Choose Liberty!

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Working for a Civilian Organization and the United States Army are two entirely different things. In the military, one must surrender certain benefits of citizenship. As a civilian, one has no obligation to do so. It is difficult for many long term Military persons to grasp this.

A Citizen of a Free Nation is not obligated to bow to symbols or to public pressure. The NFL has no problem with their expression in form or substance and have made it clear that they feel obligated to allow these Free Citizens to exercise their Natural Rights.

I see not why I should be outraged by the act when I served to protect their right to express themselves and to enjoy Liberty. Again, this is me. This is how I feel. I am proud to live in a Nation where individuals can be free to be moved by conscience.

It matters not to me if they are Billionaires or Homeless Persons on the street without two nickels to rub together. They are Americans. They have the right to Petition the Government for Redress of Grievances, to Assemble, to Free Speech, to Bear Arms.

We are a Nation wherein the Citizen’s voice is paramount. Rather, we are a Nation wherein the Citizen’s voice should be paramount. Unfortunately, we have become a Nation of silent, worshipful citizens and powerful symbols which overrule the Individual and his/her Rights and, in which, the likes of Hillary Clinton are more Free than the Rest of Us.

I am for Liberty. The Exercise of Liberty is of greater import than mere symbols of Liberty. For others, the Symbols are greater than actual Liberty. When the Symbols of Liberty become more important than Liberty itself, they are no longer Symbols of Liberty but of Oppression.

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Hey Veteran! Shut Yor Pie Hole!

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“Isn’t it odd that some ex military that spent their time pushing a pen piss and moan about the U S while others that did their time in Europe in battle after battle like my dad never found it necessary to do so. Just saying. When WW2 was over dad went to work and did so until he died. He never got one red cent ever from the government. He worked for every penny he had. He is my idea of a man.”

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He seems to be saying that one should not have the right to exercise free speech or be involved in public debate unless they were actual Combat Veterans in Combat Specialties while simultaneously stating that he admires his father who was a Combat Veteran in a Combat Specialty because he complained about nothing, kept his head down, and remained silent DESPITE all of the injustice of the era.

It’s a bit of a confusing note. Short, bitter and full of hypocrisy.

This is the post of a person who has never been in the Military.

I was a “pencil pusher” in the Military.

My first unit was 2/68 Armor which was part of the 8th Infantry Division.

Our mission was to pull up in support of the 11th Cav in the Fulda Gap in the case of a Soviet Invasion.

I was there during the Reagan administration.

Our unit had a fairly high suicide rate.

I’ll explain.

We practiced regularly for our war time mission. About 8 months out of the year, we were in the field. As a “pencil pusher,” I fulfilled my duties of supplying the unit with ammunition, weapons, etc. I also repaired weapons.

When I wasn’t repairing weapons or supplying ammunition or pushing pencils, I was at the range. I assisted with weapons qualification. I also had to qual on every weapon in the Battalion as I had to know them intricately. I also had to be familiar with Warsaw Pact weapons.

When we were on our training exercises (in the field), I manned an M2 .50 Cal Machine Gun in a fighting position as well as on a Deuce and a Half.

Had we gone to war, this would have been one of my primary duties. Manning that machine gun.

Had we gone to war, our life expectancy was approximately 30 minutes from LOB.

We had approximately 30 minutes to grap our gear and get to Fulda. Why? Because they expected the 11th Cav to be overrun shortly after we arrived. About 30 minutes later, I can’t remember who but someone was supposed to be pulling up on us. Why? Because it was expected that we would be overrun shortly thereafter. Continue on this path until REFORGER was accomplished to push the Soviets back out of Germany and into Eastern Europe.

Turns out, we never went to war.

Not our fault. We were prepared.

Many of us were also scared. Some of us were so intimidated by the thing that we killed ourselves in anticipation of dying any damned way.

Apparently, I’m supposed to apologize for not going to war or for pushing pencils. Either that or my service doesn’t count at all because I pushed a pencil and, despite the fact that I am American and have the right of Free Speech, I’m supposed to remain quiet and not speak.

I was also stationed in the DMZ in Korea. Aside from my paper pushing duties, I was assigned an M60 7.62MM Machine Gun and a bunker. If all hell broke loose and the Koreans had come across the DMZ, I was supposed to defend in place until I was dead or until the Koreans were pushed back and barring that, if I survived being overrun, I was to grab that M60 and hightail it up to a mountain holdfast which had enough food and ammo stored in it for us to survive for up to 6 months.

Again, I apologize that North Korea never attacked and that I wasn’t killed or maimed or didn’t experience war as an Infantryman or a Tanker or some other Combat Arms specialty.

I also served time as an Observer in the Sinai, Egypt. Our job there was to ensure that Egypt and Israel observed their treaty and that they did not go to war.

And I served in the The Old Guard and buried a bunch of Military and Veterans in Arlington National Cemetery.

I suppose that because I never actually went to war, my time in the military is worthless and I am not worthy to express my opinion or exercise my right to Free Speech as a Veteran, an American or a Human Being.

Many people don’t mind others expressing their opinions when said opinions are in concert with their own. Many Americans seem to believe that Free Speech is only for those with whom they agree on issues important to themselves.

Odd that, I think.

Or maybe that’s just the hypocrisy of Humanity, in general, and Americans specifically.

Perhaps, if this person’s father and others like him had not sat idly as millions of African Americans suffered under Jim Crow. we might have had Justice for Black Americans sooner. If this father had used his voice and the Freedoms for which he fought, it may not have taken another 75 years for a Black American to make it to the White House or 80 plus years for a Woman to be nominated to run for President. Perhaps, if that generation had spoken up, Marriage Equality would have advanced more swiftly. Perhaps…

Perhaps, he was correct. It is better to keep one’s opinions to oneself and bury one’s head in one’s work. Worry not about the world about you. That is for others who are better than you. You fought for those freedoms. You placed your life on the line by serving in the military. However, it is not for you to use those freedoms. Your opinions do not count. Your voice does not and should not count. You are merely a Veteran and not worthy of the Freedoms taken for granted by other Americans who deem their opinions more worthy of public discourse than yours.

Especially if you were but a “pencil pusher.” I mean that’s not dangerous. How dangerous could it be? You don’t fucking count. Shut the fuck up, ya pencil pushin’ bastard.

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Burning the Flag

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I believe in Freedom.

A Flag is a piece of fabric.

Certainly, it is a symbol. However, it is a valid means of expression to burn a flag in my opinion.

Would I do it? Right now. No.

Can I see a point in time when I would burn that Flag. Yes.

And I have served in the military and as a civilian in a war zone for America.

I also know that around the world and, yes, in America, some [many] see it as a symbol of oppression.

That Flag also flew over Slavery, Jim Crow, the Vietnam War, the Assassination of MLKJr, Malcolm X and Robert Kennedy among others, lies about 9/11, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Petrol Wars across the Middle East, the Fugitive Slave Act, overbearing Christianity, American Exceptionalism, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Dick Cheney, LBJ and RMK, Police Militarization, Police Brutality, the War on Drugs, the hostile annexation of Hawaii, J. Edgar Hoover, FDR & Japanese internment, genocide of the American Indian (or whatever PC name you wish to label them) and many, many other crimes against humanity.

Not everyone has the same world view.

I may think that other world views are ridiculously idiotic and I may agree with those world views. With Liberty and Freedom comes the responsibility to tolerate and/or accept other views.

I understand completely how some can see the American Flag as a symbol of something other than Freedom, Loyalty and Peace.

Odd that you mention the deaths of soldiers. Many soldiers, especially Vietnam era, were sent on fool’s errands and criminal enterprises under that Flag and died for no good reason…and our Flag flew over that as well.

Dear Black People [of Ferguson and the USA]

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Hey there! How ya doin’?

Lots of us out here empathize with you. Lots of us have actually sided with you. However, when you decide that directing violence against random White people simply because they are White People is the right and proper thing to do, you lose all of the support and empathy.

Racism is racism. Bigotry is bigotry. These acts are self defeating. These acts are what your enemies want.

The people who did this to you are YOUR community leaders. The person who killed Mike Brown is a Police Officer. Random White Dude walking down the street did not kill Mike Brown. I realize that passions are high. At times such as these, it may seem that it is you against the world. I say to you that it’s not you against the world.

There are Americans out there who agree that there are issues at hand here that need to be resolved. You targeting people who have done you no harm makes any kind of resolution or real conversation impossible. Be rational. Don’t be complete fucking idiots. Think before you act. Stop targeting businesses owned by regular people.

I can’t, for the life of me, understand why you have not staged “sit-ins” and such at your local city, county and State bf1a3dd8215d3841c68a36962fb7d93fGovernments. These are the real oppressors. White dude sitting at a red light is not your enemy. The Police are the enemy. The County Prosecutor is your enemy. The District Attorney is your enemy. The people in your local government are your enemy in this fight. The State Government and the Federal Government are your enemy.

Yes, that includes Barack Obama. I know this is difficult to reconcile but while you are attacking random White guy just because he is random White guy, the Federal Government is militarizing your Local and State Police and making possible, ney making it certain, that your local police will treat you not with the respect of a citizen but with the disdain of an enemy combatant. Barack Obama has done much to further the programs that are militarizing our Nation’s Police Forces.

You can, if you wish, continue to  blindly support Obama as he makes your lives harder, oppresses you at the hands of Billionaires and lies that he’s “here for you” and that he’s “surprised and angered” by the situation. However, he’s not. He’s a part of the system that had led you to this moment. Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney and the rest of our politicians stand right there with him against you and against the rest of us.

mettheenemyI know. Barack is Black. It was a proud moment. However, he’s not your friend. Any more than the criminal who steals your last few dollars is your friend. He’s a politician. He’s no different than George W. Bush.

So, stop targeting random White dude who is just as much a pawn of the State as are you. Direct your angst against the Government. Demand change. Real change. March against them.

Join with your fellow pawns (White, Latino, Asian & Arab Citizens) and march against your government. If you allow them to divide you by fomenting racial angst instead of political angst, you are already defeated.

Your government has betrayed you…from the President on down to your local council person.