Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Open Letter to Hillary Clinton, from an angry Army veteran

Well, you did it again. You have managed to weasel your way out of another conspiracy. FBI Director Comey tossed you a life preserver, and saved you and your staff from prosecution. Attorney General Loretta Lynch 'conveniently' meets with your husband, and she will also 'conveniently' follow the recommendations of the FBI.

Do you really think that the American people who are honest, are going to believe that you think you should not be charged? You were the First Lady of Arkansas, the First Lady of The United States, a Senator from New York, and the Secretary of State. You have been read in so many times you could fill a book. You knew what you did was shady, but you continued anyway. Feigned ignorance of the rules is no excuse for what you did! Those of us who have held clearances know that you and those that answered to you should have had charges levied against you all, or at the very least, you should NEVER hold a clearance again!

You lied to the American people about your emails, and you lied to us about Benghazi! Worst of all, you looked those families of the men who died in the eyes, and lied to them!

Did you cry when you heard that Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods were dead? Or did you shed fake tears, just like you put on your fake accents when you go down South? No, you were too busy trying to save you and President Obama's so-called legacies! Well let me tell you a little secret: if it was YOU sitting in that consulate, those planes would've been scrambled immediately!!! President Obama would have been in the Situation Room all night waiting to find out your status. I guess Las Vegas and fundraising was more important for you and the President's future political careers, right? Those of us who wear the uniforms of our United States military know the truth! You had a chance to save them, and nothing was done!

Do you honestly want us to believe that all of the various charges against you over these past decades are just a right-wing conspiracy? That the mean ol' Republicans are so hard on little ol' Hillary Clinton, and that everyone else is lying? No, I fully believe that you knew exactly what you were doing, that you feel a sense of entitlement, and you will have to answer for the blood on your hands in the end!

I pray that the American people will see through your blatant lies, and that they will see you for who you really are: a bitter, washed up has-been, who does not deserve one more day in the White House!

Danielle D. Hollars
An angry American and Army veteran

Friday, March 04, 2016

Open letter to Mr. Donald Trump in regards to issuing unlawful military orders

Mr. Donald Trump,

I write to you tonight with extreme concern about a statement made by you during the Fox News debate on March 3, 2016:

"They won't refuse. They are not going to refuse me."

Really Mr. Trump?!?  Someone in your campaign needs to help you brush you up on some military protocol. You see, I am an Army veteran, and I come from a long line of family members who were also service members. If you were to give me an order to target civilians, I would disobey that order! You sir, are wrong when you imply that just because you give an order, means that it will automatically be followed.

When a person enlists in the military, they are given a book from the training command of their particular branch, and since you say you want to be Commander-In-Chief, you should probably read up on what makes a service member tick. Read Army TRADOC P600-4 Chapter 2-6. Army Values. Read subsections E and F in regards to how service members are to conduct themselves: http://www.tradoc.army.mil/tpubs/pams/p600-4.pdf.

It speaks of honor and integrity. Honor, and integrity!!!

Audie Murphy, Gary Gordon, Randall Shughart, Florent Groberg, and Edward Byers Jr. all received the Medal of Honor. Have you ever heard of a Medal of Honor recipient receiving their award because they kill a house full of unarmed civilians, or because they targeted the family of a terrorist? No? That's because they would be behind bars instead!

The targeting of civilians is a no-no Mr. Trump. Your blustering about what you would command our military to do, will not translate into actionable orders. You cannot walk around and command Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and our Coast Guard, to willfully kill the family members of terrorists. You may think it sounds good with your followers, but IT IS NOT! You would be putting the morals of our military in jeopardy with this type of showing off for the cameras.

Our military members are a proud and honorable group of men and women! Men and women who are willing to give their all! We are not a bunch of mindless drones, that cannot think for ourselves! If you are elected to the presidency, you will have a moral obligation to protect their integrity, the code of conduct, and their moral compass!

They deserve nothing less!!!

Sincerely from a very angry,
Mrs. Danielle D. Hollars
U.S. Army veteran

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Open Letter to President Obama - There is nothing wrong with Stay at Home moms!


Mr. President,

I am dismayed at your statement at Rhode Island College on 10/31/14, in regards to stay at home moms! I CHOSE to become a stay at home mother in 2002, and do you want to know why? Because my daughter needed me at home! I had just spent almost three years of her life not seeing much of her because of my military service, and I CHOSE to stay with her after I got out and got married. I CHOSE to continue to stay at home and raise my next 5 children because I don't want the government to raise them! They are the responsibility of my husband and I.

I knew full well what it meant for me to not go back to work right now, and when I come to the end of my life, I thankfully won't have to look back and say, "I wish I could have spent more time with my children!"

I am very well aware that some moms, (or dads) have no choice than to stay at home. However, the solution is not to dump more money into "high quality pre-school", but to not make parents who do stay at home feel like they are not doing enough to support their children just because there is only one income. I know many stay at home moms who, if they went back to work, would make more than their husbands. Many of them with advanced degrees. They CHOSE to stay at home, so their children didn't think that they placed a career over them.

I don't want your government run health care, with premiums that now costs more than my mortgage, and I don't want the government thinking that they now how to better take care of my children! Leave those of us that CHOOSE to stay at home, do it without someone saying, "That's not a choice we want Americans to make."

Mrs. Danielle Hollars

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Open Letter to the President: President Obama, all are not free!


"Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams."
~Statement from President Barack Obama on the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Mr. President Barack Obama,

Those were your words on the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, but that will not happen, will it Mr. President? Sure everyone deserves that right, but your support of the wholesale slaughter of the unborn doesn't help towards that goal does it? You have propped up, cheered on, and championed the right for women to kill their unborn, and hid behind the guise of "choice". Have you never thought about the fact that your own mother could have aborted you without a second thought? Or how about your wife? Does the fact that she could've aborted either one of your daughters, and not told you, her husband, a thing about it, mean nothing to you? How can you campaign on, and support a law that takes the very life of another human being, and still sleep well at night?

You speak of only the woman's body. But it is not her body she is aborting. It is her child's body. Her offspring she is killing. Her future she is losing. This country's future. 56 million and counting Mr. President. 56 million lives lost. 56 million families broken. 56 million legally killed because of our very own government. You are helping put mother against her own child. In the time it takes to read this post, hundreds of the unborn will have been killed.

You will soon be meeting with Pope Francis Mr. President. Are you going to avoid speaking about your support of abortion, or just focus on what you think will make you look good in the press? You proclaim you are a man of faith. Do you think God would tell you, "Well done. You have protected the least among you"? What have you done to save lives???

How will history judge us? I pray that all of humanity will one day see the truth of the horrors that is abortion. But until that day, I will continue to fight for the unborn! I will speak for those who are voiceless and defenseless, just as others fought for the freedom of my ancestors who were bound by the shackles of slavery...


Mrs. Danielle D. Hollars
Defender of Life

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Mr. President, there is nothing affordable about Obamacare!!!

Mr. President Barack H. Obama,

Yesterday morning my husband calls me from work and informs me that our cost for our health care premiums skyrocketed from $550 a month for our family, to $1100 a month!  We cannot afford to pay that much out of pocket!  So he and our oldest will have coverage, but myself and our other 5 children do not.  I do not want to hear how great Obamacare is.  It is government bureaucracy at its worst, and my family and many others are now paying for it. Don't tell me that we should be able to keep my plan.  It's obvious that we cannot!  85% of the country was doing just fine with our personal health care plans. You and the Democrats have trashed the whole system instead of trying to find a way to insure the other 15%. I don't want any part of the Affordable Care Act. My children cannot play sports now for fear of broken bones or other injuries, and I will have to be the one to deal with their disappointment, not you!  

You claim to care about this country, but you have done nothing but make promises to give everything to almost everyone, excluding Christians and Conservatives of course!  We are hurting, and there is nothing you politicians are willing to do to make things right!  You say you are not going to negotiate, Harry Reid calls us anarchists, and Barbara Mikulski called us teabaggers. Why did you call for civility in the past, when this is how you treat us? America didn't want this law, and you rammed it down our throats anyway. We are paying a heavy price, and you all on The Hill and in the White House seem to have forgotten that you work for us, not the other way around!  If this law is so great, then why aren't you on it?

How much more must we suffer?

Danielle D. Hollars

Monday, September 23, 2013

The story of an American Patriot...

So back around Memorial Day of this year, while my husband and I were shopping at our local Giant, we ran into an elderly man who was wearing one of those black hats with his war service stitched on the front. I walked over to him to shake his hand and tell him thank you for his service, when I realized that his man's generation will soon be gone forever.  His name is MSG. (R) Howard W. Wickert, and I will forever be proud to have shaken his hand.  He took the time to speak with me for about 25 minutes for a phone interview recently.  This is his story:

Mr. Wickert was born on September 24, 1923, in West Point, Nebraska. There were 9 children born to Penrose Wickert, and Clara Moody, Mr. Wickert's parents. Six boys and three girls. One child, Marvin, died at the young age of 1 1/2.  Howard and the rest of his siblings grew up during a time when the balance of the world teetered on the head of a pin.  Hitler was rising to power, and the world would soon know the atrocities of the death camps in Europe.  Howard and his brothers Lloyd, Irvin and Arnold, all left for the military to serve during World War II. Their brother Richard tried to join, but was not medically cleared because of a leg injury.  

While neither their father, mother, nor sisters served in the military, an uncle, Sam served during WWI. So with the horrible attack of Pearl Harbor not far from their memory, on October 9, 1942 Howard and his brother Lloyd both enlisted.  Irvin enlisted in November 1942, and Arnold enlisted January 1943.  All brothers served during WWII, and all returned home.    

Mr. Wickert continued his service, and was eventually assigned to the USS Bataan (CVL-29) in the Yellow Sea during the Korean War (June 1953). While there, the carrier would carry out missions and drop napalm on the North Korean soldiers, and in one particular incident, were helping a company that was surrounded by NK soldiers.  They were out for 15 days at a time, at the 38th parallel, and would be relieved by part of the Royal Australian Navy to refuel and resupply so there was always someone there for cover support.

Howard returned home shortly after the Armistice was signed that effectively ended the fighting in North Korea and South Korea. He stayed in the Marines, and retired a Master Sergeant in 1969 after 26 years of service.  Lloyd Wickert went on to continue service as well, going on to serve during the Korean War, where he was awarded the Bronze Star, and then served in Vietnam.  Lloyd recently passed away at the age of 92.  Arnold, Richard, Evaline, and Grace are all deceased.  Mr. Wickert's siblings Irvin who is now 91, and Dorothy Fenske (née) Wickert, 80, are still alive as well.

Mr. Wickert met a lady named Margaret Wickert (née) Peters while he was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Oakland, California. Margaret happened to also have an uncle that served during WWI in Germany. Soon after meeting they were married on April 4, 1948.  This year they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary!  They were blessed with two sons, Howard (64), and Michael (58).

I have always made it a point to reach out and personally thank a veteran or service member, especially the older generations, by shaking their hands. Their honor and sacrifice is something that can rarely be matched. The men and women that lived and served between The Great Depression and the Korean War were called "The Greatest Generation", not because of fortune or fame, but because they sacrificed everything to fight evil, to keep this world safe. Mr.Wickert and those of his generation, have a caliber that I think we as a nation have lost for the most part. Young men who were 16 and 17 years old were lying about their age to enlist back then. There was a sense of shame and failure if you did not at least try to go and fight.  Today many in that same young age group are too busy playing Grand Theft Auto and not caring about history, past or present.  

I asked Mr. Wickert what drove him and his brothers to enlist.  This was his answer.  "We were at war.  We had been attacked at Pearl Harbor, and we wanted to help. We all enlisted. One brother, Richard, could not serve because of a leg injury." 

"We were at war" still rings in my head today.  We now face a new type of enemy where there are no front lines, and the cost is more than we could have imagined.  I pray for Mr. Wickert and his family, and those of his generation.  We can only hope to measure up to what they laid down for us, and we must be willing to give our all if it means freedom for the next generations.  

So next time you see a veteran, esp. one that is of that great generation, please go and shake their hands and tell them two simple words: Thank You!

                                                  Great history of the USS Bataan

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Statement to the POTUS and 9/11/01, 9/11/12 Remembrances

Today marks 12 years since 9/11/01, and one year since 9/11/12.  I will try to put into words how angry I feel when thinking about these two days, but for very different reasons.

9/11/01:  I was working at the C.I.D. (Criminal Investigative Division, Fort Belvoir, VA) when the first plane hit the first tower.  My coworkers and myself all looked at each other and wondered how a plane could hit that big towering building.  We thought maybe someone had a medical emergency, and we said a quick prayer that since it was still early in the morning that maybe there wouldn't be too much death or damage.  As we heard screams from the adjoining office when the second plane hit the second tower, I looked at my boss who was a 23 year Army vet, and told him we were under attack.  Except for three of us who were veterans, everyone else in our offices were civilians and thought we were overreacting. I told them they were fools if they thought that it was an accident, and started getting my things together to head home. As I was calling my daycare provider, the third plane hit the Pentagon.  I turned to my boss, told him I was leaving before the highways were shut down, and ran as fast as I could to my car.  As I thought of how many people that I possibly knew who might be at the Pentagon, a horrifying realization hit me. I was supposed to be in the Pentagon working on Donald Rumsfeld's staff.  The contract that I was trying to be added to fell through, and I was assigned to C.I.D. instead.

As I raced up Route 1 and crossed the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, I looked to my left across the Potomac River, and could see the Pentagon on fire.  Tall billowing columns of smoke rose above the horizon, and I felt sheer terror as I passed Andrews Air Force Base, and saw the jets and helicopters overhead.  The signs northbound on I-95 read: "Stay out of New York" "Imminent Danger!"  I don't know what the southbound signs read, but I can guess they were saying to stay out of D.C.  The rest of my drive was a blur until I pulled into my daycare provider's driveway where she met me with my baby girl, who was only 4 at the time.  I stayed at the daycare for a couple of hours, just holding my child, and leaning on my daycare provider and crying.  I then went to my dad's house, where I anxiously awaited to hear from anyone.  Since my dad is a 21 years Army vet, he had many friends that work within the government esp. in D.C., and I knew many of my Army pals were in the area, so later that night I tried finding where everyone was.  It was an agonizing week while waiting for identification of the bodies that were being taken from the buildings that were attacked that horrible morning.

I felt a sense of rage that I found difficult to get rid of, especially when driving past the Pentagon.  I know that if I hadn't been medically discharged, I would've went right back to active duty.  President Bush was strong in the face of our enemies.  He and our troops kicked ass and took names.

Since that history altering day, I have made a point to have my children watch the documentaries each year, so they will never forget how we got to where we are today.  I know my painful memories don't come close to what those that lost loved ones feel every year, every month, every day.

9/11/12:  I went to bed that night hearing about an attack on our embassy in Libya, and prayed as I went to sleep that everyone would be ok.  When I awoke the next morning, I was mortified to find out that our Ambassador and some of his staff had be killed.  Our Ambassador!  I thought, "How did that happen?!?"  As the days went on I began to feel like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, as it seemed more and more people within the administration were hiding what happened that night, leading all the way up to the President.  The people in charge all claimed that they needed time to figure out what happened, when anyone with a basic knowledge of how the military works knows that their initial statements saying that they didn't have the knowledge on the ground to scramble jets was a bunch of B.S. Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty died on a rooftop lazing a target, fighting for their lives.  Why would they do that if they didn't think that someone was nearby?  We know that Charlene Lamb and others were watching real time. We know that there were drones in the area.

We train our SEALS to think independently, and to imply that they wouldn't be able to relay what was going on down below, to guide where to bring forces in to help defend the annex, makes my blood pressure rise to dangerous levels.  If these idiots in D.C. are saying that they can't rely on information on the ground, then they need to bring all of our troops home until this inept administration is out of office!  They are a deadly threat to our troops, our civilians, and our government employees and their families, and they have no business being in charge.  They don't give a damn about us, and I am ticked that so many people ignored Benghazi, or didn't even know what it was even after the elections.

Where was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who admitted she didn't talk to anyone from the DoD that night?  Where was Vice President Biden, who was supposed to be this international genius, after having the initial meeting with the President?  Where was the President of the United States, as our men died waiting for help that never came?!?  WHO GAVE THE STAND DOWN ORDER??? THEY HAD A CHANCE TO LIVE!!! Was Obama even in the White House? Or was he too busy getting ready to go to Las Vegas, because you know, campaigning must be more important than our Ambassador being under attack?

I am furious that this administration just wants to sweep Benghazi under the rug, and then hope that we will forget what happened over there.  Or at least don't make such a big deal about it.  WELL TOO DAMN BAD!!!  We will never forget the betrayal of them not helping them after three requests were sent to the State Department.  Hillary Clinton sucks as a friend to Christopher Stevens, if that is how she treats her "friends".  She can scream her perceived righteous indignation about "What difference does it make?!?", all she wants.  She has blood on her hands, and she is finding it quite hard to wash it off.

And now we are looking down the rabbit hole once again, but this time into Syria.  The Nobel Peace Prize recipient of 2009 is about to inflict a "pinprick" to the Assad regime using rockets. Really.  A pinprick?  The President talks of the deaths of all of those children when he addressed the nation tonight, while thousands are ripped from their mother's wombs every day here in this country.  So apparently I am only supposed to be outraged over Syria, but ignore the government sanctioned death of millions here on our shores?  No thank you.  Both make me outraged.  Only one is celebrated and touted by our own government, abortion.  Sorry Mr. President, but good luck trying to convince people to be moved by images of children killed in a civil war, when those same people aren't moved by images of unborn babies that were ripped from their mother's womb.

We cannot afford to go into Syria, just to hand over more weapons to the terrorists. I don't trust who is the the White House, or any of the higher ups in government today. They have been shown to be incompetent, so while our enemies laugh at us, our allies cringe at our weakness. You cannot appeal to a society to feel mercy towards children killed by chemical weapons or any weapons for that matter, and then turn around and show no regard for the weakest among us.

Mr. President, you cannot appease evil.  You cannot possibly think that if you're nice that everyone will all of a sudden get along, and the terrorists won't want to kill us.  To think that is dangerous and deadly; just ask those that survived the 9/11/01 attack, and the Benghazi attack...

R.I.P. to all of those that lost their lives at the hands of terrorism...