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Toy writes: "Some will say that I am being irresponsible, impractical, and irrational. Others will insist that I am crazy. I have come to believe that the true insanity is doing nothing. As long as we sit in comfort, turning a blind eye to the injustices of the world, nothing will change."

A General Dynamics employee working on the Stryker project resigned in protest. (photo: army.gov)
A General Dynamics employee working on the Stryker project resigned in protest. (photo: army.gov)


General Dynamics Employee: "I Hereby Resign in Protest"

By Brandon Toy, Common Dreams

16 July 13

 

hereby resign in protest effective immediately.

I have served the post-911 Military Industrial complex for 10 years, first as a soldier in Baghdad, and now as a defense contractor.

I have always believed that if every foot soldier threw down his rifle war would end. I hereby throw mine down.At the time of my enlistment, I believed in the cause. I was ignorant, naïve, and misled. The narrative, professed by the state, and echoed by the mainstream press, has proven false and criminal. We have become what I thought we were fighting against.

Recent revelations by fearless journalists of war crimes including counterinsurgency "dirty" wars, drone terrorism, the suspension of due process, torture, mass surveillance, and widespread regulatory capture have shed light on the true nature of the current US Government. I encourage you to read more about these topics at the links I have provided below.

Some will say that I am being irresponsible, impractical, and irrational. Others will insist that I am crazy. I have come to believe that the true insanity is doing nothing. As long as we sit in comfort, turning a blind eye to the injustices of the world, nothing will change. It is even worse to play an active part, protesting all along that I am not the true criminal.

I was only a foot soldier, and am now a low level clerk. However, I have always believed that if every foot soldier threw down his rifle war would end. I hereby throw mine down.

Sincerely,

Brandon M. Toy
Stryker Engineering Project Management
General Dynamics Land Systems
Sterling Heights, Michigan

 

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+211 # jmar 2013-07-16 13:05
Thank you Brandon Toy for your courageous act. May each of us throw down whatever "rifle" we carry that makes this insane system continue.
 
 
+71 # Kathymoi 2013-07-16 20:23
I so agree with Brandon Toy.
And, I not only throw down my rifle (which I don't have) but I quit shopping at WalMart 10 years ago. Haven't missed it. I eat only organic food at home and never never ever eat at a fast food place. I'm not rich or even moderately wealthy. In fact, my income is pretty darn low, but I live within my income. I don't buy new clothes. Garage sales and thrift stores supply my wardrobe except for shoes and underwear. I get my underwear at a local natural fiber store. I have no debt (this could change with a serious illness, but so far so good.) I only use my credit card when neither cash nor a check is an option, and I pay the balance off every month. These are some of the things I can do to Not Contribute to the problems of the world. I applaud BrandonToy for making a difficult decision and standing up for principle. Bravo.
 
 
+21 # kochadoodledoo 2013-07-17 03:36
Thanks for mentioning some ways in which The People can fight the system. If more of us did so we might make some progress.
 
 
+161 # cokacoa2 2013-07-16 13:15
Congratulations on your brave stand. Thank you.
 
 
+157 # Activista 2013-07-16 13:29
The truth is out .. people of conscience speak ... not a good news for the present regime .. waiting for American spring.
 
 
+155 # momm1540 2013-07-16 13:33
America needs more "People of Principal" like this. Thank You Brandon.
 
 
+23 # Interested Observer 2013-07-16 18:52
Principle
 
 
+145 # Carol R 2013-07-16 13:49
'I was only a foot soldier, and am now a low level clerk. However, I have always believed that if every foot soldier threw down his rifle war would end. I hereby throw mine down."

How sad that the US has come to this. Good for you for standing up to a system that has too many problems.
 
 
+133 # bmorriscatalyst 2013-07-16 14:16
Thank you, Brandon for your clear thinking and strong backbone. you will need both for the storm of irrationality that will follow your brave act of civil disobedience or more acurately, civil positive action! Now if every War Worker threw down his or her wrench, welding torch and laptop computer, war and this crazy Orwellian scenario will soon be history.
 
 
+128 # Susan Fitch 2013-07-16 14:38
Brandon, I believe that the world changes one consciousness at a time, and I believe you have just placed human kind one step closer to peace. I thank you for the huge sacrifice you have made. You are a true patriot. You could not serve your country any better than by your refusing to be a part of the industrial military complex.

I have never been a soldier or in the military. I have spent most of my life nurturing the most important resource our country has - its children. So, for what it's worth, this 61-year-old school teacher salutes you, my friend. Please know I will tell your story to my students and explain to them what it is to be a real patriot.

In peace and with deepest gratitude and respect,

Susan Fitch
Smithville Texas
 
 
+67 # karenvista 2013-07-16 15:30
Quoting Susan Fitch:

In peace and with deepest gratitude and respect,


If you do that you will be showing the same kind of patriotism and taking the same risk.

I'm a fellow Texan and we always have to be looking over our shoulders for Rick Perry and his henchmen.
 
 
+20 # kochadoodledoo 2013-07-17 03:40
It's good to hear that all Texans are not Rick Perry henchmen. Thank you for sharing that.
 
 
+61 # jwb110 2013-07-16 14:49
The new info about the NSA and spying on our own people has created a new paradigm. The US will find itself fighting a conflict on two fronts. (Not a very good record for wars on two fronts.) The Gov't is gonna find themselves fighting "them" and "us".
 
 
+91 # born1929 2013-07-16 14:49
Thank you Brandon ... I invite you to become a member of Veterans for Peace ...Google us please to decide if this would be something you might be interested in ... We have been demonstrating outside General Dynamics every Thursday for almost a year ...
Stan Levin, Korean War veteran
 
 
+68 # eremench 2013-07-16 14:51
Yes - you are courageous...an d now...day by day - to survive - think about restaurant jobs, substitute teaching (pay is lousy but you do NOT need a college degree ), landscaping/gar dening work (hard - but you make the world beautiful)...re ally - good luck with your next step and keep trying and keep looking for the right next step - hey - it might not be a great job but it is not serving the death makers - so BE PROUD OF THAT...
 
 
+18 # MendoChuck 2013-07-16 14:56
I salute you and admire you . . . . BUT
For everyone that thinks and acts like you there are 20, 30 or more that will pick it up and take the money.

I have heard it way to many times when I have asked those that I know and have known why do you continue to do what you do.
There answer is always the same, "If I don't do it and take the money then someone else will come along and step right in."

Survival will dominate and there will always be someone to say, "Show me the money!" Our government is the best example of this. The politicians always get re-elected because they promise you the moon and once elected . . . Well you can see for yourself what we have sent to Washington DC to do our will . . . .

And they are doing just that.
Change will only come when each individual makes that change at the ballot box. When MORE votes are cast for a Third Party. I don't care which one but voting as we have has gotten us to where we are now.

That wonderful "Hopie Changie Thingee!"
Worked out great didn't it?
 
 
+30 # karenvista 2013-07-16 15:43
"It's not who votes that counts. It's who counts the votes." a paraphrase of the literal translation from Josef Stalin's former Secretary's memoirs:

You know, comrades," says Stalin, "that I think in regard to this: I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how."

Much more trenchant in its abbreviated paraphrase, don't you think?

The question remains? Who counts the votes?
 
 
+6 # robcarter.vn 2013-07-16 17:55
USA could do better with Australian style compulsory & Preferential vote systems. Of course you are wrong it does depend in USA on who votes as just 16% 50mn mostly Capitalist well educated rich. That's who votes so how the hell can you get Parties that support the 60% population losers. Christ last year 2012 the rich 1% gained growth 11% the Nation average just 2.7% hence the Middle class got between 2.7& and 11% average say 7% but you non-voting 250mn people (Includes kids etc) gave your rights FOC to the Richer more clever 50mn who bothered to lift their tails and vote.
 
 
-20 # robcarter.vn 2013-07-16 18:01
Good God are Americans deaf dumb and blind? I don't see even a single dissenter, not one commenter wants what their stupid rich sector want Endless War to employ the Rich Corp American War machine industry profiteers.

Not one vote here ~ so since 90% of RSN Leftists don't bother voting at all, I guess that's why Obama is taking Democrats so far right the Republicans are out for eternity and they knobbled OWS so the new left need mobilize their own Socialist leaft party then Democrats can go the way of GOP kiss are down and out.
Goodluck Bankrupted USA
 
 
+31 # theory≠opinion 2013-07-16 18:33
What on earth are you saying? Slow down and sort out your grammar, please. You are not making much sense.
 
 
+1 # JSRaleigh 2013-07-17 17:45
Quoting theory≠opinion:
What on earth are you saying? Slow down and sort out your grammar, please. You are not making much sense.


He wouldn't make sense even if he did slow down & sort it out. How's he supposed to type a coherent sentence while foaming at the mouth?

He's just more proof that Lincoln was right; that you CAN fool some of the people all of the time.

And now they have their own AstroTurf political "party".
 
 
+7 # rockieball 2013-07-16 20:40
Well maybe more Republicans do vote than Democrats. but 90% is a bit farfetched. But a Democrat usually votes intelligently which means for the person they fell is right for the job. On the other hand Republicans vote for Republicans because well they are Republicans and not weather they are right for the job or the country. It's just that they are Republicans and they say we should be afraid of the other guy and hate anyone who is not white, a gun owner, a good Christian and anyone with any intelligence.
 
 
+10 # soularddave 2013-07-16 22:16
Not sure what you're saying, but I'd give you odds that 90% of RSN readers do vote. We try to be a thoughtful bunch. You don't see dissent because the police have driven it underground, and the popular media won't report anything that might affect their bottom line - which comes from the giant corporations that we're calling to task.

Socialist? Democrats? Republicans? All just convenient labels to identify what people believe. Know what? It doesn't work any more. We are who we are and are here to improve our thinking. Change doesn't come easily or without consideration. Ideas do change, but its hard to keep up with everything.

Don't give up.
 
 
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-07-17 03:48
Huh?
 
 
+1 # Futilitarian 2013-07-17 13:02
Quoting karenvista:
"It's not who votes that counts. It's who counts the votes." a paraphrase of the literal translation from Josef Stalin's former Secretary's memoirs:

You know, comrades," says Stalin, "that I think in regard to this: I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how."

Much more trenchant in its abbreviated paraphrase, don't you think?

The question remains? Who counts the votes?


It seems to me that it is now unimportant IF one votes and unimportant FOR WHOM one votes and equally unimportant as to WHO COUNTS those votes. It appears that elections and voting decide nothing. Spend 10 minutes with Russell Tice at the following link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6m1XbWOfVk

Everything is decided even before we have voted.
 
 
+17 # kochadoodledoo 2013-07-17 03:44
I'm sorry, but a president is powerless with an obstructionist congress. I am personally tired of ALL the blame being put on Barack Obama and you can thumbs down me all you want.
 
 
+35 # Kootenay Coyote 2013-07-16 14:59
Well done, well said...may this spirit spread.
 
 
+67 # Polfrosch 2013-07-16 15:13
Dear Brandon M. Toy

I´m german.

For you it might be not very hard to comprehend: some of the finest soldiers Germany had in WW2 were deserters. Sometimes it´s not good to show the requested heroism: e.g. while fighting for a bad cause with evil methods.

There is a valid quote from a prussian officer: "What constitutes me as an officer of his majesty (the prussian king) is: I am capable to decide when not to obey orders."

There might be times we need to fight as soldiers. But they are very rare, and even more rare is a just call to arms from a government. In history more often fighting against a government was the right thing to do.
On the other hand: true courage, heroism in our daily life is underrated. Heroism for humanity will not be rewarded with medals. Not initially.

It´s because of you, just trying do the right thing, that there is hope the current nightmare can be ended. It´s quite bad now -
"But danger always also harbours the seed of salvation." (from a poem of Hölderlin)

I salute you. I hear what you say. I will forward your sentences to friends. They will feel the way I do. You are understood.
 
 
+38 # pegasus4508 2013-07-16 15:22
Thank you Brandon Toy for your principled, unselfish and courage act.

There will always be unprincipled, immoral selfish and greedy people in this world. What each of us has to ask ourselves is are we one of them or do we give a damn? The time to sit on the fence is OVER. Either you are with the greedy and the selfish or you want a better world for everyone. Your turn to choose.
 
 
+11 # karenvista 2013-07-16 21:16
My great-grandfath er taught me a lot but he most important thing he taught me is that ethics are laws which rule the game of life. If you abide by the rules you will know whether you win, where you rank or lose. If you don't abide by the rules you will never know I you could have won fairly.

I think that's what drives our Villianaires. They cheated constantly and keep trying to convince themselves they would have won anyway. They will die not knowing the answer because they never played the game fairly.
 
 
+58 # michigan002 2013-07-16 15:41
You may have had low level positions but you are way up there on the courage and ethics scales. Wish we had lots more like you.

I still remember Dick Cheney, when asked why he didn't serve in Vietnam, given that he was the appropriate age, responding with a sneer that he "had more important things to do." Read: creating the wars rather than serving and dying in them. That he left to the less well-off and really patriotic.
 
 
+32 # reiverpacific 2013-07-16 17:16
Quoting michigan002:
You may have had low level positions but you are way up there on the courage and ethics scales. Wish we had lots more like you.

I still remember Dick Cheney, when asked why he didn't serve in Vietnam, given that he was the appropriate age, responding with a sneer that he "had more important things to do." Read: creating the wars rather than serving and dying in them. That he left to the less well-off and really patriotic.

The expression was "I had other priorities" -he got seven deferments from that insane and useless US destruction of whole region.
-And he still gets away with it!
 
 
+40 # DrD 2013-07-16 15:46
Thank you Brandon! Your brave act will have impact. Peace.
 
 
+51 # RHytonen 2013-07-16 15:46
It is moving -beyond comprehension- to see someone FINALLY take seriously the lyrics of Buffy St. Marie's "Universal Soldier" and Dylan's "Masters of War."

Now we need a few million more.
I am not being sarcastic but hopeful.
Everything starts somewhere.
 
 
+18 # Madmedic 2013-07-16 16:07
This comment applies to not one, but all of the above comments ... and equally to most of those on the Trevon Martin injustice thread.


IT"S A GOOD DAY ON READER SUPPORTED NEWS!


Now let's keep it going with our contributions.
 
 
+27 # fredboy 2013-07-16 15:57
A real patriot. So few have the courage, foresight, and willingness to stand up -- or leave a job -- for their convictions. Honored to know you, Mr. Toy.
 
 
+29 # Maxwell 2013-07-16 16:10
God bless you, Brandon, for having the courage to act on your beliefs. Don't listen to those who say that what you're doing is not enough. You understand that one has to start somewhere.

You remind me of a folk tale from India.

A man is riding a horse. He sees a small object in the road ahead. As he draws nearer, he sees that it's a bird lying in the road with its feet sticking up in the air. The rider was surprised to see that contrary to his initial assumption, the bird was alive.

"Why are you lying in the road in this ridiculous posture?" the man asked.

The bird replied "I heard that the sky is going to fall later today."

The man sneered "And I suppose you're going to hold it up with your two tiny legs?"

The bird answered "One does what one can."
 
 
+20 # RMDC 2013-07-16 16:29
Wow. This is a heroic stand. And you are right -- if all soldiers threw down their weapons war would end. The Cheneys, Obamas, and the like are not going to send their kids to war.
 
 
+27 # dheiser41 2013-07-16 16:53
When I read postings such as the one from Brandon Toy and then read all the responses I wonder if anyone in power reads RSN? There are so many good opinions voiced here and so many of the writers are so eloquent.

I have been forwarding several of these to friends and family and perhaps they should be forwarded to the White House and your personal representatives in Congress.
 
 
+5 # karenvista 2013-07-16 21:19
The NSA does and the messages are all stored at Bluffdale, Utah in case we ever become too prominent.
 
 
+22 # forthepeople 2013-07-16 16:56
Welcome! Glad you have joined the ranks of those who understand, SOME ARE GUILTY, ALL ARE RESPONSIBLE!
 
 
+22 # reiverpacific 2013-07-16 17:14
Wouldn't it be bloody wonderful if the US owner-media would carry this "crie de couer"??!!!
Sadly, Mr Troy, like Snowden, Manning and so many others, will have to go the the overseas press like The Guardian, Independent or Al-Jazeera to get his message out (or perhaps "Democracy Now!" or Alternative Radio at home).
He'll just be demonized here as a "Traitor" or "Coward" by those truly of that stripe who send his likes out to be killed, crippled, driven crazy or any combination of the latter, whilst these spiritual and mental power-drunk cripples sit back and enjoy their influence -padded positions of bullying and direct the drone control panels, or remember their own "deferments" from previous US-caused conflicts.
Another brother speaks out -and there will be more! Celebrate him.
 
 
-7 # Regina 2013-07-16 21:39
"Cri du coeur" -- and don't blame your boo-boo on your typing.
 
 
+3 # reiverpacific 2013-07-17 06:36
Quoting Regina:
"Cri du coeur" -- and don't blame your boo-boo on your typing.

Good Lawdy -have you nuthin' better to do than monitor my posts for mistakes or typos.
Get a bloody life -and a sense o' humor along with it.
BTW, I speak pretty good French, Spanish fluently and some Bahasa Indonesia and correspond in the the first two frequently and my French and Spanish friends don't shove my errors down my throat; but then they have both lives and humor in them.
You must be a whole lotta fun to be around!
BTW, I only proofed this once, so go ahead and get yer li'l ol' colored pencils out but mind yer own business (if you have any outside y'r personal surveillance nosing) in future and grammar-Nazi-ki bitz somebody else.
Sheesh-awmighty!
Now can the readers and posters who must be bored shitless wi' this kind o' petty pinprickin', get back to and stick with the larger subject at hand.
A-b'a-b'a-b'b'b'b'b'--ththtat's all fffollks: he-he-he-heeee (looney Tunes music and coda)!
 
 
+42 # NAVYVET 2013-07-16 17:36
I was a career Naval officer, only 21 years old and just as naive when I went to OCS straight out of college. After 11 years and a tour of Pacific service I knew of the phony expansion of the Vietnam war and saw Navy & Marine colleagues come home with metal plates in their heads or in boxes. Late in 1967 they sent me to be Officer in Charge of all (non-Nurse Corps) women's recruiting for one of the most populous Naval Districts. A damned recruiter!! By then I hated the war and sent the following letter early in 1968: "I hereby wish to resign my commission in the Regular Navy, with no intention of inactive service in the USNR, because I object to to U.S. foreign policy, especially to the war in Vietnam." They came back with "Not yet." I found that a lot of career officers and senior petty officers were also resigning halfway through a career,and also stuck till December. By the time they let me out with an honorable discharge I'd been on active duty almost 12 years. By January, I was teaching 3rd grade and on weekends marching for peace or doing volunteer admin work at the local VVAW headquarters. Glad you've decided to speak out, and hope you are already a member of IVAW, Brandon!
 
 
+8 # kochadoodledoo 2013-07-17 04:00
Thank you for serving The People by resigning from the military.
 
 
+26 # Freedomwriter 2013-07-16 17:58
Thank you Brandon! I hope more will follow your example.
 
 
+24 # RODNOX 2013-07-16 18:46
THAN YOU SIR---what you have done is as important as MR SNOWDEN--MR ASSANGE----THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT----DAN IEL ELLSBURG--and many more whos thoughts turned to actions which will eventually take down the EVIL EMPIRE--you have stepped up and hurled your stone ..... you have spoken for many whom hopefully will gather the strength to speak for themselves in the future....again --thank you
 
 
+19 # SenorN 2013-07-16 19:15
You remind me of Buffy St. Marie's powerful, pacifist anthem, "Universal Soldier." No one can deny her line, "Without him Hitler would have stood alone."
 
 
0 # DaveM 2013-07-18 20:33
Actually, that was Phil Ochs, but Buffy St-Marie did a lovely rendition of it.
 
 
+14 # ddanne1 2013-07-16 20:39
Right on Brother! We need more of you as we enter our fascist phase.
 
 
+3 # kochadoodledoo 2013-07-17 04:03
I hate to keep harping on the same subject, but Howard Zinn's book A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES 1492 TO PRESENT explains that we have been in the fascist phase for quite some time. Every American should read it, in my humble opinion.
 
 
+2 # AuntieTom 2013-07-16 20:52
"Recent revelations by fearless journalists of war crimes including counterinsurgen cy "dirty" wars, drone terrorism, the suspension of due process, torture, mass surveillance, and widespread regulatory capture have shed light on the true nature of the current US Government. I encourage you to read more about these topics at the links I have provided below."

Where are the links you "have provided below"?
 
 
+1 # Texan 4 Peace 2013-07-16 23:50
Where are the links you "have provided below"?

I'm guessing on commondreams.or g, where this post came from.
 
 
+5 # josephhill 2013-07-16 22:56
Thanks, Mr. Toy. This Vietnam veteran heard echoes of my own conscience in your letter of resignation.

"There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart that you can't take part! You can't even passively take part! And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus – and you've got to make it stop! And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it – that unless you're free the machine will be prevented from working at all."-- Mario Savio (Berkeley Free Speech Movement, December 2, 1964)

'What if they called a war...and nobody came?'
 
 
+6 # firefly 2013-07-17 03:49
If you go to the original, they are included.

* * *

The crux of the NSA story in one phrase: 'collect it all'
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/15/crux-nsa-collect-it-all

How the NSA is still harvesting your online data
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/27/nsa-online-metadata-collection

Inside America's Dirty Wars
http://www.nationinstitute.org/featuredwork/fellows/3260/inside_america%27s_dirty_wars/

Revealed: Pentagon's link to Iraqi torture centres
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/06/pentagon-iraqi-torture-centres-link

The Global Intelligence Files
http://wikileaks.org/the-gifiles.html

Leaked HBGary Documents Show Plan To Spread Wikileaks Propaganda For BofA... And 'Attack' Glenn Greenwald
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110209/22340513034/leaked-hbgary-documents-show-plan-to-spread-wikileaks-propaganda-bofa-attack-glenn-greenwald.shtml

Guantanamo Detainee Begs to Be Charged as Legal Limbo Worsens
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324069104578527012686080732.html

Collateral Murder
http://www.collateralmurder.com
 
 
+3 # trottydt 2013-07-17 06:58
Quote:

“The narrative, professed by the state, and echoed by the mainstream press, has proven false and criminal. We have become what I thought we were fighting against.”

Thanks, thanks to thee, my worthy friend
For the lesson thou hast taught! ... (Longfellow)

Still let thy voice prevailing over time
Redress the rigours of th’ inclement clime ... (Goldsmith)
 
 
+3 # amye 2013-07-17 07:45
AWESOME!!!! Its only takes one to say and do what many others think and want to do! They will then hopefully follow too. When we all throw down our guns and say NO WAR! We can win against the Evil Empire!
 
 
+1 # CandH 2013-07-17 09:25
"The Military/The Monetary - They got folks out there working for war…It's time to go Work for Peace!" Gil Scott Heron - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPqpV9olIlw

Sing: "You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant." Arlo Guthrie - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m57gzA2JCcM

The planet THANKS YOU!!!
 
 
+2 # Granny3M 2013-07-17 10:35
God bless and good luck, Mr. Toy. You have the courage this old woman doesn't. I've longed for true revolution but am afraid to get out there and do something about it. Perhaps you have begun it with your resignation. Thank you.
 
 
+3 # tomtom 2013-07-17 10:59
"I ain't gonna study war no more, down by the rivwrside, down by the rivwrside"; the obvious option, Study Peace! Yes, If we had an actual Department of Peace, guess what? We would seek and find peacefull solutions, to what our munitions manufacturer's controlled Department of Defense' military solution. Researching, discovering, creating user friendly solutions to conflicks, can, also, prove to be more económical.
The refugee crisis is enough proof. Look at the messes we've left in the wake of our foreign wars. The losses are staggering. Start by looking at our own soldiers and their families, then take it to the cities and families we've Been at war with. We are not seriously, nor professionally seeking Peace.
 
 
0 # Vardoz 2013-07-17 12:55
As Elizabeth Warren said " if we dont keep fighting nothing will happen in our for us.
 
 
+2 # treadlightly 2013-07-18 05:08
"Half measures availed us nothing, we stood at the turning point "

Anonymous
 
 
+1 # lmm213 2013-07-18 19:48
87-year old
1944, at 17, I was drafted into WWII by natsis. On the ship to Germany my papers vanished into the Baltic Sea. I was thinking nobody can sentence me for losing papers. Then I took wrong trains from November 1944 to end of war in May 1945. I wasn't caught and survived.
Just a thought for young men... An observation: Is it not interesting that at one point all leaders become insane, or morally impotent given time and opportunities. Why let them ruin your life?
 
 
0 # DaveM 2013-07-18 20:36
The game will only continue so long as there are people willing to play. And the players are not merely those in the military or associated industries. Kathymoi mentions above how many ways one can step away from "the system" and stop supporting it. My hat's off to everyone who is taking that brave step.
 
 
0 # DEBORAHG 2013-07-19 12:25
Hallelujah .... THANK YOU Brandon Toy

I keep saying it is not our soldiers we have to fear ... It is the military contractors. This is why our Congress wants more then 20,000 supposed NEW border patrol officers which are really gonna be military defense contractors .... To control the border or control us when we push back because the American people have had enough of the greed and corruption?

You give HOPE Brandon that not all military contractors will puppeteer for our corrupt politicians against the American people.

Thanks for your conscience, integrity, and brevity!
 
 
0 # Edwina 2013-07-30 08:27
Thank you, Brandon Toy, for joining the ranks of "the few and the brave" who are putting themselves in the way of our government's wrongdoing. Rather than it being Gary Cooper in "High Noon", or Spencer Tracy in "Bad Day at Black Rock", standing with integrity against the forces of evil and corruption, the roles have become reversed: the law-makers have become the law-breakers, and the people with integrity are branded outlaws.
 

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