Comment: It's as old as history...

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It's as old as history...

As Taleb phrases it, those that take the downside for others has always bestowed honor of some sort. Whether it be a babysitter rescuing a child while putting her life at risk, firemen, militia or the military, there are people who carry the downside for society. Conversely, we now have endemic proportions of people in power who push their downside to others: politicians, bankers, academic public policy wonks.

You don't have to respect veterans, fuck if I care... But many did join up with honorable intentions to serve for their country only be shipped off and blown up for a lie. Very many of these people took an oath to the constitution that they intend to keep. Many of these veterans are now very awake, estimates are 70% of special operations fall into that category. So now you have a very good number of these vets that are serious and a real check against a full scale war against US civilians. Oathkeepers.org and others are again taking the downside risk as are many more.

Also, if you've read any history at all about empires, you'd know, you kind of need those guys (and gals) on your side to avoid the worst. Seeming that veterans gave more money to Ron Paul than any other candidate combined, I'm really not sure why you're bitching. The vitriol and whining in this thread only serves to help those you despise. So get your big girl panties on and get your shit straight.... Fuck.