This Is Why I Will Vote

 

As sad as the above video is, it perfectly summarizes the general discontent and disgust many Americans have towards the soon coming Presidential election, myself included. Putting aside my personal utter disdain and embarrassment, and without breaking into a very long and tedious rant, I will now tell you why I really vote.

The following true story is presented from  first-hand testimony shared with me many years ago.

 USMC PFC Henry William “Bill” Sublett was my dear friend, he was also the second longest held POW of WWII. Bill was captured by Japanese naval forces in January of 1942 just 6 weeks after he was transferred from Marine Corp boot camp in California to his station aboard the ill-fated USS Houston which was  patrolling near the Philippines at the time. During his first patrol aboard the USS Houston, (just prior to her tragic sinking a few weeks later) Bill developed a serious tooth infection and was being transferred to an American medical camp on a nearby island when a Japanese patrol boat opened fire on the small vessel he and 3 other Marines were riding in, Bill was the only survivor of the attack. He was only 20 years old at the time of his capture.

Bill spent the following weeks being shuffled from one small makeshift prison camp to another until eventually finding himself in a newly constructed POW camp on Corregidor Island. During this period Bill was routinely beaten, tortured and starved by his Japanese captors. He was denied treatment of his badly infected tooth and was eventually forced to extract the tooth himself with the aid of a small sharpened stick while his sadistic captors watched. By this time he had also contracted malaria and dengue fever, but his suffering was only beginning. Shortly after his arrival at Corregidor, he would be forced to endure the infamous Bataan Death March along with over 76,000 other American and Philippino POW’s whom had been captured after the fall of Bataan.

During the next few months Bill would be transferred to a series of the most horrific and infamous POW camps in the Philippines including Camp O’Donnel, CabanatuanPalawan and several others before finally being transferred in 1943 via the nightmare transports known as “Hell Ships” to his final destination near Nagasaki, Japan, Fukuoka POW Camp #1 Kashii Pine Tree Camp Kyushu Island 33 130. There, Bill would be forced to work as a slave laborer in the coal mines until his eventual liberation in October of 1945. Henry William Sublett was imprisoned for at least 1,258 days (3 years and ~6 months), one of the longest durations of captivity recorded by the International Committee of the Red Cross. (Note: This official record does not include his time in Japanese captivity prior to the fall of Bataan. Only one (1) other American Serviceman is known to have been captured prior to Bill Subletts capture.)

During his long period of captivity in Japan, Bill and all of the other prisoners in Japanese POW camps were constantly subjected to brutal torture, forced labor, starvation, humiliation and summary executions. Bill and a few others in his camp were singled out and targeted for “special treatment” due to their open hatred and rebellion against their sadistic captors, Bill was assigned a single Japanese guard who controlled him throughout his time in Japan. This guard was particularly sadistic and often went to great extremes to ensure that Bill would suffer far beyond what most of the other prisoners were forced to endure. He would stand in front of Bill’s small 3’x 3′ cage (where Bill had been isolated away from the general population) and taunt him constantly, he would shave small slivers of needle sharp bamboo from a stalk and then drive them under Bill’s fingernails one by one until he passed out from the agonizing pain. He denied Bill access to even the starvation diet of boiled roots and weeds that the other prisoners were forced to survive on and would even deny him any of the tainted water scavenged from the filthy jungle pools surrounding the impound while he himself drank fresh spring water right in front of Bill. Bill literally survived by eating the cockroaches, mice and small snakes that entered his small cage and by licking the rain water that collected on the ground beneath his cage. Bill never received even a single Red Cross package (nor did any of the other prisoners) because the Japanese stole them and he received only one small cup of rotting rice during his first week in the POW camp. While Bill toiled 16-18 hours a day in the coal mines, the guard would sleep so that he could torture bill during his brief “rest time” thus denying Bill any rest or sleep at all. Bill literally did not sleep during this entire period until he finally got accustomed to catching a few minutes of exhausted sleep while leaning on the hydraulic jack-hammer he used in the coal mine. (this was the only time that the guard was not directly standing over Bill because he couldn’t stand the heat and dust of the mine)  Bill contracted numerous tropical diseases which went untreated until his return to a Naval hospital after the war ended, he lost most of his teeth due to malnutrition, and most of his fingernails never grew back. At 6’1″ tall, Bill weighed only 76 lbs when he was liberated. This is only a very small sampling of the horrendous torture and suffering Bill was forced to endure for 3 1/2 years, there were many other acts of sadistic torture that will remain undisclosed in this accounting! This is the kind of horrific torture ALL of the POW’s in Japanese captivity suffered during WWII!

On the day Fukuoka Camp #1 was liberated, 76 pound USMC PFC Henry William Sublett gathered the last of his remaining strength, and killed his Japanese personal torturer and guard with his bare hands and the shovel he had been forced to use for 3 1/2 years in a coal mine. Then, he slept for the first time in nearly four long years.

Over the next few days, numerous other prisoners would do the same at every POW camp throughout Japan before American officials arrived.

So you see my friends, the next time someone says “your vote doesn’t count” or “I’m not going to bother to vote because I don’t like either candidate”, please remind yourself of this tragic true story and the hundreds of thousands of brave and selfless soldiers who have fought and died and long suffered for your right to live free and vote.

Regardless of how disgusting or seemingly hopeless our political system may be;

This Is Why I Will Vote.

 

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8 thoughts on “This Is Why I Will Vote

  1. THIS SAYS IT ALL – Not sure who wrote this but a lot of people feel the same way.

    50 Million+ Deplorables
    This wasn’t an election. It was a revolution.
    It’s midnight in America. The day before fifty million Americans got up and stood in front of the great iron wheel that had been grinding them down. They stood there even though the media told them it was useless. They took their stand even while all the chattering classes laughed and taunted them.
    They were fathers who couldn’t feed their families anymore. They were mothers who couldn’t afford health care. They were workers whose jobs had been sold off to foreign countries. They were sons who didn’t see a future for themselves. They were daughters afraid of being murdered by the unaccompanied minors flooding into their towns. They took a deep breath and they stood.
    They held up their hands and the great iron wheel stopped.
    The Great Blue Wall crumbled. The impossible states fell one by one. Ohio. Wisconsin. Pennsylvania. Iowa. The white working class that had been overlooked and trampled on for so long got to its feet. It rose up against its oppressors and the rest of the nation, from coast to coast, rose up with it.
    They fought back against their jobs being shipped overseas while their towns filled with migrants that got everything while they got nothing. They fought back against a system in which they could go to jail for a trifle while the elites could violate the law and still stroll through a presidential election. They fought back against being told that they had to watch what they say. They fought back against being held in contempt because they wanted to work for a living and take care of their families.
    They fought and they won.
    This wasn’t a vote. It was an uprising. Like the ordinary men chipping away at the Berlin Wall, they tore down an unnatural thing that had towered over them. And as they watched it fall, they marveled at how weak and fragile it had always been. And how much stronger they were than they had ever known.
    Who were these people? They were leftovers and flyover country. They didn’t have bachelor degrees and had never set foot in a Starbucks. They were the white working class. They didn’t talk right or think right. They had the wrong ideas, the wrong clothes and the ridiculous idea that they still mattered.
    They were wrong about everything. Illegal immigration? Everyone knew it was here to stay. Black Lives Matter? The new civil rights movement. Manufacturing? As dead as the dodo. Banning Muslims? What kind of bigot even thinks that way? Love wins. Marriage loses. The future belongs to the urban metro sexual and his dot com, not the guy who used to have a good job before it went to China or Mexico.

    They couldn’t change anything. A thousand politicians and pundits had talked of getting them to adapt to the inevitable future. Instead they got in their pickup trucks and drove out to vote.
    And they changed everything.
    Barack Hussein Obama boasted that he had changed America. A billion regulations, a million immigrants, a hundred thousand lies and it was no longer your America. It was his.
    He was JFK and FDR rolled into one. He told us that his version of history was right and inevitable.
    And they voted and left him in the dust. They walked past him and they didn’t listen. He had come to campaign to where they still cling to their guns and their bibles. He came to plead for his legacy.
    And America said, NO !!
    Fifty millions Americans repudiated him. They repudiated the Obamas and the Clintons. They ignored the celebrities. They paid no attention to the media. They voted because they believed in the impossible. And their dedication made the impossible happen.
    Americans were told that walls couldn’t be built and factories couldn’t be opened. That treaties couldn’t be unsigned and wars couldn’t be won. It was impossible to ban Muslim terrorists from coming to America or to deport the illegal aliens turning towns and cities into gangland territories.
    It was all impossible. And fifty million Americans did the impossible. They turned the world upside down.
    It’s midnight in America. CNN is weeping. MSNBC is wailing. ABC calls it a tantrum. NBC damns it. It wasn’t supposed to happen. The same machine that crushed the American people for two straight terms, the mass of government, corporations and non-profits that ran the country, was set to win.
    Instead the people stood in front of the machine. They blocked it with their bodies. They went to vote even though the polls told them it was useless. They mailed in their absentee ballots even while Hillary Clinton was planning her fireworks victory celebration. They looked at the empty factories and barren farms. They drove through the early cold. They waited in line. They came home to their children to tell them that they had done their best for their future. They bet on America. And they won.
    They won improbably. And they won amazingly.
    They were tired of ObamaCare. They were tired of unemployment. They were tired of being lied to. They were tired of watching their sons come back in coffins to protect some Muslim country. They were tired of being called racists and homophobes. They were tired of seeing their America disappear.

    And they stood up and fought back. This was their last hope. Their last chance to be heard.
    Watch all the left’s video stunts. See ten ways John Oliver destroyed Donald Trump. Here’s’ three ways Samantha Bee broke the Internet by taunting Trump supporters. These three minutes of Stephen Colbert talking about how stupid Trump is owns the Internet. Watch Madonna curse out Trump supporters. Watch Katy Perry. Watch Miley Cyrus. Watch Robert Downey Jr. Watch Beyonce campaign with Hillary. Watch. Click away!
    Watch fifty million Americans take back their country.
    The media had the election wrong all along. This wasn’t about personalities. It was about the impersonal. It was about fifty million people whose names no one except a server will ever know fighting back. It was about the homeless woman guarding Trump’s star. It was about thet Democrats searching for someone to represent them in Ohio and Pennsylvania. It was about the union men who nodded along when the organizers told them how to vote, but who refused to sell out their futures.
    No one will ever interview all those men and women. We will never see all their faces. But they are us and we are them. They came to the aid of a nation in peril. They did what real Americans have always done. They did the impossible.
    America is a nation of impossibilities. We exist because our forefathers did not take no for an answer. Not from kings or tyrants. Not from the elites who told them that it couldn’t be done.
    The day when we stop being able to pull off the impossible is the day that America will cease to exist.
    Today is not that day. Today fifty million Americans did the impossible.
    Midnight has passed. A new day has come. And everything is about to change.

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    1. WHAT ARE MY CHOICES:

      The folks speaking out against Trump are helping me make up my mind a little more every day!
      Is he the Perfect Candidate whose thoughts mirrors mine on all fronts? NOPE
      Does he say everything the way I wish he would say it? NOPE
      Am I absolutely sure that his motives are absolutely Pure? NOPE
      Can I point to any other Dem Politician that I like better? NOPE
      Is there any of the other RINO Politicians I like better? NOPE
      Am I going to sit home, refuse to Vote, and let Hillary win; because he is NOT Perfect? NOPE
      Do I like what I have seen for the last 7-1/2 years with the Jerk that sleeps in my White House? NOPE
      Do I like the “fundamental changes” that same Jerk has brought about in MY America? NOPE

      OK, your turn to decide what you are going to do in about 4 months!
      Trump’s presidential qualifications…

      Obama is against Trump… Check
      The Media are against Trump… Check
      The establishment Democrats are against Trump… Check
      The establishment Republicans are against Trump… Check
      The Pope is against Trump… Check
      The UN is against Trump… Check
      The EU is against Trump… Check
      China is against Trump… Check
      Mexico is against Trump… Check
      Soros is against Trump… Check
      Black Lives Matter is against Trump… Check
      Move On is against Trump… Check
      Koch Brothers are against Trump… Check
      Bushes are against Trump … Check
      Planned Parenthood is against Trump….Check
      Hillary & Bernie are both against Trump … Check
      Illegal aliens are against Trump … Check
      Islam is against Trump … Check
      Kasich is against Trump … Check
      Hateful, racist, violent Liberals are against Trump.. Check
      NOW THAT BEING SAID…
      It seems to me, Trump MUST BE the Best Qualified Candidate we could ever have.
      If you have so many political insiders and left wing NUT CASES— all SCARED TO DEATH, that they all speak out against him at the same time!
      Most of all, it will be the People’s Choice…

      PLUS
      He’s not a Lifetime Politician…Check
      He’s not a Lawyer…..Check
      He’s not doing it for the money…Check
      He’s a Natural Born American Citizen born in the USA from American parents. . .

      Bonus points !
      Whoopi says she will leave the country…
      Rosie says she will leave the country…
      Sharpton says he will leave the country…
      Cher says she will leave the country…
      Cyrus says she will leave the country…
      The Constitution and the Bill of Rights will prevail….
      Hillary will go to jail…..
      The budget will be balanced in 8 years….
      Americans will have first choice at jobs…..
      You will not be able to marry your pet….
      You will be able to keep your gun(s) if you qualify…
      (Not a criminal or crazy, etc.)
      Only living, registered U.S. citizens can vote….
      MUST SHOW ID TO VOTE…
      You can have and keep your own doctor…..
      You can say whatever you want without being called a racist, Islamophobic, xenophobic, etc….
      He will make AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
      Come to think of it, we have no place to go, but UP!
      God Bless America!!…………..

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      1. I must not have made myself clear; I was short on time and made my comment too short. I totally agree with you. What I meant was – after 8 years and no change (like he promised) and now we have 2 people battling on TV about everything but the issues – if Hillary gets in, we can expect status quo or worse! Like I said – we agree.

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