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Thanks for sharing this journey with me!

I signed up here to the Daily Paul 6 years ago because I had a story I needed to share with the world, and thanks to a few liberty loving friends in Tallahassee, FL I was encouraged to make a video of myself reading my story. The video ended up getting me kicked out of the Army Reserves and I admit I was under pressure to stay quiet until they were finished investigating me. What I really wanted to do was load up my rucksack and run off to help Adam Kokesh with his guerrilla media warfare, but that would have to wait till Presidents Day 2012 and a march in DC...

Thank you Michael Nystrom for creating this extension of my living room that is the Daily Paul, and happy Daily Paul Bday to me!:)

A Soldier's Personal Revolution

Submitted by Zak Carter on Mon, 12/03/2007 - 16:37
in Daily Paul Liberty Forum

A Soldier's Personal Revolution

I joined the Army in the early months of 2001; my patriotism led me to the recruiter’s office. I had grown up in awe of my grandfathers and their stories of World War II, and their reminiscing became my dreams. When I got to basic training I did not talk about missing home like the other recruits around me, I felt at home in ways I never had before.

The weeks after 9/11 found me in Kosovo, part of C co 3/7 Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division, patrolling the border with Macedonia as part of our duties. We had ammunition to defend ourselves with and the authority to apprehend anyone crossing the border illegally. I will get back to why these details are important later.

Fast forward to 2003, I am rolling across the desert in the back of a Bradley fighting vehicle, part of the spearhead into Iraq. Other than those first three weeks of “Shock and Awe” what I remember most about Iraq was the people. Crowds of kids wanting to know about Michael Jackson and Britney Spears, open-minded adults wanted to know about our social freedoms, and ninety some percent of Iraqis just wanted to raise their families in peace and did not hesitate to tell us. I really fell in love with the Iraqi people. My platoon and I played soccer with some of those crowds of kids, we had dinner and shared food with families in their homes, we even went to a few house parties, and my lieutenant and I spent one very memorable afternoon swimming in an irrigation ditch with five young women. It is all of them I think of when anyone tells me we need to turn the Middle East into a sheet of glass or that all Muslims are our enemies.

I remember thinking on this briefly when I was there, but more so since I’ve returned, usually when I’m day dreaming behind the wheel of my van, but what we were doing when we were doing our jobs, patrolling the streets, conducting road block vehicle searches, bodily searching individuals, and searching houses, couldn’t be helping our long range plans for winning hearts and minds. I really have to wonder, how long would it take me to move from a position of thanks for my despotic government being removed to feeling like I lived in a conquered and occupied country if I saw foreign troops on the streets of my hometown Tallahassee everyday? Add to this our having bases and troops in Turkey, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and Saudi Arabia, ( I may have missed a few, we have approximately 700 bases in 130 countries ) some of them for decades, our Navy of their coast, our fighter jets in their sky’s , the CIA in business with monarchs, dictators and thugs, and our State Department treating their leaders like irresponsible children, it’s no wonder moderate Muslims takes to the streets shouting “ Death to America” and a minority takes action against us. I would expect we would be doing the same thing if say, China had bases on our soil, and her Navy patrolled our coastline and Chinese fighter jets streaked across our sky. In short, this is all hard to admit, but our actions do have consequences.

Fast forward again to the present day, I am out of active duty, and in the Army Reserves. (I wanted to stay active duty, but my wife said I would be single, so we had a compromise.)To be honest the reserves has bored me to tears and I haven’t felt like I’m giving anything back to my country, so I looked into getting attached to a National Guard unit on our border with Mexico for a tour or two. However, when I learned they don’t have the authority to apprehend illegal border crossers and can only call up our overworked and overstretched border patrol when they spot illegal activity, I got myself in trouble by thinking - about what I had done in Kosovo and about what I knew our military had done to our own people in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina ( disarmed law abiding civilians only trying to protect themselves when the police had failed to do so) . To add insult to injury, our Guardsmen and women on our own border don’t have ammunition and have on several documented occasions actually had to retreat when facing fire from Mexican paramilitary groups. Now why would I want to sign up for that? To be witness to the violation of America’s sovereignty? No one in the Executive branch of our government is doing anything about it, and it makes me wonder why I am even in the Army at all.

Why are we the worlds policeman when our own country is being openly violated? Why are we borrowing money hand over fist from nations not exactly our friends, just to spend it on our out of control foreign policy? I am starting to feel like the powers that be do not have America’s interests in mind at all. It’s starting to feel like our ruin is their objective. From our factories closing and moving overseas, to the plunging value of our dollar, America is crumbling. Yet I love her far to much to watch her fall apart.
This is why I am taking my personal revolution and joining forces with Dr. Ron Paul’s revolution. His “bring all the troops home” non-intervention foreign policy and plans to put America first again are just what we need at this time in our history. I don’t expect you to agree with everything he says, but I do hope we can all put our differences aside and join him in seeing that ALL the troops come home, the Republic is restored and America saved. Thank you and God Bless.

In Liberty, Zakery Carter



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...Happy dailypaul 6th birthday!

Honestly, I am so glad to have fighters of the concept of individual liberty, like you Zak! Thank you.

We all have our roles to play, and I am so glad you have been fulfilling yours!

Although there may be bumps in the road, do not stop!! I have to remind myself of it at times as well.

BUT KEEP GOING! EVERYBODY! WE ARE HERE FOR A PURPOSE. ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT. :)

Inspiring and very cool post.

Thanks Zak!,

Love this community! Even tho there are many who may not be as "vocal" as others, we are all fulfilling our roles, and it will not be said that we did nothing!

Onward with Liberty!

Keep your eye on the prize! - Ending legal tender laws in order for the Federal Reserve System to self-destruct is of the upmost importance.
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Excelsior!

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There is no duration defined in the Oath

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You got that right Cousin John!!

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"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

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It's a rude awakening when

It's a rude awakening when you wake up sometimes

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Thank you Zak

Happy DP birthday! I just read your story again. It is a powerful journey of awakening. The journey is far from over. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Never stop thinking, growing, loving, and keeping an open heart and mind.

Thank you.

He's the man.

Thank YOU Michael!

And I do hope I get to meet you in person one of these days, at the least I owe you a few beers!

you can count on the continued journey from me! Speaking of, how about adding the Daily Paul to this coalition we're working on?:)

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Hey Zak, great to hear from you.

"for I have sworn upon the altar of god eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man"

Thinking of Jefferson..
he would like to hear from you.

peace.

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"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

Good post Zak!

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

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Have you

ever looked into be a park ranger?

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Park rangers have more power than any laO I know.

A Park Ranger?

No:p I won't work for the "man" again...

These days I work in the entertainment biz, and am Ben Swann's PR director...

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To me

business is "the man".

May you continue enjoying your success and break a leg! Congratulations!!!!!

BRAVO Zak! Soldiers like you are the real heroes in my book.

Paul here from Seattle and your Rock the Revolution Tour.

Even tho it didn't make it to the end I still really enjoyed playing that first show!

I'll keep in touch about your Free and Equal progress.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Good post

thnx for sharing.

Now I'm thinking I should get some thoughts together so I can post something good on the 15th.

I was thinking the same in Michigan. Where they our friends?

Did we want them free. Or did Command want Iraqis occupied and purged?

In Christmas 1975, my Father-in-law gave me a copy of

"The Moon is down" by John Steinbeck.

This was Colonel Lanser's second occupation. The first in WWI.

The tales of the occupations in Viet Nam, Afghanistan, and Iraq are just history repeating itself.

Having never been part of an occupying force, it seems to me that Steinbeck had a good sense of what has happened during occupations throughout history.

Your description reminded me of Steinbeck's short story.

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ManY friends will be with you always

Zak,

Though we have never personally met, through this site we have both worked very hard for this liberty/freedom movement, with mixed results and various degrees of success, I do know this, I look forward to working even harder and at greater capacity in the future, and am honored to call u a friend.

Duane Allan Smith
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Duane!

Definitely call you a friend as well, and definitely look forward to working together again - We learned a lot from our stumbles and it's only onward and upward from here!

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Excellent post - thank you

Excellent post - thank you for sharing your poignant thoughts.

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I am surprised this hasn't been bumped more:

so bump, and thanks for telling your story.

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bumping for a . . .

good post.

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