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Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Home Front

Roger Sanchez

by Roger A. Sanchez Jr.

It’s August 6, 2014 and after watching the daily news on the TelePrompTer, (it’s really the TV in the living room), I couldn’t help but let out a deep sigh and shake my head.

A phrase from my Marine Corps days kept popping up in my head, “We’re in deep ca-ca! Never in my life had I ever had such a negative feeling about the direction our country was headed in, as I had now.

A barrage of words and conversations from recent days and months past, were now assaulting my thoughts and dreams daily. These were topics such as ideology, politics, our government, and a split people, in an increasingly broken society. 

The world is falling apart before my very eyes.  We are becoming an open border on the south, the Middle East is exploding with radical Islam, and Russia is on the move for dominance of its neighbors. I say what next?

I have to ask the question, who is watching out for the home front? With our government looking less like a government by the people for the people, I think it’s up to us (The People). If the NSA is following this, I’m not talking about an armed revolt. What I am saying is that we, as Americans, need to wake up and take responsibility for our country, as well as the true meaning of America.

We all should ask ourselves if we are going to give away our country to special interest and those who would see us fall, or are we going to start using common sense and do what is good for us as Americans? I don’t think we can do that, unless we start to have real conversations with each other, and realize that we are all connected somehow, somewhere. 

I believe that these conversations need to start from neighbors talking over the fence in small town America, and large urban cities, as well. Yes, I’m saying start from the bottom up, because it does not seem to have any affect from the top down.

God Bless America
If we, the average citizens, do not realize that we are all in this country together, and take the responsibility to stay informed, then we are just sheep walking into what ever awaits us. 

I am always amazed that when you ask a twenty-something what they think about current events, many of them give you a blank look and respond, “What?” 

 I don’t mean to generalize and say they are all that way, but too many are, but so is a lot of the general population. No, I don’t know everything myself, but I do try to keep a lookout for dark clouds.

I could go on ranting and raving for a long time, but I will not. I will stop here and say in closing, how do you see America today? Are you confident about tomorrow? If you feel all is well around you, let me know, what you know, that I don’t. 

GySgt Roger A. Sanchez Sr.
U.S. Marine Corps Retired 1969-1991

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  1. I respect your comments - however the focal point of this blog is 'Nam. Though I concur with all that you stated - this is not the proper forum - In My Opinion.

    1. I'm sorry, but have to disagree with you, Anonymous.

      I feel that anything pertaining to "We The People" and America -- especially if it is important enough for a Vietnam veteran to voice his opinion on -- is pertinent to everyone and worth posting on Memoirs From Nam.

  2. I agree with anonymous. I'm happy to continue the discourse with Gunny Sanchez, but not here. Mr. Sanchez, feel free to e-mail me. edgington.29@osu.edu.


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