Sunday, November 10, 2013

Memorandum for Fellow Armed Forces Members


Subject:         An honorable remembrance on our designated day

1.    As we approach the dawn of a day to remember all veterans tomorrow, I hope you will join me in pausing for a moment to honor all our fallen team mates. I am sure you were close to one or more soldiers who are not here with us today, just as I am. Time can pass, but I can still recall the faces, the conversations, the sleepless nights and long days together in the field. I miss my fellow soldiers, those friends meant very much to me. They are resting in a better place, but they are never forgotten as long as we keep their memories in our hearts and minds.

2.    November 11, observed in the United States in honor of veterans of the armed services and in commemoration of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918. In 1954 it was renamed from Armistice Day and given the added significance of honoring veterans.

3.    We serve in the armed services, we raise our right hand and swear on our honor with our life to protect and defend the constitution of the United States. We take an oath, the most sacred promise of all. At the time of enlistment or reenlistment a soldier states ….. I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

4.    The Army officer’s oath states …..I, (your name), having been appointed a (rank) in the United States Army, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter. So help me God.

5.    In the army of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, the emperor or empress had a medal that was awarded to officers who, by disobeying orders, turned the tide and won important battles. In the US Military, of course, there is no such medal; this sort of judgment, wrapped within a full, disciplined understanding of the legal and moral impact of decisions, is expected.

6.    Let each of us spend a few moments tomorrow remembering the pride we felt as we proudly serve in our armed forces. No one, and nothing, can ever take that away from us. As we age beyond the time of our service, we can see that camaraderie cross service boundaries, binding together Marines and Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force alike. Let us NEVER forget, we are all in this together!


                                                                                Richard S. Riley
                                                                                CPT, MSC
                                                                                US ARMY - IRR

Saturday, November 2, 2013

ObamaCare and What is Next?

With the meltdown of the ObamaCare website and the realization that the program itself is a disaster, the question becomes what comes next?  It is a boon for conservatives to say I told you so, but this will only last for a short time before people tell them to stop gloating because they don't having anything better to offer.  If we truly want to turn this situation around the House needs to start pumping out alternatives to ObamaCare. 

The House needs to introduce tort reform, cross state insurance, and other workable solutions to further reduce cost and increase coverage. They need to figure out how not to punish the young and healthy, while covering the sick and old.  We need to incentivise coverage with Health IRAs, where you pay in like a normal IRA and get high deductable coverage while you build for your later years.  We need to stop struting around gloating and start providing alternatives that actually make real sense, otherwise the Democrupts will fix the website and we are stuck with ObamaCare. Which will quickly morph into socialized government run medicine because the Democrupts know they can sell the public anything and other side has nothing to offer.  That is something no one should every want.

I am also tired of the far right claiming the Tea Party. The Tea Party started out as a fiscal conservative group that has been hijacked by the far right.  I am a fiscally conservative, libertarian and fully supported the Tea Party from inception, but I am having a hard time doing so now because it has been wrapped up in a right wing flag.  I want to an end to wasteful bloated government.  If asked what I would cut, the answers is just about every thing and anything that isn't enumerated.  All these entitlement programs are nearly impossible to touch.

The truth is young don't give a crap about them because they know they will never see a dime.  The young are going to rise up behind a candidate that tells it like it is and says enough stealing already.  They have zero party loyalty regardless what the Dumocrats or Repuglicants say. They know that their time is running out and the boomers are going to start dying off, which leaves a bunch of very pissed off voters with a ton of bills.

We need to stop worry about who wins and loses the Washington game and start figuring out who is going to win the future of America.  Are we going to let the progressives keep driving us toward an all powerful all controlling state? Or are we going to stand up and slay this beast with logical solutions and that kill off sacred cows?

It is your choice America and it is time to stop gloating and get to work.  Strike while the iron is hot and fix this mess. Stop worrying about consolidating your power and work on fixing America.