- - Friday, June 20, 2014

I got nostalgic about the Vietnam War a while back and ordered everything Netflix had to offer on the subject. I thought maybe I would catch a glimpse of Long Binh, where I was stationed for 11 months during the period from 1971 to 1972. The first thing that popped up was President Lyndon Johnson pounding the podium to espouse the “domino theory.” Between the Great Society and the domino theory, how many lives have been ruined or extinguished, and how much wealth has been squandered?

The amount and numbers are so high they are difficult to quantify: more than 58,000 dead U.S. soldiers in Vietnam, troop strength increases in the 1960s that led to the dissolution of the family structure in the black community and institutionalized corruption in major U.S. cities were among the casualties.

It is all Wilsonian, progressive nonsense, either foreign or domestic. The Democrats are stuck in the 1930s, and the Republicans go back to Teddy Roosevelt with their progressive tendencies. Both parties are destroying the country internally and externally. President Obama might as well be the reincarnation of Woodrow Wilson, and apparently President George W. Bush thought he would create some version of the Great Society in the middle of Baghdad.

The only major war successes in the 20th century for the United States were World War II and the Korean War, and they were both hard sells to the public. Go back and look at the Lindbergh speeches or the Nazi Party rallies in Madison Square Garden in the 1930s if you think 99 percent of the U.S. population was gung-ho about World War II.

World War II and the Korean War required a perpetual U.S. troop presence and the perception of U.S. strength, both military and economic. Mr. Obama has squandered both either because of ingrained progressive dogma or incompetence and corruption. Unless we get back to basics and place value on individual freedom and liberty, free markets and property rights, and absolutely refuse to use our military for anything but defense, the degeneration will continue.

I sent all of my Netfix DVDs back, unwatched. I could not stomach to watch them.