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VETERANS AWARE – March 18, 2014


“All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.”

  — Edmund Burke


This quotation was made by an Irish statesman referring to the coercion of the American colonies, by corruption, extravagance, and reactivity that characterized the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Lord North’s, foreign policy for dealing with the American colonies.  As if in answer, the colonies launched a war against Great Britain that lasted six years, and against all odds, the United States of America was born.  Despite a long career in British government Fredrick North, the 2nd Duke of Guilford, KG, PC, will always be known as the man who lost the colonies.


This quote was spoken by the current President of the United States, Barack Obama, in the final days of his successful campaign to be re-elected in 2012 as Mitt Romney seemingly brought the outcome to a toss of a coin.  Whether the evil was President Obama’s re-election or Mr. Romney’s defeat is an ongoing topic of heated debate.


In my capacity as a Readjustment Counselor I spend a lot of time listening to our combat vets talk about how there’s got to be something better for American troops to do than bleed out on foreign soil; like liberating Detroit, East St. Louis, or finish rebuilding New Orleans or the east coast.  It’s as if vets feel that America is still being tyrannized by Lord North and Mr. Burke’s statement has transitioned from an ominous warning to a way of explaining what happened to “of the people, by the people, and for the people…”


It’s all a self-inflicted wound folks.  “Duck Dynasty”, “The Real Housewives of Orange County”, and “American Idol” have taken the place of block parties, band performances in the park, and attending political speeches or city council meetings.  We produce somewhere around a 25% turnout at the polls on election days, in a good year.  Sadly most of those 25% vote for the candidate who their favorite celebrity stumps for, has the most skin or fear in their televised ads, or is the pretty or wittiest.


We need to TIVO the television programs and get in the streets.  We need to find out how the politicians feel, personally, about issues by asking the hard questions; forget the “politically correct” answer.  We need to inquire about the values of the candidates, not their image, because they are making decisions for YOU!  If you had to introduce a candidate to your best friend and all you knew is that the candidate is running for office, you’re lazy, crazy, or both.


So are you going to get up off of your couch or are you going to do nothing?  Every elected office and every elected official has to face us in the next six years, a huge number of the “Washington Establishment” face us this year!  If you don’t choose someone evil may choose for you!


Bruce Solomon

Readjustment Counselor, V.A.

St. George Utah



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