"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Grey State

I enjoy seeing military veterans who continue to serve their nation after leaving the service.  Two such military veterans are using their skills to create an independent grass roots fictional movie, that will provide Americans with a glimpse of what their apathy and cowardice might help bring about.  Some of the scenes may be uncomfortable given current media revelations.

The movie trailer is shown above.

I like a good flick, but I'd like to think that American servicemen are too principled and too grounded in the liberties they swore to support and defend, to ever let such scenes play out in reality.  While it's fine for the silver screen, I would like to be confident that, even should our three branches of government collude and fail in their responsibilities to check-and-balance, the ultimate check-and-balance would remain steady.  I'd like to believe when all else fails, the American fighting man armed with lethal force and their oath to our Constitution, would refuse to use violence against his neighbors while justifying it with "we just follow orders."  I would desperately like to think that, but I know better.  You might say I have trouble when it comes to suspending disbelief.

I look forward to seeing what these two veterans create with their project, and I hope it can be used to make our military service stronger as people better appreciate what exactly they are paid to fight for.  To learn more about this grass roots project, check out: http://graystatemovie.com/pages/gray.html

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