Chapter 3 — America’s Military

Chapter 3 — America’s Military

The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country. I proudly served in the Navy and contributed my small part to protecting the security of our country. As I have grown older, I have realized that the country is very secure, but many of its citizens are not. Anyone living in poverty is not feeling secure. It’s time to redefine National Security to include personal security. If people cannot safely walk through their neighborhood, then they are not feeling secure.

War Is Not the Solution!

I was driving home recently and Liam Clancy came on my i-Pod singing “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda”. It is not the jolly Waltzing Matilda that you may remember. As I listened to the deeply moving lyrics, they reminded me of the cavalier attitude many of the world’s leaders have about sending our young soldiers off to fight and die. The lyrics are as follows:

Waltzing Matilda

When I was a young man, I carried my pack.
And I lived the free life of a rover
From the Murray’s green basin
To the dusty outback,
I waltzed my Matilda all over.
Then in nineteen fifteen, my country said son
It’s time to stop rambling,
There’s work to be done.
So they gave me a tin hat,
And they gave me a gun,
And they sent me away to the war.

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