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You know, the fascinating thing is that we now employ an 'army' of volunteers! We (those who volunteer), imagine we are defending something that is not truly threatened. We aren't forced to risk all we have, we risk for an ideal: Democracy. Or so it was for me when I joined (back then we faced a potent foe: the Soviet Union.) I was very idealistic when I enlisted, without really ever realizing it. I visited Constitution Hall park recently, right after a female Gulf War veteran had been savagely beaten by Parks Service Rangers!! It was a profoundly disillusioning experience. It recalled to memory a silly sci-fi book I read many years ago: Bill the Intergalactic Hero. I hadn't realized how profound the book was when I read during my high school years. All at once I saw myself as something of a 'rube'. It's hard to explain well and briefly!
Reminds me of one of my favorite movies, Harold and Maude
How is this ARMED response to a perceived Federal slight NOT considered terrorism?
One thing about this country will never change -- with the notable exception of those who fought in the Civil War on the Union side -- this country has always shown the back of its hand to those who actually fought and died for the freedoms we all like to claim we hold so dear and to ensure the domestic tranquility we seek to establish through the Constitution. It is a sad constant that runs through the history of the United States. It's this country's Third Original Sin, after the (ongoing) treatment of those who were here before Europeans and chattel slavery. But it is those like you, who embodies precisely what the "founders" actually meant when they wrote of the "citizen soldier". I always found it fascinating that Van Steuben, when asked why he re-wrote the Manual of Arms for the Continental Army replied that if he wanted to have a British or German soldier do something he would tell them precisely what to do and how to do it. If he wanted an American soldier to do something, he would clearly and succinctly explain why.
All skill is in vain when an angel pisses in the touchhole of your musket.
-- Hessian proverb