A bunch of my friends meet once a week at a local fast food for a short men’s bible study. One of our regulars had missed the last several sessions because he was in a lot of pain and just not able to get around much. We were glad to see him back last Wednesday, but it was evident that he is in trouble. Sweat dripped from his forehead as he told us about his many medical problems, mostly caused by his handling of Agent Orange during the Vietnam war.
“We always had tall chain link fencing around our fire bases at the front lines,” he said. “But the vegetation would grow so fast and thick on the fences that we couldn’t see the VC sneaking up to attack. So we always had a few barrels of Agent Orange on hand to kill the weeds.”
He continued, “We didn’t have any buckets to carry the chemical in, so we used to fill up our helmets and carry the Agent Orange to the fence. We would throw it on the weeds and then put our helmets back on. It actually felt good running down your face, it felt cool in the hot jungle.”
I thought back about a drummer friend of mine who, not long before he died of cancer, told me about his exposure to Agent Orange. He was in the Navy, and most of his hitch in Vietnam was spent offloading barrels of the chemical for delivery to the air bases. He said the barrels often leaked, or were broken, and the guys who handled them were soaked in Agent Orange almost every day.
The day after our men’s meeting Congress voted on the Hartzler Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. It was a simple amendment that would have stopped the Pentagon’s Obama-prescribed practice of providing taxpayer-funded sex change operations and treatment for active duty military members. The bill failed by four votes.
Countless veterans have fought the VA bureaucracy for every ounce of health care they received, and all too often they lose the fight. My friend was unable to get the medication he needs through the VA. Faced with a $300 bill for a whole prescription, he was resigned to buying a few pills at a time to get by until a benevolent Walgreen’s pharmacist cut him a deal out of respect for his service.
All 190 Democrats voted against the Hartzler Amendment. 235 Republicans voted for it. Sadly, 23 Republicans voted with the Democrats to continue funding fake penises and vaginas to the tune of (according to Hartzler) $130,00 per surgery, costly ongoing hormonal treatments, more surgeries for the frequent complications, and at least a year of lost service time during the process . A total projected cost of $1.3 billion over the next ten years.
Justin Amash (Michigan)
Jack Bergman (Michigan)
Mike Coffman (Colorado)
Barbara Comstock (Virginia)
Paul Cook (California)
Ryan Costello (Pennsylvania)
Carlos Curbelo (Florida)
Jeff Denham (California)
Charlie Dent (Pennsylvania)
John Faso (New York)
Brian Fitzpatrick (Pennsylvania)
Darrell Issa (California)
John Katko (New York)
Steve Knight (California)
Leonard Lance (New Jersey)
Frank LoBiondo (New Jersey)
Tom MacArthur (New Jersey)
Tom Reed (New York)
Dave Reichert (Washington)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Florida)
Bill Shuster (Pennsylvania)
Elise Stefanik (New York)
Claudia Tenney (New York)
I can understand the liberals’ bloc vote. They don’t really care about the health of soldiers, straight or gay. The sexually confused and honestly gay LGBTQ are just one of the many minority groups liberals peeled off from the general population and brainwashed into voting straight Democrat by claiming nobody else loves them. Democrat party leaders pretend to care about the LGBTQ to continue to get their votes, and the Democrat congressional sheep dare not face the wrath of their leaders, so they vote as they are told.
How can the 23 Republicans justify their vote?
Our Veteran’s Administration is so corrupt, mismanaged and downright pathetic that it can’t provide adequate care for veterans who drop like flies waiting for care. Meanwhile 190 Democrat Congressmen and 23 Republicans vote to spend precious time, care, and taxpayer dollars on transgender transmissions.
And if that isn’t troubling enough, it gets worse. I was so angry with the vote that I tweeted my displeasure, naming the 23 Republicans.
Rep. Justin Amash, the biggest surprise on the list, immediately replied.
Policy? Secretary of Defense “Bulldog” Mattis needs time to develop a freaking POLICY?
Here’s your “POLICY”, Bulldog. Cut the politically correct crap and rebuild our military into a fighting force that nobody in the world dares to mess with. And take care of our veterans.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
Holly came from Miami F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she
She said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side,
Said, hey honey, take a walk on the wild side.