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Offline sawdstmakr

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Take a knee.
« on: August 06, 2020, 05:27:34 pm »
I don't think I've ever read anything more powerful than this piece.

It was written by Ted Nugent

Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won't be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn. Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience.

Then, take a knee on the beach in Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces, the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers most had were the
dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire.

Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. From Khe Sanh to Saigon, anywhere will do. Americans died in all those jungles. There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as well, and spit on for reasons only cowards know.

Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat. Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress. Your number won't be printed on it unless your number is up! You'll need to stay hydrated but there won't be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. You're on your own.

There are a lot of places to take a knee where Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the memories of those who
bled for the very freedoms you have. That's what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled a sea of it defending your liberty.

While you're on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken, but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering
forests and bitter cold mountains, every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest.

No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans, just American men and women, delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us, blazing a path so you would have the right to "take a knee." You haven't any inkling of what it took to get you where you are, but your "protest" is
duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your jersey is retired.

If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to your synagogue on Saturday or your church on Sunday and we'll both kneel before Almighty God. We'll thank Him for preserving this country for as long as He has, We'll beg forgiveness for our ingratitude for all He has provided us. We'll appeal to Him for understanding and wisdom. We'll pray for liberty and justice for all, because He is the one who provides those things. But there will be no protest. There will only be gratitude for His provision and a plea for His
continued grace and mercy on the land of the free and the home of the brave. It goes like this, GOD BLESS AMERICA

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Re: Take a knee.
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2020, 06:04:43 pm »
Thank You, Ted, and sawdstmker.

Yes, I can imagine how different they would act if they had been in the jungle with me and the others, wondering if the snakes or the VC would get us first, or if malaria or something would do the job later. In my case, it was agent orange destroying my heart. 15 pills a day just to keep breathing.
That's without everyone from Nathan Hale to Benghazi.

Two equal items. A kneeler and what I drop in the toilet most mornings. Exact twins
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Re: Take a knee.
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2020, 09:39:13 pm »
Thank You, Ted, and sawdstmker.

Yes, I can imagine how different they would act if they had been in the jungle with me and the others, wondering if the snakes or the VC would get us first, or if malaria or something would do the job later. In my case, it was agent orange destroying my heart. 15 pills a day just to keep breathing.
That's without everyone from Nathan Hale to Benghazi.

Two equal items. A kneeler and what I drop in the toilet most mornings. Exact twins
iddee
Not really to pop your bubble but have you not already stated you volunteered to serve in Vietnam to acquire a better pension and family health care? If you now require 15 tablets a day due to agent orange what about the innocent men, women and children who suffered the same fate? It's all about unforeseen consequences falling from the sky. :sad:
What's good for bees is usually good for mankind. Doesn't that mean sharing?

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Re: Take a knee.
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2020, 10:06:00 pm »
NO, I did not say I volunteered for those reasons. I said I volunteered and those were the results of that action. AS you said above, ""unforeseen consequences "".
"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me . . . Anything can happen, child. Anything can be"

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Re: Take a knee.
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2020, 12:03:55 am »
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It's all about unforeseen consequences falling from the sky.

Isn't this true of all war?  How many "innocents" were killed during ww2?  That is the nature of war which is why it should be entered into with care and won quickly and decisively. 

They are so divorced from their own interests that even when their own security and that of their children is finally compromised, they do not seek to avert the danger themselves but cross their arms and wait for the nation as a whole to come to their aid. Yet as utterly as they sacrifice their own free will, they are no fonder of obedience than anyone else. They submit, it is true, to the whims of a clerk, but no sooner is force removed than they are glad to defy the law as a defeated enemy. Thus one finds them ever wavering between servitude and license.
Alexis de Tocqueville