Monday, June 2, 2014
UPDATED: An American Son, An American Sign: Standing Up Against Negotiating With Terrorists
"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little." ~ Edmund Burke.
UPDATE 6/4/14 - A group of Vets from the American Patriots III% (AP3%) and friends are planning to join Ethan in a protest at 5:00 pm Thursday, June 5th, outside the gate at the Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot. See Facebook Group "America's One Voice" for more details.
Original Post: When I first heard that Bowe Bergdahl had been released, I was really happy. I was very uneasy to learn that he had been traded for five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Prison. Then, my son Ethan filled me in on some of the facts, and I understood that this is not a time to rejoice. (Pat at SIGIS has a roundup of info on the troubling details)
Ethan Arguello is a former Marine, a veteran who served in Iraq. I have written before about him, and his brothers in arms who were killed in support of liberty there.
Ethan sees this trade, this ransom, as a betrayal of our military, of the good men and women who gave their lives and their bodies for America, and of the Gold Star families we honor for the terrible sacrifices of loss they live with every day.
So for the past two days, and continuing for the rest of this week, Ethan is standing out on the road holding a sign, protesting against abandoning our 200 year old policy against ransom. His hand lettered sign reads "AMERICANS Do Not Negotiate With Terrorists".
Here is what he told me about it:
"Mother, to be honest with you, I'm angered by this just as much as I am and was with my fellow Marines deaths. I'm mourning for every Gold Star parent, the fact that we captured their child's killers then released them is disgusting. Most of my hurt in my heart is for the parents (Gold Star) of the brave ones that step up to protect others."
Later on, he added this: "I will continue to be an American in accordance with our Constitution and the ideals of our founding fathers. Even though Americans are becoming non American, I will continue. I believe in the enabling of every deserving person to succeed in every effort that they shall embark on. If they are productive members of society, they will represent the the average hard working American that pulled their own weight and managed their own responsibilities as done before in history. "
If you happen to be driving along Highway 278 in Bluffton, South Carolina, look for him there.
He said he is getting great support, lots of honks and people yelling their approval. Thank you to the nice lady who brought him a bottle of cold water! People are glad to know they are not the only ones angry about this - and people who didn't know the hard truth (like me at first), are becoming angry when they find out what has really happened here.
And some pics taken from cars are starting to show up on Facebook and Instagram, with great comments, so he is getting a little "viral" coverage.
There isn't a lot one man can do in the face of something like this. But there is always something. And Ethan is Doing Something on his own, without waiting on anyone else. He is standing up for what he believes, not hanging about to see if anyone else is willing to stand with him.
And that is the kind of courage that makes America, America.
My sons are all three very fine men, and they continually amaze and impress me. Pride in my children is something they have earned by their own actions and lives. Every once in a while, they will each do something that takes my breath away. And that is how I feel right now.
I'm very proud of my American Son today.