With the except of a few tweets or Facebook comments I have kept relatively silent about politics, but even though I have been relatively quiet I have been listening, watching, and reading. I have been watching parts of the Democratic National Convention and following what people from all parts of the political spectrum have been saying about it. While some diehard Trump supporters and former Bernie supporters who are pissed off that Bernie is more of a realist than them, I can only say that what has transpired in Philadelphia was 180 degrees different than that of the Dark Lord Trump in Cleveland. It was inspiring, it was the belief in the America that I grew up believing. As the son of a Navy Chief won served in Vietnam, as well an Iraq war and Enduring Freedom veteran, as a man who began his service during the height of the Cold War, I appreciated tonight.
Let me say as a veteran and currently serving Navy man I was proud of what I saw and heard tonight. Instead of a convention that tore down the very ideals of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Gettysburg Address and painted an apocalyptic and fearful vision of fear, there was something to be proud about. There was hope, there was real passion and love for the country. There were the words of Khazr Kahn the father of Captain Humayun Khan who was killed serving in Iraq, which were so moving. As a combat veteran the the words of Medal of Honor winner Captain Florent Groberg, and the words of retired Marine Corps General John Allen meant a great deal to me. To see most delegates shouting USA as these men spoke was so different than the way that that same chant was done in Cleveland, instead of a chant of exclusion, it was a celebration of who were are as Americans. Last week that chant was frightening because it accompanied a message that threatened our allies, encouraged our enemies, and demonized other Americans. This week it made me proud.
Those who really know me know that for me party politics has never been an obsession. I was a Republican for 32 years. Before I could vote I worked for the Ford campaign as a volunteer. I voted for Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bob Dole, and George W. Bush. But that was before Iraq and when I came home I was different, and in spite of everything that was , I came to believe in the promise of America again, and remembering the men and women who I knew who gave the last full measure of devotion to duty, I re-embraced the challenge of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the face of the earth.”
I was pleased to see the Democratic Party return to a being party of liberal progressivism, as well as values, faith, and patriotism. It was a convention that reflected hope and realism.
I honestly don’t ask people to agree with me as I believe that all Americans have a right to their political beliefs, and as I have for nearly 35 years I still pledge my life and my sacred honor to do that. But I was proud tonight, I was proud of another child of a Navy Chief, Hillary Clinton.
I head up to Gettysburg again today with yet another class, and I am glad to be doing so. Every time I go I am inspired and rededicate myself to serving.
So have a great day.