First, let me tell you a little more about the organization that presents this reputable award. The American Patriot Award is presented by the National Defense University Foundation. According to their official website, this "is an accredited graduate-level university under the direction of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and is the country’s premier center for Joint Professional Military Education, providing an educational and research environment to prepare current and future leaders for high-level policy, command, and staff responsibilities."
But back to The American Patriot Award .... the annual award recognizes "exceptional Americans who have demonstrated a profound and abiding love of country and whose inspirational leadership and selfless dedication symbolizes our nation's ideas, values and democratic principles."
I'm all for such an award. I think that a person who fits that description should receive all the accolades they are due. EXCEPT .... this year's award is going to Hillary Clinton!
The NDU should be ashamed and embarrassed to release the following statement: “By honoring Secretary Clinton’s exemplary career in public service the NDU Foundation celebrates not only the American spirit of patriotism, but the leadership qualities necessary to preserve and protect that spirit.”
As far as I can tell, she did no such thing on the night of September 11, 2012. She neither "preserved" nor "protected" the lives of our Ambassador, embassy staff, or security detail .... all of whom counted on her so-called "leadership" to have their backs. To overlook her actions that night and in the following days, and then proclaim that she demonstrates a selfless dedication to our nation's ideals is a slap in the face to the men who sacrificed it all for our country.
Because, you see, Madame Secretary, it does make a difference to me! All I have to do is compare your actions that night with the courage and dedication of those left to fend for themselves. It's pretty darn clear who should wear the mantle of Patriot. And it is a sad commentary on our once proud nation that egocentric politicians receive phony awards based on a false record, while those who quietly defend our freedoms with their lives, are dismissed as irrelevant. I, for one, choose to recognize the true American patriots. I honor their memory and their sacrifice.
Proverbs 10:9 "Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out."