This quote has been making the rounds lately and I wanted to take some time to post it and spread it around a bit myself.
“No citizen can be secure while our peace forces are subject to murderous attacks in the street. No officer can be expected to perform his duty at a high level which the public properly expects of him if he must be continually apprehensive that even his most routine activities will bring him face-to-face with senseless and unprovoked gunfire. This deadly violence is wholly indiscriminate. Any policeman, at any time, has become a target for a killer, and this is plainly intolerable. Any person who commits an armed assault on a police officer will be hunted with every resource available to this Department. We will not conduct business as usual while a would-be cop killer is loose. I call upon all citizens to consider clearly what effect impassioned rhetoric condemning all policemen may have on the desperate or deranged. A climate of hostility that equates policemen with animals is unquestionably in my view encourages the possibility of lethal violence against the men who are sworn to provide safety and justice for all our citizens and who, with very few exceptions, live up to this duty.”
– NYPD Commissioner Patrick Murphy, 1970-1973
“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”
– Jose Narosky
As our combat veterans have returned from overseas, more awareness is being placed on their medical treatment or some would say, “lack thereof.” These medical issues have led to headline stories concerning Post Traumatic Stress. Some like to call it Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But I don’t subscribe to the notion of it being a disorder. It’s not about what’s wrong with you. It’s about what happened to you.
On this Veterans Day I wanted to pay remembrance to all our veterans by re-posting a quote from Lt Col Dave Grossman’s concerning the psychological impact of combat.
“Swank and Marchand’s World War II study noted the existence of 2 percent of combat soldiers who are predisposed to be “aggressive psychopaths” and apparently do not experience the normal resistance to killing and the resultant psychiatric casualties associated with extended periods of combat. But the negative connotations associated with the term “psychopath,” or its modern equivalent “sociopath,” are inappropriate here, since this behavior is a generally desirable one for soldiers in combat. It would be absolutely incorrect to conclude that 2 percent of all veterans are psychopathic killers. Numerous studies indicate that combat veterans are no more inclined to violence than nonvets. A more accurate conclusion would be that there is 2 percent of the male population that, if pushed or if given a legitimate reason, will kill without regret or remorse. What these individuals represent – and this is terribly important point that I must emphasize – is the capacity for the levelheaded participation in combat that we as a society glorify and that Hollywood would have us believe that all soldiers possess. In the course of interviewing veterans as part of this study I have met several individuals who may fit within this 2 percent, and since returning from combat they have, without fail, proven themselves to be above average contributors to the prosperity and welfare of our society.”
I’m not a psychiatrist and I’m not writing this post to come to any concrete conclusions about the “why’s” and “how’s.” I’m using this Veterans Day more to make you think about what exactly the combat veteran has gone through, what they have seen, what they have done and what they are bring back home with them.
Happy Veterans Day. Thank you.
Happy Veteran’s Day to all the veterans out there. I heard the poem below narrated in a video and transcribed it here. I don’t know who wrote it, but I found it fitting for today.
It is the Warrior, not the poet who has given us Freedom of Speech.
It is the Warrior who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag and whose coffin is draped by the flag.
It is the Warrior who is the POW who went away one person and came back another or hasn’t come back at all.
It is the Warrior who are the drill instructors who have saved countless lives by turning average individuals into Warriors and teaching them to watch each other’s back.
The Warrior is the parading Legionnaire who pins on medals with a prosthetic hand.
The Warrior is an ordinary and extraordinary human being who offered some of life’s most vital years in the service to their country and who sacrificed life’s ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice their own.
It is the Warrior, a savior, a sword against the darkness who has nothing more then the finest, greatest testimony to and behalf of the finest and greatest nation ever known.
The below is a quote from this Wall Street Journal article (linked above) on the US Government’s calendar for payments due. Go read the whole thing as it’s quite interesting how there is no default coming on Oct 17. In fact, we don’t have a payment due till Oct 23 and it’s just $12B. The President know this, the members of Congress who shout about a default know this and many in the media know this. They have been lying for weeks about it.
“Oct. 31 is also the last date of CBO’s range for when the government would still have cash available to keep paying bills.” Per Wikipedia: “A default is the failure to pay back a loan.”
I guess it depends on whether you view Social Security payments as paying back a loan or not. Even if you do, there is money to cover these “loan repayments.” Either way, the $30B President Obama and Treasury say we have will last us till Oct 31 without missing any payments. In other words…….No default.
I wonder why this article doesn’t show receipts the government is taking in? It only talks about when payments are due. If the government brings in receipts to cover that Nov 1 payment, we can be good till Nov 14. Are the closed non-essential parts of the US government money generating departments? I have no idea. If so, I think they should be re-opened so they can start generating some money to pay for Nov 1.
Then, President Obama could finally take credit for having a balanced budget.
In honor of this Memorial Day I have chosen to remember 1st Lieutenant Deming Bronson, United States Army. On September 26, 1918 he was assigned to H Company, 364th Infantry, 91st Division in France. 1st Lieutenant Bronson was taking part in The Meuse-Argonne Offensive.
He was 24 years old.
“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy. On the morning of 26 September, during the advance of the 364th Infantry, 1st Lt. Bronson was struck by an exploding enemy hand grenade, receiving deep cuts on his face and the back of his head. He nevertheless participated in the action which resulted in the capture of an enemy dugout from which a great number of prisoners were taken. This was effected with difficulty and under extremely hazardous conditions because it was necessary to advance without the advantage of cover and, from an exposed position, throw hand grenades and phosphorous bombs to compel the enemy to surrender. On the afternoon of the same day he was painfully wounded in the left arm by an enemy rifle bullet, and after receiving first aid treatment he was directed to the rear. Disregarding these instructions, 1st Lt. Bronson remained on duty with his company through the night although suffering from severe pain and shock. On the morning of 27 September, his regiment resumed its attack, the object being the village of Eclisfontaine. Company H, to which 1st Lt. Bronson was assigned, was left in support of the attacking line, Company E being in the line. He gallantly joined that company in spite of his wounds and engaged with it in the capture of the village. After the capture he remained with Company E and participated with it in the capture of an enemy machine gun, he himself killing the enemy gunner. Shortly after this encounter the company was compelled to retire due to the heavy enemy artillery barrage. During this retirement 1st Lt. Bronson, who was the last man to leave the advanced position, was again wounded in both arms by an enemy high-explosive shell. He was then assisted to cover by another officer who applied first aid. Although bleeding profusely and faint from the loss of blood, 1st Lt. Bronson remained with the survivors of the company throughout the night of the second day, refusing to go to the rear for treatment. His conspicuous gallantry and spirit of self-sacrifice were a source of great inspiration to the members of the entire command.”
I’ve been waiting a while to post these responses to give all my representatives time to respond. It appears that I am not going to get any more than what I have so I’m putting up this post now.
As a reminder, I wrote letters to all three members of my Congressional delegation, all three members of my Idaho State Legislature and the Governor of Idaho. Here is that original post. I have received responses back from all my Congressional representatives and only one state legislature, Rep Mark Erpleding. If I get responses back from any others I will update this post. But since they have had a month now to respond and have not, I don’t expect any. I’m not sure if that’s normal or not. But I’m sure they are either busy, don’t agree with me (thus ignore me) or…………whatever reason one can come up with. Not sure how a local representative can be busier than a Congressional representative, but what do I know?
The letter I was most impressed with was from one of my local representatives, Rep Mark Erpleding. He sent me a copy of a blog post he wrote on the topic as his response to my letter, but he attached a hand written post it note along with it. Here is a link to his blog post. To me, that shows a little more than a passing interest in his response. And even though he may not completely agree with me, as his letter states, he took to the time to respond and explain his position. I respect that. I appreciated that response.
I’m always cautious when I read letters or emails from people and they quote this stat or that stat, or this percentage of people do this or that and the writer doesn’t source those findings. Rep Mark Erpleding has some stats in his letter without linking the source of those numbers. The reason I like sources is it gives credibility to the numbers and also allows the reader to proof them to see if they were arrived at in a reasonable manner. Granted reasonableness is in the eye of the beholder, but at least the reader can research it themselves.
I scanned all the letters into a .pdf for myself, but I don’t see a way to attach .pdf to this post so these are all photos of the letters.