Now days, when you see the President of the United States pass a U.S. Marine or another service-member you’ll see a quick exchange of salutes. Most don’t know that this tradition was only recently established. Prior to 1981, the service-member would salute the President, but it was never reciprocated until President Ronald Reagan began the custom. As you can probably imagine, even this seemingly innocent change didn’t come without it’s critics. Read more…
In a recent article the Washington Examiner quoted Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) as saying “The only thing Putin respects is strength… At this point the Russians are openly laughing at the president.” It’s not just Russia, it seems the entire world is laughing at Obama. The only people with any fear of his regime are American citizens. The increasingly violent police, federal authorities and tyrannical legislation and executive orders leaves my head spinning. Read more…
Despite the fact that it’s a fundamental principle of leadership, taught in NCO and SNCO schools alike, it’s becoming very rare to see senior NCOs and officers stand up for their Marines. The few leaders in possession of a certain level of “testicular fortitude” (e.g. Gen. Mattis) seem to be being shown the door en masse recently. That’s why I needed to give a nod of respect to Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett, who spoke his mind to Congress at a recent congressional hearing focused on cutting funding to military commissaries. The senior enlisted of three other U.S. military branches were also present at the hearing, however, the Coast Gaurd’s was not present. Read more…
I experienced escalating ridiculousness of the rules of engagement between my two deployments to Iraq in 2004 and 2006. I can only imagine how asinine they have become at this point. When the inanimate property of foreign individuals is of more importance to our government than the lives of our servicemen, we have a serious corruption of priorities. When calls for artillery from our men are denied due to the possibility of collateral damage to civilian property, we have a problem. Read more…
Since we were young, most of us have been taught that when we’re wrong, the right thing to do is to admit it, apologize, and move on with life. Apparently, Senator Mark Udall was never taught that basic principle. His parents obviously taught him that the right thing to do is to exert heavy pressure onto whatever government agency is holding your punk card, forcing them to cover your mistake. Sen. Udall should have gotten a second opinion. Read more…
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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality
As a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
How To: Help Veterans and Other Americans
Here is a simple system I’ve developed to help people. I’m sharing this secret because sometimes it seems as if it hides from most in plain sight. Read it, and apply it to your daily routine. Results are guaranteed.
If you want to help veterans, THEN GO HELP VETERANS. You don’t need a Legion or VFW to help someone. In fact, you’ll be much more effective without one.
If you want to help Americans, HELP THEM. They’re all around you. You don’t need a church, civic organization or government to help the people you live among and talk to every day.
All you need to do is step up and do something.
A simple pearl of wisdom brought to you by Ben Spera.