The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Beloved Country

Off in a dusty outpost, at the other end of the world, we often flew our flag. At that time, many of the Afghan’s still believed we would save them from the Taliban, the flag was a reminder to us of what we would do for our beloved country.



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The Daily Page Weekly Photo Challenge for Beloved: First Smitten

Writing out his first Valentine card.


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Treasonous Democrats and the Cult of Trump


Monday, February 5, 2018, President Trump declared that Democratic lawmakers who didn’t stand and applaud during his State of the Union address the week before as un-American and treasonous.

Specifically, “They were like death and un-American. Un-American. Somebody said, ‘Treasonous.’ I mean, yeah, I guess, why not.”


“Can we call that treason? Why not.”


He made the remarks during a speech at a manufacturing plant in Ohio, which followed the general self-reinforcing and self-aggrandizing style of many of his campaign rally type speeches he gives in areas he knows already support him.

I served my country in the U.S. military for 22 years with deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and for Operation Desert Storm. I have debated with myself on the necessity of effectiveness of the wars and even my part in the military-industrial complex, but I have always understood who and what I served.

“…I will support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic…”

I served under George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. I never and was never asked to swear allegiance to any of them. United States Senators and members of Congress take the same oath.

Treason: “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason…”               from the Cornell Law School website

So, which presents a greater danger to the United States as a democratic republic; a president who requires a cult-like allegiance to his person, especially in public displays, or the lawmakers who felt strongly enough about certain issues or statements during the address that opted to not stand and clamp for part or all of his address?

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