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Originally posted by semperfortis
I do want to thank everyone that has replied.
Both negative and positive, you have substantiated my beliefs and further supported how I feel.
Your posts have shown I did not miss a thing.
So thank you all.
and it saddens me that you would blindly devote your life to a country who allowed you to have such a poor upbringing.
What kind of place is "your country" and what types of people and behaviors are allowed there?
How many citizens would you subordinate or "kick out" or "put in camps"?
Originally posted by intrepid
I can see Semper's point......And he's also right imo to say that if you haven't served you don't know what it's about. Thus the ridicule is ignorant in the least and misguided at best.
What Semper does is provide for others at his own personal risk so that those he helps doesn't have to take that risk themselves. And honestly, most the people that benefit from his service, never know that they received it. The drunk driver that he takes off the road, doesn't slam into their car three miles later sort of thing. Or the guy that "isn't hurting anyone doing drugs" doesn't rob their house a month later to get money for drugs...or do worse things while satisfying an urge while high. But the ones that call for him to come while something is going on appreciate him showing up, usually more than the ones I have helped directly. Since there is a world of difference in stress relief in arresting a robber and just giving directions to ICU. I can accept that difference because if I make a mistake, that family went to OB...Semper on the other hand could be shot if he makes a mistake.
Originally posted by seagull
The surest sign of patriotism, and love of country is to be willing to criticize it.
However, that is, by necessity, followed by deeds. I'm proud to say that Semper is my friend, and I know he works to make his country a better place. Those of you who call him "brainwashed", "puppet", or various other epithets should really be very careful about aspersions... The backsplash of your hypocrisy could get messy...
He's done. Have you? Somehow I doubt it.
He talks the talk, he also walks the walk. Do you? Somehow I doubt it. 'cause it's much, much easier to call someone names, and point and laugh, then it is to match it.
I may disagree, sometimes, with Semper... He, at least, puts his money where his mouth is. Past, present, and future... Have you? Do you? Will you? Somehow I doubt it...
But, hey, continue to call names if that makes you happy.