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ELECT VETS TO CONGRESS—IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

 

By Attorney Rees Lloyd
October 31, 2014
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Wonder why America has been transformed from world leader to its present degraded state in the progressive liberal Era of Obama? Military. com reports: "Veterans In Congress Could Fall To The Lowest Level Since Word War II."

Veterans and other patriotic Americans are witnessing the devolutionary "transformation" of America sought by a progressive liberal President and Commander-in-Chief, Barack Hussein Obama, His Great Incompetence, who never served a day in military service and who, confronted with war by Muslim terrorists and tyrants, has been "leading with his behind" from one feckless policy failure to another.

It is a "transformative" decline wrought by Obama in a period in which patriotic veterans who were once numerous in House and Senate have been replaced by elitist non-veteram progressive liberals who consider themselves "citizens of the world," as does Obama, himself. While paying rhetorical "lip service" to "our veterans," these elitist progressive liberals sneer privately and sometimes even publicly at veterans and other American patriots -- "clinging to their guns and religion," as Obama infamously put it -- and, indeed, smugly sneer at the very ideas of "patriotism" and of American exceptionalism in the 21st Century.

As the progressive liberal policies of Obama have been negatively transforming America, only 106 veterans are presently serving in the 535-member Congress. Now, Military. com points out that "[t]he number of veterans serving in Congress could fall to the lowest level since World War II depending on the results of [the Nov. 4] election."

The decrease in the number of veterans in Congress has been dramatic since the 1970's. "During that time," Military.com reports,"Congress was made up of many members who had served in any of three wars -- World War II, Korea and Vietnam. There were 80 veterans in the [100-member] Senate from 1973 to 1975, and 347 in the [435-member] House from 1977 to 1978. The highest number of veterans recorded was during the 95th Congress in 1977-1978 during which 77 percent of the members had served in the military, according to the Pew Research Center."

"Today, there are 18 veterans in the Senate and 88 veterans in the House of Representatives," Military.com reports, "and there are fewer than 200 veteran candidates for Congress in the upcoming election."

"What difference does it make," if veterans and not progressive liberals are serving in Congress? as might be asked by self-declared progressive liberal Hillary Clinton who seeks to follow Obama as President and Commander-in-Chief in 2016.

Military.com notes: "The declining number [of veterans in Congress] is significant as fierce debates in Congress continue over the size of the military, the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), mitigating sexual assault, and reducing military suicide rates."

And what about the VA and its scandalous failure to properly provide to veterans the benefits veterans have earned? Can any veteran, or any honest American, for that matter, doubt that it would have made a difference in acting swiftly and effectively to remedy the appalling scandals of the Veterans Administration bureaucrats in the six years of the Obama regime if it had been veterans serving in House and Senate instead of progressive liberals sharing Obama's progressive liberal agenda and priorities, which do not include veterans, as is proven by Obama's deeds in office, not his occasional lip-service to veterans?

It must be remembered that a central promise Obama made in campaigning for the Presidency in 2008 was that he would remedy the failures of the VA which he at that time acknowledged as scandalous. Once elected, Obama not only did nothing to oversee the VA and remedy those bureaucratic wrongs, he pretended he didn't even know about the VA's failures until he read or heard about it from the news media in 2013, after his election to a second term in 2012.

The lip-service to "our veterans" of Obama, Harry Reid in the Senate and Nancy Pelosi in the House, and the progressive liberals who elected them to leadership in Congress, are manifestly belied by their deeds, most inescapably in the VA scandals -- which must be remedied as more and more veterans are coming home with the wounds of war.

"When they need veterans, they get veterans; when they don't need veterans, they forget veterans," as has been sagely stated by former Vietnam War combat Marine Terry Tracy of Los Angeles, based on his almost twenty-years experience as former American Legion Department of California Service Officer leading efforts to have America's promises to its veterans for their military service actually performed and fulfilled, not rhetorically noted and forgotten.

More broadly, the difference it has made to have fewer veterans in House and Senate and more self-declared progressive liberals, is the difference between an America as the world's leading and most powerful nation and an America in rapid decline.

That difference is exemplified by the choice presented in the race in the 50th Congressional District in So. Cal (San Diego). It is, ironically, a District which is heavily military, but, through apathy or otherwise, has sent a progressive liberal to Congress for multiple terms.

Thus, the 50th California Congressional District incumbent is a non-veteran, certified progressive liberal who has lemming-like followed the failed polices of progressive liberal Barack Obama, and is guaranteed to continue to do so if re-elected.

But she is challenged this year not by another career politician making empty promises, but by a genuine combat veteran and proven patriot, Larry Wilske, a 30-year, now retired U.S. Navy SEAL.

Which one is likely to defend America and not aid-and-abet in America's continuing decline and devolutionary "transformation" at home and internationally? The certified progressive-liberal politician, or the proven patriot protector of America, the veteran, the 30-year Navy SEAL, Larry Wilske?

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The same question is relevant in Congressional elections all across the country: Given the record of devolutionary "transformation" of America sought and wrought by Obama in the White House and his fellow progressive liberals in Congress, which candidate in the 2014 Congressional elections is likely to defend veterans, the American nation, and freedom -- progressive liberal politicians, or veterans whose willingness to sacrifice to defend veterans, America, and freedom, has been proven not by mouthing liberal platitudes, but by their military service?

It is an important question; and the answer on November 4 will most definitely make a difference.

(For more information on SEAL Larry Wilske, and other proven patriotic combat veterans endorsed by the Combat Veterans For Congress, with commentary by CVFC founder Capt. Joseph R. John (USN, ret.).

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Rees Lloyd, a one time ACLU staff attorney, is the co-founder and director of the Defense of Veterans Memorial Project of the American Legion Dept. of California, and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.

A longtime civil rights attorney and veterans activist whose work has been honored by, among others, the California Senate and Assembly, and numerous civil rights, workers rights, and veterans rights organizations. He has testified as a constitutional expert at hearings before the U.S. House and Senate representing The American Legion.

He has been profiled, and his work featured, by such varied print media as the Los Angeles Times and American Legion Magazine, and such broadcast media as ABC's Nightline and 20/20, Fox News In The Morning, and, among others, by Hannity. His writings have appeared in a variety of national, regional, and local newspaper, magazine, and other publications. He is a frequent radio commentator, and a sought after speaker.*

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Which one is likely to defend America and not aid-and-abet in America's continuing decline and devolutionary "transformation" at home and internationally? The certified progressive-liberal politician, or the proven patriot protector of America, the veteran, the 30-year Navy SEAL, Larry Wilske?