Walls Go Up,
Governments Go Down
and the Eagle Has Landed a Drone
by Vice President Knight Allen
Originally published on October 12, 2017 - reprinted with permission
Did you watch Ken Burns' history of the Vietnam War? I wouldn't blame you if you didn't. For people our age, even
all these years later, it was pretty depressing.
The lies of leadership. The phony body counts, the constant " light at the end of the tunnel" and "peace is at hand"
nonsense. The anti-war movement. Kent State.
The hatred and venom spewed at our returning soldiers. All very disheartening but like watching a train wreck I
kept going back right to the chaos at the end.
I was particularly taken with the last communiqué from Saigon in which the sender quoted Santayana's famous line
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." He closed his message with "Saigon Station signing
off." Kind of poignant considering everything those four words represented.
I found myself quite emotional watching the segment on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. As you might know
there is a reduced size duplicate of the Wall that travels around the country. I think it was here in just the last
year or so. Anyway, it was the 1980's when it first came here and was at the old Convention Center. Thinking to myself
there was no way I would ever get to D.C. to see it I decided to go visit the replica. I had no emotional connection
to it. There was no one I knew who's name is on it. It was a curiosity. Something to check out on an open afternoon
with nothing better to do. I got there and the Wall was set up in a large room with bleachers for viewing. Nobody was
there except for two women. The Wall, even in its reduced size is remarkably powerful. Yes, you can see your reflection
in it just like in DC. As I walked along and it got bigger and bigger as the wart dragged on I realized I had stumbled
into something I was not emotionally prepared to deal with. I kept moving, slower now, until I got to the first woman
who was kneeling with her hand on the wall touching a name and softly crying close to uncontrollably. She was lost in
her memories and sorrow so it was easy to slip by without intruding or disturbing her. I went on until I got to the end
and then went to the bleachers were still just the three of us in the room.
I had come to the Wall curious and detached. I did not leave that way. Congratulations to Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and
their partners on an outstanding job covering an extremely difficult subject.
There were two headlines side by side in the Sept 26, 2017 Las Vegas Review Journal:
"Japan's Abe plans early election" and "Merkel faces tough task in forming government." Both reports involve the
leaders of a couple of the most important countries in the world faced with the inability to govern. One needing
an early election and the other trying to put together a governing coalition post election.
The reports reminded me, once again, of the genius of our Founders' 2-4-6 system. The US President does not
get to call early elections because the polls tell him it's a good time to roll the dice. He doesn't struggle to put
together coalitions to give him a semblance of stability as Ms. Merkel is trying to do.
Every two years the American people can overthrow the government by changing the majority in the House of Representatives
and taking out one third of the Senate. Two years later the House is up again as is the second one third of the Senate and
the Presidency. Two years after that, the House again and the last one third of the Senate.
How is it this government has survived through everything that has happened over the last 220 plus years? By having the
"right people" call for early or special elections? Restructuring the government mid term? The Founders' greatest wisdom
was to know the only "right people" is We, the People and they gave us the perfect system to make that philosophical truth
a practical and working reality.
You say you want a revolution? You're thirteen months away from finding out if your fellow Americans agree.
The Wall Street Journal headline read: Bold Eagles: Angry Birds Are Ripping Drones out of the Sky
Australia's wedge tailed eagle uses crack aerial skills to attack pricey machines. Daniel Parfitt, a map maker
sent up his $80,000 7ft wingspan drone, "I had 15 minutes to go on my last flight on my last day and one of these wedge
tailed eagles just dive bombed the drone and punched it out of the sky.” It wound up being a pile of splinters.
"The wedgies are the ultimate "angry birds" and are far more aggressive than our bald or golden eagles."
Wait a minute, do we have an "eagle gap"? Lets get going baldies and goldies. You can't let the wedgies get the
best of you! Get after those Amazon and Wal-Mart drones! Let the corporate behemoths know who really controls America's skies.
Vice-President Knight Allen
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