‘Occupy’ Veterans Day

I’ve been reading the memoirs of Sam Watkins, late of Company H, 1st Tennessee Regiment during the ‘Late Unpleasantness’ (i.e. the Civil War), and it strikes me that most veterans probably have more in common with this old soldier who answered his last muster in 1901 than we do with any of the fools currently disturbing the peace under the various banners of the so-called ‘Occupy’ movement.  There are exceptions, of course, and the radicals behind the ‘Occupy’ demonstrations are happy as clams to make use of as many deluded ex-servicemen as they can in order to convince the average Joe that  the people who want to destroy America are actually first-class patriots.  This bit of blarney reminds me of the old story attributed variously to Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, and George Bernard Shaw, one of who allegedly asked a beautiful young woman,

 “Would you sleep with me for a million dollars?”

“A million dollars?” responded the beautiful woman, ” … YES!”

“Well, how about for one dollar?”

“Certainly not! What kind of person do you think I am?””

“We have established what you are, madam. We are now haggling over the price.”

At the end of Sam’s memoir, he pens these lines:

“I see a country ruined and impoverished. I see a nation disfranchised and maltreated. I see a Commonwealth forced to pay dishonest and fraudulent bonds that were issued to crush that people. I see sycophants licking the boots of a country’s oppressor…”

He was speaking of the South, of course, but his words seem oddly applicable to the United States of Barack Obama in the year 2011.  Sam also said this:

“Our cause is lost; our country is gone. “Actum est de Republica.” (“It is all over with the republic.”)

If Obama and the ‘Occupiers’ get their way, we’ll all soon be quoting Sam Watkins.


Veteran’s Day–The stores and restaurants honoring Veterans this year. A perk you have earned with your dedicated service to our Nation and our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines!

About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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14 Responses to ‘Occupy’ Veterans Day

  1. AFVET says:

    Bob,…Happy Veterans Day.
    As per your post, have you ever read Gulliver’s Travels ?
    Not a kid’s story, rather a sarcastic dissertation on the politicians, the church, and the elitist scientific community of the times.
    Amazingly, you can read this book and it is a mirror of what is happening now.
    Technology has made our lives much easier, however, human nature remains the same.
    The book was published in 1726, written by Jonathan Swift, who despised politicians and the elites, and the malignant corruption that existed at that time.
    Sound familiar ?

    • loopyloo305 says:

      You are so right AFVET, it is not a children’s book, and it has many layers. I am quite surprised someone hasn’t tried to ban it yet. The same with Aesop’s fables, these are books that could do more to educate people than most of the books around today. That is probably why they are not being read.
      Happy Veteran’s day from me as well Bob Mack. Although truthfully, I am finding this day quite sad, the respect that should be there seems to be missing somewhat.
      It sounds like a memoir that is well worth reading, I will have to check it out.
      The occupy crowd is getting a little old but all the attention it is getting is making it stronger. And like a spoiled child, it is encouraged by the attention to get even worse.
      Thank you both AFVET and Bob Mack for your service and may God bless you both!

    • Bob Mack says:

      Thanks, AFVET & to you too. I haven’t read Gulliver’s Travels in years. I’ll have to re-read it.

  2. happy vets day my friends

  3. They only think of destoying and not about what they think they could build better.

  4. Absolutely agree with loopy about Aesop’s fables. I recently edited a few on a website for young patriots.


    Shamefully enough, I never got around to reading Gulliver’s Travels. I am only now trying to catch up on my classic fiction reading.

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