World, I hang my head in shame. I am an American. When I was eighteen I raised my hand swearing to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. I knew that joining the military put me in harms way. That I was joining a rare breed of people that gave the government a blank check that could be cashed for a value of up to and including my life.
Seven individuals in Government have sickened me. They’re hollow, pathetic, and weak. Their position puts our sons and daughters in the military in unnecessary jeopardy. My son wants to be a Marine. I was a soldier. My father and mother were airmen. My grandfathers were Marines and Seamen. My family gives a damn.
A bipartisan Senate Select committee on intelligence made up of 8 Democrats and 7 Republicans voted 11-3 to declassify the report on TORTURE (no, I am not going to bullshit people into believing TORTURE is an interrogation technique). To quote another well written author on the subject, “Tom Coburn R-OK, showed particular testicular fortitude by voting “present”.”
When I swore to uphold the Constitution, I did NOT agree to protect people that use torture. We were attacked by terrorists on September 11. I remember. I watched with tears rolling down my face helpless as I saw plane loads of people dying while buildings fell. I watched helpless as something I loved, people I swore to defend and protect were killed. I did the only thing I knew how to do, and that was find out what I could do to help.
And now, today, I find out that the terrorists won. The America traded its humanity on that day. We turned our backs on the high road. A group of 15 Americans do not all agree that TORTURE=BAD. Incredibly, afterwards some of them lied about their vote. Afterwards all the Republicans stated they voted against it, a mathematical impossibility based on the outcome. A few of them did the right thing, but are lying about it.
World, I’m sorry. I want to represent the kind of America that sends aid after an earthquake. That commits its lives and sacred honor to the defense of liberty and freedom. I am watching my own government spit on the grave of every soldier ever. They have chosen to defecate on the tomb of the unknown soldier, and for that, I am sad, angry, and offended.