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Somehow, some way - our voices will be heard

Most, if not all of you, have already seen this piece by Kevin Tillman. But, I've republished it here in full because it is so powerful, and all the more effective because Kevin served in Afghanistan, where he lost his brother, Pat.
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 can’t be called a civil war even though it is. Something like that.

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

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 seat.

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 tolerated.

Somehow subversion of the Bill of Rights and The Constitution is tolerated.

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
Thanks, Kevin, for putting it so brilliantly.

Somehow, I suspect the mainstream media will never publish this important piece. Which is why we must continue to spread the word ourselves, in the hopes that somehow - some way - our voices will be heard.


At Friday, October 20, 2006, Blogger Aledude1 said...

Ok, you have one more pair of ears. I just viewed Aaron Russo's documentary and am finally understanding who rules our country. We are not a democracy. That idea ended in 1913. Imagine...no wars for years until the government starts to borrow money from the federal reserve, a privately controlled entity. Whenever we go to war, the USA borrows money, bankers get richer.

At Friday, October 20, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...


I throw a private party (me, myself, and I) every time another soul learns the truth - Yay!


but, now that you know, it's not your ears that we need, but your time.

Help us spread the word.

At Friday, October 20, 2006, Blogger drac said...

welcome, and please do help. we need all we can get to change this country back towards its founding ideals

At Saturday, October 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let us hope that Pat's spirit will give the neocons a stiff arm that'll rattle all the way to their downfall.

Nice post.

At Sunday, October 22, 2006, Blogger Eric Vaughan said...

Thanks for printing that out. Great read! Somehow, we believe the Talmud's figure of 6 million Holocaust victims and not that of the International Red Cross, who were actually allowed in the camps. Go figure, LOL. Somehow, Camp Falcon's death toll is not in the mainstream news. Somehow, despite public opinion to the contrary, a draft for Darfur is a popular topic. Somehow, Talmud true Woody Allen's pedophillic sexcapades doesn't offend movie goers.

Something like that could keep you awake at night.


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