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An Open Letter to the Troops: You’re Not Defending Our Freedoms

http://www.lewrockwell.com/hornberger/hornberger187.html

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Posted by Laurence Vance on May 26, 2012 08:22 AM
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What a load of crap. If you only read one thing this Memorial Day weekend, don't read anything I have written. Read what VMI grad and Army reservist Jacob Hornberger wrote last Memorial Day: "An Open Letter to the Troops: You’re Not Defending Our Freedoms."

http://www.lewrockwell.com/hornberger/hornberger187.html

Dear Troops:

Yesterday – Memorial Day – some people asserted, once again, that you are “defending our freedoms” overseas.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Those people are just repeating tired old mantras. The reality is that you are not defending our freedoms with your actions overseas. In fact, it is the exact opposite. Your actions overseas are placing our freedoms here at home in ever-greater jeopardy.

Consider your occupation of Iraq, a country that, as you know, never attacked the United States, making it the defender in the war and the United States the aggressor. Think about that: Every single person that the troops have killed, maimed, or tortured in Iraq had absolutely nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks.

Yet, the countless victims of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq have friends and relatives, many of whom have become filled with anger and rage and who now would stop at nothing to retaliate with terrorist attacks against Americans.

Pray tell: How does that constitute defending our freedoms?

It was no different prior to 9/11. At the end of the Persian Gulf War, the troops intentionally destroyed Iraq’s water and sewage facilities after a Pentagon study showed that this would help spread infectious illnesses among the Iraqi people.

It worked. For 11 years after that, the troops enforced the cruel and brutal sanctions on Iraq that killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children. (See “America’s Peacetime Crimes against Iraq” by Anthony Gregory.) You’ll recall U.S. Ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright’s infamous statement that the deaths of half-a-million Iraqi children from the sanctions were “worth it.”

By “it” she meant the attempted ouster of Saddam Hussein from power. You will recall that he was a dictator who was the U.S. government’s ally and partner during the 1980s, when the United States was furnishing him with those infamous WMDs that U.S. officials later used to excite the American people into supporting your invasion of Iraq.

The truth is that 9/11 furnished U.S. officials with the excuse to do what their sanctions (and the deaths of all those Iraqi children) had failed to accomplish: ridding Iraq of Saddam Hussein and replacing him with a U.S-approved regime

That’s what your post-9/11 invasion of Iraq was all about – to achieve the regime change that the pre-9/11 deadly sanctions that killed all those children had failed to achieve.

No, not mushroom clouds, not freedom, not democracy, and certainly not defending our freedoms here at home. Just plain old regime change.

In the process, all that you – the troops – have done with your invasion and occupation of Iraq is produce even more enmity toward the United States by people in the Middle East, especially those Iraqis who have lost loved ones or friends in the process or simply watched their country be destroyed.

In principle, it’s no different with Afghanistan. I’d estimate that 99 percent of the people the troops have killed, maimed, or tortured in that country had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11.

Why did you invade Afghanistan or, more precisely, why did President Bush order you to do so?

No, not because the Taliban participated in the 9/11 attacks and, no, not because the Taliban were even aware that the attacks were going to take place

President Bush ordered the troops to invade Afghanistan – and, of course, kill Afghan citizens in the process – because the Afghan government – the Taliban – refused to comply with his unconditional extradition demand. You will recall that the Taliban offered to turn bin Laden over to an independent tribunal to stand trial upon the receipt of evidence from the United States indicating his complicity in the 9/11 attacks

Bush responded to the Taliban’s offer by issuing his order to the troops to invade Afghanistan, kill Afghans, and occupy the country. In the process, U.S. officials installed one of the most crooked, corrupt, and dictatorial rulers it could find to govern the country, one who is so incompetent he cannot even hide the manifest fraud by which he has supposedly been elected to office.

In the process of installing and defending the Karzai regime, the troops have killed brides, grooms, children, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, and countrymen, most of whom never attacked the United States on 9/11 or at any other time. They simply became “collateral damage” or “bad guys” for having the audacity to oppose the invasion and occupation of their country by a foreign regime. (It should be noted for the record that U.S. officials considered these types of “bad guys,” as well as Osama bin Laden and other fundamentalist Muslims, to be “good guys” when they were trying to oust Soviet troops from Afghanistan.)

Was there another way to bring bin Laden to justice? Yes, the criminal-justice route, which was the route used after the 1993 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

That’s right. Same target, different date. In fact, the accused terrorists – Ramzi Yousef in 1993 and Osama bin Laden in 2001 – were ultimately located in the same country, Pakistan.

In Yousef’s case, he was arrested some three years after the attack, brought back to the United States, prosecuted, and convicted in federal district court. He’s now serving a life sentence in a federal penitentiary.

No invasions, no bombings, no occupations, no killing of countless innocent people, no torture, no war on terrorism, and no anger and rage that such actions inevitably would have produced among the victims, their families, and friends.

In bin Laden’s case, we instead got a military invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, where the troops have killed, maimed, tortured, and hurt countless people who had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks.

How in the world have your invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq defended our freedoms here at home? Indeed, how have the assassinations and bombings in Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, and who knows where else defended our freedoms?

All these things have accomplished is keeping foreigners angry at us, thereby subjecting us to the constant and ever-growing threat of terrorist retaliation here at home. As I have pointed out before, the U.S. military – that is, you, the troops – have become the biggest terrorist-producing machine in history. Every time you kill some Iraqi or Afghan citizen, even when accidental, ten more offer to take his place out of anger and rage.

That’s the same thing that was happening prior to 9/11. In fact, there were some, including those of us here at The Future of Freedom Foundation, who were warning prior to 9/11 that unless the U.S. Empire stopped what it was doing to people in the Middle East (including the deadly sanctions on Iraq, the support of Middle East dictators, the stationing of U.S. troops near Islamic holy lands, and the unconditional money and armaments to the Israeli regime), Americans would be increasingly subject to terrorist attacks. On 9/11, we were proven right, unfortunately. (See Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire by Chalmers Johnson.)

How does the constant threat of terrorist retaliation arising from your actions in Iraq and Afghanistan make us freer here at home, especially when you – the troops – are responsible for engendering the anger and rage that culminates in such threats, owing to what you are doing to people over there?

Consider also what the U.S. government does to our freedoms here at home as a direct consequence of the terrorist threat that you, the troops, are producing over there. It uses that threat of terrorism to infringe upon our freedoms here at home! You know what I mean – the fondling at the airports, the 10-year-old Patriot Act, the illegal spying on Americans, the indefinite detention, the torture, the kangaroo tribunals, Gitmo, and the entire war on terrorism – all necessary, they tell us, to keep us safe from the terrorists – that is, the people you all are producing with your actions over there.

In other words, if you all weren’t producing an endless stream of terrorists with your invasions, occupations, torture, assassinations, bombings, and Gitmo, the U.S. government – the entity you are working for – would no longer have that excuse for taking away our freedoms.

This past Sunday, the Washington Post carried an article about American wives who were recently greeting their husbands on their return from Afghanistan. Newlywed Anne Krolicki, 24, commented to her husband on the death of one of her friends’ husband: “It’s a pointless war,” she said.

That lady has her head on straight. She’s has a grip on reality, doesn’t deal in tired old mantras, and speaks the truth. Every U.S. soldier who dies in Iraq and Afghanistan dies for nothing, which was the same thing that some 58,000 men of my generation died for in Vietnam.

Please don’t write me to tell me that you all are good people or that you’re “patriots” for simply following whatever orders you are given. All that is irrelevant. What matters is what you are doing over there. And what you are doing is not defending our freedoms, you are jeopardizing them

Sincerely,

Jacob G. Hornberger
President
The Future of Freedom Foundation

Reprinted from The Future of Freedom Foundation.

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Shame on you

You would spit on Veterans on Memorial day? Am I still at the Daily Paul?
Veterans are a big part of the freedom movement. You blame the troops for what your elected officials do? Just because they don't lay down their guns in the middle of the dessert, and get shot, does not mean they are not sacrificing for you. Dr. Paul is a vet, do you down vote him too? Sometimes I wonder who is at the helm of some of these computers. These guys and gals spend a lot of time away from loved ones, doing the bidding of people YOU let in office, if you upvoted this garbage Ron Paul better have carried your state, you fn hypocrites.

Jeffro

Don't

let these self rightous punks sway your support for Dr. Paul Austrian, I'm with you..It seems to me like they might be infiltrating this site in hopes of dividing the movement

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I want to add something...

Voters are fickle. Soldiers are not.

For every vote you win, if your chosen candidate does not win, you have done nothing to reduce the warmongering. If your chosen candidate wins, it may have some small impact but only until the next election.

For every young person I convince not to enlist, or soldier I convince to not re-up, I have permanently and without question reduced the size of the war by at least one.

Your "won" vote can't equal the power of me winning one soldier to my viewpoint. And yes, I do speak in very direct tones with very direct words because that is what helps people to understand.

My approach will eventually end war. Yours will not.

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I am against all wars

but I still respect the men and women that sacrifice, in any job, especially the service. As Dr. Paul says, "My heart weeps for them!"

What he does not say is lets take a giant sht on them. You are the type that blames the cops for the laws and the troops for the wars.

Your thinking is backwards my friend, sit down with vet today, talk with them instead of berating them with this trash talk.

Jeffro

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You refuse to read anything posted here before...

hurling accusations. I will not fault you for it, but will reiterate my request to actually *read* what has been said. No one has bashed soldiers.

My dad was a Vietnam vet, my grandfather was WWII vet. My best friend was an officer in the Navy (I *almost* chose to be as well)...

Maybe start with my first comment titled "You are not a tool." at the very least.

And yes, I do blame cops for enforcing bad laws. We are all responsible for our actions, and cannot justify our behavior by "he told me to".

There was a study on the effect of people committing atrocities under the guise of following orders. I will find it for you.

The study I promised to find:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment

After having been a participant in the study and therefore gaining a greater understanding of his moral responsibility for his actions someone sent this to the Vietnam draft board:

"While I was a subject in 1964, though I believed that I was hurting someone, I was totally unaware of why I was doing so. Few people ever realize when they are acting according to their own beliefs and when they are meekly submitting to authority… To permit myself to be drafted with the understanding that I am submitting to authority's demand to do something very wrong would make me frightened of myself… I am fully prepared to go to jail if I am not granted Conscientious Objector status. Indeed, it is the only course I could take to be faithful to what I believe. My only hope is that members of my board act equally according to their conscience…"

**That is courage**

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Yes Ive heard of this study and?

so that is supposed to make me hate troops cause they have been put into fked up situations? Sure they have killed and even murdered in some cases. That is not my point at all. They have also done good things for Haitians, Somolies, Croations, Iraqis, Saudis, Germans,Japanese, you name it, Americans, the list goes on and on. They do not always go "meekly" as you would like to have this image in your short sited viewpoint. Of course disagree with the premise of having troops anywhere in the world, but here in the U.S., but the fact is they where in all these places and they did not just run around with bloodlust and rape everything in sight because some unfaced leader barked an order at them. They represented us well. If your dad is a vet go ask him if he is a murderer, like some are saying on this thread, you have a lot to learn about the world. I hope you have the balls to open your mind and not just see one side, like those that "follow" on this thread.

Jeffro

I'm with you

Austrian Big Dogs.. I guess there's quite a few on here that think America would exist with zero military and don't think providing a National Defense should be in the constitution..

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As a matter of fact.

Both my father and grandfather consider what they did murder. And so do I. So much so that my grandfather hid all of his medals from the family and no one understood just how many medals he had won until after his death. He was ashamed of them.

It is what it is. When you kill someone outside of self defense, the name for that act is murder. It is not self defense when you are aggressor, even if it is "you or them" at that final point.

When you signed up, you signed up to murder for the state, not defend this country. Just as my family and friends did.

Also, the point is that they chose to put themselves in those situations. They were not forced into them. Therefore whatever actions they commit, and in fact assist in committing in a tertiary capacity are their responsibility. And no, no good was done by having our troops in any of the places you list.

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Next the river floods the house floods

I'll tell the troops to pass your house while sandbagging, since you lump them all, in a one group mentality. As I said above the fact that killing goes on in a war is not my point. You have "grouped" them all. I have killed no one. I served with honor. Am I a murderer? I have volunteered for many things as a soilder. You try to change the conversation to murder when all I ask for is some "Respect" to those who gave, which is the opposite of what this post is asking for. Hate if you want to Hate, thats your baggage. Troops are the heart and soul. Happy Memorial day to ALL soilders even your murderous pops and grandpops.

Jeffro

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Ahhh...

That explains your attitude. Those who see little/no actual combat are less receptive to my statements.

First, you would have to recognize that any support you provide is assisting in the act. War is murder. As far as sand bagging or whatever, I did not ask for ANY services from the military nor do I want them. I am perfectly capable of handling ALL of my own affairs. To demand that I be grateful for services that I don't want is beyond silly.

In addition, the military exists to wage war, period. Anything else it happens to do is about public relations by various politicians and military leaders.

Otherwise it would be the Red Cross or Salvation Army or whatever.

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Just because because I have not had to kill anyone

does not mean I have not seen anything. You are the one who just has no clue! You are very naive, and not realizing that makes you ignorant. I hope someday you eat your words of trash talk about those greater than you, while "handing ALL your own affairs" yah right! Like I said before there are some bad apples in the movement.

Jeffro

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It means you are not a good judge...

of the final outcome of your participation.

Those who have been responsible for the final outcome are much better judges and tend to me more responsive to the message. Functionaries find it easy to justify pushing some papers. My grandfather was in one of the most justifiable wars (WWII), was very good at what he did, survived when any other man wouldn't have, and still was ashamed of what he did. They may have been Nazi's, but they were following orders too, had wives, and sons, and daughters, just like you.

Where have I "trash talked"? That has all been on you. And yes, I do not need the military, police, or any other government service. That is the heart of this movement, so if you do not understand self-reliance, if you will force your "services" upon me unwillingly, then you don't understand the heart of this movement.

Seeing someone die is not the same as dieing. Seeing someone kill is not the same thing as killing. When you are personally responsible for a widow, a fatherless child, a grieving parent, it is not the same thing as watching someone else fire a gun into an enemy.

If you have friends, who are honest with you and have seen combat, go ask them if they think you understand because you watched it happen.

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As individuals...

we have no specific control over who is or is not in office. Democracy of the majority, not of the unanimous, remember?

However, each soldier does have an individual choice over the behavior that they will participate in, including initially volunteering to murder for the state.

Now if you scroll down, and read the comments, or the original OP, you will discover that your knee jerk response is incorrect. No one is bashing soldiers. The opposite is true, if there was no respect for them, then there would be no attempt to educate them.

Speaking for myself, I do my best to educate and help them to see that their choices have far reaching implications, precisely because I respect them, or at the very least understand how they ended up where they did.

The logical arguments against enlisting and continuing participation are consistent and correct and I haven't seen anyone able to refute the logic yet.

If you are here, reading this, you are already halfway to understanding the full point of view. It is however our job to at least give you information to help take you the rest of the way.

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Screw you pal. You can't

Screw you pal. You can't blame the troops for these wars any more than you are blamed for the Federal Reserve. If you pay income taxes you are scumbag hypocrite. So pipe down about the troops you ungratful SOB.

The gingrich/romney/fill in

The gingrich/romney/fill in the blanks campaign is looking for you.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good things is my religion. Thomas Paine, Godfather of the American Revolution

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Where did anyone volunteer to pay taxes?

That is the key difference. For instance, a drafted individual should accept no responsibility for their actions, but is a hero if they take action against the slavery.

So, by that same logic, I believe that tax payers do not have responsibility but are heroes if they choose to stand up against it (like Irwin Schiff).

And ungrateful for what exactly? Committing endless atrocities in my name because that's what the orders tell them to do, believing it is for my freedom? For that I am not thankful. And I will defend my own freedom, thank you.

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You are paying taxes right

You are paying taxes right now on your internet bill. You volunteered to pay for internet. You are funding the federal reserve. You probably googled a few sites today. So you are funding google, who supports CISPA. So if you blame the troops for the wars then you are not being intellectually fair. I was a soldier. I got in the military because my family has been in the military for several generations. I didn't get in to go invade Iraq or Iran. Others stay in because they have to provide for their families and that is the only trade they know. Thankfully I was able to get out and provide for my family. But a lot of these poor kids who go in can't do that. So you don't know what bills these guys have to pay or what family emergencies they are dealing with. So you can't go blame the troops.

This reminds me of the hippies who spit on soldiers returning from Vietnam - that was dispicable. These soldiers give money to Ron Paul in overwhelming numbers and would probably do more for him if they weren't over there for us.

I think the focus should be more on the politicians ending the wars because ultimately they are the ones with the ability to do so.

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Incorrect about taxes...

Taking money involuntarily from me because I voluntarily use services is not voluntary participation in the system.

As far as the reasons for enlisting, see my comment below about when I was 18. I know better than most, why people join. And for the record, my father, and grandfather were both in the military. My father in Vietnam (volunteer), and my grandfather in WWII.

I think if you actually fully read the comments, you will understand it is not about blame assignment but about trying to change world views and perspectives.

There are people that steal and kill in the streets to feed themselves. That is not justifiable either but is the exact same argument.

No soldiers = no war. As far as defense, all of the US would take up arms to defend the country, we do not need a standing army for that. Standing armies have only ever been used in wars of aggression.

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there is no law requiring you

there is no law requiring you to pay the income tax. people pay it for fear of losing benefits. its is the same principle.

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Incorrect.

There is a law. They pay it to avoid property seizures, arrest, and yes, even death.

They never volunteered. But those who stand up to the consequences, like Irwin Schiff, end up spending their lives in jail, or worse, are heroes in my book (although the Browns could have been a little less whacky about it, lol). Tell the Brown and Schiff families that there is no law.

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You are both wrong about the law

There is a law and that law is for federal employees or those who earn federal wages.
There must be a federal connection or it does NOT apply to you!
Most Americans are not liable, but the thugs are all in cahoots and railroad those like Irwin Schiff and Pete Hendrickson to attempt to thwart their voice of truth.
Most people comply understandingly because of fear.
The real terrorists are right here in our own back yard making a nice paycheck to terrorize everyone.
Point to overseas, and not the man behind the curtain.

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

Whoever downvoted this knows very little about this subject

Period!
My guess it is someone from the government! LOL
Read all about it at www.losthorizons.oom

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

What if

All that Iraqi oil was necessary for our National Security?

You must know that was the inside 'wink' motivation behind the whole mess. The real question is.. Do those powers actually believe themselves??

We need to understand what motivates the war-pigs, only then, maybe we can slap some sense into them.

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I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility to every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

It is not the troops fault, however,

They really need to start standing up for what is right and refusing illegal orders, of which there have been many. The UCMJ - Uniform Code of Military Justice - has as it's highest priority that one is expected to be brave enough to refuse such orders under all circumstances. They are slaves, as was I when I was enlisted, who are expendable for the amusement and profit of others.

What is being done to the military is Treason, plain and simple! But when the Generals hand down the illegal orders from the war dept. they make it hard for people to stand up and speak. But that fear is costing them, and countless others, their lives and well-being.

I salute all the men and women who serve, not just in the usa but all nations. Please, lay down your weapons and not the lives of the innocent throughout the world. Your families want you home!

Sad but True.

They're not fighting to keep Americans free. They're murdering to keep Americans enslaved.

Copy 'n' Paste that to any force of the Military Industrial Complex. It's all the same, even here in Canada where our troops are referred to as the "Peace Keepers" which is just a psy-op catch phrase to make us think we're always doing the right thing in ANY conflict. More like a kick in the balls to be honest.

All Wars are Murder. Period.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

So all troops are murderers?

Your parents must be so proud of you. When you get to the 9th grade let me know, and we can talk about reality, until then stay in your fantasy world, that goes for everyone of you go'alongs that upvoted this punk's horrible comment, on fn Memorial day! If you don't know about something, dont open your pie hole.

Jeffro

No, all troops are Enabling murderers though...

I've felt the swell of patriotism and almost signed up myself for all of the "right" reasons. Luckily I wasn't eligible, but the fact is I know why good people go and fight for their country.

Sadly, there IS NO GOOD REASON to do so though! It's only an illusion; they've all been duped.

This awesome article is meant to educate those who don't know their part in all of this, with the eventual goal of quitting the military.

If everyone was as smart as a Paulite, there would be no military except a small, truly defensive one located at the border of each STATE... Federal troops are always an evil thing.

Try and see this article for what it is bro; a way to help the uninformed wake up and get the heck out of the horrible trap that they're stuck in.

HONEST RON 2012!
LEGALIZE LIBERTY!

My father who served in the army IS proud of me...

for many reasons. Some are; for growing up to be a well mannered, educated, 30-year-old who has the ability to articulate a comment without being negative and STILL get his views across. I'm sure he was also very proud when I learned to read, a skill that you seem to be lacking in because I never called any soldiers murderers (even though I believe the taking of ANY life is in fact murder regardless of the justification) I stated that Wars were AS A WHOLE an act of mass murder.

I sincerely hope that you are at least older than I am to be calling people punk, because if anyone has yet to graduate 9th grade, it's the one who sounds like it. If you can't come up with an intelligent and useful point of view about my own, then you need to get with the program and realize the old ways of communicating with people are over and your difficulty in being able to stay cool headed and have an intelligent conversation are symptoms of a society bred on aggression.

Unlike you, everyday is Memorial day for me as long as soldiers and civilians continue to die.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

You cant blame the troops for where the government sends them.

Most troop newbies enlist when they are 18, and have little to no understanding (or cares) of geo political realities. Once in you are simply asking them to throw their lives away by disregarding orders, being dishonorably discharged without a retirement, pension, or any benefit of having served. This is the same as lumping individuals into a group that many do not belong. You are correct that they have the choice to disobey orders, but there are consequences to such actions that will effect them the rest of their days. It is not so much; in my opinion, the troops fault as it is the American peoples fault for allowing the wars and atrocities to continue in their name, and the majority that support the war today are on the far right, for they are being told by their churches the master plan behind the Muslims is to take over the West through any means necessary. When martial law is declared I can assure you while many youngsters will follow orders to round up Americans, there will be a large element of military service men and women that will certainly refuse the final order of tyranny, and there will be those that do not, so to put all servicemen/women into a category is irresponsible and wrong. All one must do is look to see the awakening that is occurring via "Oath Keepers" and the "Veterans against the Iraq war", the soldiers that tossed away their metals during the G3 protests, and I think you will see that many are realizing what has occurred, but to do so while still under the control of the Government holds harsh penalties from which you have no chance of arguing your case. The only troops I stand against are those that would do harm to my family, but to date none have, so I say stand up for the troops, work to get them home, let them taste how their leaders have sold their freedom for globalist ventures, and then we will certainly sort the good from the bad. All of those that died for freedom that you put on a pedestal were not any different than the 18 year old high school graduate heading to Afghanistan for his/her first tour, it just so happened that the leadership of the country at that time was not working to destroy our Republic and constitution. In other words they were actually fighting the good fight, just like the service men and women of today would if the people would wake and realize that the government that holds power today is no longer representative of the people. Day by day and bill by bill our leaders are showing their true colors, and when the people of these united States realize what path they are sending us down then and only then will we be able to judge the troop, the individual, the man/woman who has decided to uphold their oath, and those that have decided to side with tyranny.

Always remember:
"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." ~ Samuel Adams
If they hate us for our freedom, they must LOVE us now....

Stay IRATE, remain TIRELESS, an