Why do we protect and serve?

This was one hell of a week, right? I started this week off on a high, first enjoying the cockpit of a Gulfstream G7 (technically Gulfstream G700), a private jet with a starting price tag of $75 million give or take. That same night, I spent some time chatting with some Air Force guys responsible for shuttling around the presidential motorcade.

Gulfstream G700 cockpit via Gulfstream and not the actual one I got to see

After that night, my wife and I had a date morning where we cast our Georgia Senate run-off votes for eventual winners Senators-elect Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock. Seems like that string of good fortune ran out when we didn’t hit a single number in the Mega Millions lottery drawing.

Like millions of other Americans, I spent Wednesday glued to the news as a gaggle of morons, idiots, conspiracy theorists, and armed terrorists (fuck calling them militias) attempted an insurrection to stop the certification of the duly elected president and vice president elect and install Trump as president for four more years.

I’ve been thinking of cleaning up my language and topics just in case I decide to either make my identity public or run for office in the future. That’s partly why I haven’t posted anything in light of what transpired. Then, I read this today, and things changed.

This is what got to me the most.

While some of the images from that day appeared to show officers standing by to let the mob into the Capitol building, the veteran officer said that they had fought them off for two hours before the attackers eventually gained access. The officer, who has been with the department for more than a decade, said that many of the widely spread images of smiling marauders, many in absurd costumes, wandering around the halls downplayed how well prepared some of the rioters were to overtake the building, and even capture and kill Congress members.

“That was a heavily trained group of militia terrorists that attacked us,” he said. “They had radios, we found them, they had two-way communicators and earpieces. They had bear spray. They had flash bangs …They were prepared. They strategically put two IEDs, pipe bombs in two different locations. These guys were military trained. A lot of them were former military,” the veteran said, referring to two suspected pipe bombs that were found outside the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee.

The officer even described coming face to face with police officers from across the country in the mob. He said some of them flashed the badges, telling him to let them through, and trying to explain that this was all part of a movement that was supposed to help.

“You have the nerve to be holding a blue lives matter flag, and you are out there fucking us up,” he told one group of protestors he encountered inside the Capitol. “[One guy] pulled out his badge and he said, ‘we’re doing this for you.’ Another guy had his badge. So I was like, ‘well, you gotta be kidding.’”

Now, we all take the same oath to defend the same Constitution from the same enemies. So, what do we do when those enemies are the people who clock into work right in front or behind us? How do we deal with the issue of enemies when they’re wearing the same badge and uniform as we are?

None of this is taught at the academy or during any advanced training courses. This topic isn’t even discussed during roll calls or briefings. I’d bet money that most any black officer you encounter would have a story or two about fellow officers who would have likely been in that crowd as an active participant if they had the opportunity.

After reading that article, my first thought was “why do we continue to serve and protect a country that doesn’t give a shit about us?” I honestly wish I had an answer for you, but I don’t. I can’t even muster the strength to make up a lie involving jingoistic patriotism. Outside of the fact that it pays the bills, I don’t even have a reason to return to work after my days off.

This country has been through a lot in the past year alone. We’ve dealt with a pandemic that disproportionately affected minorities in which our government turned a blind eye and allowed it to ravage the country. We saw more instances of disproportionate policing against minorities which led to protests and riots. Through all this, our government basically gave minorities the middle finger as though we’re not even citizens worth having our issues addressed.

Is spite of all this, minorities showed up in huge numbers and propelled the Democratic Party to retake the White House, hold the House of Representatives, and regain control of the Senate. And what do we get as a reward for “saving” America and democracy itself? We get a white riot, insurrection against the government itself driven by the Republican Party, their financial backers, and their supporters including police and members of the military.

The actual coup attempt doesn’t anger me as much as the lack of preparation to stop it. If I were to plan a rally against police brutality, every police agency within an hour’s drive would be on the streets hours before we show up. There would be helicopters in the air, APCs on the ground, and thousands of officers in riot gear armed to the teeth with tear gas, rubber bullets, and every less lethal tool there is in existence.

This Wednesday, there appeared to be no plan for anything other than the coup itself. Where was the riot gear, helicopters, and thousands of officers? There were Capitol Police officers opening the gates and helping the terrorists out. To add insult to injury, the police then held the doors and allowed the insurrectionists to walk away freely as though it was a concert letting out after the last act.

I will acknowledge the bravery of the officers who held the line and fought as long as they could to hold off the hordes, but they were heavily outnumbered and there was literally zero probability of holding off that crowd for any length of time. Their actions will be remembered as truly heroic to me. Their colleagues who aided and assisted insurrection will get no such accolades from me. At this current moment, I don’t think I’d spit on them if I saw them on fire. I may eventually moderate that view, but right now, I am very pissed off

This country asks me and others like me to protect and defend it while they shit on our existence. I don’t currently have an answer as to why we continue. I can’t say for certain that we will continue to do so if the country continues to treat us like shit. I’m not making any threat of reprisal. I’m just acknowledging human nature and people eventually get fed up of being treated badly. Maybe America needs a moment of introspection to determine why they expect us to continue to protect and defend a country that doesn’t protect and defend us.

Your thoughts?

*If I’m running for office and someone wants to use what I’ve said against me, then do it. I’m human, and I have emotions just like anyone else. My current emotion just happens to be anger. Keep reading my blog, and you’ll see all range of emotions, guaranteed.

1,834 thoughts on “Why do we protect and serve?

  1. Here’s the Covid vaccine skivvy:

    Turns out, “somewhere off 285 at a Pulbix” was just off the Perimeter on Cascade Rd. We arrived about 30 minutes early. Two people ahead of us had not shown, so they took us. The lady asked my parents the usual questions, administered the vaccine, etc. They received a card for shot #2.
    Oh, it was the MODERNA vaccine. Done.

    Here’s the scoop: When the lady gave us the card, she said that the #2 shot was NOT guaranteed, at this point. She said that CDC this past Sunday told the vaccine distributors (the shot givers) that the supply for the second shot was uncertain, but more info would be coming later in the week. Also, she said if supplies were available, we could get the second shot ANYWHERE–after 28 days.

    I feel good about our chances.

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  2. Here is a bit of news from our whacko squad. They have got this from some one in the inside.
    “Tomorrow noon Biden will be sworn in as President. By late afternoon he will resign and AOC will take over the Presidential Chair”. I told you you libtards are clueless. LOL

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  3. Can’t think of a better way to put it myself although I’ll keep trying.

    We just hit 400,000 dead Americans from this virus, and for close to a year, no leader in the country has stopped for a moment to say they’re sorry for all the loss. The lack of empathy hasn’t been the worst part of the Trump presidency; I am given to look to substance over style. But symbols do matter, and the symbol of the last year is of a pathetic, selfish wretch who leads a selfish movement, one that has never bothered to think about 400,000 of their fellow citizens who’ve been lost because they’re too busy fuming about the personal sacrifice of having to wear a mask in a 7-11. I’m pleased that we’ll throw that symbol in the garbage starting at noon tomorrow.

    https://prospect.org/coronavirus/unsanitized-battle-of-los-angeles-covid-outbreak/

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  4. I never got kicked off Jay’s. So far Twitter neither. I’m sure I make Bro shake his head sometimes. Damn growing up and being a parent is taking my punk rock away.

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  5. Less than 24 hours to go!

    I didn’t really do anything to celebrate NYE, but I may just take a half day and pop a bottle when Justice Roberts and Justice Sotomayor swear in Biden and Harris.

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    • Normally I wouldn’t. Four years ago I managed to make it to 2 before I broke out the bourbon.
      Champagne is on ice and will be broken out at noon.
      WooHoo!

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  6. ‘Honor the local people of Selma’: Edmund Pettus Bridge moves closer to being renamed
    The bridge named after a Confederate general and the site of “Bloody Sunday” could be renamed after the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.

    Come on Alabama you can do it.

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  7. I used to watch Gallup like a hawk, until I didn’t. But this is still kind of a BFD for me.

    https://news.gallup.com/poll/328637/last-trump-job-approval-average-record-low.aspx

    Just another reminder that actual Americans never wanted this jerk as their President, and the longer we were stuck with him, the less we wanted him.

    He leaves with an absolute garbage 34% Gallup approval. And remember, Gallup has always had a bit of a pro GOP house effect.

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    • I saw that figure this morning. I also saw the 4 year average approval ratings. Trump’s is somewhere around 41%. Considering averages of all the recent Presidents his is the worst. I wonder anyone can close enough in the future to beat Trump’s number.

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    • And here is how effed up the US system is.
      Trump could have lost the popular vote by 7MM and with just under 43k more votes in 3 states (AZ, GA and WI) he would have been re-elected.

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    • Exactly
      And if not for the riots they wouldn’t be saying anything now. That includes the blog’s resident Trumper who ran to denounce him on this very blog
      Whether they agreed with the lies about the election or not since early Nov to two weeks ago Wednesday if there had not been a riot it would be crickets
      It would be Trump lies as usual with the typical defending, deflecting, cheering, lying or supporting in silence as we all witnessed for four years
      To say I’m skeptical about those coming forward to speak now is an understatement
      Probably a few actually ‘saw the light’ but imo most of what we are hearing and reading from those speaking out is all save face moves

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      • People kept warning Republicans that if they keep quiet on Trump lies someone will get hurt..Well someone got killed and the Capital was ransacked. Now D.C. looks like a 3rd world country with huge fences and checkpoints.

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    • And they knew he was lying after the 2016 election when he said “millions” had “voted illegally” and said nothing.

      Four years of complicity don’t get sanitized just like that. At LEAST acknowledge that first thing; I have yet to see or hear a single solitary elected GOPer do so.

      Not one.

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  8. Keep mentioned that 2 out 25,000 national guards have been kicked for extremist tendencies. That comes to 0.008%. That is still a very small number of idiots. Extrapolate to the whole population the number of hardcore idiots is still miniscule. Hey Joe will never win those yahoos over. You don’t need to move to the center to win them over. Just regulate the hell out of the social medium so lies don’t spread like wild fire.

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    • If you believe .008% is all there are, well all I can say is, you’re an optimist.
      What kind of people are drawn to the national guard? i’m thinking, not liberals. Hopefully not flaming idiots as well. They join their own little militia groups.

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      • Take the total population of 330 mil that comes to over 25,000 hardcore nuts. You can double that number it is still miniscule. I mean hard core nuts who will kill people for disagreeing with them. I could be wrong and there could be many more total whackos.

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  9. I saw tbs’ post about the Rs rediscovering the national debt.
    That’s not the only thing they are going to discover.

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  10. I am green with envy . . . .

    NOT

    The Mooch was invited to Trump’s ‘big’ farewell event; that may mean no one’s coming

    “What if a seditious wannabe dictator with a patchy yam scalp and a head the size of an Igloo cooler threw a party and nobody came?

    We may find out yet.

    (Scaramucci told them he’s not going.)

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  11. Another deplorable got picked up by the Karma bus . . .?

    Do You Remember That Guy Who Said “The only good democrat, is a dead democrat”? Well Guess What…

    “No, he didn’t kill anybody (that I know of… yet.) He’s just another one of these insurrectionists…

    Otero County, N.M., Commissioner Couy Griffin WAS ARRESTED SUNDAY for illegally entering the Capitol on Jan. 6. Griffin, the head of a group called Cowboys for Trump, claims he got caught up with the crowd and didn’t actually enter the building, but the affidavit says video on his personal Facebook page showed him in restricted areas.

    Griffin also pledged to return to Washington with guns for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday, and he alluded to the prospect of violence and another incursion into the offices of lawmakers. According to the affidavit, he said in a video posted after the Jan. 6 riot:

    “… We could have a 2nd Amendment rally on those same steps that we had that rally yesterday. You know, and if we do, then it’s gonna be a sad day, because there’s gonna be blood running out of that building. But at the end of the day, you mark my word, we will plant our flag on the desk of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and Donald J. Trump if it boils down to it.”

    These deplorables are quite the menagerie of stereotypes.”

    Daily Kos

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  12. No, just no.

    In a previously unreported interaction, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) agreed with a 2018 Facebook comment that the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was actually a “false flag” planned event.

    In a separate Facebook post in 2018, Greene also claimed: “I am told that Nancy Pelosi tells Hillary Clinton several times a month that ‘we need another school shooting’ in order to persuade the public to want strict gun control.”

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  13. It’s all fun and games until the leopards eat YOUR face, huh Kimball?

    Trump supporter shocked after president commutes sentence of man who swindled him out of his life savings
    Pugmire also said that the president’s decision to commute the fraudster’s sentence had shaken his faith in whether Trump has been truthful with his supporters.

    “I had been trying to forget all this, but it makes you wonder, even being a Trump supporter, about his honesty,” he said.

    No, I have not wondered AT ALL about Trump’s honesty.

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  14. I’ve pretty much given up expecting a human being at Twitter to explain how I deserve to be suspended permanently for (AFAIK) telling someone who called an author a “libtard”, “ok loser”. I guess I don’t care.

    I kinda need an account for my volunteer work, so I created yet another one. I’ll just passively follow some folks so I can keep abreast of what’s going on for awhile and think about whether it’s even worth trying to engage public figures by replying a few months from now.

    Also on a personal note, since hope does spring eternal, we’ve had our hands full these past two days puppy training a new Shelter Mutt. This one’s extra-mutt-y; unlike the noble beast in my avatar, we don’t really know how big this guy’s gonna get. From what we know of his likely parentage, though, probably somewhere in the mid-sized 30-40 pound range.

    For now we’re just taking shifts making sure he does his binness outside. Wish us luck.

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      • AP says Biden Admin wont allow restrictions to be lifted. Just a Trump last ditch FU as part of his scorched earth policy. Keeping in mind that the earth he is scorching is THE USA!

        How can anybody think this monster is a patriot?!!!
        insane.

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  15. Kudos for getting out in front of this in a timely fashion, Mitch.

    McConnell says Trump, others in power ‘provoked’ the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol

    “The mob was fed lies,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday in remarks on the Senate floor. “They were provoked by the president and other powerful people.”
    President Trump, who has refused to concede his loss, repeated baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud for months and said the election was rigged. Numerous Republicans echoed the president’s claims.

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    • Mitch could have went on Fox to call out Trump
      Any damn sure could have gone on one of the Sunday shows even if not Fox
      Held a press conference where most big media orgs would have showed up
      Yet he said very little
      Fvck Mitch for this and many other reasons

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    • If he was serious he could have named names instead of saying “other powerful people.”
      Will he actually vote to convict Trump? No. He will turtle on and on as always.

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    • A long string of words from Mitch – all of them meaningless.
      All he needs to do to show he’s serious about purging Trump is to day one word when asked how he votes on the articles of impeachment coming from the House.
      That word is “Yea”.

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  16. Someone on this blog stated the Tea Party act 2 with their feigned concern about the deficit and debt would be making a comeback

    Arthur Delaney
    @ArthurDelaneyHP
    Senator John Thune (R-SD) tells Janet Yellen he is concerned about the “massive amount of debt that we continue to rack up” and says “we seem to have no concern” about it

    Over the next few weeks and months Fox, OANN, Newsmax, ILMF, Daily Caller, Townhall, the rw radio pundits and the Rs in Congress will be all up in arms about this very issue
    Sadly their base will eat it up and run to social media and blogs to spew the same tired lines they did when Obama was POTUS

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    • We now have the undisputable evidence of the Trump spending spree, signed off by Republicans. It was out of hand pre-Covid.
      Find the cuts in your home districts, hypocrites.

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  17. 2 national Guard members have been removed from Biden’s details for their white supremacy ties.

    Given the use of NG in BLM and other protests and the non-insignificant involvement of white supremacists in NG, armed forces and police departments, there should have been an active effort to identify and purge these people from these groups since the Reno report in 2009. I hope that the Biden admin will include that as part of its many priorities. There is just so much that needs to be fixed after the Trump shitshow.

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  18. Oh just fuck right off.
    Erick has made a career out of programming rw dumbasses thru talk-radio and internet hate sites and now he is perplexed that the monster he helped create is on an uncontrollable rampage.

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  19. Kam
    Another thing about the corporate donors. I wonder how much less, if anything, will these same companies spend via their own and third party lobbying. That’s not a direct donation that a candidate can use in a campaign but it’s still funds that are used to gain direct and indirect access to said politicians and candidates
    Guess for me the jury is out on how long these donors keep their wallets closed and as I just mentioned the lobbying aspect of how business is done in DC.
    Hopefully I’m pleasantly surprised and big money donors across the board start to decrease donation amounts to parties, PACs and candidates but at this point I’m doubtful.

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    • It’s still early, and I think this is merely the initial reaction of the corporate donors. I suspect they are waiting for the dust to settle before refining their positions on individual candidates.
      This is a not-so-subtle message to the party, though.
      Corporations don’t like uncertainty, and the chaos these 147 reps symbolize has corporate America’s collective panties in a bunch.

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      • I get the uncertainty part and agree however they love love love them some access. Donations are a big part of that access and why I think they will go back to donating to the majority they cut off as well as the R party and related PACs.
        Maybe this has been a bigger wake-up call on many levels than I thinking and with it these corps and other big donors start playing hardball but I’m not that optimistic when it comes to these donors not wanting to fund politicians and the parties for access in efforts to sway legislation and regs their way

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      • I do note and appreciate your optimism on this issue but unless there is some sort of groundswell change going on with these donors, which I could certainly be missing, I don’t see them totally changing how they operate. Maybe a few companies & big individual donors but not in general

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    • Of course the only long term solution is a) pass legislation severely limiting the “darkness” of the dark-money BS, and b) expand the court so that no WATBs get to start crying about their Furst ‘Mendmunt Rats to sabotage elections, and overturn Citizens United and bury it.

      Obviously a) is a lot easier but we need to purge the courts of corporate stoogery at some point.

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  20. I’m leaving in a few minutes to take my folks “somewhere” off of 285 to a Publix for their first Covid vaccines. My Dad says he knows where “somewhere” is located. (Just another star in my crown)

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  21. Being stupid has consequences

    Lawmakers who objected to election results have been cut off from 20 of their 30 biggest corporate PAC donors

    The 147 Republican lawmakers who opposed certification of the presidential election this month have lost the support of 20 of their largest corporate backers, as companies continue to grapple with the recent political turmoil. Meanwhile, nine companies among the 30 largest donors to those lawmakers have not pledged a specific action, according to a Washington Post survey.

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  22. Hell to the NO, Bucko:

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  23. I have taken great pains and expense to repair the FIRSTIE wheel, gave her a spin and the FIRSTIE prize for this page is:

    The K-tel 8-track Tape Selector for that ugly ass peachy-keen neato Buick!
    That right!
    No moar cluttered mess!
    Your 8-track tapes will be organized and ready for selection with this innovative new product.
    The ultimate must-have for every mobile audiophile!

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    • Warning to the Satan-In-Chief and his demon followers . . .

      Joe, Raphael and Jon are going to tear your kingdom down !

      A catholic, a Baptist and a Jewish man.

      THEY ARE COMING FOR YOU.

      YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

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  24. A regular Norman Einsteen.
    Wearing your court appointed GPS ankle bracelet to an insurrection

    Another person arrested Sunday, Bryan Betancur, was captured on video holding a Confederate battle flag in a restricted section on the west side of the Capitol, the FBI said in court documents.

    Betancur, who was on probation for a burglary conviction, was wearing an ankle bracelet, and GPS data showed he was in the area for three hours on Jan. 6, according to the documents.

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    • The rules clearly state that the firstie contest is not valid in all locations. There are now 20,000 semi loyal National Guard surrounding the firstie wheel and you must have papers. There will be no meeting, no mint on your My Pillow and no tour. We have turned over all records and we looked at your cell phone. Frankly you should be embarrassed by those photos. What kind of hat is that anyway?

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  25. I
    LIKE
    IT.

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