Saturday, January 5, 2013

A LETTER FROM A MARINE

The following letter, written by U.S. Marine Joshua Boston and headlined “No ma’am.,” was posted in the CNN iReport on Dec. 27 with the included note from the producer and photo. It has struck a nerve with many and is being circulated around social media venues like Twitter and Facebook.


Senator Dianne Feinstein,

I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to know what I own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain. I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one.

I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America.

I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.

I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.

We, the people, deserve better than you.

Respectfully Submitted,

Joshua Boston
Cpl, United States Marine Corps
2004-2012

Here's the thing. The federal government has NO BUSINESS restricting the use of fire arms.

That does not deter them from doing so in this or other matters.

They have no business telling churches what they can preach, politics or otherwise.

They have no business telling anybody when or where they can pray or otherwise exercise their freedom of religion.

They have no business telling me what kind of car to drive.

They have no business telling me what kind of light bulb to use.

They have no business telling me what to pay my employees.

They have no business telling me what kind of health insurance to buy, or whether I should or should not buy any at all.

They have no business telling me what I can write about, or speak about, or sing about.

They have no business telling me how to run my business.

They have no business telling me what to believe about marriage, social relationships, race relations or abortion.

Why do they think they have some business telling me about these and other things?

Power...that's all. Just power.

22 comments:

Ducky's here said...

Excellent example of why a national mental health registration data base wouldn't work.

It would highlight low risk subjects like Asberger sufferers and mark them for discrimination while failing to register gun loons like the writer.

The Question Man said...

Happy New Year…or whatever! You Righty’s don’t seem to see it that way! And no wonder, it’s because you all are a bunch of whinnying, complaining little racist FOOLS..
Anyway, it’s no surprise that the racist right can’t start the new year without smearing and demeaning the thing they hate the most. A Minority whose leader of a Majority..In other words, a Black Man as President.
Last year, I admitted that Obama can’t always be correct. He’s a politician, and he can’t please everyone. … But if theses one thing that I won’t stand is that he is called a liar by the exact same hypocrites who lie about the President on a daily basis. Lies about his ideology, his birth place, his birth certificate, his religion, his loyalty. And love to America, and now he has shown you how much he is really appreciated by the way he beat Romney in the 2012 election.
Obama…He is as honest as the next man. Unfortunately they way we see truth differs, Only you Righties, want things you way or not at all.
Is Barrack Obama a Communist? A Socialist? A Marxist?, A Kenyan?
No, If he were that would mean every republican is a communist as well, Is John Boehner also a communist? If President Obama were a Communist he wouldn’t have worried so much about re-election He’d most likely be running unopposed. He is not a communist
Is Barack Obama a Marxist?
No, I’m pretty sure he’s never read the “Communist Manifesto” Either.
Is Barack Obama destroying America? That is the most ridiculous think I have ever heard!
The answer is No, but the potential for danger is there with all the Bush Policies and people he kept in place! Obama isn’t destroying America as fast as Bush did or Romney would have.
Another CRAZY thing that the Right keeps throwing out there is that Barack Obama a Traitor to America!
Nope, if you want traitors, you should look to Reagan (Iranian hostages) and Nixon (Paris peace) Or even those Palestinian haters out there.
Is Barack Obama an evil man? No he is a good man with good intentions who may not be going about things in the right way, besides .No one can truly judge what’s in a mans heart! Obama is NOT evil.. Or incompetent jackass
Is Barack Obama a Dictator?
No he isn’t. Is Barack Obama a Muslim? His father and his mother is Muslim but Obama is Not.
Obama described his own beliefs in relation to the religious upbringing of his parents:

My father was from Kenya and a lot of people in his village were Muslim. He didn’t practice Islam. Truth is he wasn’t very religious. My mother was a Christian from Kansas, and they married and then divorced. I was raised by my mother. So, I’ve always been a Christian. The only connection I’ve had to Islam is that my grandfather on my father’s side came from that country. But I’ve never practiced Islam

Does Barack Obama hate America? No, He doesn’t even hate the people who lodge these asinine claims against him repeatedly.
In the past 13 months, Obama’s enacted $1.7T in cuts and now $0.6T in revenues. And Republicans are demanding yet more cuts . . . except to defense contractors since government spending can’t create jobs unless it’s laundered through the DoD.
This is ludicrous. Republicans are evil, mendacious, mind-boggingly stupid, or some combination thereof. And Obama is a fool nearly beyond reckoning for trying to be the “adult in the room” by negotiating with himself.

The Question Man said...

There’s nothing to cut except for Military at this point. And yet, you hear about “spending problems,” but never revenue problems. You people don’t live in reality. And hey what is so wrong with Our First Lady taking vacations? NOTHING!
Bush took more days off as President than anyone…ever.
Sounds to me like you’re just jealous…
I’m sick to death of you idiots and your hateful bitching and moaning over every single goddamned thing this President does. He could sigh at your petulant screeching and you’d flip out that he’s using more than his fair share of oxygen. Do me a favor and please PLEASE go see if you can get brain implants to fill the voids between your ears. Perhaps then the intelligent Republicans you’ve been so busy purging from your ranks can step in and take control of your party back.
Some political commentators claim that George W. Bush will go down in history as the worst president ever. It would be more accurate to describe him as the second-worst president of the postwar era.
Climbing to the nation’s highest office after overseeing more lethal injections than any other Texas governor in history, before or since, Bush soon made a name for himself by using the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives to reward his political friends, using the Department of Justice to punish his political enemies, and using the fear of international terrorism to radically expand executive power.
the worst president by far was George W. Bush. He started 2 wars, allowed us to be attacked on 9/11, set international relations back 50 years, tortured prisoners, the Patriot Act, cut taxes on the wealthy and corporations that deregulated markets that helped lead to a great Republican recession. In fact in 8 years in office, I can’t think of anything positive to come out of his presidency. And add to all that the fact that he was a Black Hater as well. Remember the sentence that the guy from Texas go when he daggered a Black man to death from his truck! He did not get the Death sentence as he deserved to get.

The Question Man said...

All the Republicans Governors try to steal this elections by trying to suppress the voters from coming out to vote, it back fired that made people come out even more. Obama won Romney lost, don’t try taking peoples rights away from them, they the people will fight………………..

The Question Man said...

get over it and don’t lose sleep over it Obama won, people stood in lines for three or more hours just so there voices could to be heard thats the America’s way of doing things, and there was no way Romney would have won this elections wishful thinking, go back to sleep and when you wake up put on Fox (Hannity) and laugh because he’s a joke, that will make your day.
Comparing the worst man in history who committed mass murders to the President is hugely offensive and disgusting, but then again, that’s what you racists are!
Republicans have grown to habitually blame everything on Barack Obama. The economy? Barack Obama. The deficit? Barack Obama. The fact that it’s 2013 and we still don’t have flying cars? Barack Obama, well, and maybe Bill Gates. They have grown so used to doing this that they cannot stop. Republicans: We screwed you all, but thanks for blaming it on the black guy!
As expected like all Klansmen you all blame EVERYTHING wrong on the black man, just like the head racist Limbaugh taught them!
The wing nuts right wing never stops attacking Barack Obama!
They claim that Obama is a Muslim President, despite the fact that the President has been responsible for the killing of more Muslims than George W. Bush. Obama has utilized the drone program in Afghanistan effectively, and has been able to end the lives of many terrorists, including Osama Bin Laden and other Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders, but it is never enough!
No. No. No! Obama isn’t a Piece Of Sh*t. No, he isn’t destroying America. No, he isn’t a traitor. No, he isn’t evil– at least not compared to other legitimately evil men like Dick Cheney and Karl Rove. Yes, he can be impeached– if you can prove that he’s committed an impeachable offense. No, he’s not a Muslim– and if 22 years in Rev Wright’s church can’t convince you, you’re a frickin’ moron. No, he doesn’t hate America. Yes, he is a liar. He’s a professional politician; lying is in his job description. No, he’s not a usurper; he was legitimately elected BOTH times.
Does Barack Obama hate America?
No he doesn’t, you couldn’t be the president of the USA and hate america, it would be physically impossible, the amount of work that a president does for the USA just wouldn’t allow that.
Is Barack Obama a Dictator?
No he is not!
No, he didn’t win through voter fraud– and anyone who says that he did clearly doesn’t know ANYTHING about elections. And no, he’s not a fraud.
It is clear the right-wing lunatics will stop at nothing to attack and destroy Barack Obama, but while they make money off gullible and stupid people, it does not change the reality that Barack Obama is the choice of the American people, has accomplished a lot in his first term, and despite constant barriers, will achieve a lot in his second term, and go down as one of our better Presidents in American history!
The racist right doesn’t get it! America HASN’T rejected what makes America great!
America HASN’T rejected Freedom!
America HASN’T rejected Prosperity!
America HASN’T rejected Liberty!
America HAS rejected Hatred!
America HAS rejected bigotry!
America HAS rejected RACISM!
America HAS rejected right-wing fear-mongering! America HAS rejected right-wing hate-mongering! America HAS rejected the far-right brain-dead belief of Americans can ONLY be White and Christian!
We rejected that when we (Not Me, I couldn’t vote..too busy!) Re-elected Barack Obama as President, and the racist right can’t expect the fact that a majority of Americans DON’T hate having a Black Man, or as they would call it, “Minority”, leading the country!
Republicans have grown to habitually blame everything on Barack Obama. The economy? Barack Obama. The deficit? Barack Obama. The fact that it’s 2013 and we still don’t have flying cars? Barack Obama, well, and maybe Bill Gates.
They have grown so used to doing this that they cannot stop.
Republicans: We screwed you all, but thanks for blaming it on the black guy!

The Question Man said...

Republicans are the biggest threat to America since the Constitution was created because they let themselves be undermined and taken over by the billionaire Koch brothers:
That’s contrary to what America’s Founders wanted:
“I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
-Thomas Jefferson
Obama is not a fraud. Obama has not damaged America, he has helped her. And no, the tea party morons are the biggest threat to our country since its creation!
You disgusting asshole racists have called this man Saboteur in Chief, filthy Muslim, communist, socialist, dictator, gay, anti-America, un-American, evil man, (since when did we start referring to our President in this manner?) yet he has been re-elected by majority electoral votes as well as popular vote. He was dealt a very difficult hand in 2008 but fulfilled many promises — Bin Laden is dead, creation of jobs, our troops are coming home and his greatest promise fulfilled — health care for all Americans. And he accomplished this while having to listen to constant doubts about his birthplace and his religion.
I don’t know what all the hate is towards Obama but I think we are in a much better state than if Romney would have won this election. In my personal opinion i think alot of the heat Obama takes is more or less what Bush left for him. Bush was far worse than Obama is and will be and I feel like if you let Obama ride the next four years out you will see many of his plans take effect and then you will be able to see what Obama was really about. And im not much of a politics person at all but was I the only one looking at Romney and seeing the crook he would have been I mean seriously just look at him.
No wonder why you lost!

Craig said...

Joe, you just say stuff without thinking it through. Let me help.

Here's the thing. The federal government has NO BUSINESS restricting the use of fire arms.

You said "use". Should someone be allowed to discharge a firearm at the mall or downtown Tampa for any reason? The Constitution says "arms", which at the time meant instruments of war (and was meant to be regulated). We restrict the possession of automatic weapons, grenades, rocket launchers, C4, tanks, you name it. Is that unconstitutional?

They have no business telling churches what they can preach, politics or otherwise.

They can say anything they like if they want to give up their govt. protected tax exempt status afforded to non-partisan, non profits. It's their choice.

They have no business telling anybody when or where they can pray or otherwise exercise their freedom of religion

You or anyone can pray anytime, any place you want. When govt. or govt. employees lead prayer it is rightly seen as promoting religion. Clearly unconstitutional. How would you feel about a public school calling out Adhan five times a day?

They have no business telling me what kind of car to drive.

You can drive whatever you want, as long as it is street legal, meets certain safety standards. Your fist's rights end at the tip of my nose. Unsafe vehicles put others at risk.

They have no business telling me what kind of light bulb to use

They have every right to regulate what can be sold. Buy all the incandescent bulbs you can and horde them, Joe. No one can stop you from using them. Like it or not, the govt., for a number of reasons like national security, has a compelling interest in assuring an abundant and relatively cheap supply of power. No private enterprise had the capacity or willingness to build the Hoover dam or the TVA.

We don't have to speculate what happens when the generation and transmission of electric power is sold off to private co.s. California did it and the result was manipulated rolling blackouts, sky high prices and Ahnold Schwartzenegger. The govt. can and should regulate and incentivize the consumption of resources.

They have no business telling me what to pay my employees.

You don't have a constitutional right to do business in America. Local, state and fed. govt. are within their rights to license, require permits, grant corporate charters and regulate business. Yes, they can mandate a floor on wages. Don't like it, vote to change it. Find candidates who will campaign on eliminating the minimum wage.

They have no business telling me what kind of health insurance to buy, or whether I should or should not buy any at all.

First you'll have to change the law that says you must be treated for serious illness or injury despite ability to pay. We can go back to letting people die who can't afford to live. Liberty!

They have no business telling me what I can write about, or speak about, or sing about.

Libel and slander are Okay. Threats are just fine. Commercial speech should allow co.s to say any damn thing they want about their product, true or not.

There are limits on free speech but you're free to say any fatuous thing you want.

They have no business telling me how to run my business.

Again, within limits, they do.

They have no business telling me what to believe about marriage, social relationships, race relations or abortion.

Believe anything you want. Legality isn't determined for each individual according to their beliefs.

Why do they think they have some business telling me about these and other things?

Because that is the function of govt. It's how we organize a society. There is always tension between individual rights and the Commons. You were advocating locking people up for crimes they might, but haven't committed.

What you are advocating here isn't freedom, it's anarchy.





Joe said...

Ducky: Nobody suggested a national mental health registration.

Nobody suggested a national anything.

We want less national, not more.

TQM: If you have so much to say, why don't you write your own blog? Nobody would read it because you write illiterately in long run on sentences that nobody wants to read or has the time to read or cares to read so they would just ignore whatever you have to say, if you had anything relevant to say.

Try reducing your diatribe to maningful, succinct statements.

Joe said...

TQM: "whinnying, complaining little racist FOOLS.."

Why two periods? Hmmm.

"A Minority whose leader of a Majority..."

You might have meant who's (contraction of "who is) instead of whose (possessive).

The major league racist among my commenters is YOU.

"So, I’ve always been a Christian."

You can't be raised a Christian. You have to become one by trusting in, and only in, the finished work of Christ at the cross of Calvary.

"Does Barack Obama hate America?"

Why would he want to "fundamentaly change" something if he loves it?

"And hey what is so wrong with Our First Lady taking vacations? NOTHING!"

You have NEVER read one word about the President taking a vacation. His timing is not always right, but I don't care if he STAYS on vacation. In fact, I would prefer it.

"Is Barack Obama a Marxist?
No, I’m pretty sure he’s never read the “Communist Manifesto” Either."

Why not? I was required to read it in school. Weren't you? (Probably not if you were educated in a government school).

"All the Republicans Governors try to steal this elections by trying to suppress the voters from coming out to vote, it back fired that made people come out even more."

Nah. Both parties try to get people out to vote. That's just silly. Some (Democrats) use forceful tactics via union thugs.

"...that’s what you racists are!"

To which Party did the founders of the KKK belong? (Hint: Democrat).

Joe said...

Craig: Thanks. I'll think it through.

OK I've thought it through and I'm right.

"Should someone be allowed to discharge a firearm at the mall or downtown Tampa for any reason?"

Of course not. I've never even hinted at advocating that. But being a liberal, you hadn't noticed that little detail.

What I said was that the FEDERAL government has no business restricting gun ownership or use.

"Libel and slander are Okay. Threats are just fine."

Nonsense! But the FEDERAL government has no business doing the regulating of speech.

Since I am not the FEDERAL government, I can restrict speech all I want to. But the FEDERAL government can't (even though they do, and you approve of them doing so.)

Municipalities have the right to restrict speech unless the individual state Constitution prohibits it.

"They have every right to regulate what can be sold."

They have NO right to regulate what can be sold.

Did you see the latest LIBERAL study that suggests the CFLs leak cancer causing materials?

Did you know that if you break an incandescent light bulb you just sweep it up and go on your way, but if you break a CFL, you have to clean for an hour or more and dispose of it in an "evironmentally friendly" way?

Good thing the government didn't think of that before they made the requirement to phase out incandescents.

Liberals think EVERYTHING is a FEDERAL issue.

Name six things you don't think the FEDERAL government should be involved in besides your bedroom and your use of MJ.

Fredd said...

Joe:

The one thing that is certainly within the domain of the US government to control is how many gallons of water my toilet may use per flush.

It's just common sense that if we are allowed as a society to determine willy nilly how large our toilet tanks are, then communism is just around the corner.

Joe said...

Fredd: I cheat. I use a water saving toilet and then pour some extra water in it from the sink when I flush.

I also burn charcoal in the trunk of my car to help with global warming.

Ducky's here said...

Well Joe, you do remind us that your idea of freedom is little more than , "Do what you like so long as it doesn't violate the 10 commandments".

Switching light bulbs is economical and will lower our energy utilization? So what, Joe doesn't care about energy use.
That's why we need law to induce the recalcitrant among us Joe. Otherwise you'd just sit and allow the place to be trashed so long as everyone obeyed the 10 commandments.

This marine talks about serving his country but you have no sense of country, community, progress. Water shortages, who cares, right Fredd? You sure as hell aren't going to change your behavior. The would mean communism.
Absolutely laughable.

Joe said...

Ducky: "Switching light bulbs is economical and will lower our energy utilization?"

Actually, it won't. And it will kill people. Something you probably relish.

The mercury in the bulb is poisonous. Break one and you become mentally deffecient.

Is tha what happened to you?

Anonymous said...

Barack Hussein Obama is a Socialist black, white, green, or yellow.

Ducky's here said...

You're kidding, Joe.
You mean it's a plot to create Republican voters rather than a plan to conserve energy?

Lone Ranger said...

Once again, by denigrating this Marine, Ducky proves one of my 25 Immutable Truths About Liberals: #13. Liberals have an inflated sense of self-worth. They are like house flies that criticize the air-worthiness of a Stealth fighter.

Guns don't kill people, abortionists kill people.

Joe said...

LR: "...Ducky proves one of my 25 Immutable Truths About Liberals:..."

That's Ducky's specialty.

Radical Redneck said...

This post is to the Question Man
(if indeed you are a man?)

Now I want to be open minded on this subject, so I'm going to make this short and sweet.
First of all, I am astonished that you are able to use words that have more than 3 letters in them.
Secondly, I think that you are a freaking moron who really needs Mental help.
Thirdly, I think calling Obama Marxist/Anarchist/Socialist/Monarchist/Anti-American/Anti-Business whatever, is very responsible, and a valid criticism of this President's policies, and behavior.
And lastly, Your arrogant BS cant change any of that, no matter how cute, or clever you think you are.

Now, go play in traffic

Ducky's here said...

There is some very interesting research circulating about crime reduction, Joe. The thesis is that the reduction of lead in our environment has had a significant effect on the lowering of criminal behavior.

Now, was the government wrong in eliminating lead paint and lead auto emissions? Should we have just waited for the "free market" to change or should we just ignore the research as liberal propaganda?

We knew full well that the lead was causing childhood learning problems but there does appear to be a number of other significant benefits from its elimination in the environment. I wonder how the right extricates itself from this example of benefits from federal government action.

Joe said...

Ducky: Well, I guess only a few people were exposed to that lead, just the ones who became criminals.

The rest of us, we somehow managed to just use whitewash on our homes, our fences and our workplaces.

Our lack of lead is what kept us from becoming criminals, is that right.

I take it from your comment that ALL people exposed to lead were mentally retarded and grew up wanting to kill people...right?

"...should we just ignore the research as liberal propaganda?"

That's EXACTLY what it was, and still is.

Ducky's here said...


I take it from your comment that ALL people exposed to lead were mentally retarded and grew up wanting to kill people...right?

----
No, only a pedant would read it that way.
You do fit the stereotype of the right wing being anti science though. Research means nothing to you.