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The Meaning of Disgrace

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posted on Nov, 20 2020 @ 03:17 PM
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I came to the US as a child in 1989. I was not oppressed but my parents had been. I lived very poorly in Costa Rica, where my parents had fled to from Cuba. A decade before their lives were in danger. They had taken refuge in the embassy of Peru with nearly 11,000 other refugees desperate to escape the tyrannical yoke of the Marxist government of Fidel Castro.

By the grace of God they were able to escape and secure passage on a Peruvian aircraft bound for Costa Rica, where political asylum had been granted. They left with nothing. Not that they had anything to begin with.

We secured immigration sponsorship and political asylum in the US in the interim 10 years. When we received the green-light to enter the US, we did so. I was just barely 5 years old. We landed in Miami, stayed for little while and then proceeded to Los Angeles, California where I would live until 1994. In that time my father had proven deeply abusive and by age 7 had abandoned the family entirely.

My mother moved us to Las Vegas and struggled with 2 boys, little english, and no marketable skills for the next several years. By the time I was 16, I had moved out and had started my own life. At the age of 26 I joined the United States Army. Up to that point I didn't have much stability. A couple of years before joining the military I had finally secured enough economic stability to finish my green card paperwork, get my GED, and go serve my country.

It was the first time in my life I had any real clarity. My wife, who has supported me through so much doubt and misery has been faithfully by my side for nearly 16 years. She too was a poor child growing up in a dysfuctional household. She too sought to do better with her life, and she too was as lost as I was. But she stayed with me. Gave us two highly intelligent children whose future I will do anything to secure.

I left the army in 2016 after a back injury in Afghanistan took me off of flight status, and eventually maintenance too. I was medically separated from the Army with a disability rating, an Army commendation medal, an air medal, and two army achievement medals.

I left with just shy of 355 combat flight hours in special operations environments and nearly 15,000 logged maintenance hours on army aircraft. I also left with a lot of uncertainty, self-doubt, PTSD, and survivors guilt that completely squashed what would have otherwise created a confident and effective human being.

But I have once again regained control of my life. Especially in the last few years. I bought a home well within my means, we have all the luxury available to any American family, and other than my home, I have no other debt. I've sought to understand what happened in Afghanistan and have started a new chapter in my professional life. I am blessed, happy, and absolutely scared to death.

I am not alone. I want to keep what I have worked so hard to build. My life doesn't belong to me. It belongs to my wife and kids who are central to it. I would die and kill to ensure their safety and their future. I want to secure for them the blessings of liberty that were denied to my parents for my children and theirs.

I don't want a Great Reset. I don't want a Green New Deal. I don't want Big Tech's fascism and censorship. I don't want China's interests represented above the United States and her people. I don't want anyone else to leave their souls or their lives in far off battlefields. Hellscapes marshalled by incompetent men with no sense of responsibility for the lives wasted in exchange for the profits of Chinese mining interests.

All I want is to live what remains of my life in peace so that I can give my children a better world than the one I was born to.

Don't get in the way of that. The extent of grace isn't unlimited and you're fast approaching the limits. If you take my peace, threaten the only people in my life who matter to me, and make it impossible to live freely, I will create my own hellscape especially for you would-be tyrants, I will envelop you, and I will suffocate you.

Dying was in my job description. Dying for this country. You can't scare me and I am not alone. There are millions of us and you just don't seem to get it.

Don't Tread On Me.
edit on 11 20 2020 by projectvxn because: Just added text to drive my point home.



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posted on Nov, 20 2020 @ 03:22 PM
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Spot on man. I have said before, I will live in peace, until I am no longer able to live in peace. Then I go to war, with whover took away my ability to live in peace. Maybe that never happens. Maybe I win, maybe I lose. Guess it really doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things.


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posted on Nov, 20 2020 @ 03:27 PM
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I hear you, and to the degree that someone without combat experience can, I somewhat understand.

I also grew up poor. I watched my parents sacrifice so much all the time to give my sister and I every opportunity they could. For years, my mom worked a night shift and my dad worked days so they could both work full-time and make ends meet and have one person home for us at all times. I recall weeks numerous times where we were living on much less than $100 for the entire week for everything.

I remember the day dad came home thinking he'd lost his job ... and I remember him crying. It was the only time I'd heard that from him ... ever.

And so I vowed I'd build a good life for myself and my family as best I could, so we could help my family out as best we could, especially my parents because they deserved it now.

It hasn't been easy. My husband didn't have it any easier growing up than I did. So neither of us was well to do in any way. We aren't rich, but we're comfortable enough now, and we have a happy kiddo. I've fought through chronic migraines, and I've put my body back together to get into shape now in my middle years.

We have a content life and we can help our family to decent extent.

I don't want it all taken from me now that I've spent all that time and effort getting there, but that's what I see coming for me. And I especially don't want to see it robbed from my son before he ever really gets to live.



posted on Nov, 20 2020 @ 03:29 PM
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Damn straight.



posted on Nov, 20 2020 @ 03:43 PM
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Sometimes we’re our own worst enemies... none of this left vs right politics BS makes a significant difference to our personal lives in the long run. Unless you let it

There will always be ups and downs, no matter who’s in power, but it’ll just keep flowing like it always has.


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posted on Nov, 20 2020 @ 03:46 PM
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a reply to: Subaeruginosa

Oh bull#.

I was the last few hundred meters of these #ing policies and I affected plenty of lives prosecuting it.



posted on Nov, 20 2020 @ 03:46 PM
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a reply to: projectvxn




The extent of grace isn't unlimited and you're fast approaching the limits. If you take my peace, threaten the only people in my life who matter to me, and make it impossible to live freely, I will create my own hellscape especially for you would-be tyrants, I will envelop you, and I will suffocate you.


YES!!!

The sh!t is happening. The only question is — what are we individually and collectively, going to do about it?

S&F thanks for sharing your story and resolve! 🍻



posted on Nov, 20 2020 @ 03:54 PM
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Powerful my friend and I 100% agree, I’ve sacrificed enough and worked too damn hard to get ahead and too where I am. I will not give up easily what I have fought so hard for.

Myself and many will heed the call if ever needed to stand up for the effort already exhausted. You will not be alone....

SaneThinking



posted on Nov, 20 2020 @ 03:58 PM
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originally posted by: projectvxn
a reply to: Subaeruginosa

Oh bull#.

I was the last few hundred meters of these #ing policies and I affected plenty of lives prosecuting it.



I’m sure there’s plenty of other people out there who feel the same way though.

When it was considered a republican policy and when it was considered a democratic policy.
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posted on Nov, 20 2020 @ 04:02 PM
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That has nothing to do with what I'm saying.

What I just described to you wasn't a feeling. It was action. I made no reference to party with regard to these policies. I will back anyone who is apt to end them.



posted on Nov, 20 2020 @ 04:06 PM
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The only question is — what are we individually and collectively, going to do about it?


Take things one step at a time, support the system trying to sort it out. Listen to Trump before doing anything stupid. If things go worst case scenario, expect around 15 Million armed and ready citizens for Trump.


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posted on Nov, 20 2020 @ 04:13 PM
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I'm not #ing fighting for Trump or any other individual.

I will fight for liberty, I will fight for the very lives of my family and friends, and I will fight so that future generations don't have to fight this fight. At least not for a long, long time.

That's what's worth the fight.

The Founders pledged to each other and before God their lives, futures, and sacred honor because they knew they would all hang (together or separately as it goes) for their affront to the tyranny of the king.

Thet didn't pledge these things to secure the blessings of authority over others and the comforts afforded a new tyranny. No. Instead they secured for their posterity the blessings of liberty and admonished us today to jealously guard them with our lives.

Get some perspective.
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posted on Nov, 20 2020 @ 04:22 PM
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a reply to: projectvxn

God bless you man if possible. My apologies that the sludge of communism is everywhere these days. Not sure myself what to do about it other than fight.



posted on Nov, 20 2020 @ 04:24 PM
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Great post.
Many times in life, the truth is right in front of us, and we are too brainwashed to believe in it, in fact it's being told as a fat lie.
Serving in the military, I was quick to realize after bootcamp that we subconsciously were being programmed that civilians are worthless lazy pigs. ( what I'm saying here is that we would turn our rifles on our own American people at our governments orders) This what now has taken place in America, it is down to now with ABSOLUTE political power. First, it was our human rights taken away from us. ( notice how Americans preached about human rights around the world for its people, we, at the same time were all allowing our human rights to ber silently stolen from us.

Second, now it's our privileges that are being removed from our daily lives. I didn't serve in the US military for that to happen. And yet it is right in front of our face and we are/have let it happen.

Americans had better wake up or it will be true, " living in an open cage called, " Open Prisons ".



posted on Nov, 20 2020 @ 04:36 PM
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Get some perspective.


Main issue i see going on this time is the Trump - Biden thing. You rather fight for Biden, or tell them both to get lost that is your call. On the BLM - Antifa side, about 200K to .5 Million as a rough guess.



posted on Nov, 20 2020 @ 04:48 PM
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Your story is the quintessential account of the "American Dream". Props to you for having the motivation and persistence to keep working towards bettering the circumstances of your life and the lives of your loved ones.



I could recount my personal story with comparable humble beginnings, the poverty, living in a single parent environment, living with multiple members of our family in a tiny mobile home, subsisting off of food stamps, enduring the beatings and abuse, navigating through the social services inquiries, scraping and clawing to even have a chance to attend college. There are likely dozens of folks with similar stories on this site.

That is what separates America from so many other countries: the hope of social mobility, the prospects of moving up, becoming educated, not being stuck in a rigid caste system or permanently relegated to a life of poverty and suffering.

The problem I have, and many others have, is that rather than a meritocratic system where all of us have to prove our abilities, demonstrate aptitude and showcase hard work to "move up", we seem to be drifting towards a model in America where the inequities of past generations, the unwavering imperative of "diversity", and the fixation on race, is supplanting any notion of competitive evaluation and hard work. As a white male, you see, despite living in abject poverty in a broken home, relying on government handouts for my parents to put food on the table, I apparently have "white privilege" that has elevated me to my present stature. It wasn't the endless hours of reading/studying, it wasn't working multiple jobs while putting myself through college, it wasn't joining the military to help fund my education; my "whiteness" is what has ensconced me in the place I'm at now.

We have to push, struggle, even FIGHT to keep America a "melting pot" where everyone has the opportunity to compete, to enhance their own trajectory, irrespective of what color they are. No sob stories about ancestors now since dead over 200 years, no government intervention to mandate "equal outcomes". Blood, sweat and tears, and whoever works the hardest, advances the farthest.



posted on Nov, 20 2020 @ 05:23 PM
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a reply to: projectvxn

Well said, Hoss.




posted on Nov, 20 2020 @ 05:28 PM
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I often state that I've never taken an oath to a president or ideology.

I've taken two oaths in my life.

One to my bride of 32 years and one to the Constitution about 4 decades ago.

And I've kept both.



posted on Nov, 20 2020 @ 06:24 PM
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a reply to: projectvxn

I have (4) words for you...

You ARE an American!


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posted on Nov, 20 2020 @ 06:29 PM
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There are millions of us and you just don't seem to get it.

Don't Tread On Me.


They have either forgotten that, or dont understand what they are bringing down on themselves.......



We came home to live in peace.......



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