Is this democracy?

From an American blog but they seem to have many ideas in common with ours?
After Pat's Birthday
By Kevin Tillman 65.htm

Editor's note: Kevin Tillman joined the Army with his brother Pat in
2002, and they served together in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pat was killed
in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. Kevin, who was discharged in 2005,
has written a powerful, must-read document.

10/20/06 "TruthDig" -- -- It is Pat's birthday on November 6, and
elections are the day after. It gets me thinking about a conversation
I had with Pat before we joined the military. He spoke about the risks
with signing the papers. How once we committed, we were at the mercy
of the American leadership and the American people. How we could be
thrown in a direction not of our volition. How fighting as a soldier
would leave us without a voice… until we get out.

Much has happened since we handed over our voice:

Somehow we were sent to invade a nation because it was a direct threat
to the American people, or to the world, or harbored terrorists, or
was involved in the September 11 attacks, or received weapons-grade
uranium from Niger, or had mobile weapons labs, or WMD, or had a need
to be liberated, or we needed to establish a democracy, or stop an
insurgency, or stop a civil war we created that Somehow our elected
leaders were subverting international law and humanity by setting up
secret prisons around the world, secretly kidnapping people, secretly
holding them indefinitely, secretly not charging them with anything,
secretly torturing them. Somehow that overt policy of torture became
the fault of a few "bad apples" in the military.

Somehow back at home, support for the soldiers meant having a
five-year-old kindergartener scribble a picture with crayons and send
it overseas, or slapping stickers on cars, or lobbying Congress for an
extra pad in a helmet. It's interesting that a soldier on his third or
fourth tour should care about a drawing from a five-year-old; or a
faded sticker on a car as his friends die around him; or an extra pad
in a helmet, as if it will protect him when an IED throws his vehicle
50 feet into the air as his body comes apart and his skin melts to the

Somehow the more soldiers that die, the more legitimate the illegal
invasion becomes.

Somehow American leadership, whose only credit is lying to its people
and illegally invading a nation, has been allowed to steal the
courage, virtue and honor of its soldiers on the ground.

Somehow those afraid to fight an illegal invasion decades ago are
allowed to send soldiers to die for an illegal invasion they started.

Somehow faking character, virtue and strength is tolerated.

Somehow profiting from tragedy and horror is tolerated.

Somehow the death of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people is

Somehow subversion of the Bill of Rights and The Constitution is

Somehow suspension of Habeas Corpus is supposed to keep this country safe.

Somehow torture is tolerated.

Somehow lying is tolerated.

Somehow reason is being discarded for faith, dogma, and nonsense.

Somehow American leadership managed to create a more dangerous world.

Somehow a narrative is more important than reality.

Somehow America has become a country that projects everything that it
is not and condemns everything that it is.

Somehow the most reasonable, trusted and respected country in the
world has become one of the most irrational, belligerent, feared, and
distrusted countries in the world.

Somehow being politically informed, diligent, and skeptical has been
replaced by apathy through active ignorance.

Somehow the same incompetent, narcissistic, virtueless, vacuous,
malicious criminals are still in charge of this country.

Somehow this is tolerated.

Somehow nobody is accountable for this.

In a democracy, the policy of the leaders is the policy of the people.
So don't be shocked when our grandkids bury much of this generation as
traitors to the nation, to the world and to humanity. Most likely,
they will come to know that "somehow" was nurtured by fear, insecurity
and indifference, leaving the country vulnerable to unchecked,
unchallenged parasites.

Luckily this country is still a democracy. People still have a voice.
People still can take action. It can start after Pat's birthday.

Brother and Friend of Pat Tillman, Kevin Tillman
Sad but true.
Neither us or the USA live in a democracy, theirs is worse than ours, we have three ideas (main parties), though all very similar, and 60m people, they have two ideas and 300m people, so u either agree or disagree, that isnt democracy
Aye though the alternative is having no alternative.

Today my local village hosted a muster of Fife and Drum corps on the green. It was quintessential bucolic New England,
vibrant Fall colours, gleaming white of the Congregational Church contrasting with a brilliant blue sky, light wind lending a chill to the air, though not so chill as to prevent me from riding my Harley to the event!

The host Corps (they never refer to themselves as bands) played the National Anthem at the begining of the muster, everyone stood up, men removed hats, most sang, US flags were in abundance. Among the spectators were some Asian families, obviously Muslim judging by the women's attire. No one gave them a second glance, they were just another American family enjoying a New England tradition on a beautiful autumn morning.

Also flapping discreetly in the morning breeze were political campaign posters, we have elections coming up in a few weeks time when we will, in all probability, vote out some incumbents and just as probably re-elect others. Some we elect will be against the war, some we decline to re-elect support the war and vice-versa. When all the votes have been cast and counted the American people will have made their sentiments known although some will not be happy with the result. Such is Democracy.
Long may it continue.

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