posted on Aug, 13 2013 @ 10:56 AM
But if you want to talk to me about the situations with government abuses of power, police abuses of power, or illegal covert activities, you will
likely find agreement. These are not aspects of my country; they are aspects of what my government has become. I may not serve on the front lines in a
far-off country, but I do fight... I speak the truth to those who have not heard it, I vote for those who I believe have some chance to reverse the
direction we are moving in (when that is possible), I distribute petitions, and I stand my own ground in the face of adversity from authority. Sitting
here I can remember 4 separate times when I stood up, when I should have been taken down and could have been taken down, and stated that I would not
comply with improper conduct by those who represented authority. If I tried, I'm sure I can think of many other times. One day, I will probably be
taken down... if and when that day comes, I will hopefully face the fight with the same bravery my ancestors faced their fights with.
In the meantime, I will continue to listen to those who prefer to advance their opinions from behind their monitors, watch those who think that
antagonizing someone doing their job is somehow helpful, hang my head at those who think that they somehow appear superior by berating those who
fought so they could be attacked this way, and hear of those who want to propose wild legalistic theories based on nothing more substantial than the
(mis)firing of a neural pathway. I will see the problems we face today devolve into worse and worse atrocities, until that day when the real heroes
again stand up and say "No more!" Not from behind a computer keyboard, but in the streets and the open areas of this once great country. I will see
the massacres that result, the lives lost, the lives destroyed, the lives wasted because instead of fighting to correct the problems we face, people
prefer to sit idle and type words on a screen, pretending to be superior to those who have actually stood up in the face of oppression.
And when it is all over, I will begin to rebuild what they have destroyed, along with many more like me.
Directly to the OP: there is something I try to do, perhaps because a part of me feels inferior for not having served in the military. It seems corny
at times, almost to the point of being ridiculous, and this to the extent it almost pains me to do it sometimes. It seems so impotent and empty. But I
still do it and I want to do it here, not only for you, but for every soldier or vet who reads this post.
I want to simply say
Thank you for your service
My country, may she ever be right, but right or wrong, my country