“The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” As we celebrate this Memorial day week-end, with a lot of pomp and circumstance to recognize and celebrate the American soldier, a young American Marine is still being held in a Mexican jail, for making a wrong turn, traveling to California.

Yesterday, in a televised interview with his mother, she reported he had been chained to his bed for days. It has now been a coupla months since he was incarcerated by Mexican police after making a wrong turn into Mexico, traveling from Florida to California.

Memorial Day is an event that celebrates all American soldiers, as it should be. Many festivals of music, speeches, awards, travel, picnicking, monuments and medals. We celebrate the best and bravest among us, in spite of all the shocking news about mistreatment in the Veterans Administration, of the sick and wounded. Some dying and committing suicide as a result of the absence of help from the very government they so bravely fought to protect.

Then there’s the story about the young American Marine, returning from two tours in Afghanistan, being arrested and held in a Mexican jail, simply because he made a wrong turn, winding up on Mexican turf, on his way to California over two months ago.

While the American taxpayer funds the Mexican Embassy, and pays for Ambassador John Kerry to visit Mexico last week, and the U.S. government forks over millions into the Mexican economy, and the Commander-in-Chief, the U.S. president, has done nothing effectively for the release of a wrongly jailed American soldier in a foreign country, today we celebrate the American soldier. There is something contradictory and wrong here.

Christ said, “If you have done it to the least of them you have done it unto me.”

According to the U.S. Constitution, the main purpose of a centralized Federal government is to protect the citizenry from foreign and domestic enemies. If another government in another country can jail innocent American citizens, and our government fails to come to the rescue, by demanding immediate release of an American soldier, then this government has failed to perform its number one duty, and the American people should rise up in protest.

Why are we spending billions to finance a war in Afghanistan, sending thousands to this foreign country to die, and failing to stand-up and act properly to protect this one American marine, behind bars, just across the border; how do we as decent people justify this kind of unjust mistreatment?

It was Milton Freidman who said: “Bad moral values triumphs over good intentions.” If it is the good intentions of the American people, to work and support a government and a military, to “protect” from “foreign and domestic enemies” and we sit idly by while another foreign government jails and chains to a bed in a prison, one of our own soldiers, there is obviously a gross failure, by the government, the military and Commander-in-Chief, and we the people, allowing this to take place. Silence gives consent.

In the midst of a long list of Federal debacles, not the least of which is the mistreatment of returning injured soldiers by the Veterans Administration handling of the sick and injured, we are now hearing, billions of back taxes owed by thousands of highly paid government workers, and over 70 percent of those employed by veterans hospitals are Union members.. What does this mean? Does it mean Union bosses writing the script for returning veteran treatment? Who is behind the absence of protection, for this one American soldier, sitting in a Mexican jail, simply because he took a wrong turn on the freeway?.

I for one, who spent 24 years married to a military soldier, who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam; it was my impression the United States military was a very structured disciplined organization, with a commander-in-chief, the President of the United States in charge.. And the dedication of military personnel to loyalty and bravery we celebrate today, was well-deserved. But something has happened in this country, which has obviously undermined the very foundation of that which this nation once stood.

What is it and why is it? Something so evil and insidious has happened in this once great nation, there is an abandonment of an American soldier, tied to a bed in Mexican jail, as a result of his making a wrong turn on the freeway. And why is it the Secretary of State, who is over all the foreign embassies, who was in Mexico this past week, and did nothing (effectively) for the release of the Young American Marine?

And why is it our president and Commander-in-Chief, spending time talking to President of Russia Putin, about happenings in Ukraine, while abandoning an America soldier to rot in a Mexican jail?

As we celebrate Memorial Day today, a reminder of the 4th of July, which celebrates freedom just around the corner. And a reminder that one among us, a U.S. soldier who has dedicated his life to fighting for freedom in this country, has been wrongly accused and jailed in a foreign country just over the border, and our government is not taking effective action for his release.

From Judge Learned Hand, Judge U.S. Appeals court, comes this quote: “I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon Constitutions, upon law and upon courts. These are false hopes, believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men & women; when it dies there, no law, no court can even do much to help it. While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law and no courts to save it.”

Let Freedom Ring

Just me AC
Email: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

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  1. SWL says:

    One suggestion: give the name of the imprisoned soldier. His nam needs to be in the news and before members of Congress.