Only 1,000 Lives ….. What Has This Nation Become?

So, I’m reading this ….

Coburn Report: 1,000 Veterans Died Because of “Malfeasance” at VA

This comes from a US Senator who is known for plain talking and telling the truth.  He’s also a medical doctor.  He’s retiring to fight a cancer battle.  I don’t know the man, personally, but, what I do know of him, for him to give up his seat, it’s more than serious. 

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The reason why I’m telling you this is because I want you to know, why he’s showing this.  This isn’t a partisan attack.  This is a man who may very soon be meeting his Maker.  He knows this.  That’s why he’s retiring from the Senate.  He would and could remain in the Senate as a representative of Oklahoma for as long as he wished.  He’s got other fights to fight.  I wish him the best. 

The article begins ….

“To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.”

The quotation above is the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) motto, and was taken directly from President Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. It was presumably chosen by the VA as an explicit promise to our veterans — and the men and women who currently serve our nation in uniform — that the US government will always care for them in their hour of need.

Ironically, though, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) exposes the bankruptcy of that promise in his freshly-released government oversight report entitled “Friendly Fire: Death, Delay, and Dismay at the VA.” By any objective standard, it’s clear that the VA system has failed for decades to live up to the Lincolnian ideal of caring for our veterans.

In the report, Sen. Coburn outlines many of the systemic and endemic failures inside the VA Health Care System: excruciatingly long wait times, doctor shortages, excessive and undeserved bonuses for staffers and medical personnel, and head-spinning corruption and malfeasance. The federal agency, as one CNN reporter recently asserted, should fire every senior level manager in the system because the problems are so pervasive and widespread that it cannot realistically be reformed. Incidentally, the report itself is also an investigation into VA culture and practices, and unearths some truly harrowing discoveries. The worst, of course, is the sheer number of veterans who’ve died from neglect, sub-standard care, and bureaucratic incompetence in the VA system over the past 10 years, as Coburn explains in his introduction:

The reason veterans care has suffered for so long is Congress has failed to hold the VA accountable. Despite years of warnings from government investigators about efforts to cook the books, it took the unnecessary deaths of veterans denied care from Atlanta to Phoenix to prompt Congress to finally take action. On June 11, 2014, the Senate recently approved a bipartisan bill to allow veterans who cannot receive a timely doctor’s appointment to go to another doctor outside of the VA.1046

About the only thing I would add is this. 

This is what we do to our people who promised to protect us, to serve us, to give us their ultimate sacrifice, if necessary.  This is how we treat them. 

How much worse are our average citizens treated?

If they don’t give a damn about the people who promised and delivered for them, how much do you believe they regard you?  And, when I say “they” it isn’t the VA, but, rather the people who were suppose to ensure the VA was doing their job.  They still won’t make the VA do their job!!!  How much do you believe they care about you?

1000 people who said, and demonstrated that they would give their lives for this nation needlessly died.  But, to try and hold someone accountable is seen as a partisan issue. 

Well, Dems don’t like veterans, anyway.  And, for the most part, they don’t like the notion of this nation, to begin with.  So, let’s just keep letting people die.  Malthus would be proud, and so would Sanger.  

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11 Responses to Only 1,000 Lives ….. What Has This Nation Become?

  1. kim2ooo says:

    AND this is why BiG GOVERNMENT ALWAYS – IN ALL WAYS…… FAILS!

  2. tom0mason says:

    A Poem
    Rat A – Tat – Tat

    Rat a – Tat – Tat; Rat a – Tat- Tat
    the drums did roll and beat
    the men in their uniforms how they stood
    so tall and trim and neat,
    by ranks and files and squads they stood
    with weapons, packs and flags
    the flower of our nation’s youth
    did march to the drummers’ beat.
    Rat a – Tat – Tat; Rat a – Tat- Tat
    off to the wars they marched
    with waves goodbye, and speeches of pride
    they marched away while their loved ones cried.
    Rat a – Tat – Tat; Rat a – Tat- Tat
    While one could question the wisdom of war
    no one could doubt the soldier’s scars,
    war after war they were sent…
    and bravely wherever sent – they went.
    Rat a – Tat – Tat; Rat a – Tat- Tat
    The drums did roll and beat
    the men in their uniforms how they stood
    so tall and trim and neat,
    and off to the wars they marched
    to the sound of the drummers’ beat.
    Rat a – Tat – Tat; Rat a – Tat- Tat
    In battles they won to keep us free
    but not without a price for victory.
    They returned from places with names so strange
    but some returned to a different beat,
    with a slow roll, slow march – mournful and sad
    they brought our loved ones home again.
    To a grateful nation they gave their all
    without a whimper or complaint they saw it all
    and returned from places far away
    battered and scarred – but free.
    Rat a – Tat – Tat; Rat a – Tat- Tat
    Soon the sound of drums were heard
    and leaders did call again…
    with struts and speeches that sounded so grand
    off our youth were sent with a band
    Rat a – Tat – Tat; Rat a – Tat- Tat.

    By Richard Graham Moriarty, USA

    Dedicated in loving memory to all who served.

  3. philjourdan says:

    I do not believe it is a concerted effort to hurt Veterans. It is a perfect example of what government is. An uncaring, incompetent malfeasant organization. It is also the future for all citizens.

    • Jason Calley says:

      “It is a perfect example of what government is. ”

      Ouch! No, I am not saying that you are wrong — in fact, the reason why it hurts to hear is that it is very much true. All organizations are uncaring. An organization can’t care; it is not sentient. Only individuals can care. Once an organization becomes so powerful or so bureaucratic that individuals within it are no longer allowed to follow their conscience… well, that is an end of all caring.

    • Jason Calley says:

      One more quote: Robert LeFevre once said, “Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure.”

    • cdquarles says:

      Exactly. I’ve said the same thing to people who ask me what I think of government. “Why would you expect a government that never has treated its vets right, would treat anyone else right?” Add to that the fact that the Federal government has a Constitutional duty owed to the vets. It does not have such for any other set of citizens.

  4. Ben Vorlich says:

    This poem by Rudyard Kipling came to mind as I read your piece.
    Tommy

    I WENT into a public ‘ouse to get a pint o’ beer,
    The publican ‘e up an’ sez, ” We serve no red-coats here.”
    The girls be’ind the bar they laughed an’ giggled fit to die,
    I outs into the street again an’ to myself sez I:
    O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ ” Tommy, go away ” ;
    But it’s ” Thank you, Mister Atkins,” when the band begins to play
    The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
    O it’s ” Thank you, Mister Atkins,” when the band begins to play.

    I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
    They gave a drunk civilian room, but ‘adn’t none for me;
    They sent me to the gallery or round the music-‘alls,
    But when it comes to fightin’, Lord! they’ll shove me in the stalls!
    For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ ” Tommy, wait outside “;
    But it’s ” Special train for Atkins ” when the trooper’s on the tide
    The troopship’s on the tide, my boys, the troopship’s on the tide,
    O it’s ” Special train for Atkins ” when the trooper’s on the tide.

    Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep
    Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap.
    An’ hustlin’ drunken soldiers when they’re goin’ large a bit
    Is five times better business than paradin’ in full kit.
    Then it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an` Tommy, ‘ow’s yer soul? ”
    But it’s ” Thin red line of ‘eroes ” when the drums begin to roll
    The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
    O it’s ” Thin red line of ‘eroes, ” when the drums begin to roll.

    We aren’t no thin red ‘eroes, nor we aren’t no blackguards too,
    But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
    An’ if sometimes our conduck isn’t all your fancy paints,
    Why, single men in barricks don’t grow into plaster saints;
    While it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an` Tommy, fall be’ind,”
    But it’s ” Please to walk in front, sir,” when there’s trouble in the wind
    There’s trouble in the wind, my boys, there’s trouble in the wind,
    O it’s ” Please to walk in front, sir,” when there’s trouble in the wind.

    You talk o’ better food for us, an’ schools, an’ fires, an’ all:
    We’ll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
    Don’t mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
    The Widow’s Uniform is not the soldier-man’s disgrace.
    For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an` Chuck him out, the brute! ”
    But it’s ” Saviour of ‘is country ” when the guns begin to shoot;
    An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
    An ‘Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool – you bet that Tommy sees!

    • suyts says:

      Ben, welcome, and thanks much for the Kipling! Sorry about the waits in moderation. You are now approved for commenting, so you won’t have to wait, any longer.

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