Kevin Holten: How does Washington, DC, make you feel?

Kevin Holten: How does Washington, DC, make you feel?

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When I think of my father being drafted into the United States Army Air Corps as a mere child in 1941, then being shipped to England, France, Belgium and Germany, away from home for so long, in harm’s way, and having to see things he should never have seen, and then see what is going on in Washington, D.C., right now, it makes me very sad.

When I think of my grandmother and 16 million other American mothers wondering if their sons and daughters would ever return home from World War II, and then think of what’s going on in Washington, D.C., right now, it makes me very sad.

When I think of the 420,000 American mothers whose sons and daughters never came home from World War II and then think of what is going on in Washington, D.C., right now, it makes me very sad.

When I think of how hard my grandfathers worked at farming and ranching, enduring hot summers and cold winters, scratching to get by, and then think of the farce that is Washington, D.C., right now, it makes me very sad.

When I think of my grandmother’s brother who served overseas during World War I and was exposed to nerve gas and came home never the same, and then think about what is going on in Washington, D.C., right now, it makes me very sad.

When I think of my interview of a Korean War veteran who was in three plane crashes, and wounded twice by gunshots and mortar rounds, and then think of what is going on in Washington, D.C., right now, it makes me very sad.

When I think of my interview with a Vietnam veteran who spent weeks at a time in the jungle as a sniper, spotting advancing enemy, saving American platoons, only to watch his mates die from addictions and degradation, and then think of what is going on in Washington, D.C., right now, it makes me very mad.

When I think of my interview of Danny Dietz Sr., whose son was killed as part of a four-man team dropped into Afghanistan, made famous by the movie "Lone Survivor," and what he has to go through and then think of the state of things in Washington, D.C., right now, it makes me sad.

When I think of the man I sat across the aisle from on a plane ride last summer, whose son had been killed in Afghanistan the month before, and then think about what is going on in Washington, D.C., right now, it makes me very sad.

And when I think about how we used to say the Pledge of Alliance every morning in grade school and then think about what is going on in Washington, D.C., right now, it makes me very mad.

I don’t guess it matters if you’re a Democrat or Republican, retailer or farmer, crop duster or bartender, you can’t be very proud of what’s going on.

But maybe Will Rogers summarized it best when he said, “This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.”

Kevin Holten is the executive producer of "Special Cowboy Moments" on RFD-TV.

 

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