This is not a post to glorify war, it is ugly in so many ways and it doesn’t need explaining. This is as my observation of our American history with some personal perspective.

Our founding fathers went to war not because they loved war, they tried protesting the oppressive British rule and laws being imposed upon them, without representation, and were brutally attacked. They were treated as less than equal people of the assigned rulers of the day in the colonies. We know what they did to try and form a more perfect union and they came up with one of the greatest, if not the greatest liberty producing document of all time, the Constitution of the United States. Oh it needed some amending and as time went by the proper rights and freedoms were granted to all Americans.

It was this amending process built into the Constitution by the framers that helped to abolish slavery. We still had work to do as a nation but progress, ever so slow, has happened despite what many critics and purveyor’s of race baiting will tell us. So many went to war and died on both sides during the Civil War but in the end our nation remained intact.

As tyranny across the globe became commonplace, it was our American spirit in blood and sacrifice that helped to save Europe during two world wars and many regional conflicts prior to the forgotten war, the Korean War. This was around the time progressive politics began to bend the will of the American public, weary of war and the sacrifice that went along with it. We would continue to draft young, mostly impoverished American men through the Vietnam era. We still had the truly brave young men that volunteered but when the conflicts became incoherent and the loss of life seemingly indiscriminate with no real end in sight protests erupted and brought our men back to a disillusioned American public that treated them terribly.

What brought this post to mind was while watching the first episode of the HBO miniseries, The Pacific, an early scene of a young man being told by a doctor that he was sorry, the murmur is still there. The man was distraught because he wouldn’t be able to go and fight against the Axis during World War II. We have seen a similar sentiment from our young people after the 9/11 terrorist strike in New York but nothing as fervent, patriotic and widespread as what occurred after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, drawing America officially into that war, a war that inspired the greatest generation.

So this post is not to glorify war, it is to put a spotlight on the American mindset that has changed dramatically over the course of history. When I enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1987 it was for several reasons including the pride I had in America, a chance to learn a trade, get a college education and leave the city when it had become difficult to secure solid, dependable work and raise a family. Within three years I was put into a position to be sent to war, I said goodbye to my young family and had time to ponder my decision on enlisting in the first place while awaiting transport planes that would not arrive that evening. We were sent home and awaited recall the next day. I ultimately did not go and spend eight months in the desert but it was this incident that solidified my patriotism and love for the founding of this country. I never wavered in my decision although I did lose respect for several members of my unit because of their cowardly efforts to stay behind. It is not a love you can equivocate to the love for your spouse, children or any beloved family member. It is different and it hurts to see people hate this country and promote fundamental change or worse, support an avowed socialist or a deceitful, scandal ridden candidate to further deteriorate the Constitution and discredit the efforts fought for in our founding.

In the end we will become what a majority of Americans want this country to become and I fear it is diametrically opposed to the founding. Hopefully the American people can become literate in the brilliance that was brought forth in the founding documents – the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and not a wave of refugees from foreign lands that could care less about our founding principles so perfectly enumerated in those documents that were amended and polished to create a more perfect union. Does it mean we are perfect? No it does not, but education and tolerance for minute differences among us may help future generations that are far removed from true heroes that paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our great nation.

Published by Stephen Mickulas