Bill of Rights the Unapologetic American Version

Bill of Rights the Unapologetic American Version

Bill of Rights the Unapologetic American Version

 Bill of Rights the Unapologetic American Version

The Bill of Rights is the collective name for the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. These limitations serve to protect the natural rights of liberty and property. They guarantee a number of personal freedoms, limit the government’s power in judicial and other proceedings, and reserve some powers to the states and the public.

 Bill of Rights the Unapologetic American Version

Bill of Rights the Unapologetic American Version

For those out there in America who like to burn flags, spit on our Veterans and preach your basic hate and discontent, the collective we, the soldiers, sailors, marines, coasties, air men and guard are the same group of women and men that signed their names and took a oath just SO YOU COULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO TREAT US AND AMERICA LIKE SHITE! By your sheepdogs at www.unapologeticallyamerican.com  this ain’t Nam dude brought to you by your sheepdawgs at firebase116.org

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 Bill of Rights the Unapologetic American Version

Bill of Rights the Unapologetic American Version

DEPLOYMENT

DEPLOYMENT

DEPLOYMENT

Deployment

It wore you out. It aged you. It made you witness a lifetime of human events within a short period of time.

How do you go home and explain that experience to the unknowing? You can’t. Words can’t describe all those highs and lows that you experienced during that period.

It wasn’t a self-gratifying European backpacking trip. You weren’t some idol suburbanite trying to find himself on a road trip. Your trip overseas was business–rough, violent, and dangerous business.

You don’t owe an explanation to anyone. The only people you have to answer to are the people you shared that time with and yourself. Your time is done.

Deployment… You’ve been there, you’ve done that.

DEPLOYMENT

DEPLOYMENT

Fight for America

Fight for America

Fight for America

Fight for America

Returning war veterans have baffled and, at times, been a headache to politicians since the days of Alexander. The conflict between speaker and soldier is an enduring one—young people doing the bidding, whether it be well or ill-intentioned, of their elders, only to come home and be relegated to second-class citizenship.

Even in our own short history, American veterans have physically clashed with the very people who sent them to clash with others.

At the height of the Great Depression, thousands of WWI veterans converged on the National Mall to demand benefits promised to them for their service over a decade prior. These men, known as The Bonus Army, were responsible for ending the costliest war in human history, and when they demanded reimbursement (that, again, was promised to them) for their service they were met with teargas and batons. Mini-riots ensued, bigger names got involved, and a movement for veterans’ rights grew—which was a considerably new concept at the time.

Most of us are aware of the shameful treatment of Vietnam veterans during the 60s and 70s. They were unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of hatred for a war that continues to polarize Americans. They were spit on, called unrepeatable names, and bore the brunt of blame for an unpopular war—as if they had all been at the Gulf of Tonkin themselves. People continue to view that generation as broken, overlooking the fact that the majority of them were instrumental in a vast amount of economic growth in the 80s and 90s. Google men like Fred Smith and Bob Parsons and you’ll see how America would be a completely different place if it wasn’t for the ingenuity bred in the Vietnam War.

Now new generations of American war veterans are making their way home in a polarized society. These are men and women who, like their predecessors, come from every conceivable background and, like their predecessors, are close to being marginalized by a society that understands little about them, what they’ve accomplished, and the great things they’ve done and are capable of doing. The media and Hollywood portrays them as drug-addled, broken and prone to unprovoked violence. Obviously, like the aforementioned generations, statistics prove these depictions wrong.

I could cite numerous examples of American veterans getting trampled on by the Federal Government. But the point I’d like to make is that, no matter what, where, why and when, our Nation’s vets have continued to serve their people once they have taken off their uniforms. The reason why is very simple: They love their country.

That’s why they joined the military in the first place. You can’t stop loving your land just because you’re back in the private sector. You’ll always have that deep, inner drive to give back. We’ve seen that in organizations like Team Rubicon and Team Red, White & Blue—groups of veterans physically giving back to their communities. They pick up the slack when the Feds are incapable of performing—which, let’s face it, is often. Their contribution is organic and authentic.

I have a friend who is a municipal police officer in a mid-sized West Texas city. I served with this man in the military and have maintained a close friendship with him since then. He’s a fiercely independent person who, like many of us, has grown weary of the Federal Government’s encroachment into our lives. He’s tired of seeing politicians bicker while things fall apart. He puts his life and reputation on the line everyday—dealing with extremely violent Cartel members, cop-hating gang members, drunken oil heirs who have never worked a day in their lives and could easily lodge a fraudulent complaint against him, etc—to make his community a safer place to live.

He does this while people ignorantly clump him, a city beat cop, into the same category as people in DC who legislate our liberties away, simply because he wears a uniform that denotes authority—a local one at that. Yet he continues to serve. He truly believes that he is making his community a better place.

This friend is no different than the thousands of other veterans who have donned a uniform at one point or another. He has to give back. It’s ingrained in him. Squabbling about what to do is not good enough… We must show up and do it ourselves.

We understand that America may not always fight for us… But we will ALWAYS fight for her.

Fight for America

Fight for America

American Soldier

American Soldiers

American Soldiers

American Declaration of Independence

On July 4th, 1776, a small group of men had the foresight to openly break from, at that time, the largest empire on earth. The document they all signed has come to be commonly known as the American Declaration of Independence.

But let us not forget that this document was a declaration of war. Thousands of young Americans would have to fight and sacrifice for this independence… and in every subsequent conflict where American liberty and interests were at stake.

The freedom of press, the right to assemble, and to free speech are wonderful things protected in the Bill of Rights, but they’re nothing without the brave men and women who are willing to give all to defend it. That is what our society has struggled to understand in recent years. The disconnect between those in military service and the civilian population is staggering. People increasingly enjoy a blanket of freedom provided by those in a sacrificial lifestyle.

Charles M. Province said it best:

It is the Soldier, not the minister, who has given us freedom of religion. It is the Soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to protest. It is the Soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the Soldier, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote. It is the Soldier who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

That is what we must remember: That the things we enjoy on a daily basis are paid for in blood, not chatter.

Breed the Sheepdogs

sheepdogs

sheepdogs

By Stephen Parks

Virtually every school teaches kids not to hit or fight back in the face of a threat. Bullying is the most popular example of this kind of situation. Standing up for yourself or your friends is openly discouraged. If you tell the “bully” to leave you alone, they are apparently supposed to comply. If not, informing the school staff provides them with the opportunity to proceed with doing nothing about the problem. Some even openly deny the existence of a problem in their school.

Parents who teach their kids to be assertive and fight back are not welcomed in a positive way. I know this from first-hand experience. Teaching people to stand up for themselves does not necessarily lead to violence. Violence, however, is at times the only option. Being assertive in itself is non-violent and effective. Not only is assertiveness the center of effective communication, the Mayo Clinic states that it is effective in “[controlling] stress and anger and improve[s] coping skills”.

Victims of bullying are “two to nine times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims”; according to a study done by Yale University. This study, conducted five years ago, still we have learned nothing. Why? Because the current process of socialization is extremely flawed. To save the “face” of a company or school, we apparently must sacrifice our children, our values and our instinct of self-preservation.

Individuals do not decide whether they become victims or not, but they do decide how they respond to it. The individual can take measures to ensure that they are not an easy target. Furthermore, if a person becomes a victim, they can and should choose to fight back.

sheepdogfrontBullies, criminals or any other type of perpetrator will typically choose the path of least resistance. Their goal is to take advantage of a person, not get into a physical altercation. A bully that meets resistance will likely move to a different target as their goal is looking tough through intimidation, not fighting. Even if a fight ensues, doing damage will prevent future harassment and decrease your chances of becoming a victim in the future. A hard target is less likely to become a victim.

Unfortunately, this is not the mantra of society. Presently, it is along the lines of, “Be passive and do not do anything to instigate or offend the perpetrator. However, if you choose violence, you will face legal charges and we will publicly humiliate you”. This leaves many individuals with only two options: get taken advantage of repeatedly, or committing suicide.

How many people end up taking their own lives because they are conditioned to repress their emotions and instincts? They are not only afraid to defend themselves; they think that it is wrong. How many people stand around while a person is beaten or picked on? Standing by, filming for instant upload while a person is dehumanized. This type of behavior is repulsive.

tapthat-2.gifWe need to get back to fighting back. Not be the wolf, but the sheepdog. The one that deters and overcomes the wolf when necessary. The one that keeps the wolf from the sheep and if it happens to get to the sheep, game on! If a person gets in your face, winning or losing is not the concern. Being assertive and standing up for yourself, your friends, your families and innocent strangers is what changes the tide. This behavior deters violent crime.

There will always be a victim, but it will not be me, or anyone else around me. Everyone seems to enjoy the cliché story of the small person rising up against all enemies and all odds, but does little to support that in reality. Of course preventing violent crime by stopping it before it happens is appealing. Until that becomes a reality, which is highly unlikely, people need to know that it is ok to protect themselves. They need to be encouraged to maintain the safety and security of themselves and those around them.

The sheepdog in everyone needs to be encouraged. Yes, there is a sheepdog in everyone. Each person must make the decision to nurture his or her instinct. Everyone wants to help, but only those that have made the decision to act will turn that instinct into action. Sheepdogs are protectors and defenders. Violence is not its first option but it is definitely an option.

Our kids are our future. Our future being systematically instructed to avoid confrontation, choose passive words to avoid offending and not taking a stance. “Being assertive means that you express yourself effectively and stand up for your point of view, while also respecting the rights and beliefs of others” (Mayo Clinic). It does not require not offending others as the act of taking offense is a personal decision. You cannot possibly be responsible for how another person responds emotionally.

Being passive provides the impression that your thoughts, feelings and ideas are not important. Not only will the passive person not believe in their own abilities, cognitions and strengths, others will take notice and take advantage. This is dangerous! Not only is this behavior unproductive and inefficient, it can provide an easy and appealing target.

Stand up for yourself and others. Teach your kids to be confident and assertive. Teach them to believe in their ability to keep themselves safe. Most importantly, teach them that their safety is important and worth fighting for. Breed the sheepdog, encourage the sheepdog and be the sheepdog. It is the only way to keep the wolves from destroying our future.

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