When A Soldier Comes Home

Something to consider the next time you pass a soldier in an airport terminal, or anywhere else.  Reach out your hand and thank them for their service and their sacrifice.

The content below was sent to me in an email from a Vietnam veteran who I’ve known for the better part of 12 years. Regardless of what you might think of the Commander-in-Chief, never forget that these men and women volunteered to do military service. They volunteered to preserve our country by serving our country in the most dangerous of circumstances. They, and their families, deserve your thanks, respect, and support.

When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard….

…to listen to his son whine about being bored.

…to keep a straight face when people complain about potholes.

…to be tolerant of people who complain about the hassle of getting ready for work.

…to be understanding when a co-worker complains about a bad night’s sleep.

…to be silent when people pray to God for a new car.

…to control his panic when his wife tells him he needs to drive slower.

…to be compassionate when a businessman expresses a fear of flying.

…to keep from laughing when anxious parents say they’re afraid to
send their kids off to summer camp.

…to keep from ridiculing someone who complains about hot weather.

…to control his frustration when a colleague gripes about his coffee being cold.

…to remain calm when his daughter complains about having to walk the dog.

…to be civil to people who complain about their jobs.

…to just walk away when someone says they only get two weeks of vacation a year.

…to be forgiving when someone says how hard it is to have a new baby in the house.

The only thing harder than being a Soldier…

Is loving one.

I was asked to pass this on and I will gladly do so. Will you???

NPV And The Electoral College

Every once and awhile, like when Republicans defeat Democrats for president, there is a call to get rid of the Electoral College. There is a name for it, NPV, National Popular Vote. It is a scheme to circumvent the Constitution without laying a pen to it.

Since the 2000 U.S. presidential election, there have been many ill-informed calls to abolish the Electoral College. Even before that contentious election, there had been more than 700 proposals introduced in Congress to amend the Constitution to change the Electoral College—more than on any other topic.

The latest scheme, the National Popular Vote (NPV) plan, is bad public policy. The NPV plan would:

  • Diminish the influence of smaller states and rural areas of the country;
  • Lead to more recounts and contentious conflicts about the results of presidential elections; and
  • Encourage voter fraud.

The NPV plan also strikes at the Founders’ view of federalism and a representative republic—one in which popular sovereignty is balanced by structural protections for state governments and minority interests.

Get ready for the next salvo from Democrats in Washington, Big Labor, and the Occupy Everywhere bunch should Obama lose the 2012 election.

Link: Destroying the Electoral College: The Anti-Federalist National Popular Vote Scheme