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REMEMBERING JFK

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Fifty years ago, I was attending an English class at Quincy College in Quincy, Illinois, when I learned that President Kennedy had been shot. Like the rest of America, I spent the next three days watching television and thinking about what it all meant. I didn’t know it then, but JFK was to have a lasting impact on my political perspective; although I’ve never voted for a Democrat.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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HONORING OUR VETERANS BY PRESERVING THEIR LELGACY

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The legacy of America’s veterans from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan is the U.S. armed forces they created and sustained. We can best preserve that legacy and honor our veterans by concerning ourselves with the plight of America’s warriors on active duty.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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THE ALL-IMPORTANT 0.45 PERCENT

Americans know about Occupy-Wall-Street’s 99 percent vs. the 1 percent. Most have heard about the secretly recorded “47 percent will vote for Barack Obama no matter what” remark Gov. Romney made at a fund-raiser. Those that follow the presidential election campaigns know about presidential daily tracking poll percentages. How many Americans know about the all-important 0.45 percent?  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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CHINA’S MILITARY POWER: A GROWING THREAT

China’s growing military power poses a serious long-term threat to U.S. national security interests and makes a future military confrontation with China increasingly likely, if not inevitable. Last week, the Department of Defense (DoD) provided Congress its “Annual Report on Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China.” It’s another in a long list of reports and assessments chronicling the incessant rise of China’s military power that increasingly will challenge America’s dominant power in Asia, the Pacific, and around the world in the 21st century. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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WHY SOME AMERICAN WARRIORS BEHAVE BADLY

In every American war there have been those few that will urinate on enemy corpses or degrade and abuse enemy detainees. War is hell and it can bring out the worst in people. But do those who behave badly do so because of the stresses of combat or because of a propensity for such behavior before they entered the military? As a Vietnam War combat veteran, I can testify that both are true; but instances of the latter, in my opinion, outnumber the former as American men and women in uniform bring with them their personal moral and ethical bearings.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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WARNING TO DEMOCRATS: AVOID FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS

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Every Fourth of July American patriots celebrate much more than Independence Day. We celebrate our political heritage, our freedom, and American Exceptionalism. This year, however, if the findings of a new Harvard University study are true, Democrats may wish to avoid the parades and fireworks displays. According to the study; “Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation’s political landscape by forming beliefs and increasing participation, primarily in favor of the Republican Party.” I’m a conservative Republican, but I am compelled to rise in defense of Democrats. (More)

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WOMAN IN COMBAT: The Long-term Implications

The U.S. Armed Forces are on the verge of allowing women to serve in ground combat units beneath the brigade level. Women already are serving and dying (over 110 in Iraq and Afghanistan) in many hazardous military jobs. They serve as fighter, bomber and helicopters pilots; and they serve in ground combat-support units that put them in harm’s way. Why shouldn’t they serve in front-line combat units? (More)

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PHONY VIETNAM WAR VETERANS

Approximately 3.4 million Americans, overwhelmingly men, served “in theater” during the Vietnam War. That includes Navy personnel serving on ships at sea and Air Force people who flew missions over Vietnam from bases in Thailand. Approximately 8.7 million people served in the U.S. Armed Forces during those years. Research, based on Veterans Administration claims and other documentation indicates that approximately 13 million Americans claim to have served “in theater” during the war.  Now we learn in the Monday, May 17 edition of the New York Times that Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who is running to replace Senator Chris Dodd has repeatedly falsified his service in Vietnam. You would think a politician would be smarter than that. Those kind of facts are easy to verify. Nevertheless, isn’t it odd that so many people claim service in a war that was so unpopular.

Candidate’s Words on Vietnam Service Differ From History

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