Ain’t it great!!
I’m proud to live in a country that stresses the similarities between between men and woman while celebrating the differences. Like how women typically have higher “g” tolerance than men and now serve throughout the military in combat positions like these “eagle drivers.”
This encapsulates the issue perfectly!
Docs4PatientCare is an honorable organization.
In business school, I had a marketing professor (also former military) who was quite fond of saying:
“Exerting unnatural pressures on a system results in unintended consequences. Trying to force something fluid like the free market is going to cause a hydraulic leak. Unnatural pressure won’t stand for long, it always vents somewhere.”
Case in point?
If doctor’s are mandated to care for patients who a) can’t afford treatment and b), don’t value their physician’s time (who must argue with insurers on behalf of the patient regarding treatment rationale), is it any wonder that doctors might start getting short with their patients and not want to treat them?
This is good
Thank you for stepping forward when others step back.
Thank you for placing yourself between us and danger.
Thank you for delaying plans for college, marriage, and other opportunities and choosing to serve.
Thank you for braving the unspeakable horrors of war.
Thank you for sacrificing time with your families and missing those significant milestones the rest of us take for granted.
Thank you to your spouses who find themselves living nomadic lives, often far away from the support of loved ones.
Thank you to your children who accept your absence as a way of life and understand they share you with a nation and sometimes the world.
Thank you to your parents who have nothing but prayers to protect you and must now trust you will be safe and that we will offer the best we have to you.
Thank you for continuing to support your country once you leave military service by following new careers and becoming the teachers, clergy, business owners, employees, pilots, civil servants and so much more that we need to be a successful society.
Thank you for involving yourself in your local community, your state, and your country, helping us to solve problems and to create a vision for our future using the skills you learned during your tour of duty.
Thank you for being a conscience to our nation.
Thank you for serving as a heroic example of who we are and what we can dream to be.
Thank you for your service.
Author’s note: My friend Kim Adams Lowe inspired this column. Kim is a Korean War veteran’s daughter, a former Air Force officer and an Air Force spouse. Over the years of our friendship, I have heard her say, “Thank you for your service,” to airmen serving as color guards, to military men and women traveling on leave, and to a barbershop quartet whose members are retired military. She has even said it to me. “One year or twenty,” she announces when I comment on her greeting, “they all deserve it.”
The military can be a grand life, but there isn’t a fighter squadron, destroyer, or combat team that doesn’t know what it is like to lose people. Even in peacetime, soldiering is dangerous work and always has been.
Please, let us never forget that freedom comes at a price.
By Cathy Maxwell
Published November 12, 2012
Sometimes its painful to be cool!!
Thankfully, I was never THIS cool.
This is good and right on target.
For those of us who grew up as children of physicians, this post puts a different spin on our perspective. It makes much more sense why conversations like this used to happen a lot:
(Running up to dad after he gets home at 8pm…)
ME: Hi Dad, it hurts when I do this.
( makes motion with fingers and hand )
DAD: Well then don’t do that.
It also makes me feel like an ass for getting upset things in my life aren’t going 100% as planned or desired and that I only got seven hours of sleep last night.
I’m not going to add any personal commentary here, just let the forwarded article and commentary below that from one of my dad’s colleagues speak for itself:
Still trying to figure out where to put the events of Tuesday…this article sums up my feelings very accurately
Begin forwarded message:
Subject: USA, R.I.P.
Date: November 8, 2012 10:52:30 AM PST
by Doug Gamble
Well, it was great while it lasted. But with the reelection of Barack Obama as president, the America we have known all our lives is gone.
Those of us who believe in the virtues that made this country great, self-reliance, hard work, entrepreneurship, individual liberty, responsibility, etc., are now strangers in our own country. We will now live each day knowing that a majority of our fellow Americans have rejected these long-held beliefs in favor of massive government control over our lives. Given four more years, the Entitlement Society Obama is building will be complete. Robbed of the incentive to achieve or even work, increasing numbers of Americans will turn to the government teat.
And it’s possible that we may never again see a Republican president. Almost half of all Americans now rely on the federal government for support of one kind or another, and there will be so many in this category by 2016 and beyond, election campaigns will be dominated by warnings that to vote against the Democrats is to risk losing benefits. Most Americans, dependent on the government for survival in the wake of the economic collapse Obama’s policies will cause, won’t dare take the chance of voting Republican.
Obama’s victory also means the MSNBC-ization of the entire mainstream media. Liberal advocacy journalism is now all-powerful in its ability to help defeat Republicans, and will become even more an arm of the Obama White House. And,by the way, watch for a government crackdown on the Fox News Channel and conservative talk radio. How? They’ll find a way. When Obama talked of “revenge,” he didn’t just mean revenge against Mitt Romney for daring to challenge him and revenge against America for the crime of becoming the most successful country on earth.
Also, with the media cover-up of Benghazi as a successful model, any and all negative developments that would affect Obama will go unreported. This White House, this administration, will do whatever they want without fear of exposure in any meaningful way. The New York Times’ motto should be, “All the news that’s fit to omit,” a credo adopted by all mainstream media in this presidential campaign.
Watch for the war against achievers to escalate, to the point where it will be more comfortable in a social gathering to lie and say that one is on welfare rather than admit to owning or being part of a business. Just as people who smoke have become social outcasts, so eventually will people who earn a living in what remains of the private sector.
As for Congress, not only is it irrelevant that the Republicans still control the House, it would have been just as irrelevant if they controlled the Senate as well. With executive orders, government department regulations and simply mandating that something is so, Obama has effectively ended our long-held system of checks and balances. He demonstrated in his first term that he can do whatever he wants, and this circumventing of Congress will be rampant in his second term.
This election was a clear choice for America between capitalism and socialism. Socialism won. We will now become what Obama has wanted all along, a country brought to its knees as payback for the virtues he sees as vice . Over the next four years, everything we have held dear about America will fade away and Barack Obama will become the most consequential president in our history. Ronald Reagan may be remembered for his contribution to ending Soviet communism, but Obama can top that. He will go down in history has having ended the United States of America as we’ve known it.
America has passed away. The funeral service is scheduled for January 20, 2013. I won’t be watching.
* * * * * * *
And like the non responses of many military retirees when asked to write to congress about that which they have earned through years of service protecting the freedom of the United States, a huge portion of the citizens of this country do nothing in response to the laws being broken by the administration. The immigration laws are one such major example. Philadelphia stands out with large numbers of immigrants being sponsored by church organizations but totally useless as far as having skills benefitting the needs of the country . Instead of being the leader of the world as we have been in the past, we are doomed to the same fate as many of the European countries now screaming pitifully for help who have followed the same path, victims of their own inadequate thinking and lack of common sense. The young people of this country need to mature rapidly or they too will fast become the victims of their own ignorance. They just don’t know what they don’t know. The coming lessons to be learned, will be very painful for them and their children. There is a generational transition taking place that is disastrous.
Here’s a good one from several months ago, I think we can all appreciate the sentiment:
Seems appropriate to me
THE WAL-MART GREETER
Charley, a new retiree-greeter at Wal-Mart, just couldn’t seem to get to work on time. Every day he was 5, 10, 15 minutes late. But he was a good worker, really tidy, clean-shaven, sharp-minded and a real credit to the company and obviously demonstrating their “Older Person Friendly” policies.
One day the boss called him into the office for a talk.
“Charley, I have to tell you, I like your work ethic, you do a bang-up job when you finally get here; but you’re being late so often is quite bothersome.”
“Yes, I know boss, and I am working on it.”
“Well good, you are a team player. That’s what I like to hear.”
“Yes sir, I understand your concern and I’ll try harder.”
Seeming puzzled, the manager went on to comment, “it’s odd though you’re coming in late. I know you’re retired from the Armed Forces. What did they say to you there if you showed up in the morning so late and so often?”
The old man looked down at the floor, and then smiled. He chuckled quietly, then said with a grin, “They usually Saluted and said, “Good morning General, can I get your coffee, sir?”
Here is an email forwarded to me this morning from my dad:
Take a look at the email response that Carl Smith the organizer of the movement wrote in response to an email he received from a Nina Smith.
I did some research and Nina Smith is a deputy something in Obama’s Small Business Administration and also a delegate to MD Democratic convention.
Carl Smith was a head staffer of the Senate Armed Services Committee under Senator John Tower.
I guess I’ll now be on Obama’s blacklist as she:
”forwarded your email to the presidential campaign and other Democratic organizations.”
Very well done!!
First, Nina’s Email for context:
In a message dated 11/4/2012 10:04:49 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, Nina [address redacted] writes:
Your proposed ad reached me, a very strong supporter of President Obama.
If the funds you are using were raised with the provision that they would not be used for politics, how can you use them for the political ad you have purchased?
I am sure that you already know that there are a huge number of former military personnel that disagree strongly with your actions and who support President Obama strongly.
I have forwarded your email to the presidential campaign and other Democratic organizations.
Now, Carl Smith’s response:
From: Carl Smith [address redacted]
Subject: Re: WSJ Ad
Date: November 5, 2012 06:44:02 AM PST
To: Nina [address redacted]
I was delighted to hear from you. I wish I had more opportunities to communicate with good people like you, as I believe that the more we share ideas and try to understand one another, the better it will be for our country. I worry that in this campaign there has been a lot of talking, but not enough communicating. So, please allow me to make my modest contribution to correcting that imbalance.
First, we placed no ad in the WSJ. We did place an ad in the Washington Times that is running this morning. That ad lists the names of more than 500 retired Admirals and Generals who have declared their support for Gov Romney as our next President and Commander in Chief. I am not one of them, but I helped put the list together.
Second, your statement (“If the funds you are using were raised with the provision that they would not be used for politics, how can you use them for the political ad you have purchased?”) is based on a faulty premise. The funds that will pay for the W Times ad were raised from the individuals named in the ad, for the purpose of paying for the ad. Any funds collected in excess of the cost of the ad will be donated to our Wounded Warriors.
Third, your assertion that “there are a huge number of former military personnel that disagree strongly with your actions and who support President Obama strongly” may be true, but it is not clear to me what point you are attempting to make. If you are suggesting that only those former military personnel who support President Obama should be allowed to voice their opinions, I would respectfully disagree. I am inclined to think that even those who don’t share your political viewpoint should be allowed to participate in the process.
Fourth, there appears to be a suggestion in your message that retired military persons should not participate publicly in the political process While I am a strong supporter of the Hatch Act thaT limits active dutymilitary participation in political activity, I am prepared to fight to the death any effort to restrict former/retired military from doing so. When we signed up to serve, we did not agree to a lifetime ban on participating in the process that selects our nation’s leaders.
Fifth, while I am flattered that you would take the time to express your umbrage to me over the publication of our W.Times ad, I am left to wonder if you did the same when:
Gen Wesley Clark (USA-ret) and a handful of other retired officers held a rally on behalf of President Obama in Roanoke, VA, on 1 Aug 2012
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Dempsey (US Army), approved the wearing of uniforms for active duty military personnel who wished to march in the San Diego Gay Pride Parade on 21 July 2012—in an apparent violation of the Hatch Act?
Admiral John Nathman (USN-ret)and other veterans appeared on stage at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, NC, to support President Obama on 6 Sept 2012?
I confess that with our ad appearing on 5 Nov, we were late to the game, but better late than never.
Thank you for this opportunity to exchange a few ideas. I assure you that I respect your opinion and your right to participate in the political process. I hope you will grant me and all other former/retired military men and women the same consideration. In some small way, I think we have earned it.
Finally, I want to thank you for forwarding my e-mail (and I assume our list)”to the presidential campaign and other Democratic organizations” That is exactly the sort of free and open exchange we need to help our nation make an informed decision on Election Day.
Sincerely, Carl M. Smith
Is there anything you disagree with in Carl’s email? His argument appears to make sense to me but I’m curious what you think. Is Nina Smith a pot calling the kettle black?
Begin forwarded message:
Subject: Revised W. Times ad
Date: November 4, 2012 06:48:56 AM PST
Admirals and Generals:
Attached is the revised (final) copy of the ad that will appear Monday in the Washington Times. There were typos in the previous version—please delete that one and use this copy when forwarding to your contacts.
Please begin to circulate the list immediately. Our goal is to have this go “viral” by Monday—tomorrow. Those of you who have contacts in the media, please be sure to include them. Apparently our early contact with FOX News (yesterday) led to them announcing this morning that a list of 500 aadmirals and generals would appear in the Washington Times on Monday—paid for by the admirals/generals themselves.
Also, received the following headline this morning from Lt Gen Brett Dula and Maj Gen John Schoeppner:
Nevada’s Biggest Paper: Obama ‘Unworthy Commander-in-Chief’ After Benghazi
Keep the momentum building!
First in to answer the obvious question, yes, my dad is on this list.
Second, the names listed here showcase a litany of senior military officers, a veritable who’s-who of the US military. All exceptionally intelligent people who want nothing but the best for this country and to keep her citizens safe. Think about it.
this is real
Real scary. I’ve heard from both my mom and dad how difficult it’s been to be a healthcare provider based on expectations for number of patients seen. It is an incredibly complex problem and it’s amazing how much we expect of physicians and their supernatural abilities. Just like horses, you push them too hard and they come up lame.
Think about this, what’s happens next when Americans don’t want to be doctors because they’d spend the rest of their lives trying to pay off education loans? Outsourced patient care?