This week in Yorkshire, a local man named Thomas Mair killed the Labour MP Jo Cox on the street outside a public library. He shot her, stabbed her and kicked her as she lay bleeding on the ground, and witnesses report that he shouted ‘Britain first!’ ‘Britain First’ is the name of a far-right political organization; Mair, it turned out, had a history of involvement with racist and white supremacist groups. Jo Cox, on the other hand, was a vocal campaigner for the rights of migrants and refugees. The police have confirmed that she was deliberately targeted—Mair didn’t just go on a rampage and shoot whoever got in his way. Yet people who knew him described him as a quiet, non-violent man, considerate of his neighbours and devoted to his mother.
Almost exactly a year earlier, on June 17, 2015, another white supremacist, Dylann Roof, had entered a church in…
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Sorry folks, but I have reached my limit. I am sick and tired of veterans being used as pawns for political gain and/or hate and bigotry. Veterans are not pawns. We are people with feelings. We chose to serve our country.
We do not ask for special favors. We do not seek special treatment. We do not want anything except what was promised to us. That is the very basic thing about being a veteran. After our service, we did what we could, just like everyone else to support our families.
Yes, many of us do have “special needs” that require us to seek assistance. Some of us were wounded in battle. Some of us were wounded in saving lives. Some of us suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Some of us suffer from injuries caused by our jobs.
For the most part, you will not hear veterans complain about their problems. …
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