that Mr. Rather’s news story was, by all accounts, accurate. The question then must be asked: should Brian Williams’ lie be handled less stringently than Rather’s truth? Should telling a lie on National Television for the sake of personal pride be held to a lesser standard than reporting news in an accurate fashion?

Telling the truth vs Setting the record straight? Which is more important? Should Brian Williams receive a six month penance while Dan Rather’s contract was not renewed?

I think not!

And what of the others in the media who routinely lie to the American public, feeding them hatred and vitriol in the guise of ‘fair and balanced’ coverage? Should they not be removed as well? Or has lying become the new truth?

Can anybody hear me?

Since the Chris Brown/Rihanna fiasco, domestic violence has become the latest hotbed issue. However, before we even had a chance to fully adjust to Chris Brown being the “poster boy” for an issue that we all know is as old as time, enter Ray Rice. Now, the NFL has stepped in to demonstrate—in no uncertain terms—that it has a zero tolerance for domestic violence. So, even though the NFL is beleaguered with illegal drug use; alcohol usage and alcohol-related automobile accidents (some of which have resulted in fatalities); not to mention blatant acts of racism, domestic violence is the only social malady that they are apparently willing to address with fervor. Apparently, it is the only malaise that results in an indefinite loss of lifestyle…at least if you are a member of the NFL. Other sports such as Hockey, Baseball, Tennis, Soccer, etc., must not be troubled with such. Right??

For what it’s worth, I believe the media, the NFL and society in general have got it wrong. And in their error, they are sending the wrong message both to women and to men as well. As it stands, women (starting from little girls) are being convinced that they are the only possible victims of domestic violence. They are being told that they are not culpable, even if they strike the man/boy first. This is not only ludicrous, but dangerous. This creates a situation where women get all the benefits of equality such as equal pay, equal position, etc., with none of the accountability that men are faced with.

Let’s compare the situation involving Solange and Jay-Z with Ray Rice and Janay Palmer. According to TMZ, Jay-Z was assaulted by Solange in an elevator. The same source cited Janay as being assaulted in an elevator by Ray Rice. In Jay-Z’s case, we have no footage of him hitting Solange or even defending himself from her assault. However, in Ray Rice’s case, we see an altercation taking place. We witness a mutual exchange of words and blows between a man and a woman and not the plight of a battered woman fearful for her safety. We saw an angry woman approaching Ray Rice prepared for battle. What happened after that is debatable. Nevertheless, both situations were caught on tape. Yet, there was no outcry from TMZ (or anyone else) for Solange to be punished in any way for her actions. Jay-Z was barely even applauded for being a gentleman.

What do you believe would have happened if Jay-Z had defended himself, which, let’s not forget, he had a right to do? He would have been the bad guy! Why? If we are intent on punishing the aggressor, shouldn’t Solange or any woman be the “bad guy” if they decide to physically assert their position? Why are men held to a higher level of self-control then women? If men and women are truly equal, then women, just like men, need to be taught to keep their hands to themselves. Abuse is abuse. It doesn’t matter whether the perpetrator is male or female. Women should not be given a free pass to hit men just because they are angry. Apparently, this is where women draw a line in the sand regarding the need for equality. Instead of taking responsibility for their own actions, they want the right to hit men and have men’s lives destroyed if they return fire.

It has gotten so out of control that I heard Keyshawn Johnson, an NFL Analyst and former NFL player, state that even if the woman has a weapon, the man should just “take the weapon from her and not hit a woman under any circumstances.” Though some might find this quite chivalrous, I find it presumptuous, foolish and, quite frankly, chauvinistic. You may ask why I would say such a thing. In truth, some females are more equal to men than men would like to acknowledge. I don’t know about you but, I’ve seen some rough-looking female cops, wrestlers, bus drivers and construction workers, just to name a few. I don’t advocate trying to take a weapon from them. You may just wanna run for your life.

Bottom line: Everyone keeps their hands to themselves and no one, male or female, gets hurt. Now, verbal abuse? That’s another blog for another time. Can anybody hear me?

 

Though I have already touched on how people blame God for their living conditions in a previous blog “Born This Way,” I still have a few valid questions and/or comments. Why is it that African-Americans (more than any other Americans) are expected to understand and/or agree with Gay and Lesbian chosen lifestyles or else be considered a homophobe or even worse, somehow deserving of the racist treatment they receive at the hands of white America?

While we’re on the subject, why is the Gay Rights Movement compared to the Civil Rights Movement where blacks were being treated as sub-human and where human rights were being denied? Did I miss something? Are gays and lesbians being denied basic human rights? Freedom from imprisonment? Maybe that’s part of the confusion. We called it the Civil Rights Movement when it was actually a HUMAN rights movement.

I’m not saying that Gays and Lesbians should be denied the right to marry. That is a State decision and, quite frankly, people’s religious beliefs are just not relevant. But, I submit to you that being denied the right to marry and being denied the right to education, voting, careers, and even life itself at times is nowhere near comparable. I’m not saying that Gays and Lesbians should have to deny their lifestyles. They shouldn’t. But, the simple fact is, they could. Can blacks hide their blackness?

In other news, why are Gays and Lesbians given a pass to break the rules of the same Bible that was taught and referenced as the Book that this country is supposedly built on? Why are they given a pass to cite God as the blame for their situation as opposed to having to confess their sinful behavior as it is described in the Bible? They need to be treated just like the rest of us and ask for forgiveness and then change their ways to be in agreement with what the Bible dictates. Okay, you can argue that everyone does not adhere to the Bible. That is a matter of choice. However, if we are going to cite this book as sacred, then we need to cite it. We can’t keep citing it halfway, which is what we as a culture seem to do. In the United States, this book, the Bible, is considered sacred…except when it comes to homosexuality.

In fact, every other sin (murdering, lying, stealing, coveting, fornication, adultery, etc.) is held up to the light in the Church. Yes, I used the word “sin” since homosexuality is shunned in the Bible and called an abomination. So, if homosexuals are given a pass than every other sin mentioned in the Bible should be excused as well. Does that make sense? Well, it shouldn’t!!

What kind of world can we expect to live in if individuals who don’t wish to change their chosen lifestyles are encouraged as Gays and Lesbians are encouraged?   What if every sinner committing all manner of sin received encouragement? What if every sinner used God as their defense? Can’t you just hear it now: I can’t help but commit murder? I should not go to jail because God made me this way? It’s not my fault? The same could be said for thieves, liars, etc. In fact, every sinner would have an excuse not to change, not to be born again, citing God as the blame. Given this excuse, why should anyone change their ways or have to pay any penance since God supposedly made them this way? My point, either follow the Bible or don’t but don’t change the religion or redefine the text to conform to the opinions of a few. It either IS the basis or it ISN’T.

I must confess, I’m not a really big fan of psychology. I don’t so much mind the focus of psychology—that is, the mind. I guess it is the application of it that I take issue with. Specifically, I don’t like how it is being used today. It seems as though people are being convinced that they cannot move on with their lives unless they return to the past and deal with every single hurt, every single disappointment, every single person who hurt them, etc., from childhood. So, instead of working through their disappointments and coming to the realization that they, just like the people who hurt them, can also be the source of somebody else’s pain, they are constantly on a deep sea diving expedition for a treasure that doesn’t exist. In their attempt to heal their own hurt, they end up trying to force others to relive the past, trying to re-write the past or, worse, forcing people to be someone they are not and, sometimes, never will be.

This school of thought—this position—is flawed from the outset. True healing cannot be dependent upon someone else. Approaching your mother, your father, the bully at school etc., and telling them how you feel about them and/or what you feel they didn’t do or should have done etc., can sometimes put you in the position of being disrespectful, being disbelieved and could even lead to further hurt. Oftentimes, the individual who caused you so much pain has gone on with their lives, oblivious to the suffering they have caused. More often than not, they could care less about having caused you and/or countless others grief. Even if they do respond positively, now what?

In the long run, YOU were the one who was stifled, angry, and unable to move forward. By spending so much time focusing on a single period of your life, not only did the other person destroy that moment, but you allowed them to destroy the rest of your life as well. You have allowed it to go on into infinity. You have empowered them to destroy your entire life, making you culpable in your own deconstruction.

My suggestion? Take self-inventory, especially after particularly painful experiences. Decide what can be used in a positive way and discard the rest. Also, take self-inventory especially after particularly wonderful experiences as well. Be steadfast in recognizing when you are the culprit and not the victim. Try to fix whatever you break. Remember, none of us are perfect. We all get hurt and occasionally we hurt others – sometimes on purpose. Nevertheless, we all have to move on!   Move forward! After all, life is truly too short! Get yourself off of your mind! Focus on your purpose not your pain.

Can anybody hear me?

I cannot imagine how frightening it must be to be on foreign soil, with so-called fellow American soldiers, and be dependent upon them to have your back when, in reality, they don’t have your back when you are on American soil with them. I mean, how many of brothers in arms would be willing to stand up for you whatever your situation is? Are you discriminated against based on your race? How about for your sexual orientation? Gender? Upbringing or class? Level of education?   Yet, somehow, you are supposed to be convinced that these same individuals who persecute you in your land will stand up with you/for you in battle?

What must it be like to be prepared to fight and possibly die for a country that won’t allow you the dignity of life? You fight to spread freedom to the world, and yet struggle to obtain equality, an education, a job or even just the right to exist as you are in a way that would afford you a real chance at a happy life in America. Nevertheless, you joined the military either because there was little else for you to do with your life or because you truly believe in fighting for an ideal. You had a choice between the military or the drudge that your life had become! Then, for your participation in this low paying club of trained killers (who, at times, have complaints of not having proper gear to do battle with or to protect themselves), you are tasked to kill so-called enemies who, truth be told, have never treated you in the manner that you have been treated in by some of your fellow Americans.

The lucky ones who return from battle can return home to find that home no longer exists. How must it feel to return to a country that you defended with your body and your mind only to find out that you are homeless, desolate and forgotten? After all you have given to your country, your needs—medical or otherwise—are on the backburner. How could they do this to you? It’s simple when you think about it: they never intended you to return home…at least, not alive.

Here’s my bottom line, whether I or anyone else agree or disagree with your life path, your home should be maintained by Uncle Sam. You should have access to proper medication and counseling. You should be taken care of by the country that YOU have taken care of. Your uncle should not write you off because he thought and maybe even hoped you would die and he would never have to provide a home, quality health insurance, housing, educational opportunities, etc., for you.

Can anybody hear me?