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(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Why He Served: From A Soldier's Blog. YOU MUST READ THIS POST.

The soldier who wrote this post in his blog on August 30th was killed on Monday, October 13th of this month by an IED. US Army Specialist Stephen Fortunato, 25, of Beverly, Massachusetts, was killed -- in a terrible irony -- on his first day back on patrol after a 19-day leave in Massachusetts to visit friends and family.

He writes of his service in a way that is at once blunt, shocking and baldly honest. I'll let his writing speak for him posthumously:

If I may …

I'd like to say something....Just to get it out there so it is clear.To all the pampered and protected Americans who feel it is their duty to inform me that I am not fighting for their freedom, and that i am a pawn in Bush's agenda of greed and oil acquisition: Noted, and [expletive deleted] You.

I am not a robot. i am not blind or ignorant to the state of the world or the implications of the "war on terrorism." i know that our leaders have made mistakes in the handling of a very sensitive situation, but do not for one second think that you can make me lose faith in what we, meaning America's sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers in uniform are doing.

I am doing my part in fighting a very real enemy of the United States, i.e. Taliban, Al Qaida, and various other radical sects of Islam that have declared war on our way of life. Unless you believe the events of 9/11 were the result of a government conspiracy, which by the way would make you a MORON, there is no reasonable argument you can make against there being a true and dangerous threat that needs to be dealt with. i don't care if there are corporations leaching off the war effort to make money, and i don't care if you don't think our freedom within America's borders is actually at stake. i just want to kill those who would harm my family and friends. it is that simple. Even if this is just a war for profit or to assert America's power, so what? Someone has to be on top and I want it to be us. There's nothing wrong with wishing prosperity for your side.

I am a proud American. i believe that my country allows me to live my life more or less however i want to, and believe me, i have seen what the alternative of that looks like. i also believe that our big scary government does way more than it has to to help complete [expletive deleted]-ups get back on their feet, a stark comparison to places where leaders just line their own pockets with gold while allowing the people who gave them their power and privilage to starve. I have chosen my corner. I back my country, and am proud to defend it against aggressors. Also, if you dare accuse us of being inhumane, or overly aggressive because we have rolled into someone else's country and blown some [expletive deleted] up and shot some people, let me remind you of just how inhumane we COULD be in defending ourselves. Let me remind you that we have a warhead that drops multiple bomblets from the stratosphere which upon impact, would turn all the sand in Iraq to glass, and reduce every living thing there to dust. Do we use it? No. Instead we use the most humane weapon ever devised: the American soldier. We send our bravest (and perhaps admitably craziest) men and women into enemy territory, into harms way, to root out those whom we are after and do our best to leave innocent lives unscathed.

...One last thing...a proposal. i know it has been stated time and time again but i just think it is worthy of reiteration. If you find yourself completely disgusted with the way America is being ran, and how we handle things on the global stage, you can leave. Isn't that amazing? No one will stop you! If you are an anarchist, there are places you can go where there is no government to tell you anything. That's are left solely to your own devices and you can handle the men who show up at your door with AKs in any way that you see fit.

Just don't try good old American debate tactics on them because you will most likely end up bound and blind-folded, to have your head chopped off on the internet so your parents can see it. However if you insist on staying here and taking advantage of privilages such as free speach and WIC, keep the counter-productive [expletive deleted] to a minimum while the grown ups figure out how to handle this god-awful mess in the middle east.

After I read that post, I was emotionally wrung out and the corners of my eye were wet.

This soldier, though young and relatively inexperienced back at home, implicitly understood the Larger Picture that so many Americans of all ages and stripes simply, apparently, cannot.

Joe the Plumber. Army Specialist Stephen Fortunato.

Two mere men, two commoners, two drones, two groundlings, two proles, two of what the Left would offhandedly typify as unwitting dupes -- somehow inherently know much more about how the world actually works than Barack Hussein Obama, potentially the President and Commander-In-Chief of the United States of America, that Great Experiment in Progress, the strongest nation on Earth, the savior of millions of people, the Last, Best Hope For The Entire Planet.

I ask you: go back and read Spc. Fortunato's post again if you dare.

And tell me you don't think 1) he was infinitely wise beyond his years and 2) that his views aren't yours.

God bless you Stephen Fortunato; may you rest in eternal peace knowing you served your country and that there are still some people in your homeland who understand and honor your sacrifice.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly, yet another entry on the Valhalla tags.

God Bless, and Godspeed to his family and loved ones..

Sun Oct 19, 09:29:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Patrick: thank you for visiting, and thank you for your considered comment. Please visit again and, in terms of Valhalla -- you are so correct.


Sun Oct 19, 11:42:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bushwack said...

Amen BZ, But one question..
Why is there no mention of this on the MSM? it would appear that in times of war and crisis, America usually used stories like this for a boost in patriotism...Well I guess I answered my own question there.. carry on.

Sun Oct 19, 01:19:00 PM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...

I think, in the near future, we will see many more real patriots such as this young man, sadly, I believe they will be fighting to keep the USA as a whole, IN the USA, not on foreign shores.

Patrick and I kept each other going, we are personal friends, have been for a long time, and our sons were deployed at the same time...

Patrick is also one of the very few that knows nearly all of my real background, and he has never betrayed that confidence, as I have kept his as well, but let it suffice to say, Patrick speaks more truth in 2 or 3 sentences than most can in 30 paragraphs...

God Speed indeed.. And God bless and protect ALL of our fine young warriors...

Sun Oct 19, 01:25:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

TF: call me a loon, but I believe you to be correct. With an Obama Presidency, this country will undergo a massive, very unpleasant spasm which may also yield some form of insurrection.

More on that later this week.


Sun Oct 19, 02:30:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Ranando said...

May this fine young man Rest in Peace. My thoughts are with him and his family.

Sun Oct 19, 02:41:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Average American said...

God bless you Stephen Fortunato, may you rest in eternal peace. I salute you sir!

BV, Stephen's post expresses a view and a sense of what's right that comes from serving one's country during wartime. I know how many years of wisdom got packed into my head when I was only 19 years old under similar circumstances, and I suspect that millions of fellow vets know also. NOBAMA does not have, AND NEVER WILL HAVE a clue about what this means. He is NOT FIT to shine the boots of these brave young Americans, never mind be their boss. SPIT!SPIT!SPIT! on NOBAMA!

Sun Oct 19, 07:53:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Alaska Steve said...

As usual BZ you know right where to shine the flashlight to illuminate what is important . . . I think I've added buying you a beer (in person) to my life list . . .

Tue Oct 21, 12:23:00 AM PDT  

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