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What Mark thinks – A veteran’s viewpoint.

May 27, 2016

Mark is 82 years old. Well, at least his body is; his mind is still about 30.

People like Mark have lived a life that anyone born after 1980 cannot even comprehend.

Mark was eight when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. He remembers his parents sitting around the radio and a “really bad feeling” filling the house. He remembers being scared without really knowing why.

He remembers that his mother couldn’t make cookies sometimes because she didn’t have a ration coupon to buy more sugar, and of being glad his father only had one eye, because it meant that he wouldn’t have to go fight in the war.

He remembers sitting in the local theater and seeing newsreel pictures of lots of dead soldiers, although he can’t remember what nationality they were. He remembers that pictures of Auschwitz made him physically sick.

He remembers registering for the draft in 1952, getting called up in ’53, and being relieved when the Korean War ended before he had to go over there.

He remembers getting orders for Viet Nam in 1966, and being spit on when he rotated back to the states in 1968. He remembers re-upping because the military felt more like home than his country did.

He  remembers 9/11, noting that more people died that day than at Pearl Harbor, and wishing that he could still be a soldier so he could try to make things right again.

He remembers the good things too. The day he finally saved up enough to buy his used 1948 Ford F-1 pickup, and when he got his very own TV. He remembers the day he got his teaching certificate, and the hundreds, maybe thousands of kids he taught about American history. He remembers the days his children were born, and how proud he was when we went to the moon. He cheered when the “Miracle on Ice” happened at the 1980 Olympics,  and he campaigned for Ronald Reagan.

At 60, he retired from teaching and started his own home remodeling business, eventually combining it with house-flipping. He finally “really retired” just four years ago.

When Mark has an opinion on politics it isn’t based on tweets, political propaganda, or scripted campaign rhetoric.

He gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “been there, done that.”

Asked about this year’s election and the news that Donald Trump has apparently clinched the nomination with several states still left to vote,  Mark had this to say:

I believe that Mr. Trump means well. I think he truly believes that he can make America great again. Given what’s available on the other side, people will vote for him.

 Right now, he’s a visionary. If he can transition from that to being a good leader, he might be the right person.

He’s the face of a political mutiny. Whether it or he succeeds is going to completely depend on how good a staff he puts together. Wars aren’t won by just one general. They need good staff officers and soldiers.

The bad guys today live among us, and they look just like you and me. The left has  been recruiting and training people to be government subjects for 40 years. Why do you think they con  these kids into getting thousands of dollars in debt to the government before they even have a job?  Why has the war on poverty created an army of people that literally can’t survive on their own?

None of the political elite of the time thought Ronald Reagan would make a good President, but he did. I pray that Mr. Trump does the same, because the alternative is just too bad to imagine.

If he does win, just remember this. In the end, it will be the citizens who make it work, just like it has always been.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could clone Mark?

From → op-ed

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