Bergdahl...Pawn or Traitor? Let the military decide

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Op-Ed

So the circus starts.  Without allowing he or his family a moment of privacy or a meal together, or even so much as a welcome home hug, all of the 'experts’ in the blogosphere, some of whom never even heard of this until yesterday, are starting to chime in with their two cents, hoping to be able to claim bragging rights that they "knew all along,” "said before,” and "blah, blah, blah” as the court of public opinion once again rears its ugly head.

I don’t know the specifics of how and why Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl managed to get himself captured, or even if he did simply walk away, turned traitor and switched sides as some have and are suggesting; and to be completely honest, for right now, I don’t care.  What I’d like to see just for a week or so is that he and his family be offered a little dignity, privacy, and respect, and be allowed to have some time together to be thankful that he’s okay and home safe. 

As I have been saying since I first knew of his case years ago, all of the possible desertion stuff and the ugliness around it, which except to those who haven’t been following this case, is by no means new information, is a separate issue.  The first and most important thing was to get him home safely and reunited with his family.  Then, if the government has a case showing wrongdoing on his part, he can and should be charged and tried based upon whatever evidence they have.  If he is found to be a traitor of some sort, so be it; he will be given the proper punishment

However, as a caring American Citizen, Patriot, and the dad of a soldier, all I want to know right now is this; is it asking too much to allow the Berdahl’s a chance to be a family again just for a few days?  Can we not let them rejoice in his safe return before we throw down the gauntlet?  Let’s face it; he’s not going anywhere anytime soon that we won’t know about…that is to say, he does not pose a flight risk.

All of my regular readers know where I stand on such matters.  Just the other day, I discussed my angst at Speaker Boehner calling Edward Snowden a traitor.  Not because I think Mr. Snowden is or isn’t, but because I believe that our leadership has and does commit highly treasonous acts on a daily basis without repercussions.  It’s a ‘look in the mirror’ thing for me.

As far as Sgt. Bergdahl is concerned, let’s leave him alone for a week, allow an investigation to be conducted, and then, if there is sufficient evidence to suggest that he’s done wrong, I’ll be one of the strongest voices for him to face the music and pay the penalty.

Treason is the most serious of offenses.  It puts our country and countrymen in danger, and it cannot and must not be tolerated anywhere.  However, we cannot allow our government to simply hand pick who they deem as such to advance their political agendas, while ignoring the ongoing treason at the highest levels.

At very least, let’s give the guy the benefit of the doubt and not try this in the court of public opinion before Bowe has a chance to tell his side of the story.

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Boehner, "Edward Snowden a traitor;" The Pot calling the Kettle black

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Op-Ed

"Edward Snowden is a traitor to our country,” "he damaged our ability to keep Americans safe here and abroad.”  “No other word describes him other than traitor.”  So spoke Speaker of the House John Boehner yesterday with cameras rolling.  When I heard this, I was taken aback for several reasons. In the first place, it doesn’t really matter which side of the hero/traitor fence you find yourself on regarding Edward Snowden.  

What I find galling is that anyone in the House or the Senate has the gonads to call anyone a traitor. Let’s start with the meaning of the word; most dictionaries define 'traitor’ thusly:

"a person who commits treason by betraying his or her country.” 

That is to say, a person who causes by act or omission something very bad to happen to his or her country.  That is the label that the US Speaker of the House is laying upon Edward Snowden.  

My questions to you Mr. Speaker, based upon your statement, "…damaged our ability to keep Americans safe here and abroad,” are as follows: 

How is it that you and your colleagues…

…sit by and allow POTUS and his un-elected minions to devastate our military? 

…allow him to turn his back on and insult our allies while appeasing our enemies with money and weaponry?  

…allow our borders to continue to go unchecked with thousands of people including countless OTM’s crossing every day?  

…allow our dependency on foreign energy to grow at an alarming rate?   

…have allowed the overall criminally abysmal treatment of our veterans even before this latest VA tragedy?

Why is nothing done… 

…to secure the immediate release by the Taliban of the only US POW in the Afghan war, S/Sgt. Bowe Berdahl?

…when members of the muslim brotherhood are given positions of high authority in areas critical to our national defense?  

…about the out of control wasteful spending which continues to go unchecked with our debt ceiling continuing to be raised?

…to stop the lingering threat the ACA poses to our economy and health care industry?

…about the total incompetence in every area of government including Congress?

But for space limitations, there are so many other important questions I could add to this list; however every one of them weakens us and “"damages our ability to keep America safe here and abroad,” and they are all directly or indirectly National Security issues.

So Mr. Speaker, my final questions and statement to you today are as follows: 

How is it … 

…you find it so easy to stand there and point the easy, distracting finger at Edward Snowden?  

…none of the leadership in DC offers anything more than lip service to the issues stated above?  

…you all took the same oath to "protect and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic” while these conditions exist and thrive in the corrupted waters of DC?  

Mr. Speaker, Edward Snowden may and may not be a traitor; however the way many millions of patriotic Americans, including me see it, by allowing all of what I’ve listed above and so much more to continue, you Mr. Speaker, and the vast majority of your colleagues and cronies on both sides of the aisle are the real traitors!  

With rare exceptions, in the name of political expediency and getting re-elected to your cushy, do nothing, part time, wallet fattening jobs, you all turned your collective backs on We the People long ago.  

The same We the People that have been descending on DC by the millions!  The same WTP that say NO to the way you are trying to run roughshod on cattle ranchers and all of our rights!  The same WTP that are sick to death of our government allowing God to be removed from our schools and public venues.  The same WTP that are tired of seeing our precious Constitution shredded!!  

You’re all laughing at us Mr. Speaker, however I’m here to say that We the People are waking up to you and your colleagues; we’ve had it, and we are not going to put up with it any longer.  You and they are on notice!       

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Tremors of evil in Oklahoma

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Op-Ed

Does anyone with even half a brain still think humanity isn’t on a path straight to hell?!  I wish I could say this was a first; however, it is not, and it is certainly not the last.  There is an infamous, if mostly unknown, statue to the enemy of mankind in Madrid, Spain which has been there since the 1880’s. The placement of that mostly forgotten edifice, only a flutter of an eye in time for the spirit realm, was merely cracking the door ajar a bit. However, it is significant given the 'new’ mindset of many in the culture. 

On a daily basis, we see the work of satan.  Christians and others, tortured, burned alive, beheaded, and enslaved around the planet.  We see violent crime of every type on the rise; rape, murder, pornography, pedophilia, and the list goes on and on.

We are seeing more and more of the thinking that satan and the dark side is cool.  As a perfect example of just how far society is falling, look at the recent display at the Grammy’s.  Among other things, the hosts, (CBS) thought it would be a great idea to allow Katy Perry to perform what amounted to a satanic, illuminati ritual right on stage. 

That 'magical’ moment was just the latest in a long list of depravity aired on television.  It reminded me of something that a friend of my mother said well over fifty years ago during a visit.  We were in the living room, and I don’t recall if we were watching it or not; but he looked at the TV and casually stated that it "was the devil’s eye.”  At the time the comment meant nothing; but I never forgot it, and over the years I’ve learned to fully comprehend and agree with it.  It is one of the most efficient tools the great deceiver has ever had at his disposal.  

By now you’re probably wondering, what in the name of hell, (pun intended) am I talking about?  In case you haven’t heard about this very under-reported story, a satanic temple in New York is demanding that the State of Oklahoma allows a seven foot statue of the great deceiver to be constructed and placed next to or at least nearby the display of The Ten Commandments inside the Oklahoma Capitol.  

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Florida Dems say YES to sharia

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Op-Ed

Is it just me or are Democrats, (and RINOs) at every level of government hell bent on the destruction of our country?  There is an endless list of examples that I could cite, however this issue just got into my craw today.

We have a lot of serious problems in our nation, and without a doubt, some are more important than others in their scope.  However, few reach the level of the formerly stealthy and now blatant, out in the open, islamization of our culture.  I know some will write this off right here and now because of that last statement as some sort of "islamophobic” something or other, but to quote my friends over at Bare Naked Islam.."It isn’t Islamophobia when they really are trying to kill you.”

This week the Florida Senate finally, after many years, brought the issue of anti-sharia Law to a vote on the Senate floor.  Due to the influence of such political hacks as former Senate President Mike Haridopolos who in one of his infamous final acts in that post refused to allow it on the floor, in part due to pressure from CAIR and other similar groups, such bills have previously been stalled, laid dormant, and otherwise not heard.  Allowing this bill to be voted on would have certainly improved his legacy in the minds of a lot of people, myself included.  Kudos to FL Sen. Alan Hayes for never giving up on it.

Simply put, such bills are designed to ensure that no foreign law of any kind, and especially 'sharia Law,’ which in case you don’t know is the thread and fabric of islam, should ever be used in any American Court…regardless of the preference of the parties involved.  This is after all America and we have a perfectly good Constitution of our own.  

I find it stunning that any elected official, sworn to uphold and defend that Constitution would somehow find it okay to vote against any bill that would prevent the imposition of any foreign law. However, enter the liberal democrat mindset!  The recent Florida vote wound up a strict partisan vote which I believe shows exactly where these cowardly fools stand.  Not a few, or even only a half dozen, but every Florida Senator with a 'D’ after his or her name, voted NO on this bill. 

Some of the reasons offered are stunning for their ignorance of the facts.  Senator Eleanor Lobel was quoted as saying, "the message the Senate was sending out was against a specific group of people,” "and there are no individual cases actually on the record of sharia law being implemented in the courts or in any other state."  Not been used Senator Lobel…really?!  Maybe, just like former Gov. Gary Johnson of NM, you should check some of this stuff before you make such outrageous comments.  It’s happened lots of places, Tampa among them.  Have you ever heard of Dearborn, MI? Are you unaware of what goes on with the Police and in courts in that city?  Do you think your constituency isn’t aware of it?

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Social Media 'friends' and Critical Issues

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Op-Ed

As publisher of The Patriots Press my goal is to keep things as interesting as possible for all of my readers and I try to cover as many areas and topics as possible.  I also use my personal perspective to condense what I consider to be the hottest news items of the day or week into brief, easy to understand, laser Op/Ed articles that are designed to make the reader think.  There is also space on every article for reader comments, which as long as the content of those comments remain on point, clean, and without abusive language, I do not invoke my right to remove or edit them.

I don’t ask for agreement, but I usually challenge my readers with my opinions and have witnessed some very colorful open dialogue between them.  

As a result of this, I am often invited via the various social networks, like minded media, and by individuals and groups to voice those opinions in the broader public arena at various speaking events and on occasion via live radio broadcasts.  I might add, I am always humbled and honored to do so.    

As often as not, my topics have generally centered around faith and political issues, and I often combine them where I believe necessary; and that brings me to the gist of this very brief article.

I won’t deny for a minute that sometimes I offer something frivolous on my personal pages of the various social media with which I am associated; maybe a clean joke or two, or even the occasional photo of a cute animal. However, on The Patriots Press pages, I try to remain completely focused on the task at hand, and use those pages to distribute my messages, resorting to frivolity only when I consider it pertinent to a recent story.  

Very recently, within the last 48 hours really, a social media group that had solicited my membership quite a while ago decided that my work was no longer welcome on their page.  Then, instead of politely asking via a private message, they made it public on a post of mine that I should stop posting the very information that I would venture prompted them to solicit my membership in the first place.  That post and their comment have since been removed and I have been removed as a member of said group.

Well, I thought about that for a moment.  Some folks might be highly offended or whatever by such an unprovoked action, however I wear such ‘rejections’ as a badge of honor.  Apparently, things I’ve had to say did make some people, at very least the administrators, think about things and issues they find very uncomfortable, and for that I offer no apology.  My writings, warnings, and opinions of world events are regarded by the vast majority of my readers as very important and very timely, and as long as I’m able, I have no intention of slowing down their frequency nor toning down the content.  

I also want to make it very clear that I have no problem with sanitized discussions about girl scout cookie recipes, reminiscing about the good old days of one’s hometown, and all of the other trivial items bandied about as topics of the day, because they are necessary to help us wind down from the harsh realities of the world.  I would however, consider it a great dis-service to my readers if I didn’t attempt to remove their heads from the sands of frivolity and keep them reminded and focused on the really important issues that affect us all. 

That said, I would invite, nay insist, that any group or individual on any of my distribution lists or channels that finds my observations and commentary too painful to read and be posted where they can see them, to please block, un-friend, and or remove me by whatever method is applicable to the media used.  Additionally, while I would appreciate anyone doing so to “man up” and send me a private message as to your intent, it isn’t absolutely necessary as I know who my friends are.

In closing today, I would like to thank all of my faithful readers and and friends for your continued support and encouragement. 

 

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