(YouPostTheNews) – When I was a kid we stood to our feet at school, placed our hand over our heart and pledged allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. I was taught that the country I lived in was the best in the world. We were told that we were so lucky to be born in such a great country.
I was born in 1972. I was raised in a middle class part of town in Houston, Tx. I lived in a time where racism was a thing of the past. A time where women had earned equal rights. The biggest thing happening in my childhood was watching the space shuttle blast off and return back to earth landing like an airplane on a runway.
Things started changing around 1990. Iraq invaded Kuwait. //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_War
George H. W. Bush was in office. A decision was made to send our troops overseas to fight back this evading country. The reason was because of the oil. No one tried to hide this reason. The media reported this fact. Everyone was well aware that this was the reason we would send men and women from the greatest country in the world with the chance they would die doing it.
The war was well planned out with a true objective. Push the Iraq army back into their country and come home. The mission
was accomplished and our troops headed home hero's.
But this opened the door for the U.S. to be more involved in helping other countries. I joined the army in 1991. I was very proud to be able to be part of the greatest military in the world. In 1993 I was offered the chance to go to Somalia and be part of a humanitarian effort. It was Operation Continue Hope. //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified_Task_Force
I served for six months, enduring nightly attacks from the Somalian forces. RPG's and small arms fire were used to try and kill me almost every night for four months. It was then that Black Hawk Down happen. //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mogadishu_(1993)
18 American soldiers were killed and 73 wounded. At the time, the battle was the bloodiest involving US troops since the Vietnam war and remained so until the Second Battle of Fallujah in 2004. The mission was changed from Humanitarian to Nation building without the U.S. having the proper equipment to successfully complete the mission. After our soldiers were killed M1A1 tanks were sent to protect us. There were no more nightly attacks.
The U.S. learned a lot from Somalia. If we are going to put our men and women in a dangerous environment we will send them with all of the weapons to defend themselves.
The U.S. continued to send our troops all over the world. 1993–present – Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1993 – Macedonia, 1994–95 – Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti, 1996 – Operation Assured Response, Liberia, 1996 – Operation Quick Response, Central African Republic, 1997 – Operation Silver Wake, Albania, 1997 – Congo and Gabon, 1997 – Sierra Leone, 1997 – Cambodia, 1998 – Operation Desert Fox, Iraq, 1998 – Operation Shepherd Venture, Guinea-Bissau, 1998–99 – Kenya and Tanzania, 1998 – Operation Infinite Reach, Afghanistan and Sudan, 1998 – Liberia, 1999–2001 East Timor, 2000 – Yemen, 2000 – East Timor, 2001 – Afghanistan. War in Afghanistan. The War on Terrorism begins with Operation Enduring Freedom. On October 7, 2001, US Armed Forces invade Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 attacks and "begin combat action in Afghanistan against Al Qaeda terrorists and their Taliban supporters, 2003 – 2003 invasion of Iraq leading to the War in Iraq. March 20, 2003. The United States leads a coalition that includes Britain, Australia and Spain to invade Iraq with the stated goal being
"to disarm Iraq in pursuit of peace, stability, and security both in the Gulf region and in the United States.
The U.S. had become the world police. We were sending our troops all over the world to protect our way of life.
Our way of life is cheap oil and the freedom to make as much money as we could with what we have to work with. Every American could start a business and build wealth without have to give all of our money away to the government.
Well all of this has changed. Gas prices are around $3.50 a gallon and the government is taking and spreading our wealth around to whoever they choose. No longer are we able to give to the needy as we see fit. Money is taken out of our checks before we even see it. We work two to three jobs now just so we can pay our house notes, car notes and buy gas.
We pay $200 cell phone bills, $150 Directv bills, $200 electric bills, spend $600 a month in gas to get back and forth to work and for what? The American dream is dead. The harder you work the less you have.
All the while the main stream media has one hour interviews with Charlie Sheen on his drug abuse, Lindsay Lohan's drinking problems and NFL football players complain about making only $5,000,000 a year. We are more worried about why Lebron James jumped ship from Cleveland for Miami than we are why gas prices are hitting an all time high.
People wake up and smell the coffee. The main stream media doesn't care about you. They just try to distract from the real problems of this Nation. It's time you take charge of your own actions. Stand up and let your voices be heard. You know have the same power of the press by using this website to tell others of the injustice that is taking place in your town.
Write your own story and link it to your Facebooks, Myspaces or email it to your congressmen and the President of the United States. Send it to every media outlet in your state. Tell them that you are sick of it and that things have to change. Your story doesn't have to be a long drawn out one like this one but just tell us your story about how high gas prices are affecting you and your family.
The United States of America did not send our troops all over the world so we could be a third world country. We fought and many died so we could have freedom. Freedom from our own government raping us of all of our hard earned money.
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