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Friday, September 18, 2009

Are the active Military the only true Patriots?

Below is a comment posted by a friend of my son

(who currently serves with the Montana N.G. Air force) in which he (Sean) (after some earlier back and forth comments in which he (Sean) went on the attack and after doing so, Garrett (my son) asked
the question if Sean thought that those in the armed forces were the only patriots. Sean then spun this question into the following statement:

Sean Keighley

I was just told that a veteran isn't any more of a patriot to his country than someone who goes to a rally and protests. Anyone else think that way? Was my time in Afghanistan a waist? Should i have just gone to the courthouse and yelled throug...h a bull horn that i wanted the bad men to go away? Does that even out? Please comment on your thoughts...

This was my (Jeff)response:

Since I was also in the picture I guess I'm one of the "haters" too.

So I reluctantly enter this discussion.
Seeing as word Patriot has ruffled some feathers. Let's start with how it is defined in the dictionary

1. a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.

2. a person who regards himself or herself as a defender, esp. of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government.

3. (initial capital letter) Military. a U.S. Army anti-aircraft missile with a range of 37 mi. (60 km) and a 200-lb. (90 kg) warhead, launched from a tracked vehicle with radar and computer guidance.

No where in this definition does it mention that a soldier is the supreme patriot as you & others seem to suggest.

Only you are qualified to answer your question if going to Afghanistan was a waste of your time. I'm glad it is something you are proud of. So, perhaps there's your answer.

While I agree Bin Laden is a bad man, and should be pursued and brought to justice. He and his group are not the ONLY threat to the Our freedom (the Constitution).

If you go to the link below and Click on "Freedom Index" in the 4th paragraph. ... Read More

You will find (according to this organization) that in the 111th Congress only 3 Congressmen and 1 Senator have a 100% voting record in accordance with the Constitution.

That's 461 of 465 Elected Represenitives who dishonor the very Oath they Swore to Protect.

Seeing as it is the Constitution & Bill of Rights that best defends the concept of Individual Liberty (Freedom) I choose to fight this attack on freedom on the home front. I attempt to do so through peaceful demonstration, hopefully exposing the corruption within our own government in the attempt to get "We the People" involved in the process of returning this country back to it's proper role.

I Do salute your voluntary service to country, but I do not accept your dismissal of the importance of what we, and others, are trying to do.

I would like to leave you with a recent video from Adam Kokesh who served in the Marines & has currently thrown his name in the hat to run as a congressman in New Mexico.

So anyhow gang I'm looking for are some opinions on my response. I will in No way be offended if you tell me I was out of line.

Thanks, Jeff

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