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Monday, February 12, 2018

U.S. Olympic athletes Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy making it clear that they only want to represent the gay community.

Link: Gay Olympians continue to insult Vice President Pence and the American people.

In the Spring of 2017, when Donald Trump selected former Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his Vice Presidential running mate, Democrats and liberal Republicans immediately started digging for anything in Pence's past which could be used to score political points.  I recall that one "discovery" in particular infuriated the all-powerful Gay and Lesbian lobby in the Democratic Party hierarchy.  Someone re-reading every one of Pence's speeches, dating back thirty years to his time in the Indiana State Legislature, had uncovered a quote which they chose to interpret as an indication that Pence supported a medical solution to "curing" Homosexuality.  (The speech was written in 2000).  When asked about the quote, Pence claimed that it had been taken wildly out of context, and in all honesty, when I read it, I can understand his frustration.  The radical left and the LGBT agenda has no place for accuracy and truth, as long as they can edit and infer their way into a media controversy.  After a few weeks of dissemination by the media, the story basically disappeared, at least until President Trump announced the Vice President Pence would be leading the official U.S. delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

As soon as openly-gay U.S. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon found a microphone pointed in his direction, he did his level-best to insert politics into the 2018 Olympic Games.  Didn't we get enough of this during last year's NFL season?  Will be obliged to endure special-interest group politics at the Olympics, disrupting Team America's effort to represent all Americans on the international stage?  Rippon announced to the world that Vice President Pence did not represent him (Rippon), and referred to the above-mentioned questionable quote.  Not to be outdone, another openly-gay U.S. Olympic athlete, skier Gus Kenworthy, released a photo on social media showing Rippon and Kenworthy in an embrace, and included the quote, "eat your heart out, Mike Pence".  Kenworthy, who makes Narcissus look positively humble, loves to remind everyone that he and Rippon are "proudly representing the LGBT community".  Please correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't U.S. Olympic athletes supposed to represent all Americans?  Do you recall a U.S. Olympian announcing to the media that they "proudly represent Christian-Americans"?  What about Vegetarians, or Libertarians?  Cancer survivors?  Wounded warriors?  No, none of those.  Instead, we get the ubiquitous LGBT community, which continues to tell us that Gays and Lesbians in the United States are in dire need of protective legislation, as we are lectured to by two Gay U.S. Olympic athletes, gay marriage is legal, every television program in prime time has at least one gay character, and for the second-consecutive year, a film about "Gay Love" is nominated for an Oscar.  Am I the only American suffering from "LGBT-fatigue"?

My message to Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy is simple.  I don't care about your sexual preference.  I spent my life fighting for your right to be whoever and whatever you want, and I realize that its important for you to always be referencing your sexuality and sexual identity- but for the vast majority of us, it just not that important.  You both have made it very apparent that you don't care about the non-LGBT population of the United States, which is your prerogative.  The Olympic teams have been chosen, and you both are favored to win a medal.  Regardless of the outcomes, though, you might be surprised at how few real folks have any interest in your achievements.  The LGBT community continues to preach about inclusion, and yet it does everything it can to stand apart.  Adam, if I'm wrong, and you do represent all Americans, say so.  Ken, remind all of us back home what it is you miss about America, when you have to travel so much to compete professionally.  Take a page from the playbook of the greats who have gone before you, and don't purposely alienate half of the United States with your political perspective.  I want to root for you and for Adam, because you have been given the distinct honor of marching behind our flag, and wearing our colors, as representatives of the greatest country the world has ever known.  If you don't agree with that statement, then you should have the personal integrity to step out, and let an alternate compete.       

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

How much longer is this nonsense going to continue?

In 2003 and 2004, I served in Iraq as a CIA Operations Officer.  The focus of my career was intelligence collection, so when I learned that former soldier Bradley Manning was serving in Iraq as an Intelligence Analyst for the U.S. Army when he committed treason, I couldn't help but feel a professional connection to the story.  In 2010, Specialist Manning leaked over 750,000 sensitive and classified documents to WikiLeaks, an online organization that is dedicated to publicly disseminating classified material.  There is no doubt in my mind that some of the information leaked by Manning eventually compromised sensitive operations and contacts.  Its very possible that people were thrown in jail or even executed after their confidential association with the United States was disclosed in the documents leaked to Wikileaks.  It's impossible to exaggerate the seriousness of his actions, and probably just as impossible to gauge how much damage was done.  The US government does not classify information without justification; it is vital to protect the identity of persons who provide us with valuable national security intelligence, and just as important to keep secret the details of military operations.  Unfortunately, our history includes a number of persons who have chosen to betray their country.  In 1953, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed after having been found guilty of leaking information on our Atomic Energy program to the Soviet Union, and former CIA Operations Officer Aldrich Ames is serving a life sentence for providing secret information to the Russians.  I fully expected the U.S. Army to adjudicate Manning's Court Martial with the seriousness that his crime demanded.  Actually, Manning managed to avoid a life sentence, as the Court, while convicting Manning of seventeen charges, chose to acquit on the charge of "aiding the enemy", and decided that a thirty-five year sentence was appropriate.

Following the Court Martial, I looked forward to no longer hearing about Bradley Manning.  Sadly, the drama was just beginning.  When the story first took hold, the media latched on to the image of  homosexual Manning trying to survive bullying by his fellow soldiers.  Could the stress and pressure of daily harassment been part of the reason he chose to commit treason?  Eventually, homosexual Manning morphed into transsexual Manning, which made him even more of a victim in the eyes of the media and the left.  I still have problems reconciling myself to the reality that following his conviction as a traitor, the U.S. Army paid for prisoner Manning to have gender reassignment surgery.  Who made this decision, and why?  How can anyone justify using taxpayer dollars to address a personal problem of a convicted traitor?  And yes, it is a personal problem.  Anyone who is unfortunate enough to suffer from gender dysphoria is suffering from a personal condition.  You and I can be sympathetic if we choose, or ignore it all together.  Either way, its still the personal problem of the individual in question.  How can the U.S. Army justify paying for this procedure?  The US taxpayer wasn't responsible for Manning being born in the wrong body.  Instead of taking it up with the Joint Chief of Staff, Manning should have addressed his issue to God, who, from my perspective, is the only one responsible for the original decision.  If and when Manning decided to have the surgery, there seem to be plenty of wealthy celebrities who support his situation.  How about THEY pay for the surgery......

Regardless of my opinion on the matter, the US Army paid for prisoner Bradley Manning to become prisoner Chelsea Manning.  The circus didn't end with Manning's transformation.  Before leaving office, President Obama decided to spit on the persons whose lives were destroyed by Manning's actions by commuting his sentence.  Today Chelsea Manning is a free woman, with, no doubt, a nice million-dollar contract with a New York publishing house.  Two weeks ago Manning took to social media to brag about being named a "visiting fellow" by Harvard University.  Following criticisms from many influential and respected persons with connection to Harvard University, the decision was made to rescind the honor.  I wonder if the taxpayer can get a reimbursement for the sex-change surgery that we funded?

While we suffered through the Bradley/Chelsea Manning drama, something else was occurring involving the US military.  Soldiers were being prosecuted at an alarming rate for decisions made during battle, a disturbing and unprecedented event in the history of the Armed Forces.   Just as the Obama Administration has attempted to paint the law enforcement community as being infected with bigots, it has also gone to great lengths to prosecute members of our Armed Forces, most of the time on questionable evidence.  All the while, many veterans were facing one difficulty after another trying to get treatment.  Its obvious that President Obama was opposed to both the conflict in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan.  But his opposition is a political issue, and I find it reprehensible that he never took real action to assist our veterans as they returned from overseas deployments. Its not just an issue of the heroes who return home with terrible injuries.  The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have left many soldiers dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD).  We haven't done nearly enough for these men and women who went to war, putting themselves in harm's way, to protect our freedoms and way of life.  I'm pleased that a real effort is underway to fix the problems at the Veteran's Administration, and that long-awaited treatment is becoming more readily available, but we must do more.  We have to be diligent regarding the mindset that the previous Administration adopted, including the marching orders given to the Justice Department and the Pentagon, encouraging the domestic prosecution of our soldiers.  I can't think of anything more shameful than these heroes being obliged to defend themselves at home, after defending themselves against terrorists day-in and day-out during overseas postings.