In 1965 I had made the decision to make the Navy a career. During that same year, the picture of ugliness flashed across TV screens all across America and the world. On February 17 of that year, protester Jimmy Lee Jackson was fatally shot by an Alabama state trooper. On March 7th, led by John Lewis and other SNCC and SCLC activists, crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge. A day that came to be known as Bloody Sunday. Some 200 Alabama State Troopers attack 525 civil rights demonstrators. On a second attempt March 9th white supremacists beat up white Unitarian Universalist minister James J. Reeb, who later died. In response to the events of March 7th and 9th President Lyndon B. Johnson sent a bill to Congress that formed the basis for the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It took the eyes and the outcry of a nation and the world for lawmakers to act. My reality had set in. I made a commitment to serve and protect the ugliness of hate in a country of which technically speaking, I was not totally free.
In my youth, during Jim Crow, I learned the manner of swallowing the bitter pill of racism in order to physically survive. At the age of seventeen, I joined the Military. The oath I took was as follows:
"I, Henry L Faulkner, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."
Mr. President, this is real. I pray you come upon these words by proxy ….. enough already. In the name of Myeshia Johnson, the Gold Star Families, the thousands of people you've slandered, the women you've disrespected and now the statement about S….. Hole countries. For common decency, and honor, please stop. What the beautiful children of this great nation deserve is a conscientious leader and a presenter of moral courage and not a presenter of hate and division.
Whatever your motives .....................on the surface it appears that you are exploiting and dividing people for selfish gain, with racial overtones. It creates fear, thereby causing neighbors to distrust neighbors, and communities to lock down. A calamity I refer to as "people rustling," like cattle. The virtual corralling of people to create division and discord. Words of bigotry and hate are out of place for the Commander-in-Chief of the world’s greatest military. Words that will never galvanize the youth of our nation to serve with honor behind a vindictive mindset.
Immigration and the institution of slavery were the mechanisms that built this nation. It seems by your words and actions that the Constitution and the Oath of office mean nothing or you do not understand the principle. Recognizing inequities, amendments to the constitution were necessary, guaranteeing all, regardless of race, creed, color or sexual orientation, the freedom of speech and religion; the very reason I can write this blog as a private citizen. Serving my country gave me the opportunity to travel the world, attend church services for many different denominations. Regardless of ethnicity, there was a commonality in dealing with ordinary everyday people; it was the presence of love and respect for thy fellow man.
As human beings, one to another, respect can only be earned through the ability of the soul to show empathy and shame. Running a business requires investing money for a return. You do not run the United States of America; you are supposed to lead by example by investing in people. People, by human nature, of this country would respond positively, only if you have all America's interest at heart, not just a select group. Furthermore, America’s children are watching. Don't call me a loser and expect me to serve you breakfast in bed. America is not an Empire, and you are not an Emperor.
"The enemy outside cannot hurt you if there's no enemy within." African proverb...