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"By facing reality, man
begins the journey toward independence and empowerment.
He no longer needs pills to deaden his mental faculties.
He does not need to retreat into an emotionless cocoon
of denial. Nor must he pretend to be 'normal' like the
comatose masses around him... He will resist disorder by
pursuing a clear and uncompromising path toward justice
and accountability. And he will deal harshly with
those who manipulate and abuse others."
Soldiers finishing their "tours" in Iraq can
look forward to a less-than-ideal homecoming. The war in Iraq
did not go well, and little there or here seems to be making
much sense. They invested more in our political policies than
did the average citizen, and for their effort, they saw,
heard, smelled, and felt things no person should ever have to
They will be confused and even angry. In
response, psychological practitioners in white gowns and suits
will peer over their charts and declare many of them to suffer
from "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" (PTSD). With this
diagnosis, they are magically transformed into "disordered" war
Hordes of psychiatrists, counselors, and even
other veterans, will take this pronouncement as the green flag
to encourage these soldiers to apply for all sorts of
government subsidies, including mind-numbing medication,
individual and group therapy, and disability pension.
While these bureaucratic remedies may prove
marginally useful, they cannot help soldiers deal with the
core causes of their distress and pain. "Disordered" soldiers
are mistakenly assumed to be abnormal as compared to those who did not
experience the stresses of combat. In other words, non-soldiers are
theoretically more "ordered" because they avoided
the death, gore, and loss associated with that environment.
Note: As pointed out by another veteran, the
PTSD label may be added to a soldier's permanent record, and
there are efforts in Congress to make those records available
to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF).
Undoubtedly, gun control advocates would like to ban veterans
branded with the PTSD label from owning firearms in the
Those are convenient theories for those who
profit from dishing out labels and supposed treatment. But
they are dead wrong. While the stresses of combat are
incomprehensible, there are other experiences, more closer to
home, that are at least as damaging to the human psyche and
Let's consider an event that might trigger the
PTSD label for a soldier coming home from Iraq. A roadside
bomb detonates, leaving several children and parents dead or
screaming in shock and agony. How do you deal with the
emotions of that moment? How could you possibly console
yourself, or those impacted by the explosion? When you leave
that environment and return home to "the real world", you
remove yourself from the sights, sounds, and smells that
accompanied the incident, but you cannot erase the memory of
Compare this chaos with something I, and many
other political activists, have experienced back here in "the
real world." We get a call in the middle of the night from
parents who just had their children seized from them by the
"Department of Child and Family Services" (DCFS). We listen to
their desperate screams and wails, and do what little we can
to give them a shoulder to cry on.
We withhold the fact that children in the
foster care system are far more likely to be raped and
otherwise abused than children in the general public. We
rarely reveal that one of the first places their children will
go is to a pseudo-private psychiatric facility, where they
will be diagnosed with some mental disorder so that the
facility — and DCFS — can receive tens of thousands of dollars
in additional federal funding. Or that the children will
thereafter be drugged out of their minds to make them more
"compliant" for their government kidnappers.
Unlike soldiers in Iraq, we can't walk away from
this explosion. Over the next months and even years, we will,
with little hope, attempt to help these parents fight against
a merciless system that is hopelessly stacked against them. We
must eventually explain to them that they have fewer rights*
than an already-convicted felon accused of stealing a
television set. We must witness the misery of vile bureaucrats
who lie to parents and children without shame, in an effort to
trick them into signing away their rights or becoming more
Source: As an example, consider statutes
and statistics from the so-called family-friendly State of Utah. See "Utah
Legislature Declares War on Your Family!" by
Accountability Utah. The entire article is enlightening, as
every state has now erected similar barriers against innocent
We must watch as a judge — without ethics or
moral character — presides as the ruthless dictator over a
jury-less secret juvenile court, and permanently terminates
any hope these parents have of ever seeing their children
again. We must watch their children break down and sob in
agony as they are torn from their parents for perhaps the last
time. Sometimes, we even hold burials for their children, as
in the case of Casey Barrows*, who was repeatedly abused by
multiple "providers," and finally murdered in Utah's abhorrent
foster "care" system.
Note: For a refresher on the importance
of juries, see
"Why Are Jury
Trials Crucial to Your Freedom?" by Accountability
Source: See "Casey's
Sister, Caylee, is Freed & Attends Memorial Service,"
This is only one facet of an entire battlefield
of local human carnage. Do soldiers think their nightmares are
bad? At least they can go home and bury their heads in a new
beach of sand. Those of us who deal with the nightmares here
have no such refuge or escape. We get no special kudos,
support groups, or subsidies; nor do we ask for them. We
often know the victims intimately, and they might live just
down the street. We can pick up the phone at any time to
hear their emptiness and agony all over again.
Sure, soldiers have it rough. They were sent
away by a disordered people and society that is in complete
decay. The leaders who gave them orders, the corporations* that
profited by providing their equipment, the pastors who told
them Jesus would be proud, and the masses who voted these
individuals and organizations into power, are all corrupt and
Note: Our modern industrial war complex was
aptly described in 1935 by Major General Smedley Butler, in
his short book:
"War is a Racket".
Like many of us political activists, soldiers
were thrust into an environment that stripped them of their
blissful ignorance. They can no longer slap an "I Voted"
sticker on their pompous chests and forget about their poor
choices. They, like us, have been forced to taste some of the
blackest fruits of our collective failure.
They are beginning to realize that their
neighbors are in a state of stupor; not inclined to fight, or
in any meaningful way resist, the nefarious people and systems
they have empowered. Their religions have the gall to call
their own inaction "civility," and to ridicule and ostracize
others who attempt to confront the evils consuming our
In Iraq, soldiers paid, in part, for every
stupid vote, every bureaucrat's tolerated lie, and every other
dismal political decision made in America. In time, many will
realize, as we do, that our politicians do not support the
ideals they claim to believe in public settings. And few of us
— military soldier or activist soldier — will ever enjoy the
Souza fluff-world of flag waving and apple pie the way we used
The future of freedom and justice is in too
serious a jeopardy to ignore and remain sane. Those who
ignore everything but beer and television are truly
disordered; both mentally and emotionally AWOL (absent without
If we use a label like PTSD, it should have a
more proper definition, such as, "Attempting to ignore
reality by pretending that a disordered, chaotic environment
is actually ordered and serene." Those who recognize our
precarious state, and do what they can to improve our world,
may be traumatized or stressed, but they are not "disordered."
By facing reality, man begins the journey
toward independence and empowerment. He no longer needs
pills to deaden his mental faculties. He does not need
to retreat into an emotionless cocoon of denial. Nor
must he pretend to be "normal" like the comatose masses around
The empowered man will not be effeminately
passive or detestably subservient. He will resist
disorder by pursuing a clear and uncompromising path toward
justice and accountability. And he will deal harshly
with those who manipulate and abuse others.
When enough of us are ready to exert our
independence and power together, the world we all dream about,
and still yearn to find, will become reality.
Recognize Justice; Therefore I Am", highlights the
importance for all men to engage in the masculine struggle
"12 Questions Statesmen Ask
Before Going to War" offers questions we should
carefully consider prior to shedding blood.
"War is a Racket"
contains counsel and warnings of Major General Smedley Butler, who,
at the time of his death, was the most highly decorated
Marine in U.S. history. Butler's extensive combat
experience, and long list of military accomplishments, is
often more difficult for soldiers to ignore.