Chet Hunt is a Vietnam veteran and a citizen leader in APAK, the Knoxville, Tennessee, American Promise Association. American Promise Associations across the country are made up of volunteers who work tirelessly to build awareness among citizens in their area around the issue of big money in politics and our best tactic to address this threat—a constitutional amendment.
This Veterans Day, Chet shares some of the reasons he is compelled to fight for our country again, this time against a growing threat at home: the unbridled flow of money that is strangling our political system.
Thank you to Chet and all veterans for your service to our country.
A Few Thoughts This Veterans Day
Written by Chet Hunt
With Veterans Day approaching, I can’t help but reflect on the great sacrifices our fellow Americans have made generation after generation to preserve our freedom and secure our precious constitutional rights. Indeed, it is a special time to honor those who rose to the challenge when the call to arms was sounded to become the bulwark against threats to our country’s ideals and way of life.
As a Vietnam veteran, I often recall the many nights when these thoughts sustained me in the engulfing darkness of Qua Viet along murky shores of the Dong Ha River that snaked through Quang Tri Province. In those twilight hours I received strength of heart believing I was somehow in the company of those hallowed forbearers, protecting my country as the shining beacon of freedom before the world as they had before me. I could stand my post clench-jawed with a sense of dignity much stronger than the fear that gripped me at times, and comforted in the knowledge that I was in service of a cause far greater than myself. Vietnam may have been a misguided war, but I still feel a surge of profound pride for my service when I read the inspiring legacy of Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Lincoln, Douglas, Roosevelt, Anthony, King and the other giants that came before us, forging the foundations of our great nation with their words and deeds.
Unfortunately, once again there lurks a terrible menace. One that threatens the very ideals on which our country was founded. One that has harbored contempt for the vision of our forefathers from the very beginning. One that has been contained by the rule of law. However, in recent years, it has stealthily maneuvered itself free of its leash to wreak havoc on our republic. This menace is the consequence of the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court. This terrible error of judgment spawned a plague of greed and corruption that is now spreading throughout our governing institutions and infecting the very fabric of our society.
It is the unbridled flow of money from the wealthiest among us, with both foreign and domestic origins, that is strangling our political process. The relentless corporatization of our democracy, for the self-interests of the few, must be halted by “we the people” so that allcan speak as free and equal citizens.
So, once again, I stand with a clenched jaw of determination against this threat to my country, and for which my forefathers paid so dear a price. I refuse to capitulate and avow to never give up the fight. We must, without waver, demand the 28th Amendment to restore political integrity and equality of citizenship now and forever. As Frederick Douglass taught us, “power concedes nothing without a demand.” On this Veterans Day, I recommit to the demand for a 28th Amendment that will expel the corrupting influence of big money in politics, and I urge you to join me.