By Jug Varner
When I started the Keeping Apace Website in 1999, my purpose was NOT political, nor is it now, although I confess that my stance against the insidious growth of the Ultra Liberal plague (that permeates America’s mainstream media, colleges and universitys and controls much of our public education) comes close. But, in essence, everything in our form of government is politically driven.
When the idea of a third major political party representing American veterans and their families first came to my attention some time ago, I had mixed emotions.
My main concern was that, despite the heroic efforts our veterans have given to the cause of freedom, people might mistakenly perceive this political party primarily as an ulterior motive for attaining veterans’ health care rights and privileges promised but never delivered by Congress. Also, getting enough veterans interested in joining such a party in large enough numbers to have any political clout seemed highly unlikely.
Veterans reflect the population as a whole. Some are Republican, some Democrat, some Libertarian or other political concept, and some are non-political. They are liberal, moderate, conservative, and extremists at both ends of the political spectrum. Thus, although great enough in number as a whole to be politically effective, the possible unwillingness of some veterans to leave their current party affiliations could conceivably reduce the high projected numbers needed to make a real impact.
As the old adage “Ten percent do all the work and 90 percent compalin about it” implies, it is difficult to get people in large enough numbers to become actively engaged in any effort that will bring about change. Also, military people had to be apolitical while on active duty (“ours is not to wonder why, ours is but to do or die”) and some are still so inclined.
My purpose in telling you all this is a lead-in to reproduction of excerpts of an E-mail letter from Robert Thompson, one of the founders of the Veterans Party of America. Before writing this, I called him and discussed generalities about his letter, and told him I would send him a copy of this article for his approval before I published it in Keeping Apace - which I have done.
Perhaps many of you have received his full letter and are already familiar with the new party concept. If not, you can contact him at the addresses listed below to find out more about it.
Those of you who have read my article in Jug’s Journal under GOVERNMENT, entitled (HISTORY) WILL THE FLOODTIDES COME? - or other similar articles about the decline and fall of great nations - know that America today certainly fits into the pattern of predicted decline, almost frightenly so. Perhaps there is serious merit in what Bob Thompson has to say about a quest for “three party” government.
Here are the excerpts. You can be the judge. And be sure to read the article that follows by Maj. Michael Weems, USAF (Ret.), a 100% Disabled Veteran:
Monday, March 28, 2005
“Every American patriot, private citizen, business person or members of the Media must take a stand.”
“Since the 1700s, it has been the sacrifices of the Veterans of this country that the rest of the population enjoys the rights and freedoms they have come to know and cherish. This is why we feel it is our duty, as American Veterans, who have been bound by oath to protect our nation from enemies both foreign and domestic, to form the Veterans Party of America, in honor of those heroic soldiers that “gave all” so that we could live in Freedom.”
“We realize that there are good Republican and Democrat leaders. Let us untie their hands by forming this third major political power and create patriotic leaders who will be a check and balance presence to insure that this country is not led farther astray. Once again we can provide the leadership that protects our nation from all enemies, foreign and domestic, and create a three party system of government that is truly responsive to its people, and will uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.”
“We offer our past record as proof of being proven leaders and victorious in our missions. We offer our leadership to all Americans to lead this nation back to the ideals of our founding fathers. We are not just forming another third party. Our mission is to create a three party system of government that will overhaul at growing out-of-control government that does not at all resemble the government that was established by our founding fathers.”
“To do this we need the support of every American who recognizes the downfalls and corruption of today's political system. We need the support of every who knows this is the only way true change can come about.”
“We are not facing just any war. We are facing a time in our nation's history where the people of this nation are witnessing first hand the constant erosion of the values, liberties, justices, freedoms, and the pursuits of happiness that were given to every American citizen by the Constitution of the United States of America.”
“Speaking of founding fathers, I quote this reminder by George Washington: ‘The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated, and appreciated by their nation.’”
“The fact that this country has turned its back on our military veterans is proof that the values for which those soldiers who gave their lives have been betrayed. We are now witnessing the very same betrayal directed towards the American people. We are witnessing a government out of control by the people… a government being controlled by special Interest groups, big businesses, and corporate corruption - which continue finding new ways to elude paying their fair share of taxes through various loopholes to a nation that has provided them the very freedoms to enjoy a successful business strategy.”
“Their huge inflated profits do not seem to be enough. The element of greed has taken hold. These giants are sending jobs overseas, instead of to Americans at home - thus undermining our nation's economic stability - and are being rewarded for doing so at the cost of the American dream. This outright theft of the freedoms this nation once knew and cherished comes at the price of its hard working and loyal tax paying citizens. For big business to conduct this on their own soil and erode the very fabric of our economic structure allows a very elite few to have control and power over all, placing our country in jeopardy. Now we are in the direct path of terrorists awaiting the financial collapse of a system that was once strong and steadfast. Our nation is protected by a Constitution that has been long since misinterpreted by corrupt politicians in the interest of political and financial gain.”
“It is high time to overhaul this broken and grossly unfair system. It is time, once again, to turn to our nation's Veterans for leadership. We must rejoin together as a nation ‘of the people, by the people, and for the people.’ We declared our freedom and independence some 200+ years ago, and again some ‘four score and seven years ago.’ We all came here in pursuit of a dream. Let us not abandon those principals. “
“We must hold our government accountable for it’s out of control actions and spending, and regain the definition and true understanding of the Constitution of these United States and place the power back in the hands of the people. We must regain the control through a system that enforces a check and balance structure that safeguards each and every man woman and child in this country. Let that system be the three party system of government that the Veterans Party of America strives to create.”
“We must provide a healthcare system that does not place American's future in jeopardy with overwhelming financial burdens to be paid to big business. We must not continue to place our future in the hands of a two-party system that thrives on one party giving the American people table scraps, knowing that the other party will offer them nothing more. The American people deserve better. We must return to the principals of our founding fathers, to allow honesty, integrity, and dignity back into the halls of our government.”
“We the American people must join forces, young and old alike. Let not our race or creed create barriers, but unite us as one to shift the power of our government back to the people of these United States of America. We are a nation of many cultures and ethnic backgrounds but our one common thread is that, as Americans, we stand for Freedom.“
“Let us bring jobs back to American soil. Let us show the world that we can not be bought or sold to the highest bidder. Let us show Terrorists that we shall not be intimidated by their threats and that we will fight to the bitter end for our beliefs.”
PAPER OR PLASTIC? THE VETERANS PARTY - A NEW CHOICE
By Michael H Weems, Major, USAF Ret), 100% Disabled Veteran
Written some time ago and forwarded to Keeping Apace after seeing the foregoing article published on this Website.
Last month I attended the birth of the Bay County Florida Chapter of the Veterans Party of America. I attended their initial meeting to see what their purpose and intent was, and having reviewed their published information on the issues and having met the good people of the party, I found myself drawn into the group.
Most Americans, at least those who are political, have at least thought about how a third political party would affect the balance of power in the halls of Congress. Many of us, disgusted with what we see from both parties in Washington, have thought “if only there was something we could do”. The more knowledgeable among us remember attempts at a third party, most recently we have had Ross Perot and Ralph Nader try this. Mr. Perot bailed out at the last minute, disappointing his faithful and giving the third party push a severe black-eye. Mr. Nader, although representing a good cause, just cannot generate the momentum required to be a viable political force. Many now think the very idea of a third party is impossible to achieve.
Perhaps they are right, but I believe in America, and believe her people want a real choice when they go to the polls. Right now it's “paper or plastic?”, but both bags hold the same thing, a political party who has sold their ideals for power, and who's main objective is re-election, not representing the people who sent them to Washington to look out for their best interests. With over 30,000,000 Veterans in our nation, and counting their families, friends, and people of like-mindedness, we have a voter base to pull from of half the nation’s population, maybe more.
The Veterans Party is a fresh attempt to create a new political party whose message is that We the People must retake our government from its corporate masters. Americans are a very generous people, but we send billions to other nations while we have children hungry right here, elderly without proper medical care, an overburdened under funded educational system, and our Veterans benefits are slowly eroded by our Congress. We love and respect our troops currently serving our nation, and are tired of them having to beg for the tools to do their job, or face the added danger of completing the mission with the handicap of obsolete or ineffective equipment.
While we call ourselves the Veterans Party, we seek to include all Americans who see a need for change in this country, and who believe in the ideas we set forth regarding the issues. If you are a patriot of this great nation, and want to see her regain her honor and status in the world we welcome your participation in the party. If you are tired of our government paying more attention to what goes on in the privacy of our homes than in the myriad of real problems our country is facing then we welcome you to a new choice. If you believe our children and elderly deserve to be treated with the love and respect they deserve, then we welcome you into a new paradigm.
Government is meant to be the servant of the people. Our Founding Fathers called it a “necessary evil” and warned us to be always vigilant for the signs of abuse of power. Patrick Henry once said “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” I, for one, believe that time has come, and if you think the same way we welcome you to a party who wants to take back the power that rightfully belongs to We The People.
It won't be easy to establish and grow a new party from the ground up, in fact if we achieve the goal of a viable party with real political power we will have changed the very fabric of our nation. The Veterans Party isn't here because it's easy, but because it's necessary, just as our Veterans have always stood up for our nation in times of trouble they rise again now. All the patriots of this land can and should stand with us, man or woman, young or old, without regard for race, creed, religion, or lifestyle choice, together we can make this happen.