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  •  Thank you for your thoughts pajoly. (9+ / 0-)

    It is very well written. And, as a parent of kids currently in college, I have gone down some of the path you outlined. You show more disciplined control in your diary and comments than I might have managed (slightly righteous rants are allowed here, last I checked). Perhaps your discipline is a reflection of your service or, perhaps it comes from being part of a family with a fuckton of siblings (like mine). Either way, good job.

    I am not a vet, I am of the age that hit the sweet spot between our aggressions. Too young for Vietnam (just barely), too old before the next shit hit the fan. And from a time when one could "work your way" through college with no debts at the end. Lucky.

    But my kids? Yes I agree with you. They know that they should feel free to go wherever. They are both bilingual in Spanish at least. Both are in College now, and plan to take advantage of study abroad programs to at least spend a semester or two in different countries during there studies.

    Perhaps some of the folks giving you grief aren't parents.
    You made me recognize that I think of myself as: Father-Husband, Citizen. As time goes on and they gain their independence, the fatherhood part lessens as it should.

    Personally, I plan to stay here and fight the fuckers. That doesn't mean I should require my children to do the same.

    •  I appreciate the thoughtful reply and you've (3+ / 0-)
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      nailed it as well. I'd not been aware of the decline during the '80s or 90s. I was making my way back then and focused more inward. All the data though shows the decline started then. But I tend to think the national attitude and Inc. takeover have rapidly accelerated starting with Bush II, but then thrown into hyperdrive under Obama. The Right became apoplectic about the black guy, but at the same time, the black guy emerged as a champion for plutocracy. That's the real amazement; the Right -- by all empirical data -- should be thrilled with Obama. Who'd have thunk it?

      I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

      by pajoly on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 06:16:57 AM PST

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      •  Just curious (0+ / 0-)

        when were you in Germany. I was station at Schwabstadl with the 534th Signal in 1980/81 with the Pershing 2

          •  I'm calling it B.S. (0+ / 0-)

            that you served.

            •  Why, because I did not answer you in a few (0+ / 0-)

              minutes after you posted? Dude, it is Saturday. My daughter had a softball game (my wife is the coach) and my son had baseball practice. I answered upon my return and have tried to faithfully participate since I published the diary.

              I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

              by pajoly on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 04:46:05 PM PST

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              •  My commander was Capt. Frank Fiala (0+ / 0-)

                I was in Bravo Battery at the Badenerhof Kaserne. You can see it here.

                http://www.youtube.com/...

                I found a pic of my Captain.Seems he is living in Huntsville. What I remeber most about him was he had long legs and ran easily. Even at over 6'3", if never liked running and in those vineyards overlooking the town, though the view was nice, running sucked...especially in a formation of drying out guys who'd had many a Hoffbrau the night before. We called the accompanying gas the "purple haze." What more would you like to know?

                I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

                by pajoly on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 04:56:43 PM PST

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        •  Heilbronn in 1984-85 (5+ / 0-)
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          52nd Field Artillery, Pershing 2

          I enjoyed the heck out of Germany and have nothing but fond memories of the place. Mark rate was as high as 3.6 to the dollar. NCOs buying decent used Bimmers and Mercedes. I loved the trains and the Autobahn. Sometimes we just got on a train, checked our pockets, and said, "Hmm, we've enough to go X far, spend a night, find a place to crash and come back." Sometimes we'd rent a Golf and drive 110MPH on perfect roads.

          I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

          by pajoly on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 11:32:46 AM PST

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        •  By the way, if you've the integrity (0+ / 0-)

          an apology would be nice.

          I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

          by pajoly on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 05:01:54 PM PST

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