Why Veterans Should NOT Reintegrate Back Into Society
By Kerry Patton
Last week I had wrote about an encounter I had in Home Depot upon returning back to the States. I read a lot of comments and agree with many. But this concept of “Reintegration” kept popping up. I sat on it overnight, woke up, thought about it again, and said to myself SCREW THAT SHIT!
Reintegration my ass!
Check it out folks. I am going to throw three key terms at you. Think about those three key terms then I will tell you how I feel about them and why the concept of veterans learning how to reintegrate with society is nonsense. STAAAAAND BYYYY!
Multi-Culturalism: This is a vague concept heavily pushed by “elites” in Europe, thereby attracting a large portion of academia and the political class in the United States. There’s only one glaringly obvious problem with this whole idea…. Nobody really has any idea what Multi-Culturalism actually means, except that it’s supposed to embrace all the good parts of a culture and none of the bad. Unfortunately, no one can agree on what those are so it’s a garbage pale term that sounds cool when spoken in a college class but has no true meaning in the real world.
Assimilation: This is when a bunch of immigrants come to a new land and actually integrate into society. They don’t create any micro-locations like China Town (Multi-Culturalism) but rather live inside pre-existing communities of all different types of races and ethnic backgrounds.
Now we are starting to make sense right? Because all of these immigrants are supposed to accept the pre-existing macro-culture….What if that macro-culture is all jacked up, though?
This leads me to Reintegration: Reintegration is when someone leaves a culture/society for a brief time, returns, and finds their way back into the same culture/society they once left, and actually embraces it as a good citizen. Guess what? Societies and cultures can rapidly change much quicker than most people could fathom. Earlier, I asked the question under the “Assimilation” point. Let me ask that one again.
What if that macro-culture is all jacked up?
I bring up this question for a very real purpose. As Veterans, are we happy with what we see in America today? Are we happy with our society and the cultural shift that has occurred over the years? I know I am not happy about it one bit.
Ok, this is where I feel like William Wallace from Braveheart as he speaks to his fellow warriors.
I refuse to reintegrate back into society. In fact, let me be very clear for a second. I CAN NOT reintegrate back into the society I once left. Why? Because that society is dead!
That’s right, the society and culture that came with such has died. Now, many will argue this point and that’s fine. I am all for healthy debate. But truth be told, anyone trying to argue this will lose. Let me explain.
America as I once knew it has dramatically changed. This change is for the better or worse depending on one’s perception. All perception is molded based off morals and values which assist in establishing one’s beliefs systems. Anyway, because of my belief systems, my perception has been induced to present a negative picture of our present society.
I see American society as a “Me, me, me” society. I also see it as a “free handout” society. I also see it as a society that lost much of our morals and values. Really, look at the difference in married couples versus single parents. Look at how we often refer to actors and actresses, musicians, and athletes as “Heroes.”
Are you fucking kidding me?????
Yup, America as I once knew it is no longer. And as a veteran, I refuse to “reintegrate” myself back into this horrific socio-cultural construct. And guess what? I don’t need to reintegrate myself, either.
As veterans, so long as we stick together, we can make some serious shit happen. That is, if we stick together. Let me provide an example of how we can resuscitate life back to America and embrace our country as we previously had before we left.
Yesterday, some douchestick wrote a heinous article providing six things people should consider before entering military service. It was an absolute anti-military propaganda piece. I, along with MANY veterans, exposed this piece of crap article and voiced ourselves in protest to the point the site sponsoring the piece actually removed it.
What we did, as veterans, as a brotherhood, was a small victory.
I will never forget one thing I learned in SERE School: “Make small victories every day. Something most people would think is no big deal but for you, it’s a win. Do that every day, and there will remain hope.”
Guess what? We made a small victory yesterday!
As veterans, we should not reintegrate into this bullshit society here in America. Screw that shit! What we should be doing is stepping up and formulating actions like what we did yesterday to bring back the society we once truly loved and embraced.
No, I will not reintegrate. I will however vow to make a difference and bring life, real morally induced patriotic work-your-ass-off life, back to the America I once knew. And I hope none of my brothers swallow this bullshit Kool-Aid about having to “reintegrate” back into society because the society people wish for us to reintegrate back into is broken.
Kerry Patton is author of the new book Contracted II: America’s Terror Trackers.