The Liberty Paper does not often break style. I try to report on big issues that affect the American people’s constitutional rights and liberties through researched alternative media reporting. However, if the readers will oblige there is a story I’d like to share.
Today I met a hero. I went to Starbucks by Vanderbilt University for my normal drink and there was a Korean War veteran sitting in a wheel chair outside in the rain. I pulled in and got out of my car. We made eye contact and he smiled at me. He did not ask for anything, just smiled and said “Ron Paul, I wish he had won” (In regards to my bumper sticker). I paused for a moment and engaged him. I said, “Me too. What did you like about Paul?” He said, “Well young man, I am sitting in this wheel chair for a reason (he lifted the blanket to show me he was missing both legs- his upper left thigh had a bad wound that was wrapped in gauze, but leaking purulent fluid.) the Constitution was ignored for the first time and as a result that put me in the Korean War. My legs have been gone for decades; however, I have diabetes now and any cut I get ends up becoming a massive infection.”
He laughed and then said, “F***ing United Nations. Ron Paul, the only man who has served his country, understands the Constitution and would do anything just to have a chance to protect this country. Ron Paul, he’s the only one who gets it.” I shook his cold, wet hand and introduced myself. His name is John. John went on to tell me how he lost everything after the war. Both he and his wife were only children with no children of their own. Both sets of parents died when they were young. While deployed his wife died of cancer. John says they were promised that they would be taken care of when they returned to America, yet received next to nothing. As the years went on, their existence essentially faded along with the memories with the war.
“Those assholes can build all the memorials they want. They don’t mean a damn thing. The only thing they should be building a memorial to is the US Constitution. Mike, every single dead man and woman, every single child growing up without a parent, wives with no husbands, husbands with no wives, sisters with no brothers- it is nonsense. I never met one civilian who hated their neighbor. Only the government. They give us guns and a paycheck and tell us to murder in the name of Democracy. Democracy is horse shit. None of my friends would be dead if we had followed the Constitution. Maybe my wife would still be here if she wasn’t so lonely. People have died simply of old age since the last time we had a constitutional declaration of war. Yet, we stand by and let Republicans and Democrats play with our lives as if they were pieces on a chess board. No one screams foul anymore.”
Next thing I knew I was soaking wet and 20 minutes had gone by. I went into my car and grabbed my first aid kit and my gym bag. I wheeled John into Starbucks and took him into the bathroom. I shaved his face, cleaned his wound, medicated it with antibiotic cream, and re-bandaged it. I wheeled him by the fireplace and got us some hot chocolate and lunch. All this time he essentially refused everything I was offering. However, I wouldn’t take no for an answer. We talked for another hour or so about politics, war, and the future of America. I share this story with you all not to tell you of my acts, or as a support article for Congressman Ron Paul. I share it to tell you of John’s acts. To tell you John’s story. John told me that while he was in the war and when he had the chance to return to Korea he gave every dollar he had to his name to the victims. Not the American victims, but the Korean victims. “I had nothing left in America anyways. My money could do me no good with a dead wife and no family.”
We have not had a constitutional declaration of war since 1945. Since then approximately 2,913,807 American fathers, mothers, wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, uncles and aunts have died, been wounded or are missing. It is essentially impossible to count the casualties of other countries engaged in the wars because the number of innocent casualties are purposefully never reported correctly to maintain public support for the wars. There are more war lobbyists on Capitol Hill than almost any other lobbying group in America. When we are at war, they win billions. We continue to fund the wars by providing billions in foreign aide that purposefully goes directly to the hands of unhappy governments due to American presence in their sovereign nations without a dime ever reaching the innocent victims. They in turn, attack us with our own tax dollars. Not one of those almost 3 Million Americans were protected by the Constitution. The Constitution of this country is not a party position. It is an American position. It should not matter whether you are Democrat or Republican. You are American and protecting the Constitution is your responsibility It is a position that I employ each one of you to stand by voraciously. Silence has cost us too much. It has cost the world too much. The only ones who are not negatively touched by our silence are those who are in it for profit. Make no mistake, the all mighty dollar does hold precedence over human life on Capitol Hill.
To any legislators or youth reading this, I leave you with these words that I shared with John from Congressman Ron Paul, “Leave the young people alone and they’ll find that they prefer lovemaking to warmongering and are more anxious to get along with one another than the older generations who stir the pots of war.” Just so you know, John shed a few tears at these words.