Veterans watched country they served decay

Oct. 26, 2013 at 5:26 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

I look back on the pride and confidence I had for our commander in chief in 1943 when I volunteered for military service. My generation had reason to respect and honor our congressional leaders, many of whom left their comfortable Washington berths to volunteer. That respect has departed except in rare cases.

My contemporaries served with pride and honor in WWII and many of us in Korea and during tragic times of the Vietnam conflict. We respected our government. Now, the few of us still active have seen the government turn us away from memorials as we see our former respect turn to awe then disrespect and, for many, fear.

Americans in foreign lands are killed by terrorists while the government sits idly by; our porous borders are penetrated by illegals who, once ensconced, are rewarded with food stamps, cash, medical care and other benefits paid for by taxpayers.

Our government has provided weapons to foreigners who have used them to kill Americans while the IRS targets those with whom the administration disagrees.

Like many other combat veterans, I decry the orchestrated movement toward government control of our thoughts and actions and recognize the socialist movement for what it is.

The actions, away from the very basics of our constitution, call for recognition and response by every American and give new emphasis to my prayer "God help America."

John Caldwell, Goliad



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