Wow. I wish we could erect a statue to your honor (alongside Lafayette) for this blog post alone. BTW, my grandpa fought the Nazis in Europe too. While he wasn’t named “Tommy” he was “Bobby”. Grandpa fought his way up a beach and manned a big gun.
It sounds like you have been listening to too much of the media and are forgetting the “spirit” that exists in the heartland, not the blue city-states like New York and LA. I would draw your attention to the battle of King’s Mountain during the Rev War. This battle was fought by 1,000 plus militiamen—without orders, formal military training, uniforms or provisions, and with no promise of pay—against the supposedly “superior forces”of English Col. Patrick Ferguson.
Col. Ferguson—like UBL—-threatened the American Rebels by sending a message from his camp in Gilbert Town, Rutherford County, North Carolina, to the officers west of the Blue Ridge that if they did not “desist from their opposition to the British army, and take protection under his standard, he would march his army over the mountains, hang their leaders, and lay their country waste with fire and sword.”
In only one hour and five minutes, the American Rebels totally decimated Ferguson’s American Tories (Loyalists, Royalists), with every last man of them either dead or taken prisoner, and the Colonel himself left dead on the battlefield.
Col. Ferguson’s warning was the result of his frustration over the refusal of most of the Overmountain men (east Tennessean and southwestern Virginians) to take the loyalty oath (or embrace Islam if you’re UBL).
That’s the real spirit that lives in America’s heartland.