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Cause To Worry About The President

6I can vividly remember the assassinations of the 1960s that seemed to take-out everyone intent upon changing the American status quo. People, particularly white American’s, often use the old-adage today much in the same manner they did then, with statements like “what is the problem” when it comes to the issue of race, safety or basic human rights. The short answer is a simple one – “white privilege”! Yes, I know the usual response is “we had nothing to do with the wrongs of our forefathers.” I would accept that; if they did something to correct some of them or were not the beneficiaries of a system their forefathers established to protect their descendants!

We have seen outcomes in recent times where obvious and clear murder of black men in a number of cities around the country and heard the responses from white America; most of which are armed and seem to think it was the fault of the black men or boys killed. They go to great lengths to raise money and showed their support for the murderers, while on the other hand, when the bigot in Nevada and his gang of armed thugs stood down the government law enforcement authorities. They called it “Freedom of Speech”! Yet, the police put forth a militarized response against the peaceful protesters in Ferguson as if it was Bagdad!

This brings me to my concern for and safety of the first African American president to which the president, who has alluded to his own racial experiences. More to the point – in light of the recent and continued missteps from the law enforcement agency whose “job” it is to protect President Obama; we should be very concerned! I cannot remember where a protection force “let” people into White House virtually unimpeded or allow to be close as seen in recent events, as we have seen with this president.

Let’s put this in context historically; “they” killed President Kennedy, Dr. King, Malcolm X, and others. Yet, we learned this week that a man was allowed to stand beside the President Obama with a gun on his person in an elevator. This president, as reported, has received more threats against his life than any other president in history. Why, because he is black!

The republicans in congress have slashed budgets so drastically that has caused unreasonable cuts with regard to the agency assigned to protect Mr. Obama and his family. But they continue to dog him for the Bengasi situation, which was also the result of republican budget cuts. It is very interesting how they complain about the deficit while not providing the monies for the president’s protection.

However, in the interest of “war” the money is found and put forth to execute it immediately. It is reported that the new front in this never ending war costs around two billion dollars a day on top of the trillions spent over the last dozen years or so that we a know about.  Not to mention, these are the same people who involved America in the “so-called war on terror”, meaning the ill-fated invasion into Iraq, Afghanistan, as well as any other conflicts all over the world.

Now, moving to the present, the Secret Service is getting much-deserved chastising for an armed felon roaming free in the White House and the fence jumpers incidents. More serious are the leaks of President Obama’s travel schedule to then GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and a congressional imposter getting into an area where the President was at a Congressional Black Caucus function. The actions of what seems to be a JV-team responsible for these breeches cost the director her job and ignited cries for a total overhaul of the service. This is notwithstanding, a vote of no-confidence in the agency’s proper protection of the president, which might just be only the tip of the iceberg in assessing the peril to Obama.

The Secret Service has other woes on top of the at times sloppy way it has handled Obama’s security; namely staffing and being understaffed and under-resourced. The recent lapses also prompted a spate of complaints from unnamed Secret Service agents of overwork, low morale, and fear of job security; all of which has reportedly come from within. This is a recipe for disaster and it shows from the number of debacles!

If you can recall, there were major errors in the protection of Kennedy that day in Dallas by those charged with guarding his life. Yes, changes were made after the fact. There maybe some, but I do not want this president harmed or killed, nor his beautiful family, for something to be done to correct problems of protection that is so clearly suspect. It is shocking that not only have these incidents occurred but the agency failed to make mention to the president until it was reported in the news.

My prayers are with the president and his family because it appears that he is in great peril. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Bring The Troops Home


We often hear our leaders and politicians, particularly Republicans, talk about freedom of speech. My question is when are they going to make sense and begin to talk about this thing called reason. This article is one that I hope will cause you to consider such reason and logic as it relates to the quagmire of these WARS that, frankly, we cannot win and let your voice be heard. Say LOUDLY, if you support the troops – BRING THEM HOME – all of them.

I am extremely passionate about this topic because I speak from the perspective of someone who has carried an M-16 and have experienced war. In addition, my patriotism is validated by the Veterans Administration via compensation as a victim of war though a classification called disability. So I am not one who sat on a beach, did not serve honorably or one who watched it on the news from the sidelines talking about protecting America.

I can recall back in the day there was a popular song, “War”, recorded by Edwin Starr that had a poignant line that asked, “What is it good for? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.” I concur with that sentiment wholeheartedly as someone who went to the land of the little people, as we use to call it – Vietnam. One of the fallacies then was “we were winning the war”. I never came to that conclusion being a live witness to that debacle, as history tells us it was. The reason for that war was suppose to stop Communism. Today, the reason, if it remains the same for more than a week, is to stop extremists. Sound familiar?

I don’t profess to be as smart as those charged with administering the war in Iraq or Afghanistan but what I do know is this: “you cannot conquer a people who are unwilling to be conquered”. For thousands of years many mighty nations have tried and all have failed, which is why Afghanistan is called the “Graveyard of Empires”. Our army is no doubt the mightiest army the world had ever known, yet these ragtag groups of guerrillas are beating us with slingshots. By that I mean, they have nothing but what they can carry to use against us.

I concluded that we are strangers in a place in which we do not understand the lay of the land or the people, and like Vietnam it is an untenable situation. We have lost too many lives and it is time to bring our troops home – NOW.

Over the years, there have been policies that have proclaimed wars on this or that. For example, in the 1960’s President Johnson proclaimed a “War on Poverty” and today there is more poverty than it was then. Nixon proclaimed a war on “Cancer” and today there are more forms of cancer than ever before. Ragan declared a “War on Drugs” and today there is a larger drug problem than ever before. Bush declared a “War on Terror” and today, eight years later, no end in sight. So I say, when they declare a “War on something” little success is achieved. I suppose its good propaganda but in these cases there has been no victory.

Let me close with this thought. The money that is spent on these wars in one week could solve the staggering unemployment crisis, which is near 10% and for African American’s it’s more than 15%. If we look closer, more than 50% of African American youth and nearly 50% of African American men are unemployed. The number of people in American without health insurance is near 50 million and growing. The infant mortality rate is off the charts and America’s percentage of people infected with HIV compares too many Third World countries. Then there is homelessness, healthcare, crime, and hunger right here in the US of A.

We need to end stop wars and use those tax dollars being spent on it here at home. So if you support the troops like I do, then bring them home.

THE JOHN T. WILLS CHRONICLES


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