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VETERANS, HEROES, AMERICA PAST AND PRESENT

 

 

 

John W. Slagle
May 29, 2006
NewsWithViews.com

On Memorial Day, and every day of the year, I remember our Military Veterans, past and present, as well as American citizens and Legal Immigrants that have made our country a nation with pride and civil responsibility. Many have died but will not be forgotten.

It appears that many people across the United States are confused regarding our politically correct society and politics in general. As one of many “baby boomers” whose father was killed in World War II, I remember well the history of this nation. Five Surviving uncles who served in Germany to military battles on Iwo Jima returned home after the War. All were Midwest Farmers and in their absence from 1941 to 1945, the women within the family harvested the crops, took care of business and raised children. Many women worked in Defense plants building aircraft, vehicles vital for the military.

Victory gardens were grown, gas rationing was in effect and scrap drives produced materials needed for the War efforts. My mother and millions like her worked in shoe factories to manufacturing plants across the nation, long hours with very little pay to support the War effort. Military Troops were appreciated supported 100 per cent despite gas rationing and other personal sacrifices, people believed in the leadership of the U.S.and a world war that would end all wars.

Those were very hard times for most Americans, and people had to get by as best they could. There was no government assistance or a social welfare system at that time.

A boxed American Flag and a Gold Star Certificate for our Veterans Killed in Action was a sad fact of life for families across America, yet families did not “Curse the United States” for their loss. They all had a universal Love of Country and Pride in their nation.

I’ve been very fortunate to know many heroes in my lifetime, men and women of the “Greatest Generation.” These people after World War II established the finest national industrial complex in the world. Achievements in science, technology to manufactured goods was a standard of excellence for the United States of America and the world.

Factories produced clothing to everything needed in society and exported their goods at a profit. Quality Steel, Aircraft, Cars, Tools, furniture everything was proudly marked Made in the U.S.A. by Union workers. Wages, job security enjoyed by “blue collar employees were envied by governments worldwide. Citizens and Legally admitted Immigrants were gainfully employed and there was no task Americans could not nor would not do. Everyone worked that wanted to work from Agriculture, Industries to technology. Higher education and college was a universal goal for most young people in the United States.

Republicans had a core base of GOP principles rarely violated and Democrats were considered the “Working Man’s Party” who represented the laborers, unions and all Americans. Both political parties were very effective in establishing the United States as a law abiding nation, a Sovereign nation where anyone could earn a fair wage regardless of race, creed or color. Immigration from other countries were always beneficial, productive with most striving to become naturalized citizens. Many naturalized citizens served in the military and lost their lives in Korea and the Viet Nam era.

The Outsourcing of American jobs, Industries are now a matter of fact for the Republican Party in 2006. The loss of American jobs by both outsourcing and importing cheap foreign cheap labor is of no concern now to either party as long as votes and corporate interests are assured.

National Sovereignty is meaningless as is dependence upon China for all of our needs, clothing to electronics. Our Borders and respect for Immigration Laws are non-existent in Politics. Rarely is anything Made in the U.S.A. If the item is found, it’s probably an Antique. Hammers, nails, shoes, flags, every item necessary for society is foreign manufacture in 2006 most from Communist China, a now politically incorrect term.

Through the years I have also seen many items stamped “CHICOM” that are quite personal. These were on the receivers of AK-47s, SKS rifles used by first NVA soldiers, then Terrorists, Drug cartels to Organized Gangs. Being on the receiving end of a 7.62x39 round fired by a CHICOM imported AK-47 is not a good place to be in any scenario, law enforcement or civilian.

George Putnam, a World War II Marine LT. with 70 years experience as a journalist, radio broadcaster is another true hero who has known Presidents to Kings, Movie Stars to maintaining contact with the pulse of the nation and the American people. I'm very honored to know Mr. Putnam whose voice reverberated across the news reels in the early Silver Screen Saturday Matinees of my youth and decades later as a radio guest.

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Mr. Putnam recently stated… “It’s time to get back to American Values, American made products, self reliance, and end up with good old American common sense.” “It’s time to return to the message and morals of that great old film, The Best Years of our Lives.”

In memory of the Greatest Generation on Memorial Day, and those before them that made this nation Great in War and Peace, you are remembered. God Bless our Troops and those that have “fallen” in defense of our country, past and present.

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John W. Slagle is a U.S. Navy Aviation Veteran, Commercial Pilot, Multi-Engines rated and was a Firefighter, Engineer Lt. prior to United States Border Patrol service spanning 30 years. Duties included Agent/Medic, Special Tracking and Rescue Unit, Intelligence Officer, Sector Pilot to Criminal Investigator.

Slagle spent 12 years in undercover operations nationwide as a Special Agent, Anti-Smuggling Operations involving organized human trafficking, narcotics, certified Master Gun Smith and second degree Nidan black belt Goshin Iaido.

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In memory of the Greatest Generation on Memorial Day, and those before them that made this nation Great in War and Peace, you are remembered. God Bless our Troops and those that have “fallen” in defense of our country, past and present.