By Ron Brault
October 17, 2009
During the 1991 Gulf War, bumper stickers began appearing in support
of our troops. Younger people may be asking, "Why wouldn't we support
our troops?" During the Vietnam War, members of the U.S armed forces
were considered criminals by the long-haired, pot-puffing, hippie
counter culture and were treated as such. Servicemen were accused of
earning their stripes by killing babies in an attempt to make them
feel ashamed of wearing the uniform of the U.S. armed forces. They
hung out at bus stations frequented by servicemen for the purpose of
humiliating them. I witnessed a U.S. Army Ranger standing at rigid
attention and holding a salute in defiance of the scum-sucking hippie
flower children who were pelting him with garbage.
Why didn't they respect American servicemen who were fighting and
dying in the jungles and rivers of Vietnam? Why did they blame the
U.S. armed forces for an unpopular war, when they didn't have a
choice in the matter? Why was the U.S. military the bad guys, the war
criminals, and the ruthless North Vietnam communists the innocent
good guys? What went wrong with America where servicemen were always
respected? Perhaps we should ask Jane Fonda, AKA Hanoi Jane, the
actress who was proud to be photographed sitting on a communist
anti-aircraft gun poised to shoot down American pilots. She gave
lectures pontificating on the virtues of communism and why we should
The harassment of the American military was not an innocent mistake
resulting from an unpopular war. It was carefully orchestrated by
card-carrying communists and their willing accomplices in the
national media. CBS News with Walter Cronkite led the charge. The
agenda was to discredit and eventually destroy the institution that
made America great. It's part of the communists' manifesto for taking
over a country and the U.S. military was at the top of the list.
The communists targeted America's universities and used the Vietnam
War as a catalyst to turn young people against their country. Ronald
Reagan correctly identified them as "communist dupes."
As the decades ticked by, the socialist counter culture didn't go away.
They entrenched themselves into positions of power. They run our
universities and school systems, control the national media, control
our banking and financial institutions and hold high office at all
levels of government. They ushered in socialism over 40 years ago and
after the last election can see a socialist victory in sight where
they have control over every aspect of our lives.
This is why many Americans have a deep, sinking feeling that
something is terribly wrong.
They are no longer called communists or socialists, but redefined
themselves as liberals and made their home in the Democratic Party
and the environmental movement.
The "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" was thoughtful gesture, but
not necessary. It didn't provide closure because the war isn't over.
The hippies are still here and so are we. I hope I speak for other
veterans when I say that we could care less about apologies and
parades. What we really want is to politically crush the communists
and liberals who hijacked our country. Fifty-eight thousand Americans
died fighting the communists in Vietnam, yet we allowed them to
poison our youth and discredit our institutions right here at home.
The men who fought, and those who died, in Vietnam did so to protect
their wives, girlfriends, mothers, daughters and sisters from
communists barbarians, they fought for each other, and they fought to
defend America ideals. None of them fought and died to defend socialism.
Ron Brault is a 30-year resident of Twentynine Palms and served in
the U.S Navy from 1963 to 1966.