posted on Mar, 27 2010 @ 11:13 PM
I'm not sure how many current or ex service members frequent this site, nor if any have already posted a reply to this topic, so I will speak up for
the larger enlisted half of our military.
I served just less than 10 years and did my time in Iraq, during some of our toughest battles with a Marine Infantry platoon. Above all else I will
say: our Marines are truly some of the finest people I have ever met. Yes, they come back slightly damaged, because the realities of war are truly
unimaginable, but will live and die to protect our people. That is their oath, as the Constitution is only a representation of our society, and it is
what separates them into a sub culture all their own - truly the last modern warrior culture we have.
Now, to address this "boot" we have swearing to obey any order, legal or not - which is what it comes down to. This young man obviously has not
seen war in all it's glory and suffering, and I say this because he supports the idea of it on our soil. We constantly compare our campaigns to
those of history in order to gauge our experiences and our enemy against those of different wars, and it is always narrowed down to three worst case
examples: the Civil War, Vietnam, and World War II. The first because it was on our land, with our brothers; the second because of the dense foliage
and constant guerilla warfare; and the last because of magnitude and the common urban battles. I don't know of a Marine that doesn't shudder at the
idea of a repeat of the first and cannot imagine it in our modern society, that's how far the idea or inclination is from our minds. Yes, we do find
a certain amount of Americans disgustingly ignorant of how fortunate they are to live in the epicenter of comfort and convenience, so far removed from
the realities of life in the third world, that it makes us wonder why we serve. Then we're reminded by the music, the literature, the culture - the
absolute beauty that is the freedom we defend.
They talk large, and yes they do like a good bar brawl, but a Marine will stand up for you at anytime and under any circumstance - I have seen this
first hand, on multiple occasions. The heroics you've read about in WWII stories still occur today, you just may never hear of them. If the
executive or legislative branches EVER gave the order to attack our citizens, as a military directive, no one in the military would follow it. The
order would simply be illegal. One poster made the point that we don't have enough troops to quell an uprising, and he's probably right given the
amount of privately owned guns here in the States.
Be proud of your country, of the service men/women and local emergency crews that make next to nothing (E-1 salary: $15,000) to literally sign over
their lives for the country they serve and the people they protect. This Marine is obviously young, a kid, and is trash talking over the internet, a
lot like what I have seen from the younger posters on this site and others; so take it with a grain of salt. Better yet, join a service! If you want
to see change (or those who feel we are against you and want to learn how we work), take a few years to serve the greater society and be a positive
influence on the culture. Or to switch it around and introduce some Ghandi to the equation: "Be the change you wish to see in the world". If not
for anything else than true self improvement, do it for the college money. If you serve the minimum contract, you go to college for free and collect
a monthly check until you graduate, in California the average monthly check is $2000. America is still great, and can be greater, we just need better
For the record I am a registered Dem and in no way support a NWO or right wing agenda. We are still a great country, but we can be greater with a
clearer picture of who we really are, and this kid isn't it.
[edit on 27-3-2010 by DocHoliday]
[edit on 27-3-2010 by DocHoliday]