Seems we've had our first bit of controversy...
Since it occurred in a thread I started, you get to hear my opinions about it.
Veterans are a peculiar bunch. We are all ages, heck, we are all everything. The common bond began with this:
"I, RussP, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."
Every one of us swore that oath. During the time we served we honored that oath. But serving in the military is much more than that. It is the people, the relationships, the stories, the memories both good and bad, that binds us into a unique family.
As with any family, we have disagreements. Opinions differ, life experiences differ, heck, I have a brother that lives 6 to 9 months out of the year in India studying and teaching Yoga; my other brother is, well, a social reformist. Do I love them any less? NO! We talk about subjects we agree on in one venue, and we talk about those we disagree on in another.
I believe that is what Patricia meant in her post. This is the place, at least in my opinion and her's where we can talk about those events and people and experiences that came after we raised our right hands and said, "I, RussP, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;.."
There are plenty other forums within Glock Talk where politics can be argued. Hey, if you just want to vent, try the Ox and Alex Forum, if your skin is thick enough.
Like I said above, we're going to have our differences. Lets just discuss them in the most appropriate forum.
With Respect to All,
Last edited by RussP; 04-25-2004 at 17:25..