Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for November 23, 2012
Robert A. Hall
Thankful on Thanksgiving
Despite the dire problems facing our Republic and the world, we have much to be thankful for. I’m thankful for having been born in the post-WWII United States. Because of our healthcare system, modern technology and farming developed by the capitalist countries, and political and economic freedom, including property rights—all those things hated by right-thinking Progressives—at 66 I’ve lived longer and better than 99% of the people who have ever lived. I remember that any time I think I should feel sorry for myself because I have pulmonary fibrosis. I owe this country far more than the service I’ve been able to render could ever repay.
I’m very thankful for my family, especially my wife, Bonnie and my granddaughter, Britnye. I’m thankful for my parents who, if not always perfect, gave me values, a work ethic and a love of country. They served me well.
I’m thankful that the United States Marines saw fit to let me wear the Eagle, Globe and Anchor, the privilege of a lifetime, even if I stood in the rear ranks. I’m thankful for my Drill Instructors at Parris Island 48 years ago. Because they gave me the priceless gift of self-discipline—even if sometimes imperfect—I’ve had a wonderful life. I try to live by the USMC core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.