Thanks for your service … sucker

What an evil way to start a blog. I will admit it that I am very distressed to do something with so much emotion attached to it. Frankly, it’s taken me a few hours to digest the thing that caused me to even consider writing this. But there are some times when you are compelled to do so and you have no choice.

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I live in Central Pennsylvania now and have enjoyed a quiet life style. On the one side of my community, the capitol sits with all its challenges. On the other is a community that struggles to define itself (Lancaster). The area has some conservative roots but it also has some emerging liberal roots. They both have their places in a cross section of America.

Today’s Lancaster PA newspaper had a “Letter to the Editor” which made me sit up and ponder the future of our country. I will not try to describe it. It’s probably better in the words of Ryan Killian of Elizabethtown PA.

“Little Trust in older Americans”

In response to I. T. Martin’s response to drafting the elderly for wars, I think his heart is in the right place but he’s a little naïve.

I miss my grandparents more than anything, but older Americans are more than a little responsible for the mess we’re in today. When Isaiah’s old enough to get a job where he works hard for a little money, he’ll start asking questions that will lead him to the nature of taxes and debt.

For decades, these people shipped jobs overseas, waged war after war and recklessly spent Social Security plus $15 trillion, turning the world’s top manufacturer  and creditor into parasitic debtor dependent  on people abroad for practically everything.

And now they want to us to fight more of their wars and pay off their debts while supporting them in retirement.

Enough is enough. If they want another war so badly, they can pay for it, too.

Ryan Killian, Elizabethtown PA

Wow. I do not know how to answer his letter. I really need some help from my fellow veterans.

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I have tried to find his address so I could talk to him directly. I have not had any luck so far. I am afraid of posting one that may be mistaken (like the one that was given for Zimmerman in the Martin Case.) Maybe he doesn’t actually live on Radio Tower Road in Elizabethtown Pennsylvania for instance but I don’t know. I am thinking about walking up and down that road tomorrow to find out for sure.


When I think of the friends I have lost, the men and women who gave so much to make sure he had the freedom to express his contempt for them, it makes me wonder what I should say to him if I ever run into him at the market.

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I think often of the men who sat in the gliders on metal seats as they drifted into the area behind the beaches of Normandy in the dark and wonder what fear they must have had. I really have nightmares about my predecessors on boats who were silently waiting for the depth charges to blow. I cannot even imagine the fear of being in a foxhole as bullets race past my head. None of them started that war or any of the ones I can remember. They did a great job finishing it though.

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I see the men who survived in the store sometimes. The one older guy today who had a faded US Navy hat on that walked past me on his way in. His walk was slow. His pride was not diminished. I thank and bless them all. They served and sacrificed their all for not only our freedom, but for complete strangers.

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Sorry we spent your inheritance kid. Sorry you will be inconvenienced to have to pay a few bills that foolish politicians spent to support those old geezers.

Seriously my friends. What do you think? Do you have any suggestions? What should I say to young Mr. Killian if I meet him?

Mister Mac

Oh, I almost forgot. Thanks for your service shipmates and friends. Happy Two weeks before Memorial Day. To my Dad and his generation: I am sorry we didn’t do a better job educating these scum.

9 thoughts on “Thanks for your service … sucker

  1. I guess we both had a rude awakening today, onlong the same lines. I looked around me and realized all the good blood that has been spilt for the people I see on the streets here in Columbus (and around the world). I also realized these people are not worth that high of a price. If Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and the rest of the gang could see what the American people have become in the last 20 years, I think they would have just paid the tax on the tea.

  2. I think you might be having a difficult time of it because Ryian’s argument has some elements of truth. We don’t like to admit it, but any serious student of history has to acknowledge that our foreign-policy mistakes contributed to our involvement in WWII (Japan). The same is certainly true in regard to Vietnam.
    The bottom line is I agree with both of you, at least to some extent. Decisions made in the moment with a flawed perspective will never stand up to history’s scrutiny where battles can be re-fought with perfect intelligence.
    The greatest generation did their best and it was pretty damn good. Their mistakes may have contributed to our current state but their successes are responsible for it not being worse than it is.
    Your argument is emotional. Ryan’s argument is based in his flawed understanding of history. you can’t fight with him because you’re not on the same battlefield. Say nothing to him other than to point out the certainty of youth is fleeting.

  3. Among males age 25 to 34, 19% live with their parents today, a 5 percentage point increase from 2005, according to Census data released Thursday. Meanwhile, 10% of women in that age group live at home, up from 8% six years ago.

    Get out of your parents basement, put down your game controller, get a job, fight wars when called upon (your patriotic duty whether you started them or not), pull your pants up, quit protesting everything you can think of, quit electing presidents based on color and more on substance, get off unemployment just because you don’t like the available jobs at the moment. But mostly quit your bitchin’ and do SOMETHING other than shooting off your pie hole about how someone else is responsible for all YOUR woes. Dam no-loads…..

  4. You, personally, don’t deserve a reply. Those of us who served did not plan to be real patriotic, or sentimental. It came with time. We first cried in th 60’s and 70’s when our brothers came home and were covered with feces and urine to welcome them home. You cowards should have done that to the politicians that killed so many of our young men and women. However, most of us will never regret our service. If you can listen to the “Ballad of Ira Hayes”; or read “Escape From The Deep” without tears in your eyes; then you have no soul. I’m sorry for you.

  5. Dear Mr. Killian,

    You blame the “old” people for the plight that is affecting our country. I would like to remind you that you have the right to voice your opinions because some patriotic folks fought for your right to speak openly in our great country. If you were so unfortunate to have lived in Iraq during Hussain’s reign, you might have been disemboweled and hung from a street lamp. It was common to drag people to death in an arena in Afghanistan who spoke against the state, you see, a public killing kept the other folks quiet.

    You have every right to be mad at congress. You see, they have for the last nearly 100 years continued to grow the government to well beyond what was intended by our founding fathers, and believe it or not, that’s why the constitution was drafted the way it was. The power was to be distributed to the people, not a “ruling class”. You have probably heard of the “Tea Party” and by the tone of your letter you hold them in the same contempt as the rest of the old folks.

    The Tea Party wants to return to limited government. They want you to hold on to more of the money you make, and for business to be able to compete fairly for your business. The constitution provides that the government has the responsibility to protect us from foreign enemies, and while you are disgusted with the wars, I submit to you the cost would be far higher if we fought those battles on Main Street USA. On 9/11 al-Queda brought the fight to New York. Our response was to take the fight to their so called homeland, and we did. The battle now is to see if we can leave it so that there won’t be a power vacuum when we leave. Do I wish the war was over, yes. Do I wish we didn’t have to fight it, yes. Do I believe it was worthwhile, yes.

    Young man, Our country is what it is today because a lot of old folks fought to keep it free. Rather than to curse them, I think a “Thank You” would do just fine. Here is a list of entitlements I think we could probably do without. I sense Mr. Killian you are liberal in your political views, so most of these programs can be traced back to the liberal politicians who want to make as many people dependent on government as possible.

    $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.

    $22 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

    $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
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    $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!

    $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

    $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
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    30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
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    $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.

    $200 Billion dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

    In 2006, illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances to their countries of origin.

    The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One million sex crimes committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States ..

    1. Holy cow! What an awesome response. Thanks for your thoughtfulness and for helping to so aptly portray waht has happened.

      This is worthy of a Royal Order of the Duck recognition!


  6. I agree with you and your respndents. The young man is obviously a product of public so-called education today. I’m pretty much on board with PN1 (SS) “But mostly quit your bitchin’ and do SOMETHING other than shooting off your pie hole about how someone else is responsible for all YOUR woes. Dam no-loads…..” Can’t find a job, quit bitch’n and invent one.


    1. I am thankful for all those who have served in defense of the country. I pray that young men like my nephews (subs, surfce, Coast Guard, Army) will continue to follow the path of patriots.

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