Veteran’s Day Hypocrisy | Sorry and Sad, not Happy

  • Posted November 11, 2013

Most conventional November 11th posts offer up a lame ‘happy’ and ‘thanks,’ but we’re going a different route. Part of this is because a web page doesn’t really do veterans all that much justice. But most of this is because we need to honestly call out all of the lip service and Veteran’s Day hypocrisy.

Those in government will no doubt pay the veterans ‘respect’ and hold nominal ceremonies on Monday. Yet, it was just a few weeks ago that the ‘Greatest Generation’ of veterans from World War II were locked out off their memorial. By the end of this post, I hope to raise awareness on a few other issues, and not say a hollow “thanks,” but a heartfelt “Sorry” to all the veterans.

Veterans March on Washington of 2013

mounted police then now | Veteran's Day HypocrisyRiot police, Mounted Police, humvee, dozens of police vehicles, helicopter with snipers, spotters/snipers on the White House roof… Sounds like a scene out of a movie, right? Wrong. That is just the response from the government towards a group of it’s military veterans. It wasn’t 1932, but the 2013 Veterans March on Washington also forebodes a dark story. The scenes from both of those years are ones we should remember during all the Veteran’s Day hypocrisy.

The Veterans March on Washington (2013) was in response to President Obama’s Department of the Interior order to close the nation’s parks. Upon realizing this specific fallout from the United States Government Shutdown, the House passed a resolution to reopen the National Parks. The Senate, nor President Obama would act on the resolution. Caught in the crossfire were World War II veterans, many of them wheel chair bound and physically unable to jump the ‘Barrycades.’

Reaching the end of their lives, they are embarking on the final opportunity to see the World War II Memorial, and pay respect to their fallen comrades. Honor Flight is the organization that make this all possible. However, with the Department of Interior continually barrycading the memorial, these men were shut out.

So ahead of Honor Flight’s Oct. 13 arrival in Washington, DC, a rally was planned. The 2013 Veterans March on Washington would see the people, many of them veterans, physically remove the Barrycades. This was the only action which allowed the World War II veterans to experience THEIR memorial. Inevitably, some of these Barrycades would end up at the White House, where they were likely conceptualized.

This event really helped illustrate where we are as a nation and further demonstrated Veteran’s Day hypocrisy.

  • Those in power are so petty as to prevent old men from accessing an area that, under normal circumstances, is open 24 hours with unessential staff.
  • The police are instructed to block roadways only for political reasons.
  • Veterans are viewed by the government as a threat.
  • Intimidation and provocation tactics are used on vets.

What about 1932?

Oh right, one of the forgotten episodes in American History. You know, the one where the military was ordered to “Charge!” it’s own veterans. The attacked vets (and joining groups) were known as the Bonus Army. The ‘official’ casualty total was 4 dead and 1,017 injured.

Excerpt taken from Wikipedia:

The Bonus Marchers, believing the troops were marching in their honor, cheered the troops until Patton ordered the cavalry to charge them—an action which prompted the spectators to yell, “Shame! Shame!”

bonus army | Veteran's Day HypocrisyMany people who were stateside during WWI made a higher wage than soldiers on the frontline. So in 1924, the veterans of World War I were finally awarded bonuses to make up for the wages they would have otherwise earned in civilian jobs. The caveat was that the certificates could not be redeemed until 1945. The Bonus Army was formed as the veterans of World War I were desperate to redeem their bonus payment ‘early,’ especially in the face of the Great Depression. And so the Veterans March on Washington of 1932 was the result. Whether or not you sympathize with their plight, the fact remains, the US Army attacked US Veterans. I doubt this episode will be mentioned during the Veteran’s Day hypocrisy.

 

Veterans Need Not Apply

Rumors of foreign troops on U.S. Soil, those in law enforcement who will break their oath, and then those in the prospective National Civilian Security Force are more examples of Veteran’s Day hypocrisy. These may be in the speculative stage for now, but it’s obvious that each can be used against veterans.

Rumors, Just Rumors

You may see rumors of DHS organizing 15,000 Russian troops for an emergency. We definitely have 15,000 of our own troops at home and abroad who can handle an emergency. There are more than 15,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who could enlist to help in an emergency as well. But a novelist might conclude that such a government would be anticipating an event in which their own military and veterans may not follow orders. I wonder what it means in real life.

chinese | Veteran's Day HypocrisyOr there is that other rumor of the Communist Peoples Republic of China Army being on the ground….. in the U.S.A.! This, of course, is for ‘simulating’ an ’emergency drill.’ The Nov. 12-14 drill will be centered around testing the resiliency of the power grid.

Conspiracy theorists or novelists might think that the Chinese could have spies who would be able to report on the weaknesses ib the United States’ infrastructure. Or others might even think that these troops could have some other nefarious intent.

Is this a good time to bring up President Obama’s purging of the military? Reportedly 197 officers in his 5 years? He isn’t executing them like Stalin, but the impact remains. The latest on the Purge (as of this writing).

But rest assured you fear-mongers, snopes.com has pointed out that there is no threat.

Just Following Orders | Oathkeeper vs Oathbreaker

execution poles | Veteran's Day HypocrisyAs was seen during the Veterans March on Washington 2013, the line is thin between the oathkeepers and the oathbreakers. Surely many of the law enforcement would have rather spent their Sunday somewhere else. However, ALL of them reported for work and followed orders. They were there to intimidate and provoke the veterans and protesters…..in my opinion.

If things got too testy, what force would they have been ordered to use? Would they follow the order? How many of them would even use force beyond the order as Gen. MacArthur?

In Hitler’s Germany, they were just following orders. In Russia’s Gulag, they were just following orders.

Obama’s National Civilian Security Force

That’s right! We haven’t forgotten the talk before the 2008 election. You know, the one calling for a civilian force that will be ‘just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded’ as the military.

With economic calamity approaching, this could be a very useful group, eh? Imagine a scenario where preppers, anti-tax folks, and the like, are actually deemed anti-government. We already see evidence of this happening in numerous memos. Would those who rely on government assistance to feed their families end up joining such a force? Would they hesitate to shoot on you?

In keeping with the lame government acronyms, we will call them the Special Homeland Internal Troops.

Current day

We see the government becoming more and more hostile towards it’s citizens and veterans. Through orders, bills, and propaganda; we even see some members of government labeling strict Constitutionalists as ‘terrorists.’ Does that mean the government is anti-constitutional? Well anyway, it’s interesting considering the openness for interpretation of things like the NDAA. Who or what constitutes the ‘terrorist’ of tomorrow is anybody’s guess. Are these the warning signs that the Jews failed to see before the Nuremburg laws….the Russian peasants before Dekulakization?

Is the Veterans March on Washington (2013) just a benign event where the government overstaffed? Was it’s lack of coverage in mainstream news, a news story itself? Was the government hoping for just one protester to overreact to the police presence?

Reality

In the face of the Veteran’s Day hypocrisy, it is a Happy Sad Veterans Day to all who have served.

Though we have allowed our government to attack/fire upon/kill you, we believe to make up for it with a worded “Thanks!”

Though we didn’t appreciate your sacrifice in Vietnam, we will sport a flag lapel pin in your memory.

Though we allow your veterans programs to be underfunded, we will still raise a flag in your honor.

Though we ignore your dozens who commit suicide DAILY with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, you can feel good knowing that we will wear a camo ribbon for you this week.

Instead of Happy Veterans Day, maybe it should be Sorry Veteran’s Day. So for at least one day, this website will take the time to say sorry to the veterans. I only hope that this post will raise some awareness, because it definitely won’t serve enough justice.

ACTION during Veteran’s Day Hypocrisy

While all the Veteran’s Day hypocrisy is going on this year, you can apologize to the vets by considering a donation in their support. Below are a few groups of which I have no connection. You can research additional organizations if you are so compelled.

If you know of anyone who may suffer from PTSD, clicking HERE may be a good start.

Thunder Road Film – An epic war drama for a defining generation that Hollywood is too afraid to make.

Helios Warriors – Provides therapies to ALL veterans. specializing in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or military sexual trauma.

Pets For Vets – Pairs dogs with America’s veterans who could benefit from a companion animal. (especially those with PTSD)

Honor Flight –  Helps every single veteran in America, willing and able of getting on a plane or a bus, to visit THEIR memorial.

Defending the Blue Line – Actively works to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey.

Forgive us for the Veteran’s Day hypocrisy. Oh look! There is a sale over there!

Sorry veterans.

With God’s Will.

-T