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I'm proud to have never served; The great plea for humanity.

I’m sure this post will cause a gamut of emotions but I have come to a point in my life where I feel just as much warrant and right to declare my stance on war, and why it is I am proud to have never served.

If you cannot look at history and see that war is the perpetual branch in the spokes of spiritual evolution and humanity’s fullest potential, then you are seeing life as expendable if it aligns with a “right” cause. Look at the army of broken men returning home and the many thousands more returned before them. Look at the states of mind and the states of physicality of these men. Look at the families torn asunder and the children left parentless all in the name of vindication and retribution and freedom?

Are these men the victors? Are these men any more honorable than me because they adorn a purple heart or keep a uniform of tradition locked up in an old chest, only to be brought into the light on the most saddening of days; days we celebrate without understanding the true foreign policies and the lies by which they are upheld? Are these men any more fortunate for the limbs and wits they’ve lost, the years they’ve sacrificed away from their children, the codes they’ve upheld to see the fruition of grievances and stolen memories of men they have never met? Are these men more pure of heart than me in their complicity to bastardize children and make widows of women? Are these men fighting for God? Are the casualties and ravages of war the orders and knowledge we have of morality and sensibility?

War is plunder; hateful, devolving, destructive and engineered by the darkest recesses of our capacities. How long before we see that?

I would like you all to imagine for a moment that you have just returned home from work. You push the button of the garage-door opener and get out of your car. You see the garage door opening and know immediately it will be followed by, “Daddy!” as your son runs out to greet you in the driveway. You kneel down and give him a hug, the kind of hug you give only your son, the kind of hug that finds you completely vulnerable and alive in the moment. You rub his blonde little head and say, “I missed you so much today buddy” to which he replies, “yeah” (in a tone that tells you he understands what love means and that you are the one responsible for that understanding). You both race to the door and enter the house, greeted by the smell of red lemon potatoes, sautéed tempeh and kale greens. You make your way over to your 3 month old daughter who is drooling and mumbling little protests on the bopi pillow, playfully batting the colorful animals dangling from the arches above her. You pick her up and hold her close and whisper, “I missed you today little princess”, which is followed up by countless kisses upon her forehead, cheeks and lips.

As you all sit down to enjoy the dinner your wife has devoutly made out of love, you hear a wisp and suddenly your back is planted into the kitchen wall. Dazed and bewildered you fall to the floor after what seems an eternal peel from the imprint you left behind. Your eyes are hazy and filled with drywall. There is a deafening, selective silence as you’ve force the sound of detangling debris to reside for the panicked and innate desperation that finds you in hysterics as you look for your wife and children. You glance over to the living room where the recliner has leveled the entertainment center and reduced it to giant slivers of particle board. There is a puddle where your hand lands as you attempt to stand up. It has gathered under the heat of steam from a persimmon piece of metal lodged beneath the side of the refrigerator. You peer out the front door which has been completely unhinged and blown out on the road beyond the scorched front yard, now blackened with the fervent flickers of flame.

And then you see what I pray upon no man, woman or child…you see your life laid out before you in red and eternal rest. You see every single memory in a flash and drop to your knees involuntarily as if you had just been compacted with a sledgehammer between the shoulder-blades. And as you look upon the tattered remains of your family you begin to literally see red. You begin to contemplate things you’ve never imagined yourself capable of thinking. It sets in that you will never walk through that front door again and be tackled with a childish hug. You’ll never see the early smiles of the daughter you were just starting to find interaction with and you will never say, “I love you” and feel the response in breath upon your face of the same statement.

Can you imagine your rage being categorized and your intentions being reduced to a terrorist? Can you imagine what it would be like to be “collateral damage” and have an arrogant prick in another country disavow the traumatic emotional dilemma that you are faced with all because your government was in conflict with another government. Can you imagine your lividness as a man on television speaks for your family as if your loss was “just a consequence of war”?

There are those who will turn an indignant shoulder to the dead in another country, but put yourself in the shoes of just one man who has lost his whole purpose and reason for living and tell me to my face that you believe such an incident to be “just a consequence of war”! I dare you!

Peace and love always.

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Andrew Napolitano for President 2016!
http://andrewnapolitano.com/index

"Patriotism should come from loving thy neighbor, not from worshiping Graven images." - ironman77

Bumping for adversity.

Bump.

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

From a Veteran:

shut the fuck up. Your post changes nothing for the better, nor does it give any ideas to a solution. You've taken no action other than to declare yourself a non-participant.

Enjoy sitting on the fence and watching everyone else, alone.

*spit*

Oh, and God Bless.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

No class...

"Enjoy sitting on the fence and watching everyone else, alone."

How do you know what he's done for the cause of Liberty? So anyone who doesn't join the Military is a "fence sitter"?... I can say with confidence that this post helped promote the cause of Liberty more than killing brown people in a foreign country that has not done any harm to us has... No?

Take your Rah-Rah chest-pumping B.S elsewhere...

BTW, your *spit* landed on your shoe...

"I am Troll fighter, number one"

-Ernest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxWb-ViejPg

Here's what I've done in the last 9 months...

thank you Trevor...

we are awake!

http://www.dailypaul.com/296511/liberty-by-the-pen

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

Angry much...good!

and yes it does change many things for the better by giving an adverse viewpoint to the typical, "Support the Troops"!

I am a non-participant only insofar as I choose not to participate in the eager machine of death and heartache.

And no I do not enjoy sitting on any fence watching hordes of young men continue to endorse and sign up for conscription and the "glory" of "protecting freedom"...that's is a joke in and of itself anymore.

And no I'm not alone. In fact, far from it.

And don't patronize me with a cliche God Bless...God doesn't bless actions that war propagates and if God does it is not a God I care to be associated with anyway.

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

Actually doing nothing does more

to help protect freedom than being the man who does the dirty work for corrupt tyrants. Actually if we did nothing for the tyrannical machine of death and heartache then that machine would not exist. It is those who actively work to create and sustain that reality who are to blame for the existence of that reality.

Look at Czech republic's velvet revolution. The soldiers stood down and the communist machine fell apart instantly. It really is the fault of the soldiers (whether law enforcement or military) because they are the violent force that enforces the machine of unlawful criminal rule to dominate our lives. Without them executing criminal acts under orders the machine of tyranny would not function. I believe the situation is totally criminal at this point because they are all accepting federal reserve notes as tender vs lawful tender defined in their contractual bounds of the constitutional oath. They won't obey the law but they will initiate violence against another using tools that require no engagement or potential harm to themselves. All of this for a bankster designed criminal game of empire.

The most powerful Law of Nature is Time. It is finite and we all will run out of it. Use this Law to your advantage, for it offers you infinite possibilities...

Uh huh

Cowardly vilifying good men isn't going to win you many friends, at least not the sort you need.

I would neither boast about "serving" in the . . .

military or not "serving" in the military.

To be glad that you didn't is one thing, but why is it necessary to make a public proclamation?

Either way?

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

not my intention to boast...

but I feel the military of today is not the military of Constitutional intent, so it is important to speak for it's correction and ultimate purpose.

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

you're all right--

.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Bump!

Share!

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

You forgot to put "served" in quotation marks.

Bump from a fellow non-serviceman!

I'm so glad I eschewed the brainwashing psy-op called basic.

You forgot to put "served" in quotation marks. It is no service to the people of this country to murder abroad and trample our rights at home only to take exorbitant compensation for it from the rest of us!

Andrew Napolitano for President 2016!
http://andrewnapolitano.com/index

"Patriotism should come from loving thy neighbor, not from worshiping Graven images." - ironman77

Thank you

for your non-service

"I am Troll fighter, number one"

-Ernest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxWb-ViejPg

Of all the things...

in your life you may be thankful for,
I personally attribute none of them to war or the effects of war.

War does not keep our children, it takes them.
War does not keep our liberties, it represses and disavows them.
War does not speak for our country, only those who use it.
War is not the way! Have we learned absolutely nothing from our entanglements?

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

You chose wisely

Look at the "great" Americans in whose footsteps you follow. Mitt Romney and his five able-bodied sons did not serve. President Obama did not serve. President Clinton did not serve. Vice-President Cheney did not serve. Rush Limbaugh did not serve. Sean Hannity did not serve. Bill O'Reilly did not serve. Glenn Beck did not serve. Michael Savage did not serve. Michael Medved did not serve. Bill Kristol did not serve. Rick Santorum did not serve. Jeb Bush did not serve. Karl Rove did not serve. Newt Gingrich did not serve. John Boehner did not serve. Mitch McConnell did not serve. Rudy Giuliani did not serve. Fred Thompson did not serve. Dennis Hastert did not serve. Dick Armey did not serve. Tom Delay did not serve. Trent Lott did not serve. Phil Gramm did not serve. Paul Wolfowitz did not serve. Richard Perle did not serve. Joe Lieberman did not serve.

These are the men who brought us endless war.

but Ron Paul . . .

did ("served").

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Wasn't he drafted?

If you are conscripted, I suppose you could say you are serving in the sense that you then are a servant, but is being a servant an esteemed position? If you volunteer wouldn't you then be an indentured servant, and if conscripted wouldn't that be involuntary servitude? Are we to be servants of government, or is it supposed to be our servant?

Compare Dr. Paul to Cassius Clay (Mohammed Ali) who refused to be drafted, and instead was sent to prison, losing his boxing title, too. I think I have more respect for Clay than Dr. Paul on this issue, although I certainly respect Dr. Paul for almost all of his political views.

What if everyone refused to volunteer to fight and refused to be drafted into these insane wars to maintain the US empire? Of course that won't happen, but it sure would be hard for nation states to carry out aggression against one another without standing armies. Gee, wasn't that thing about no funding of standing armies for more than 2 years in the Constitution? Looks like they subverted the intent of that provision, too. Isn't a well regulated State militia a better DEFENSE system? Where are the militias?

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

I don't know--

but he was a doctor, not a 'fighter'.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

And they hate him for it

Ron Paul was rejected by every chicken hawk on that list and by every voter who follows those chicken hawks to his own destruction. Very few voters who claim to "support" the military voted for the only military veteran in the 2012 primaries besides the cerebrally-challeged Rick Perry.

I don't assume or apologize for actions of others.

I chose not to serve because MY family always took precedent over a family in another country of which I know absolutely nothing about nor can I fathom the experiences they've had and the path ultimately chosen by them.

I will defend my own at all costs when the legions come knocking in THIS country, until then I will never be shamed because I didn't go off to foreign lands to kill for resource or imperialism.

You term them "great". Why?

Do not associate the actions of those men with my reasons for not serving.

War is devolution. I do not condone it.

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

My attempt at humor

I was being sarcastic when I called them "great". It is a list of chicken hawks, hypocrites, hate-filled warmongers, and neocons. However, the very people who will criticize you for not serving tend to idolize many of the people on that list.

You, OTOH, are nothing like the people on the list. You have character.

No harm done...

thank you for your input and compliment.

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

Continue to bump!

for our sake.

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

no, no, and no.

and so and so and who?

9-11 was a panda job.

serve

Serve the country, great.
Serve the community, great.
Serve the cause of liberty, great.
Serve by defending liberty, great.

Serve the government, never.

Just think

...of all that wonderful sleep you never missed out on lol

donvino

Th@nk You

...for your "non-service". @ddition@l th@nks to fellow vets who chose to stop "serving".

Bump

War is futile. Plunder always comes after productivity. War is therefore destructive in every way possible.

Bump...

I feel if someone is considering service they really ponder what type of service they are and may be asked to provide.

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness