Friday, April 18, 2008
Much has been written here about Patriotism. What it is, what it isn't. Here's my take.
Patriotism means being the "Right Kind of Guy". You either know what I mean or you don't. The kind of "guy" your Mom would be proud of. The kind of "guy" who won't look away when injustice occurs. The kind of "guy" who will stand up to the "bully" and say,"That's enough". The kind of "guy" who will tilt windmills. The kind of "guy" who will always protect the weak and defend the innocent. No matter what their race, color, religion or national origin. The kind of "guy" I want standing next to me when the shit goes down, whatever that shit may be. The kind of "guy" who will tell you to your face that you are fucking up, when you are fucking up.
A good friend will come and bail you out of jail. A true friend will be sitting next to you saying, "Damn! That shit was worth it!"
This is our country. These are our ideals. This is what we swore to protect, against All Enemies, foreign and domestic. This is who we are. This is what we do. This is why we are here.
We believed. We took them at their word. We gave our word.. Now it is time to keep our word. And to make them keep theirs!
I am proud to be here, part of this thing we have created. Proud to be an American Veteran. Proud to keep my word to my fellow Americans, who I swore to protect and defend. All my fellow Americans. For when the blood runs it always runs red, regardless of the color of the skin that contains it.
My job is not done. My oath is unfulfilled. My greatest mission lies before me. That is why I am here.
We are all different. We all have different agendas. Yet we are all together. This is what differentiates us from the Republi-cons, who march to the same tune no matter who the Piper is. We think, then we act. They act, then they justify their actions with bullshit.
They claim to be Patriots.
We are Patriots. The difference is as simple as being the Right Kind of "Guy". The "guy" your mother would be proud of.