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Sunday, October 6, 2013
Recently, I was reviewing some old articles I had written as far back as Vietnam. My baby brother was part of a crew flying in and out of Vietnam on a C-130, delivering Agent Orange and returning with bodies in bags.
His legacy was severe post-traumatic stress disorder and pain that will not go away from daily contact with Agent Orange as he battles almost daily with death trying to beat down his door.
As I re-read what I had written to The Roanoke Times so many years ago, and considered how very little progress has been made since then, I was struck by the last two sentences in my letter.
It read, in part, “the best of our leaders are being taken from us. What will be left for us then?”
Looking back, I think in my youth and inexperience I really had no true realization of those words I had spoken. They came back to me as I reviewed the long-ago thoughts.
It occurred to me that what we were left with may be exactly what we have been witness to in Washington for some years now.
What we are seeing is a group of mostly men who are incapable of governing, where few have pure service to their country as a motive. Instead, most seem to be working on protecting their turf for future benefits.
Just how do these servants of the people become so wealthy? Why do they lose touch with the people who work so hard to elect them, have faith in them, and then see their hard work and trust lost on the trail to somewhere else?
Perhaps we might stop and grieve, in the moment, our lost leaders while they are suffering and dying. Perhaps those with more mature minds than a young and very busy mother of four in 1968 can come to grips with the truth and reality of our current lost leaders. It is not just a phrase, but a reality.
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