I Served For This?
I served in the United States Air Force from June 2001 - June 2005. This was not an easy time in my life. Especially given how drastically the military and world changed on September 11, 2001, after being in for only three months. On September 11th I felt a lot of different emotions, but one of them was a sense of, “this is why I am here.” Joining the military is never an easy decision, but it was the right thing for me at that time in my life. Being enlisted in the military means following rules; a lot of rules. The benefit of this however is that everyone from the top to the bottom should adhere to the same rules, and for the most part, this is the case. Every service member should be held to the same ultra-high standard, and when they do not meet that standard, there should be swift and harsh consequences. This goes for the lowest ranking enlisted person, all the way to the President of the United States.
My entire enlistment was under a single President: George W. Bush. He was a polarizing President, but at the same time he was the command-in-chief. There is an implied and deserved respect for the President of the United States. I took that very seriously during my military enlistment, and I take it seriously now. There must be a chain of trust throughout the ranks in the military or it does not work. Many people make the ultimate sacrifice for their country, and that sacrifice should not be wasted.
When I look at the current commander-in-chief (2016-2020), I feel nothing but disdain, disgust, and a sense of dread. He stands for nothing decent; just himself. He is downright dangerous to democracy, the United States, its citizens, and service members who must put their life on the line in the name of a petty, selfish, childish, and unstable individual. This is not ok, and should not be looked at as a passing phase. If his path of destruction continues to be left unchecked, it will continue to get worse. Boil the frog and all that.
As I said above, there is an implied and deserved respect in place for the President of the United States that should be adhered to as a service member. I am no longer an active duty service member, but rather, an honorably discharged veteran.
So with that, Fuck You Mr. President, may your actions forever be remembered in history as a lesson to the future, reminding them that anything resembling the likes of you shall never happen again. The death and destruction you have left in your tragic path will not be fixed in my lifetime, but with some hope, the next few generations can clean up your filthy mess. Your goal in life was to be remembered, and you have accomplished that.