RTFU

A Fight We Will Never Win

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Updated: April 21, 2013

 

By Kelly Crigger

For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”

But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country” when the guns begin to shoot;

An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;

An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool — you bet that Tommy sees!

-Rudyard Kipling

 

When I was assigned to a Special Forces unit there was a saying: “There are some people you can train, teach, and give books to but all they’ll do is eat the covers.” The point was that no matter what you do, some people are so set in their ways that they cannot be taught, much less changed. Nowhere is that more true than right here in the USA when it comes to supporting the military. I want to believe every American supports their country’s brave troops but in reality there are many who hold us in contempt, criticize, judge, and even hate us.

And that’s okay.

No, really. It is. Everyone has a right to express their opinion even if that opinion is to castrate the very people who afford them that right. There are those who will never understand what we do and instead of trying to, make it a point to hate us.

The war within me to balance these hateful sheep against the sheepdogs who protect them is intense. I constantly tell myself to “just let it go” when in fact I want to lash out. I repeat a mantra that the average person has the luxury of not knowing what veterans know. That kicking in the door of a scared, screaming family is unforgettable. That picking up the remains of a friend will drop the strongest man to his knees. That pulling the trigger on a man, whether he’s an unapologetic sworn enemy or not, is gut wrenching and deep inside while you stare at yourself in the mirror you have to believe that it was for something bigger. That some greater cause brought you to that moment when you took a life. Most importantly you want and need to believe that your lifelong physical and emotional scars are appreciated and understood by your countrymen.

But they’re not. At least not all. There are plenty of people who hate you. Not only that but openly judge and criticize you as the embodiment of evil and cruelty.

My theory is that this comes from a belief that North America is uninvadable and impenetrable which breeds a false sense of security that no one can attack us from within or from afar and therefore we don’t need a military. The simple fact of the matter is that engaging our enemies in their back yard is better than waiting for them to come to New York, Boston, or Main Street USA. The only way to do that is to have a strong standing military made up of volunteers who truly want to protect their countrymen. Otherwise we fall back into the same laissez faire thinking that got us Pearl Harbor, Korea, and 9-11. It can and will happen and almost always does when we least expect it.

And still they hate us. They live and breathe under the blanket of security that we provide because it’s universal and in many ways that’s the great tragedy of it. Whether you’re Mother Theresa, a crack whore, or a journalist who can’t stop ridiculing the military, you receive 100% of our effort and sacrifice. They’ll say they didn’t ask for that protection when in fact they did. Being an American citizen obligates all of us to adhere to a social contract that says you will sacrifice some of your freedoms in order to receive protection from the nation state you live in. Look it up here.

When the uneducated criticize our way of life, it’s easy to let them get under my skin, but I can’t. When it comes to the military naysayers, letting my primal side win out over my reasonable side would be violating the very trust that every veteran has in me. It would be letting down the man on my left and right because the unmistakable headline would surely not be not “man beats man to death” but “veteran beats man to death…and he probably had PTSD.”

I repeat over and over in my head, they just don’t know what I do. That the world is full of bad people and keeping them as far away from our shores as possible is the only way to guarantee the safety and security of the American people. And that’s really what it’s all about – security.

You can tell yourself all day that the American way of life is about free elections, freedom of speech, freedom to assemble, the rule of law, a free market economy, whatever. But in reality none of those things happen without basic security first and foremost. You need the deep seated belief that when you get thirsty and head down to 7-11 to get a soda, no one is going to shoot at you. You need to believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that your kids can get on a bus without the chance of being blown up for being radicals. You need the security of knowing that when you run a marathon there’s no chance of an IED going off and killing your family from the sidelines.

Gun violence in America has eroded this security, but for the most part it’s still there, alive and well thanks to the sheepdogs who stand at post and protect the sheep. We don’t do this because we’re war mongers or psychopaths (as Bill Maher would have us believe), but because no one else will.

34936291I think everyone should look in the mirror and ask a simple question: If there were a draft, would I serve or run? In 1941 there was no question. Everyone served because it was the honorable thing to do. If you’re reading this on the Rhino Den then you’re most likely the type who would also serve today. Unfortunately, America in 2013 would not have the same nationalistic wave of fervor that we had at the outbreak of World War II or even 9-11. Americans are very comfortable in their daily lives to even comprehend a life in uniform sacrificing their basic comforts and safety for someone else’s benefit. They can’t comprehend it and instead criticize us for answering the call to duty. When that happens there’s little more we can do than pass the ketchup while they eat their book covers.

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  1. Tell thetruth

    April 22, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Social contract is a theory not a fact! Did you bother to read the link you provided? I happen to believe that you can’t blame the troops, they are only following orders, and I respect that. I had a father that was called a baby killer and spit on when he came back from ‘Nam, so I would never disrespect someone simply on the basis of military service, but to imply that I as an American should give up freedom to be protected sounds like that [email protected] gun control proponents say. Well, they can have my guns when they pry them from my cold dead hands, and you sir can have my personal freedoms at the same time! Rhetoric is rhetoric, and I really don’t think we should have more battleships than the next 10 militaries combined but our educational system is 36th. We have to strike a balance. I support those who fight for my freedoms, but I also question the motives of my government in any use of military force. We don’t live in a dictatorship and when we stop protesting and questioning our government, is exactly the same time they will try to take all of my freedoms in the name of public safety. To quote Benjamin Franklin, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” I know you are all hoorah and [email protected], but you really should think before you write something this inflammatory sir!

    • Mike

      April 22, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Thank you for proving the point in his article, that you don’t understand, and never will. Hope the book cover was tasty.

    • Chris

      April 22, 2013 at 10:36 am

      I believe that you misunderstood the context in which that was used and the general tone of the article. The freedoms we give up to be in this country are the very laws that help keep us safe. Those laws are set up to attempt to afford the most basic security to the broadest range of people. When someone steps outside of that and risks the personal well being of others in some fashion they are no longer under that first contract and are dealt with according the their violation. All the while they’re still being given their essential rights as outlined in the Bill of Rights. Once those rights start being sacrificed for temporary safety we deserve neither. The article was more about the lack of understanding some people have in regards to where the physical security that enables us to live the lives we do actually comes from. It comes from certain people within our society that give up more freedoms than just the basic ones given up by your normal everyday citizen. Those people (whether it be emergency services, law enforcement, or military) are giving up those freedoms and serving the rest of country not for personal gain but because if they don’t, then who will. The people who hold them in contempt have a sense security that blinds them to the source of that security. The violence we see today shakes that sense of security that people have which is why more of our freedoms are being attacked. To provide a temporary sense of security rather than dealing with what is causing the actual problem. While the U.S. is actually 17th (according to a survey done last year) in education I do agree that we need to take a serious look at our education system.

    • Mr Smith

      April 22, 2013 at 10:39 am

      I respect your opinion, but I disagree, Sir. Yes, social contract is a theory. But I believe it’s a necessity for the protection we must have in order to remain the most free Nation in the World. And I’m willing to bet that you’ve never tasted the pungent air of an oppressed nation state. We have it good, but for some it’s never enough. I think our Country has many issues, but the sacrifice of a few freedoms to maintain our safety isn’t one of them. We have freedom, lots of it… and it’s awesome.

      “For those that will fight for it… Freedom has a flavor the protected shall never know.”
      L/Cpl Edwin L. “Tim” Craft
      1968 Khe Sanh Combat Base

    • Mr. Twisted

      April 22, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Tell thetruth wrote: “I really don’t think we should have more battleships than the next 10 militaries combined but our educational system is 36th.”

      This is a non-sequitur. It implies that having a certain number of battleships somehow prevents a country from establishing a solid educational system–this is a false assumption on many levels.

      Your last two lines simply show that you missed a large point of the article. Perhaps you should read through it again, just as a suggestion.

    • TheCableGuy

      April 22, 2013 at 11:07 am

      I believe you are reading it wrong. What I gather is he is saying those that have taken an oath and fight for your rights and freedom sacrifice some of the very freedoms they defend, and you enjoy. The difference is some have shed blood and some have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend them. If you woke up one morning and we no longer had the protection of our Armed Forces, would you be willing to do what ever necessary, and fill the void? “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf”

    • GI Joe

      April 22, 2013 at 11:56 am

      Yeah, I quit reading when I read that social contract BS too. Whoever wrote this really shot himself in the foot with that line of crap. It’s a shame, too, because the article probably would’ve been decent without that nonsense.

      -82ABN OIF vet

    • Virgil Hilts

      April 23, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      The education comment has NOTHING to do with battleships…that does not follow. The reason the educational system is as it is,i.e. it tatters, is due to the flaky and erratic teaching which goes on…Don’t want to ‘upset’ little Shirley by telling her that she needs to apply herself to learn the times tables through the 12’s. OH noo…..might disturb her precious ‘self-esteem’. That is a theory with NO facts in evidence. Children build self-esteem when they knuckle down and apply themselves…and that comes from Good Teachers….who concentrate more on the math or literature or chemistry or physics….rather than how the children ‘feel’ about those subjects. Almost ALL discipline is self-discipline! As they say in Oklahoma, ‘How big is your ‘want to’? I still recall the moment in sixth grade when I got sick and tired of not having the times tables perfectly memorized beyond 12×11…so I pushed my brain until I nailed it! That was 1961.

    • The Bear

      April 24, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Inflammatory towards who?

      Also by criticizing soldiers you’re not questioning the government. That’s a fact. The media and the usual suspects are quick to scream at a gunship crew who engaged hostiles under the rules of the Geneva Convention, the Hague rules of land warfare and even the US RoEs. Why? because in the aftermath someone found out that the unmarked vehicle that entered the zone to assist the hostiles (breach of the Geneva Convention) carried two kids. That’s not questioning your government. That is primal screaming at nothing, and even supporting the enemy. The people who do that are really just Hanoi Hannah and Tokyo Rose.

      At the same time the same people who scream against the soldiers almost pass out from joy when they see the president on TV.

      Let’s take a few nice examples. Benghazi. How many of you “we protest the government” folks have protested how Obama messed that up? None. Libya? The US bombed jihadists into power. Any protests from your side? None. But when Bush kicked Saddam Hussein in the balls, all of you whined. Do I have to remind you that Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator who even gassed women and children to death? Oh wait, such “trivial” facts are usually forgotten, because it all boils down to party lines. Bush bad because right wing. Obama good because left wing. That’s all there is. It’s not about facts or truth. It’s solely about political ideology.

      By the way, the education system in my country is a mess. We’re a first world nation in Europe and, thanks to our left wing, kids leave school without being able to do basic math or even having a decent grasp of our own native language. And we’re not fighting any wars. We are at peace, have been since 1945. And yet our education system is a mess. The same applies for our neighbors. The countries are now run by people who protested against the Vietnam War. And the result? Everything is crumbling. Education, healthcare, pensions, all crumbling. Taxes and spending out of control. We have the highest tax income ever, and yet our debt and deficits are going through the roof. We have to save the Euro, so our so called leaders say (many of which, as I said, whined against the Vietnam War -but not against the Soviet A-stan war, of course.) And all that, I repeat, without a war. Plus, this isn’t just happening in my country, but our neighbors face the same problems.

      I also love those statistics. So the US education system is 36th in the world? On what is that based? These statistics are completely worthless and only exist to sell a certain political agenda. There is nothing to back them up. Reality sings a different song.

  2. Harry Shaw

    April 22, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Great article! I will say that with the sheep/sheepdog metaphor that it is best to approach these sheep with a sort of detached benevolence. They are sheep after all. Even though the sheepdog guards the flock, nowhere does he/she demand adulation or understanding of his/her role.

  3. Max

    April 22, 2013 at 9:26 am

    @Tellthetruth: you missed the point, mate. They didn’t say “Give up freedom”, they said “sacrifice *some* of your freedoms”. For example, if you have a driver’s licence, you can get into your vehicle and drive anywhere in America! Well, almost – you can’t go to restricted areas of military bases, or police department parking lots, for example. That’s freedom! BUT, as you drive all over America, the law compels you to drive on the right-hand side of the road, for your safety and that of others. That’s many things – discipline, good neighbourliness, rule of law, common courtesy, attention to detail – but you can’t call it freedom.

    That being said, just try to claim/assert a “right” or a “freedom” to drive on whatever heck side of the road you want, and you’ll soon find society doesn’t give a damn about that particular right/freedom.

    The question is, which freedoms do we, as a society, value? And which do we not? As an example, I’m a Canadian who supports the concept of concealed carry, but my society doesn’t. Therefore, I can’t carry a concealed handgun inside my nation’s borders – well, I can try, but if I get made I’ll probably get arrested or shot. Contrariwise, there are those Americans to whom CCW is anathema – but the majority of U.S. citizens support the right/freedom to KBA, so the ones who do not have got to put up with it until such time as a majority decides to amend the Constitution via due process (or until those bearing arms decided to give up those arms voluntarily).

    Nowhere in the writeup did he suggest Americans, or anybody, should give up ALL freedom. If you glance through RangerUp’s selection of T-shirts I think you’ll find they support concealed carry etc. In addition I would say to you that “just following orders” has not been an acceptable “excuse” or “reason” for unlawful conduct since 1945 i.e. the Nuremburg trials.

    I do agree with the need for balance of military budget versus everything else – on the one hand you have North Korea, on the other hand you have Iceland, and in the middle you have America. Well, mostly in the middle. I also agree with questioning the government’s motives and, again, I think you’ll find RangerUp agrees with you there too (one of their shirts says something like “The government doesn’t give you anything, you have to build it yourself”).

    You have failed to pay attention to detail which displays a lack of a sense of duty, one of the four Canadian core military values, thereby indicating you did not read the text in a proper military fashion, leading you to write your response which is not only misinformed but also itself inflammatory, contrary to your declaration that the OP is inflammatory. I want you to go sit down for fifteen minutes and think about what you did, and then head over to RU Nick and give him sixty pushups. Turn in your weapon beforehand, though; I’m worried otherwise you’ll have an ND while you try to parse my paragraphs.

  4. Lightfighter

    April 22, 2013 at 9:26 am

    The Social Contract is a theory like Gravity is a theory(you keep using that word, I don’t think you know what it means). To my knowledge we have had no active battleships in a couple decades. Put the tinfoil hat down, most of the people in the government are just like you. Not some dark cabal seeking to enslave you. Tommy thanks for writing what I was thinking and feeling.

  5. John E. Givans

    April 22, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Amen, Brother. The yahoo “Tell thetruth” has more shit than a cranberry merchant. Thanks for putting into words what has been running thru my thoughts for lo these many years.

  6. LTCWilly

    April 22, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Dang, @Tell thetruth, I’m going to need to get better reading glasses so I can see all that small print Kelly placed between the lines, too. What the heck are you talking about?

  7. PolarBear

    April 22, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I think Tell theTruth missed the point. It brings me confort to know I’m not the only vet that struggles with the things Kelly brought up. Thanks for writing this.

  8. Kyle Robb

    April 22, 2013 at 9:35 am

    One of the best post yet.

  9. Andy

    April 22, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Nothing inflammatory about it, just the way it is. Your posting just proved his point. Im at the end of my 12 yrs in due to medical reasons, and i know for a fact, i will always miss it. It has become a part of my being. Does it get it under my skin when i hear some 21 yr old college kid who still lives with mom and dad talk mess about my service? of course. it takes every fiber of by being to not use GFT on him, but such is his right. I hate to say this, but, society has become divided. There are the people, and then there are the veterans, the sheepdogs. Which one are you?

  10. Leslie woodham

    April 22, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I hope you are not taking the photo you used as a represantation of hatred towards soldiers…

  11. LEO

    April 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

    @Tell thetruth
    You just missed the point of the whole article and made an ass of yourself at the whole time. Why the hell are you even on this page. I’m willing to bet that you are neither military or law enforcement. Go troll on another website. I like coming to this one because I usually don’t have to read shit from people like you. God bless America.

  12. Eric Hook

    April 22, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I fully feel and understand your frustration. But to a certain extent, some of the animosity directed at the military is earned. As the budget battle rages on, many people are asking the simple question of, “Why do we spend so much money on a military that has no job?” I know this, because I ask myself a similar question every time I put on this uniform. I’m frustrated about hatred directed at us, but I’m more interested in the frustration I feel about the future: Where do we go from here?

    Iraq is done, Afghanistan (regardless of how we feel about it) is about to be done, Communism has withered to a fat kid throwing a tantrum and no one has any interest is us getting involved in any other wars around the world- if not for any reason other than our budgetary issues.

    So, basically, “Who are we supposed to be now?” We’ve spent so much time defining ourselves as the defenders against external threats; now that the external threats have withered to an issue best tackled by SOF and the CIA, what does the rest of the military do? Do we go back to being a “training” Army as before? We did that all day to prepare to fight Russia. Now that Russia’s more interested in making money than making war, I feel no motivation for a rotation at NTC. But, at the same time, I look all around my country and I see nothing but worthy missions– everywhere!
    Spend a little time in urban America and gangs begin to resemble insurgencies all too well– there’s a worthy mission.
    The Boston attacks have brought home to us the realization that those “overseas terrorists” are basically one student visa away from being not-so-overseas terrorists. Work obviously has to be done to root them out, and who better to fight them than the organizations that have over a decade of experience doing so– there’s another worthy mission right there.
    Anyone well-versed in Border security will tell you that our neighbor to the south is in, basically, a civil war with the drug cartells… and it’s spilling over the border. Given the fact that we can’t secure the border, and a strong case could be made that “illegal aliens” are actually a lot closer to a designation of “war refugee” or just regular refugee from a destroyed economy– there’s a worthy mission right there.

    Basically, 15 years ago there was no such thing as the “Department of Homeland Security”. If you asked the average citizen which governmental bodies provide “Homeland Security” they would have said something like: “the military, the FBI, the CIA, the Police…” etc. And yet, when talks of budget cuts come up, where are the outcries to eliminate a Department that was created at the very start of the budget-bubble?
    Where are the cries to return to the basics, to allow the actual “Homeland Security” experts (us…) to to their job, for less than the TSA, etc.
    Whenever a disaster hits, nobody calls the DoHS… and if they do, I promise you the DoHS immediately calls the military. FEMA didn’t provide disaster relief when Katrina left entire cities displaced; the US Army did. All FEMA did was process the money, because that’s such a tough job– the DoD never could have done that (sense my sarcasm).

    Basically, with the budget falling to the floor, a lot of people are trying to figure out what to do with this massive, self-licking ice cream cone some of us call home, and others call the DoD. Well, if they can’t figure out what we’re supposed to do, maybe it’s time we figure that out for them– or watch ourselves fade away.

  13. Campbell Carol

    April 22, 2013 at 10:07 am

    How do you know our educational system is 36th? A military contract is a fact and it will be upheld until the time is up unless…. I have a friend who was in Nam and urine balloons were thrown at him as he stepped off the plane coming home. I have very little hope in our government at the moment. I don’t think they care about what America’s values were based upon. And, I don’t know why you seem so angry about Ranger Up’s post. They were certainly not implying that Americans should give in to gun control. I also question the motives of the government on use of military force.

  14. Maria Whitehead

    April 22, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I’m a proud and grateful wife of a cop, and mother of two sons in the Army, 11 – B. But, I think it started got me when I met husband and I was 16 and he was 18, and fresh out of (what we called boot camp back then) and AIT. He was in the Fl National Guard Reserves. Love! I thought he was the bomb! He and 7 other buddies had gone in. They grew up together, fished, skipped school, got drunk. They were called the ‘fellas’. Lol! Anyway, then I went into law enforcement support staff, he went into law enforcement, then came 9/11. We just have always had so much love and respect for our military! It’s sadly true many don’t get or appreciate it. But, our entire family on either side, even extended family LOVES our military! Just know you all are prayed for and respected and appreciated by many. You are not alone. God bless!

  15. John Stewart

    April 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

    The truth is always inflammatory. Kelly Crigger explains well the feelings most, if not all, vets feel at some point during or after their service.

  16. Rowdy

    April 22, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    War Apologists are a social disease that erode nationalism at times when we need it most. That being said I think Locke’s ideas on social contract represent the American ideal better than Hobbes’. In regards to sacrificing freedoms for the sake of security, civilians and veterans alike should ask themselves a few questions before; what freedoms do we give up? and how many will we concede before the defense of America is no longer worth the sacrifice? Would you feel betrayed if you returned to find that you were not afford the same freedoms in the name of security your brothers died to achieve? No more betrayed than coming home to people protesting your service I suppose.

  17. ET1(SS) Princess

    April 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    This is EXACTLY why I love RU! *arror upwards* I absolutely love to read everyone’s response and opinions. Brings a huge smile to my face to see so many different views and ideas on a single computer screen.

    @Eric Hook: I could see myself having some pretty awesome converstions with you!

    P.S. Submarines would sink a battleship any day of the week.

  18. ITC(EXW)

    April 23, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Thanks for writing this! I love coming here and reading the articles, and the Douche of the Week stuff. Just want to make one comment about those people at the very top who dismiss your article because of the sole link to Social Contract. As if they really understood it…which they clearly didn’t.

    When the writer mentions giving up some of your “rights” in terms of social contract, it’s meant on the basis of natural law. In a world where you are your own country, clan, tribe, whatev…you can do what you want…natural law says everything is permissible to you because you have the freedom to do it. As long as it doesn’t involve another individual…who also has natural law to do what he or she pleases…the minute you step over that boundary where your expression of your natural rights, inflicts a negative impact on someone else’s expression of natural rights you have a problem.

    Social contract says…I belong to a part of a tribe , clan , group, entity, and I ascribe to their rules and laws, which means I give up some of my natural rights in order to be a part of it.

    Social contract in modern day means…I am a part of a society that to own property (in certain areas) I have to pay a property tax…and if I don’t pay that property tax the gov’t can penalize me either by fine, or by taking my property away. (Read some of your city ordinances, or Home Owner Association bylaws…you’ll be surprised)

    That’s what the author means by Social contract…in America…you give up some of your natural rights to do whatever the hell you want because you’re part of America. We have the constitution, and the bill of rights to protect those which we as a nation feel are the most important natural rights. If you think you can live in America, and not participate in the social contract of living here, then you are mistaken about just how free you really think you are. The author is not out to talk about taking your guns away, or taking your freedom of speech away, like some of the first posters have implied…love the fact that everyone counters with some witty phrase coined by someone else to drive their point home…

    Again, thanks for writing this. I for one will continue to serve the country I know and love…even if it’s younger generation, and people do not see the value in what I or my Brothers and Sisters in arms do.

    • Ashtof

      April 25, 2013 at 1:43 am

      Thanks ITC(EXW) hopefully more people will read your comment and it will help them think on the author’s intent before they “Rant Mode Engaged”.

  19. leftoftheboom

    April 23, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I love the people of my nation. But I cannot stand most of them. No I am not bi-polar. I love the concept of America and have pride when we can forget we have differences and act together for the right reasons. The rest of the time I want to smack someone.

    Our Nation was founded on the principles that men are free, and even if it took awhile to make sure ALL men were free (and a war), we got there.

    There are those who I see daily who live a life with their head in the clouds, or up their derriere. They don’t know what the military entails or what we have to pay in order for them to be clueless and Dear Lord it makes me angry.

    I fantasize that some dire emergency happens and the military as one united groups says, “Not my problem”, fix it yourself. We won’t do it because the individuals that make of the military have an automatic response to run to the danger, not away. Maybe not everyone has it but enough to get the job done.

    I spent my time in Force Protection and I saw the failure to prepare. I saw what random chance and perceived weakness caused.

    A problem is that when America sends her soldiers to war, the soldiers are hampered by rules of engagement that make their job harder and more dangerous. America does not understand that to truly defeat the enemy you must engage them decisively and strike them with deliberate violence and fury. You must force the enemy to see death and loss. This means strength (as many battleships as we can buy), determination (kick their butts fast and with violence), and integrity (we said we would do it, now we did). Screw nation building. I hate building after I just blew it up. It is pointless and a waste of money.

    The education argument is pointless. Why because education is an individual challenge. If you see a stupid kid, it is because they chose to be willfully stupid. Are we 36th in the world in education? Don’t know and don’t care. My kid is smart and at the top of their class. Education is the responsibility of the individual. In the Information Age, you are uneducated only because you are too lazy to learn. Period!

    We could do away with the military tomorrow if the American people would agree to surrender their way of life to whoever they chose. We could swear to China or Mexico. The rich would probably still be rich, the poor would definitely still be poor. No one would die in war that would not be fought.

    So break out the peace sign and start learning to sing the anthem of the nation you chose to surrender too. Void the Constitution and get it over with.

    Me? I am going to keep cleaning my guns. I know what the boom looks like.

    Live your life left of the boom or we will see what is left after the boom.

  20. Tell The Truth

    April 24, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I am not sheepdog nor am I sheeple. I am a lone wolf. I don’t really need any one else to watch my 6 because I watch my own. While I always have respect for those who fight for freedom, make sure you are actually fighting for freedom and remember you aren’t just fighting for eveyone else’s freedom but your own as well. The truth is that some wars have nothing to do with freedom and that is what I’m talking about. Our miltary has grown huge and out of control fighting wars we have no point being in meanwhile teachers get paid dirt! Wasting lives for personal and political agendas is a problem. People who blindly believe everything they are told are a problem. There were no WMD’s and Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. The truth is the oil baron Bush’s and the former head of Halliburton Cheney wanted an oil pipeline to the gulf that needed to go through Iraq. Ever wonder why after Iraq they tried to go after Iran. The answer…they found out they needed said pipeline to go across the corner of Iran’s border to save millions, if not billions, on its construction. Fortunately, by that time the WMD BS had been exposed and the sheeple didn’t fall for it. I get that some people show you guys no respect for your service, my family and I are not those people, and I get that many soldiers have problems re-assimilating back into society, my own father struggled with PTSD. I only criticized some of the things the man said because some of it sounded like the same rhetoric anti-gun propagandists use and when someone starts talking about giving up personal freedom for security I take offense. I think it’s a slippery slope. Contrary to what some of you think, I got his point I just don’t fully agree. If any of you who have served really think you are the sheepdogs and all the rest of us are sheeple, you are sadly mistaken. I’ve been trained to fight…I’ve been trained to kill…I have a genius level IQ and I didn’t have to serve in the military to acquire these skills. I am just as dangerous to cross and fully capable of protecting me and mine! I do agree that this country has become full of complacent weak minded slow moving sheeple. I just don’t think military service makes you better or more entitled than me and I certainly don’t agree with what seems to be a common belief of those that did, that somehow you are better than the rest of us. I chose not to serve because it has become clear that the last real war our country had any business involved in was WWII! If you go fight a war for oil, you aren’t protecting me and now you have become the sheep, so bleat on…bleat on! Oh and to the person that compared the social contract theory to gravity and called gravity a theory, it is called the LAW of gravity. Theories are ideas that have not been proven to be completely true, laws have. To the person that said I have no right to be here because I’m not military or LEO? Get a clue idiot. You just made an ass of yourself! If you want a private website just for you, require membership and a password and don’t allow public comments otherwise pull the pin on a grenade, put it under your pillow, and take a nap! Hell dude, there are people that aren’t even Americans posting here, but you have a problem with my lack of being assigned a uniform…and some of you wonder why there are people out there that show you no respect. When some of you act like you belong to a private club and that your memborship in that club somehow makes you better and more entitled, guess what happens…people resent and even hate you. I don’t. I know there are idiots and @$$holes in every group, and I never judge an entire group by the idiots and @$$holes that are among them.

    • leftoftheboom

      April 24, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      Ewe is the maaaan.

      Hey Genius? You probably are dangerous; to yourself and others because in your absolute arrogance you fail to understand the slightest point of military service. The military does not pick the war, the government does. So anytime, ANYTIME we are called we are supporting Freedom. Why? Because we swore an oath;

      I,(state your name) do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

      You don’t want to serve? That is your choice. You think you’re bad? That is your opinion Wilber.

      But your effort to establish your opinion by spouting your “credentials” just proves that you are another poser. “Our miltary has grown huge and out of control fighting wars we have no point being in meanwhile teachers get paid dirt!” The military does not control the start of the war, end of the war, or the specific strategic objectives. The military controls the implementation of war and the tactical objectives. The same government that starts the war is the same one paying the teachers. (Oh and you misspelled military you genius!)

      You want me and those who serve to start picking and choosing what orders we follow and which ones we don’t? I would love to start giving orders and enforcing the laws I believe need to be enforced. But I guarantee you won’t like it. I promise you in fact.

      Go be your lone wolf. They are endangered. And please, take your support of the military back. We don’t want to be associated with individuals like you. It gives us a bad reputation.

      Oh, we are a private club. We did not join to be part of a club, but we became members of one anyway. It does make us better. You want to know why? Because we serve to defend those who cannot or will not stand with us. Our blood for yours regardless of the circumstances, training, war or muddled mess we still serve to protect all, even a douche like you.

      So mister wolf, I say unto you, Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

      • Nicole

        April 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm

        Hooah! Thank you for your post. I loved it!

      • ET1(SS) Princess

        April 28, 2013 at 6:44 am

        LOTB!

        “The military does not control the start of the war, end of the war, or the specific strategic objectives. The military controls the implementation of war and the tactical objectives.” Fantastic distinction between strategy and tactics!

        And I side with Nicole on your post!

  21. Nicole Lopez

    April 24, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Thank you for this article. My husband has served 3 rotations in Iraq, and came home damaged this last time, not physically, but mentally. So many people just don’t understand what sacrifices the military AND their families make. They simple say, “well, they volunteered”. So many people in American will not live with the memories my husband has to live with, and will NEVER understand our military. As a 20 year military wife, I too, wish I could just take my walking cane and bash them over the head a few times. However that would solve nothing and would probably make them hate us even more. Do I think my husband is entitled to more than the average American? I’m sorry, but yes I do. He gave up so much more than his time over there and here stateside. While the average American is free to enjoy their high priced coffees everyday, my husband was over there [email protected] in a bag and living in what amounts to a truck trailer. Thank you for showing me I’m not alone in my feelings! HOOAH!

  22. Dirt Bag In-Charge

    April 25, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Stumbled across this article at a time when really i needed to hear this message. Thanks, Brother. Most polite Middle-America dwellers will reflexively say “thank you for your service!” in a away that barely hides their condescension. However non-support on the “home front” touches many separate topics that you bring up that deserved their own articles and need to be debated separately in order for resolution on the main topic.

    I knew precisely what I would be returning home to, even years before I deployed, before 9/11, before i graduated high school. Like most Baby Boomers, my parents were of he belief that the military was something that you joined because you “couldn’t hack it in the real world” just like “you got drafted if your GPA was too low back in the day.”

    Last year at a social gathering I overheard two older acquaintances loudly discussing “how stupid it was” of a girl at work to join the Guard as a medic. She had recently redeployed and de-mobed after a particularly rough deployment and was facing reintegration challenges (not how they worded it). And these were two “good Republicans” who in no way questioned the need for a military!

    National Defense Policy and strategy, does need vigorous debate. Is it possible to have a big expensive military and still be very vulnerable, the history of Imperial China 200 B.C.-1644 A.D. provides some interesting illustrations. It is also possible to have a cost-effective military that is still big enough and effective enough to meet these challenges.

    Finally, leftoftheboom hit the nail on the head in explaining why we follow orders. Too often we fall into the trap of Jack Nicholson’s COL Jessup when we try to explain the military to our neighbors and friends.

  23. R L Brown

    May 29, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I just returned home from my military unit’s reunion over the Memorial Day weekend. Most of us were draftees and most of us were 11Bravo. We remembered the 757 brave men, our comrades, who died on the battlefields of South VietNam. Despite the attitudes of many of our countrymen during our time in the military and for a good deal of time thereafter, no one spoke a word of bitterness or regret. Rather, we spoke with fondness of the strong bonds of comradeship and bravery we observed from our fellow soldiers and what their memories mean to us now as we move into the last years of our lives. Although the war continues to haunt me at times and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, I feel sorry for those who haven’t lived on ” the pointy end of the spear” for they will never truly know themselves as we who have been there do. I don’t mind that I had to pay a higher price than most for my share of the social contract. And, it matters not to me that others don’t appreciate, or may even despise me, for having served in the military. That’s their problem. I will, if needed, continue to provide the security and protection they need to survive and thrive. It’s what an American does.
    Hand salute to all you who have served or continue to serve. You will get your reward in Heaven.

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