What I Am
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In today’s America, ask a growing number of high school and college students; their teachers and professors; the self-anointed media elite and/or ...
November 10th, 2004 11:58 AM
What I Am
You’re a Republican???
In today’s America, ask a growing number of high school and college students; their teachers and professors; the self-anointed media elite and/or hard working men and women of all ethnicities, the question, “What is a Republican?”, and you’ll be told “… a rich, greedy, egotistical individual, motivated only by money and the desire to accumulate more and more of it, at the expense of the environment … the working poor ….and all whom they exploit…”
I am a Republican … I am none of those things… and I don’t know any Republicans who are.
WHAT I AM … first and foremost, is a loving husband of some 52 plus years, the father of four and an American who’s proud of his country… and his country’s heritage.
WHAT I AM … is the grandson of immigrants who risked everything, including their lives and those of their children, to escape tyranny in search of freedom.
WHAT I AM … is a man who grew up during the Depression and witnessed, first hand, the effects of the Stock Market crash and the soup lines that followed. I watched as both my parents and grand parents, who had very little themselves, share what food they had with a half dozen other families, who had even less.
WHAT I AM … is someone who worked his way through college by holding down three and four jobs at a time and then used that education to build a better life.
WHAT I AM … is a husband who, at age 24, started his own business for the “privilege” of working 60, 70 and 80 hours a week, risking everything I had, including my health, in search of a better life for myself and my loved ones.
WHAT I AM … is a businessman whose blood, sweat and tears…. and plenty of them…, made it possible for me to provide a secure living, not only for my family and myself, but also for literally hundreds of my employees throughout the years. Employees, who in turn, were able to buy their own homes, raise their own families and give back to their communities and their country.
WHAT I AM … is a man who believes in God; a God who has blessed this country… and all for which it stands.
WHAT I AM … is someone who knows, if you doubt miracles exist in today’s world, you need only to look into the face of those who received them … and the eyes of those who give them.
WHAT I AM … is an American who’s proud that his President embraces a belief in God; proud of a President who understands, as “politically incorrect” as it may be, there is evil in this world and for the security and safety of all freedom loving people everywhere, it must be confronted… and it must be defeated.
WHAT I AM … is an American who takes comfort in the knowledge that our President refuses to allow decisions concerning the very safety and security of this nation, to be governed by the political whims of foreign governments.
WHAT I AM … is tired of hearing from leading Democrats who see only negativity in America; racism in her people; class warfare in her society and “political incorrectness” in her character.
WHAT I AM … is a former democrat who now understands that it is the soldier and not the reporter that guarantees us our freedoms of press, speech and dissent.
WHAT I AM … is a man who believes in the sanctity of life. A man who is repulsed by the pandering of the political left for votes, at the expense of the unborn.
WHAT I AM … is a husband and father who believes in the sanctity of marriage and the preservation of the family unit.
WHAT I AM … is a movie go-er who is repulsed by those insecure, socially inept, elementary thinking, ego-inflated “entertainers” who have appointed themselves “experts” in the fields of national security and geo-politics and then use their forum to attack this nation, its leaders and its actions…. much to the delight and encouragement of our enemies.
WHAT I AM … is an American who understands the difference between “censorship” and “choice”. Evidently, these individuals do not, because when these same “celebrities” receive public ridicule for their offensive actions, the first thing they yell is “Censorship!”. What they seem incapable of understanding is… the right of free speech and dissent is shared equally by those offended… as well as those who offend. I support and will continue to support those films and performers whom I choose to … and refuse to support those I don’t. It is my right as an American … a right I will continue to enthusiastically exercise.
WHAT I AM … is a voter, tired of politicians, who, every time their voting records are subjected to public scrutiny, try to divert attention from their political and legislative failures by accusing their opponents of “attack ads” and “negative campaigning”…. and the news media who allow them to get away with it.
WHAT I AM … is a Catholic who loves his God and his Faith… and who’s been taught to respect all religions whose teachings are based in love, peace and charity. As such, I am embarrassed and ashamed of those individuals, in both private and public life, whose decisions and actions are devoid of any sense of character or morals; individuals who are only driven by what’s best for them … rather than what’s right … often times at the expense of many …. including our national security.
WHAT I AM … is a realist who understands that the terrorist attack that murdered hundreds of innocent Russian children could have occurred here, in our heartland. That’s why I sincerely believe America needs now, more than ever, a President who sees with a clear and focused vision and who speaks with a voice when heard by both friend and foe alike, is understood, respected and believed.
WHAT I AM … is eternally grateful to Ronald Reagan for having the bravery to speak out against Communism and the courage of his convictions in leading the fight to defeat it; and George W. Bush for the vision, courage, conviction and leadership he has shown in America’s war on terrorism amidst both the constant and vicious, personal and political attacks both he and his family are made to endure.
WHAT I AM … is a human being, full of numerous faults and failures, but a man nonetheless, who, though not always successful, has continually strived to do “what’s right” instead of “what’s easy”. A man who is challenging the religious leaders of all faiths, to not only preach to their congregations the fundamentals of “what’s right” and “what’s wrong”, but to also then hold them accountable for their actions in both the public and private sectors.
WHAT I AM … is disgusted with the Courts who, on one hand, call the murder of a pregnant woman a “double homicide” but then refer to the abortion of her baby as, “pro-choice”.
WHAT I AM … is someone deeply troubled by a political party which embraces a candidate whose primary “leadership” qualities center around his protesting of the Vietnam war and his labeling the honorable men and women who fought in it, (50,000 of whom gave their lives in that action), as rapists, and war criminals. That same political party then stepped forward this year to block the appearance of a true Vietnam war hero, retired Admiral and former United States Senator, Jeremiah Denton, (a man who spent seven years and seven torturous months in a North Vietnam prison), from speaking before an open session of the California legislature as part of that state’s 4th of July celebration. The reason Democrats gave for refusing to allow this American hero to speak before their state legislature was because of the “conservative” nature of his views. As an American, that troubles me deeply ….as well it should you.
WHAT I AM … is a man who feels the need to spend, $104, 655.60,(tax paid) of his own money, to purchase this advertisement, in order to set the story straight. Some may say this money would have been better spent feeding the world’s poor. At the risk of sounding self-serving, as an American and as a Republican, for the last six decades of my life, I have done exactly that… and more. Following the examples of my parents and grand parents, I have used my earnings to feed the poor, shelter the homeless, provide housing for the elderly and medical care for the sick….. and continue to do so… and I’m not alone in that work.
WHAT I AM … is someone who is paying for this announcement, at my sole expense, in hopes of opening the eyes of those led blindly by ill-informed elements of our great nation, who, through either ignorance, or malicious intent, repeatedly attack and belittle those of us who belong to a political party that holds true to the belief, “… the rights of the governed, exceed the power of the government”. For those interested, I am speaking only as a tax-paying individual who is in no way associated with The Republican National Committee, nor with any of its directors, or delegates.
WHAT I AM … is a man who understands, “the American way of life” is a message of self-empowerment for all.
WHAT I AM … is an American who is grateful that our nation gives each of us the opportunity of self-determination and the right to benefit from the fruits of self achievement.
WHAT I AM … is an American who wants to preserve that way of life for all who seek it.
WHAT I AM … is blessed to be an American…. and proud to be Republican.
George J. Esseff, Sr.
November 10th, 2004 11:58 AM
December 15th, 2004 11:30 PM
What I Am.....A Sheep dog
On Sheep, Sheepdogs, and Wolves
By Dave Grossman
One Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel,
once said this to me: \"Most of the people in our
society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive
creatures who can only hurt one another by
accident.\" This is true. Remember, the murder rate
is six per 100,000 per year, and the aggravated
assault rate is four per 1,000 per year. What this
means is that the vast majority of Americans are not
inclined to hurt one another.
Some estimates say that two million Americans
are victims of violent crimes every year, a tragic,
staggering number, perhaps an all-time record rate
of violent crime. But there are almost 300 million
Americans, which means that the odds of being a
victim of violent crime is considerably less than
one in a hundred on any given year. Furthermore,
since many violent crimes are committed by repeat
offenders, the actual number of violent citizens is
considerably less than two million.
Thus there is a paradox, and we must grasp
both ends of the situation: We may well be in the
most violent times in history, but violence is still
remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are
kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting
each other, except by accident or under extreme
provocation. They are sheep.
I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep.
To me it is like the pretty, blue robin\'s egg.
Inside it is soft and gooey but someday it will grow
into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive
without its hard blue shell. Police officers,
soldiers, and other warriors are like that shell,
and someday the civilization they protect will grow
into something wonderful. For now, though, they need
warriors to protect them from the predators.
\"Then there are the wolves,\" the old war
veteran said, \"and the wolves feed on the sheep
without mercy.\" Do you believe there are wolves out
there that will feed on the flock without mercy? You
better believe it. There are evil men in this world
and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you
forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a
sheep. There is no safety in denial.
\"Then there are sheepdogs,\" he went on, \"and
I\'m a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and
confront the wolf.\"...
If you have no capacity for violence then you
are a healthy productive citizen, a sheep. If you
have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your
fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive
sociopath, a wolf. But what if you have a capacity
for violence, and a deep love for your fellow
citizens? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a
warrior, someone who is walking the hero\'s path.
Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness,
into the universal human phobia, and walk out
Let me expand on this old soldier\'s excellent
model of the sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. We know
that the sheep live in denial, which is what makes
them sheep. They do not want to believe that there
is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that
fires can happen, which is why they want fire
extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire
exits throughout their kids'schools.
But many of them are outraged at the idea of
putting an armed police officer in their kid\'s
school. Our children are thousands of times more
likely to be killed or seriously injured by school
violence than fire, but the sheep\'s only response to
the possibility of violence is denial. The idea of
someone coming to kill or harm their child is just
too hard, and so they chose the path of denial.
The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog.
He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the
capacity for violence. The difference, though, is
that the sheepdog must not, cannot and will not ever
harm the sheep. Any sheepdog who intentionally harms
the lowliest little lamb will be punished and
removed. The world cannot work any other way, at
least not in a representative democracy or a
republic such as ours.
Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is
a constant reminder that there are wolves in the
land. They would prefer that he didn\'t tell them
where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand
at the ready in our airports in camouflage fatigues
holding an M-16. The sheep would much rather have
the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself
white, and go, \"Baa.\"
Until the wolf shows up! Then the entire flock
tries desperately to hide behind one lonely
The students, the victims, at Columbine High
School were big, tough high school students, and
under ordinary circumstances they would not have had
the time of day for a police officer. They were not
bad kids; they just had nothing to say to a cop.
When the school was under attack, however, and SWAT
teams were clearing the rooms and hallways, the
officers had to physically peel those clinging,
sobbing kids off of them. This is how the little
lambs feel about their sheepdog when the wolf is at
Look at what happened after September 11, 2001
when the wolf pounded hard on the door. Remember how
America, more than ever before, felt differently
about their law enforcement officers and military
personnel? Remember how many times you heard the
Understand that there is nothing morally
superior about being a sheepdog; it is just what you
choose to be. Also understand that a sheepdog is a
funny critter: He is always sniffing around out on
the perimeter, checking the breeze, barking at
things that go bump in the night, and yearning for a
righteous battle. That is, the young sheepdogs yearn
for a righteous battle. The old sheepdogs are a
little older and wiser, but they move to the sound
of the guns when needed right along with the young
Here is how the sheep and the sheepdog think
differently. The sheep pretend the wolf will never
come, but the sheepdog lives for that day. After the
attacks on September 11, 2001, most of the sheep,
that is, most citizens in America said, \"Thank God I
wasn\'t on one of those planes.\" The sheepdogs, the
warriors, said, \"Dear God, I wish I could have been
on one of those planes. Maybe I could have made a
difference.\" When you are truly transformed into a
warrior and have truly invested yourself into
warriorhood, you want to be there. You want to be
able to make a difference.
There is nothing morally superior about the
sheepdog, the warrior, but he does have one real
advantage. Only one. And that is that he is able to
survive and thrive in an environment that destroys
98 percent of the population.
There was research conducted a few years ago
with individuals convicted of violent crimes. These
cons were in prison for serious, predatory crimes of
violence: assaults, murders and killing law
enforcement officers. The vast majority said that
they specifically targeted victims by body language:
slumped walk, passive behavior and lack of
awareness. They chose their victims like big cats do
in Africa, when they select one out of the herd that
is least able to protect itself.
Some people may be destined to be sheep and
others might be genetically primed to be wolves or
sheepdogs. But I believe that most people can choose
which one they want to be, and I\'m proud to say that
more and more Americans are choosing to become
Seven months after the attack on September 11,
2001, Todd Beamer was honored in his hometown of
Cranbury, New Jersey. Todd, as you recall, was the
man on Flight 93 over Pennsylvania who called on his
cell phone to alert an operator from United Airlines
about the hijacking. When he learned of the other
three passenger planes that had been used as
weapons, Todd dropped his phone and uttered the
words, \"Let\'s roll,\" which authorities believe was a
signal to the other passengers to confront the
terrorist hijackers. In one hour, a transformation
occurred among the passengers - athletes, business
people and parents. -- From sheep to sheepdogs and
together they fought the wolves, ultimately saving
an unknown number of lives on the ground.
Here is the point I like to emphasize;
especially to the thousands of police officers and
soldiers I speak to each year. In nature the sheep,
real sheep, are born as sheep. Sheepdogs are born
that way, and so are wolves. They didn\'t have a
choice. But you are not a critter. As a human being,
you can be whatever you want to be.
ExSoldier\'s personal note: Here I would add to this impressive essay for it does not address those of us NOT in the aforementioned professions of security or protection, but rather those who CHOOSE to be a sheepdog (I myself would categorize myself as a Newfoundland Dog...but same same) by arming ourselves and staying skilled with those arms. For in this category, there are many more sheepdogs mixed into the herds of sheep than the wolves will ever know or recognize until it\'s too late for them.