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Reader J. is a Naval officer serving in Afghanistan. He e-mailed me today:


I’m sitting in Afghanistan watching the news. First, let me say thank you for your efforts throughout the campaign, and thank you in advance for your continuing fight for conservative principles. I have two thoughts I’d like to share with you:

First, I’ve seen commenters on several sites, including yours, discussing the coming drop in reenlistments and retention. Personally, I don’t see it. I first signed the dotted line in 1997, under Clinton. I had lived in Arkansas for his entire run as governor, so I knew what I was getting into, and that didn’t affect my decision. I don’t do this for the Commander in Chief. I do this for my country, and I will continue to do so. Excuse the language, but I’ve worked for assholes before, so having one a little further up the chain won’t make a difference. I’m not quitting over an election, and I don’t know anybody else considering that either.

Second, and more important, this ain’t over. America is not dead. You nailed it with the “gird your loins” post. I know it’ll be tough, and I’m more than a little worried about what I’ll come home to next year. But we’ve survived tough times before. Hell, we made it through four years of Carter, and what’d we get at the end — the greatest president in history. The next four years are going to suck, no doubt about it. But folks like you and me don’t just quit and walk away. We’re going to make it through this, and I firmly believe that (eventually) the country will be better off for it, just like 1980.

Your site has never been more important than it is now. Keep fighting!!

We are blessed to have so many like J. serving our country. Thank you.I don’t do this for the Commander in Chief. I do this for my country, and I will continue to do so.

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• Category: Ideology • Tags: War