My Advice: An Open Letter to Gary Stein
by Joel Poindexter: Please
Reconsider: An Open Letter to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
Let me be the
first to say, congratulations, Mr. Stein! One of the best
things that could ever happen to you was made official Wednesday.
After you violated the Pentagonís rules banning free speech (itself
a violation of the 1st Amendment protections to the same)
the Marine Corps unceremoniously discharged
I know nothing
of your military experience, whether you witnessed personally the
horrors of war. My hope is that you did not. In either case, you
will no longer have to participate in the Pentagonís ruthless and
immoral wars. You will never again be used as a pawn to enrich the
political class and their cronies in the Military-Industrial-Complex.
And never again will you be sent to kill other peopleís children,
paid with dirty money, all the while treated with contempt by the
politicians, officers and senior leadership that sent you.
I also know
nothing of your lifeís ambitions; I can only assume that because
you stayed in beyond your first enlistment that you planned on making
a career out of the Marines. If that is the case, I imagine youíre
not as thrilled as I am that you wonít be reporting for duty tomorrow
morning. While you may have enjoyed your job in the Marines at least
slightly more than I endured my life in the Army, being free from
the clutches of the sociopathic warrior class will do wonders for
your mental and emotional health. All that stuff they told you about
being a hero, answering a call to defend your country, being better
than the sorry civilians who refused to join, it was all lies.
They tell everyone
who joins that theyíre heroes. It continues throughout your time
in the gang.
Itís all part of the conditioning process to make you believe that
youíre doing something worthy of admiration and reverence. My guess
is that you know many Marines who donít exactly fit the description
of "hero." You probably witnessed plenty of acts which,
were they performed anywhere but within the ranks of the military,
would be reason to bring criminal charges against the perpetrator.
a hero. Neither was I. We were thugs with guns who, when ordered
to invade another country who posed no threat to us we willingly
went. We participated in an unjust war of aggression. I am deeply
regretful for having done that, and I hope you too will realize
that participating in large-scale murder is not heroism. Refusing
to go is heroic.
From my own
experience I know the reality is that your life in the military
was little more than a semi-voluntary indentured servitude. You
were subjected to all matter of verbal abuse and likely suffered
physical abuse at the hands of your fellow Marines and immediate
supervisors. Had you been a female member of the armed forces there
would have been a good chance of you being sexually assaulted, since
one in three women report being molested or raped. Even males arenít
exempt from that torture.
carved your identity out of your military "service." You
were a Marine first. You had decided to join an organization out
of a desire to be "part of something bigger than yourself,"
or whichever line the recruiters tried to dupe our generation of
Marines with. Had I stayed in I would be approaching my tenth year.
Thankfully, I left before then.
When I was
transitioning out they told me I would miss life in the military.
That was a lie, too, of course. My response was that any job where
theyíre required to tell you not to kill yourself every three months
isnít worth it. That people donít listen and commit suicide at increasing
rates is tragic. Itís no wonder they do though, in light of all
theyíre put through. So many hundreds of thousands suffer from brain
injuries and post-traumatic stress from serial deployments. Countless
numbers of service members and veterans are prescribed heavy doses
of psychiatric drugs. I trust youíre not among them.
What you now
have to look forward to is a fulfilling life in the productive class
of society. As a government employee all you ever did was consume
what someone else was forced to provide. You contributed nothing
of economic value and relied only on the hard work and entrepreneurship
of others to fund your lifestyle. You may have not even thought
of this, it wasnít until the last year of my time that I realized
what a parasite I was. Now you can move on and get a real job.
you might find encouraging about life outside of the bureaucratic
mess of government is that people in the real economy can get fired.
Having never been in the Marines I canít accurately judge the caliber
of their ranks. But at least within the Army there were a number
of soldiers who, had they been employed by someone forced by economic
laws to earn a profit, wouldnít last through lunch.
who chose to reenlist Iím assuming you were never stop-lossed, that
is you never had your enlistment extended for more than a year like
mine was. Thatís another great thing: you can leave when you want,
and your former employer wonít have you arrested for quitting.
So, now that
youíre out, many opportunities lie ahead. Enjoy your freedom. Find
a fulfilling and productive job. Discourage everyone you know from
joining any branch of the military, for any reason. Tell anyone
who will listen of the realities and barbarism of war.
Poindexter [send him
mail] is a student at Johnson County Community College working
toward a degree in economics. He lives near Kansas City with his
wife and daughter. See his
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