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Election must not be day that America ‘shrugged’

Orson Swindle

Orson Swindle

My wife, Angie, and I saw “2016: Obama’s America” recently while in the Denver area. I hope that every citizen will take the time and be open-minded enough to see it, too. The movie producer is Gerald Molen, the producer of the Academy Award-winning “Schindler’s List.” The author and co-director is Dinesh D’Souza, an intellectual, a distinguished author and journalist, a conservative, and an honest man in every respect. His brief background may be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinesh_D’Souza.

I have spent a lifetime in service to our country. I have known many who died in service to our country, and I almost lost my life, too, in the process. Spending over six years as a POW gave me time to think about our country, with all of its blessings, and, yes, its flaws ... and my responsibilities.

In my lifetime, we truly have been remarkable and exceptional. We have been a force for good throughout the world. We have led the way and helped remove dictators and tyrants, and we have sacrificed so much national blood and treasure in those causes. We have given millions the opportunities of freedom and independence. We, unlike any other nation, have come to the aid of those suffering in natural disasters. I am proud of our country, the goodness of our history, and our continuing efforts to correct our flaws.

Barack Obama is the antithesis of the America I have known — the America for which I have willingly accepted personal sacrifice, extreme challenges and hardships, and lost many friends doing the same thing.

The re-election of Barack Obama would obviously mean a majority of the voters in this country have chosen to give away the freedom and opportunity for which countless thousands have sacrificed and paid the ultimate price. If he is re-elected, the blood of our demise as a vibrant, exceptional and generous nation will be on our hands, and the ghosts of those who sacrificed so much for us will be stirred. Those who allow this by their own lethargy and those who vote for Obama will have chosen to steer our country toward darkness, unlike anything anyone living today has ever experienced.

It is time to grow up and vote for the founding principles of our country and to vote with intelligence, not emotion. Obama’s America will not be able to do the great things of the past that made us exceptional, the greatest force in history for freedom, economic growth, innovation and generosity. Obama’s vision of America is based upon economic and social policies and philosophy that have never worked, but have been tried repeatedly in modern history ... and failed. In a word, his re-election would be a disaster for us all, especially for our children and grandchildren.

His re-election would be an insult, a crime, and a tragedy to all of us, and those consequences and the mentality behind them, have been in the spotlight this past week at the Democrat National Convention, where lies and absurdities prevailed. I hope you have taken the time to watch the spectacle.

I personally think of our granddaughters, triplets, now almost 3 years old. I consider a vote for Obama an extremely abusive act toward those little girls, one that I will not take lightly. We Americans have always passed along a country that is better, more prosperous, more noble, more generous; economically and militarily stronger; a country more moral and rational; and a country more willing to lead and sacrifice for freedom, and the freedom others deserve, than we inherited. Voting for Obama is a vote to abandon our history, our heritage, our character, our obligations and our future. As I said, I think of our granddaughters, and I am reminded of our founding fathers, of the sacrifices of so many which made my America possible, and how such a vote would do great harm to those adorable little girls and my country. My tolerance for Obama supporters will cease to exist.

I recently received some thoughts from a dear and courageous old friend from our difficult days in Hanoi, who, like me, was watching the Democrat National Convention. I agree with him totally and wanted to share his heartfelt thoughts:

“... If those folks really do represent half or more of the electorate, then this certainly is not the America I grew up in as a poor kid, with an opportunity to better myself, through my own intelligence and hard work. It is a socialist/communist country that will rapidly kill the goose that lays the golden eggs, to soon thereafter become perhaps the largest poverty-stricken, third-world country on the planet!

“If that is my future, then I ‘resent’ it and I’m ‘offended’ by it (for all the good THAT will do an Anglo two-percenter!). Anyone who is eligible to vote and doesn’t do so in November will absolutely DESERVE the government their inaction secures for us all! For my part, however, having lived in a Communist prison for nearly six and one-half years, I will resist, in every way possible, with all means at my disposal, until my dying breath!”

To that, I say, “Amen, and God bless you!”

I have rambled too long, but this election is too important. Those who would vote for Obama want the government to run our lives; they wish for the producers in our country to support the takers and looters who contribute little to nothing; they revel in envy and class warfare (something that is foreign to me). If you watched them, you have seen speaker after speaker denigrating the country I love, the religion I grew up with, the hard work, the traditions and history I treasure, the independence and freedom that have been America, and the honor of those who sacrificed so much for us. This is a destructive crowd, seemingly (and maybe emotionally and immaturely) hell-bent on destroying the country I love. I have had it.

Please see this movie; please share this with friends, family and loved ones. Those among you who disagree with me, take a chance on enlightenment and see the movie. If you have not read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” you should. Written in 1957, she describes an America where the “takers” (those expecting the producers and government to give them everything, to share the profits of their endeavors) demand more and more and the bureaucrats and politicians comply ... and America descends into darkness. I heard interviews with Democrat delegates on Wednesday night at the DNC saying profit should be outlawed. You will be amazed at how accurately “Atlas Shrugged” reflects where we are heading tomorrow if Obama is re-elected. We must defeat Obama, and, I say again, my tolerance for his supporters has ceased to exist, as likely will a few friendships. But that is OK!

Wake up, America! It is almost too late.

A native of Thomasville who grew up in Camilla, Orson Swindle is a member of the board of directors of Citizens Against Government Waste (www.cagw.org) and has been active in veterans affairs, conservative politics and public service for more than 30 years. A retired Marine lieutenant colonel, during the Vietnam War he was an aviator and, after being shot down, was held in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp for more than six years. He has served as assistant secretary of Commerce in the Reagan administration, as Georgia state director of the Farmers Home Administration and as a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. He and his wife, Angie, reside in Alexandria, Va. He may be contacted at orsonIII@comcast.net.

Comments

FryarTuk 2 years, 1 month ago

Orson Swindle is a big bloviating wind bag. He's a right wing nut who has run for congress in Hawaii, been the front man for Ross Perot against George Bush, Sr. and a character witness for Harris Morgan, the Camilla Pharmacist convicted of 69 counts of medicaid fraud in 2009. He traded in his celebrated veteran status to become a hack lobbyist who works in the fringes.

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RedEric 2 years, 1 month ago

Fryar Tuk using the weapon of the progressives. Attack the messenger instead of the message. What is your opinion of the movie Fryar?

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FryarTuk 2 years, 1 month ago

Well, Red, you've certainly uncovered my secret strategy. This is an opinion article by a person who wants to influence people with his opinion. He has dubious standing to do so which should be pointed out. I really don't understand The Herald's presentation of the article. Well, that's freedom of the press for you.

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Trustbuster 2 years, 1 month ago

I know Mr. Swindle. He is a descent and honest American. Swindle endured endless torture and pain at the hands of his N. Vietnamese captors. Also at the Hanoi Hilton was other special guests John McCain and Rick Seahorn. I agree with his article if people don't vote how can you change the direction of the nation. My hat is off to this veteran.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

FryarTuk hates all politicians except Ron Paul. It seems to define his political views. Why is it all the "Paulbots" become so single-tracked in their minds that they can't see anything but the nose in front of their faces? It's weird and a little scary.

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FryarTuk 2 years, 1 month ago

My hat is off and my heart is appreciative of this man for his service. He should have stayed retired. Anybody running around spouting about Ayn Rand's fictional work and linking it to America has been attending a successor session of the John Birch Society. Then to support the pharmacist that defrauded the American taxpayer of millions of medicaid dollars, what chutzpah!

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agirl_25 2 years, 1 month ago

hmmmmm.......I don't care about the other stuff...but you say he was a character witness for the cheating phamacist in Camilla huh? I am going to email him about that. I am now in the process of going over discrepencies in my EOBs with Medicare and Tricare4Life....I have some doctors to report....I go over them with a fine toothed comb and will NOT tolerate cheating the Government out of money....that is why I am on Heard's tail and am hounding everyone I can think of, from Shameless Bishop to NBC's Nightline about what is going on in SOWEGA. OK must go....have emails to get to..........Evil (that would be me...hehehehe)...never rests...hahahaha..cackle cackle.

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FryarTuk 2 years, 1 month ago

Albany Herald, Wed, Dec. 15, 2010 - Also called to the stand was former Federal Trade Commissioner and deputy U.S. Commerce Secretary Orson Swindle, who told Sands that sentencing Morgan to prison would be a death sentence because of the cancer that he has developed since he was charged.

"Be careful not to make a mistake a crime," Swindle told Sands. "Good people make mistakes, but mistakes aren't crimes. This was just an awful mistake ... This man is not a felon. He made a mistake, a costly mistake, but he's not a felon."

Note: The felon did not have a deadly disease. He is still up and walking around and hasn't served a second of the 30 month sentence Judge Sands handed down. Bankers and bullshooters from all around testified at this crook's legal proceedings. The "mistake" was defrauding taxpayers millions of dollars in medicaid money. What a petty mistake. Now tell me what work of fiction does this guy want us to read? Or view?

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agirl_25 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks Fryar....may I copy and paste that into the email I will be sending to Mr. Swindle?

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FryarTuk 2 years, 1 month ago

The story belongs to the paper. Go for it .

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bigjim 2 years, 1 month ago

Atlas Shrugged Part 2 will be in theaters Oct 12.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

Having read "Atlas Shrugged" twice, I must wholeheartedly agree with Swindle's statement "You will be amazed at how accurately “Atlas Shrugged” reflects where we are heading tomorrow if Obama is re-elected." (And it's already in progress........).

And though I do not agree with Ayn Rand's entire philosophy (nor Ron Paul's), much of what she thought has great relevance for our future. Remember, she grew up in Russia and lived through the Soviet Communist Party takeover. Read her novel about it called "We The Living".

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FryarTuk 2 years, 1 month ago

Folks, come on. Where are the free martinis? You have got to be kidding me. Ranting about ficationalized plots and movies by a fruitloop like Ayn Rand? And they are letting you vote with just a picture identification? This is absolutely hilarious. It is reminiscent of Richard Nixon watching and rewatching Patton before he developed strategy for the Viet Nam War. At least Patton had moderate historical truth and superb acting.

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BettyBowTie 2 years, 1 month ago

Yikes, I shall have to look into all that about Orson. Bad timing to say he is some kind of cousin of mine lol?

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BettyBowTie 2 years, 1 month ago

Not an Ayn Rand fan myself, but I thought most Libertarians were. I saw her in an interview years ago and instantly disliked the woman.

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FryarTuk 2 years, 1 month ago

It's been an on again off again relationship between libertarians (small l) and Ayn Rand. Truth is all of them have read and studied her to varying degrees. Ron Paul has acknowledged that her philosophical constructs impacted his thinking in the 1960's regarding economics and individualism. He does include her works on his recommended reading list. As do I also, Karl Marx, Adolf Hitler and Thomas Jefferson. Dr.Paul said "I consider all of Rand's novels worth reading, in spite of my strong disagreements with her on important matters." I don't subscribe to a party D, R, or L. That is what Rand taught me to shrug.

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tywebb 2 years, 1 month ago

I think Ron Paul liked her more than you think. after all....he did name his son after her

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FryarTuk 2 years, 1 month ago

Perhaps you are right. His interest in Rand's writing appears to have focused in the 60's which probably was when the Sen was born. I really don't know where the name came from it doesn't really matter. Most of the capable political thinkers of Ron Paul's ilk have long sense moved from Ayn Rand's fiction. If you want to argue against the collectivism of Stalin, okay. But that's not the issue and didn't become the issue so objectivism became/proved irrelevant. If you want to talk socialism or oligarchical adventurism there are a lot better philosophical tools around to fight with. Ayn Rand's work belongs in high school and college classes. Mitt's boy Paul Ryand, he's going to be beat silly with it. I've been so surprised as to how this guy is reacting on his campaign.

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tywebb 2 years, 1 month ago

shoot, i was going for humor there. maybe it is true. go figure

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

So I guess it's OK for Ron "Messiah #2" Paul to change his mind across the years of his political career but others cannot without receiving a blistering attack and complete dismissal as to their legitimacy by you FryarTuk. Hmmmmmm...........

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USTPC 2 years, 1 month ago

Not sure about any of the other stuff related to Swindle but he does say several things that are hard to argue with:

"Barack Obama is the antithesis of the America I have known"

"The re-election of Barack Obama would obviously mean a majority of the voters in this country have chosen to give away the freedom and opportunity for which countless thousands have sacrificed and paid the ultimate price"

"If those folks really do represent half or more of the electorate, then this certainly is not the America I grew up in as a poor kid, with an opportunity to better myself, through my own intelligence and hard work. It is a socialist/communist country that will rapidly kill the goose that lays the golden eggs, to soon thereafter become perhaps the largest poverty-stricken, third-world country on the planet!"

Start stocking up on food, guns, and ammunition because if Obama is re-elected you will need all three to survive.

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FryarTuk 2 years, 1 month ago

Sounds like you know what's coming so it shouldn't come as much of a shock. With the two fellows running for the GOP the handwriting is on the wall.

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QUIK 2 years, 1 month ago

Why is it not surpising that the majority of southerner males hate or dislike the democrats. Just go to any other nation and you will find dislike or hatred for the other political party. It's par for the course. But for a few people on this planet it seems, they believe someone greater has everything under control. For everyone else it's PANIC TIME.

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lynn227 2 years, 1 month ago

Orson Swindle, find a rocking chair on the back porch...and stay there! Another dried up old white man who longs for 'the good ole days'. How does that children's story go? "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" Please take your meds, Mr. Swindle!

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

Another Racies comment from Lynn. Thank you Lynn!

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

lynn227...what is YOUR ideal future for America? A Stalin-esque collective where all the "dried up old white men" are rounded up, shot and buried in mass graves? While all the formerly Oppressed run the show?

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USTPC 2 years, 1 month ago

I think her view is that the government will take care of all her needs. That the constitution is outdated and needs replaced. That the rich people are bad (forgetting that all the politicians preaching that garbage are part of the 1%) and should "share the wealth". I will bet she is also under 40 because that seems to be the group most enamored with Obama and the path he is taking us down.

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jamesgriffin 2 years, 1 month ago

I notice that not one negative comment above is from anyone who has seen the movie. No one has commented on its (the film's) conclusions. Rather, they engage in denigrating a good man's opinion out of fear they might just agree with him if they saw the movie. Instead, they would rather "drink the purple Kool-Aid" and blindly rally around a party that is taking us in the wrong direction. Take Orson's challenge: Go see the film and draw your own conclusion. Then take mine: Come back to this op-ed and write your opinion on it's views. I doubt I'll have even one taker. Instead, you'll continue to believe that the philosophy of "we shouldn't have to work, just do what the government says and they will take care of us".

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savealbany 2 years, 1 month ago

I am thankful for the many military veterans, like Col. Swindle, who put their lives on the line to keep this country great. So many soldiers did not live long enough to become "old men". If anyone deserves to be heard, it is Col. Swindle. If the Marine base in Albany were to close, what would happen to Albany? What is the unemployment rate in Albany now? We need more people working and less just talking, taking hateful jabs at others. When I ride around Albany and see all of the closed stores, and the idle people standing around, I am deeply saddened. Get productive, bloggers, not hateful.

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