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I understand this ladies anger. I understand her frustration. I wonder if the rest of you conservatives are as angry and frustrated? Let’s get rid of all the RINOs, as well as all the Socialist Leftists.

Jerry Broussard


By / 12 February 2014


Having grown up through the Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush years, it was always a safe assumption that the GOP was the party of defense. My godfather, active duty Air Force through the Clinton years, refused to speak ill of the commander-in-chief, saying charitably only that the man was his commander and so discussions regarding the president would remain respectful and civil in his presence. When I was active duty and Barack Obama was elected president, there were hushed discussions by the officers (and not so hushed discussions when they were at home) at what this could mean for the military.

How could we have ever suspected that it would be the GOP to betray us so? They tout military veterans like John McCain and Lindsey Graham among their ranks, and others who wear yellow ribbons on their lapels and speak proudly about how they support the military.

At the risk of sounding like my beloved brother-in-law, circa 2008, there is a big difference between supporting the military and supporting the military-industrial complex. It looks great to say how much you support the troops and how you feel their pain because you’ve deployed—until you realize that their “deployments” were only for a week or two, and that while they talk about how much they support the military, they’d much rather talk than act. But I suppose that’s a politician for you, right?

Politicians like John Boehner, who wanted to make it a choice between funding military pensions or raising the debt ceiling, instead of the option offered by Senator Kelly Ayotte, who would fund pensions by requiring social security numbers for children listed as dependents in order for their parents to receive tax credits. Politicians like the aforementioned McCain and Graham, who seem so eager to commit our military to conflict every time a third-world dictator sneezes funny. Politicians like Paul Ryan, who cut the pensions to begin with, in a budget that otherwise failed to balance or even reduce entitlements. Politicians like Orrin Hatch (the other best reason for term limits besides Mitch McConnell and John McCain) and Lamar Alexander, who voted with the Left to pass the pension cuts.

All GOP. All men who would insist they support the military. All who would never dream of even attempting to cut entitlement reform or pass actual, meaningful immigration reform, but who would take from those who sacrificed so much for their country.

It’s obvious that we can’t count on the Establishment GOP to reduce government size. It’s obvious that we can’t count on them to protect our military while providing real world solutions to reducing the military budget that don’t break our promises to our veterans. If these men are so committed to reducing military spending, why have so many of them advocated interference in Syria? Why aren’t they asking why our military is off in the South Sudan? Why aren’t they demanding an audit of the Pentagon? Why aren’t they looking into why locator beacons are failing in Air Force ejection seats, investigating the F-22’s issues further and demanding a halt to the way over budget F-35 project? Why aren’t they demanding our troops come home from Afghanistan and investigating whether we really need to keep bases open and fully staffed in the Middle East after we close down the SWA theater (because you know we’re not going to give up Al Udeid and Al Dhafra anytime soon)?

The Establishment GOP is so confident that they can win this election because those of us who do believe in the Constitution, smaller government, and liberty will have no alternative but to vote for them. They think they can disregard what America promised her military and raise the debt ceiling (as John Boehner is promising to do) and we’ll vote for them because they’re the lesser of two evils. I don’t know about you, but I’m a little tired of being taken for granted.

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About the author: Michelle Zook

A native Texan currently living it up in Utah, Michelle served five years in the Air Force as an Air Battle Manager, attaining the rank of captain. These days, she’s pursuing a MA Public Policy at Liberty University, learning the ropes as a military spouse, chasing two little ones around, staying caught up on the news, and trying not to meddle in her husband’s career. She’s a firm believer in states’ rights, the Second Amendment and individual liberties.


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