Posted by tomsegel On January – 27 – 2010
Harlingen, Texas, January 25, 2010: There are an estimated 27 million men and close to two million women who are veterans or serving on active duty in the armed forces of the United States. They rank among the most patriotic of our citizens, are predominantly conservative in their political ideas and in recent years tend to be moving away from membership in either the Democrat or Republican Party. We sent a call out to those veterans who were now among the ranks of independent voters and asked them to tell us their concerns as we entered another national election year. They were asked to list and rank their top political issues. Though only the top three concerns were requested, most lists ran far longer.
This collective group of individuals named national security as their primary worry. Though it was followed by a variety of concerns about healthcare, excessive spending, the economy, high taxes and immigration there was no topic that garnered more dialog than the veterans’ observations that our entire national security effort is totally inadequate. It is not surprising that national security concerns were at the top of any veteran’s list. What was interesting, however, is that topic was the lead concern by three out of five respondents and appeared on seven out of ten lists.
Ranking their concerns in order of group importance, the veterans listed:
5. Excessive spending
7. Lack of honesty, honor and fiscal responsibility by Congress
8. Ear Marks
9. Term Limits
Charles Northington of Plano, TX is a veteran of the Army Air Corps and a retired Captain of the United States Public Health Service. He spoke of national security saying, “America and the world cannot allow Radical Islam to establish a caliphate or any other union of the Muslim nations. Such a union would guarantee another round of religious crusades in the near future. Also, we cannot allow international criminals such as the mafia or the drug lords in Mexico, South America, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East to literally take control of nations.
“America must develop means of stopping other nations and groups from supporting the Radical Islamist terrorist and the international criminals. Such programs must give some concern to relationships with non-radical Muslim groups or governments.”
Robert Pullease served as a Marine Staff Sergeant in Vietnam. He feels political correctness is eating away at our national security. “When you bend the rules to keep from hurting someone’s feelings you end up endangering and infringing on the rights of everyone. These are not disadvantaged people. They are law breakers.”
A twenty-year Navy veteran, John Billings says the main threat to our country is inattention to national security. “We need full time security”, he says, “This means NOT giving constitutional rights to terrorists and not having rules of engagement placed on our troops.”
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