|A collage put together by my sister-in-law Barbara Tipton (John's wife) of me and my brothers Isaac and John and our parents - who raised us right|
|Me and my brothers Isaac and John - civilians|
...who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it -- that that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ... [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
A candidate for president who demonstrated in support of the Vietnam war for his peers yet spent his draft eligibility years bicycling around France, making love letters in the sand to his future wife Anne.
I could go on and on such as no member of Romney's family ever served in the military; father, grandfather or great-grandfather yet they have reaped so many rewards from the land of opportunity called the United States of America.
My heart goes out to all those young men and women who have lost limbs and are permanently disabled for the rest of their lives by the war of choice in Iraq.
And finally, it doesn't help those who have lost their loved ones but I salute and have the utmost respect for those families who have lost their loved ones during their tour of duty in the service.
|My brother John Lee Tipton - 1962|
|My brother Isaac Walter Tipton, Jr. - 1962|
Many members of my family have also done so, just like members of millions of other American families. At this one time of year we recognize and appreciate them. They deserve our recognition year round.
|Me (Big Brother) Ronald Walter Tipton - 1960|
Do you part, if you see a man or women in uniform or discover an older man or woman who is a veteran, thank them for their service. I always do as does my partner Bill (who is also a nine year veteran of both the Army and Air Force). It will make you feel better and it will always bring a smile to that veteran's face. There is no greater good that we can do.
|Me (center) and brothers Isaac (left) and John (right) - 1951 - during more innocent years|