Happy Birthday Marines!

I would like to wish a Happy 232nd Birthday to the United States Marine Corps and a hearty Semper Fidelis to all my current and former Marine brethren!

The Marine Corps was formed on this date November 10, 1775 as the Continental Marines to serve as naval infantry before and during the Revolutionary War.

The Marines still serve as an amphibious assault force, even though they’ve been “swimming” in the desert sands for the past four to five years.

My own service was from 1977 to 1981 and 1982 to 1984. I served on an LPH and an LHA (amphibious assault ships), one East Coast base, one West Coast base and Okinawa, Japan. My MOS was helicopter/ jet engine mechanic. Yeah, I was a scumbag air-winger to you current and former grunts out there!

In these days of divisive politics and politicians spreading propaganda through bought and paid for tv pundits, one must remember these words of wisdom from Major General Smedley Butler’s book War is a Racket;

“We must take the profit out of war.
  We must permit the youth…, who would  bear arms, to decide whether or not there should be war.
 We must limit our military to defense purposes…”

Odd that a man who committed 33 years of his life to the military would say such a thing about the nation he served so well. And this was said back in 1935!

But who would you believe more, an individual who put his/her life on the line 24/7/365?

Or someone who got five deferments?

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Semper Fi and Happy 232nd!

http://www.veteransforpeace.org/10_step_plan_for_antiwar_activists.vp.html

http://coat.ncf.ca/our_magazine/links/53/butler.html

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5 responses

  1. Go to this site: http://www.warisaracket.com/ , scroll down some and read a couple of sample chapters from War Is A Racket.

    Does any of this sound familiar to you?

    “What was once old, becomes new again”

  2. Happy Birthday and Semper fi!!!

  3. Happy Birthday!

    Semper Fi

    Alex USMC ’79-’99

  4. Happy Birthday, Jarhead… salutations!

    Tomorrow is the day we glorify war, again, up here in Canada. Yeah… they call it “Remembrance Day”, but just what is it we’re remembering? That war is HELL?

    Uh-uh. If war was hell, we wouldn’t be doing it, right? All I can look forward to, tomorrow, is watching the same round of rhetorical nonsense they play every year at this time, not in abhorrence of what those poor bastards gave up, so that (in their thinking) we wouldn’t have to see war for ourselves, but to show what heroes they were, and parade their dead carcasses around for the 89th time, so we can get all puffed up and head down to the cannon-fodder recruiting office and provide yet ANOTHER batch of suckers for the elitists to toss into their wars-for-profit gristmill… so they can get even richer still!

    I’ve learned to despise the sound of bagpipes, and I loathe this time of year, because the TRUE significance of this day, like Christmas, is lost on a dumb-downed, materialistic horde of masochistic sheep!

    I’m beginning to regret ever donning a uniform, myself! I was too young and idealistic to understand what war was about, or that my country belonged to a coalition of international trouble-makers. I didn’t understand that war is, and has always been, a tool of the rich, and that we are the patriotic dupes that participate in their sins by fighting for them!

    Well, it’s all about the ones who fought and died for our freedom, you’ll tell me. You know, I remember them every time I put my hands to the keyboard, and blog about the injustice in the world. I certainly don’t need a certain DAY to remember what they did, observe the traditional 24 hours, and then dry my tears in anticipation of participating in the mad rush of materialistic lemmings in the pre-Christmas rush, toward a day set aside for remembering we’re supposed to be feeling brotherly love toward one another, by going into debt buying presents for each other, and totally forgetting the birthday boy, Himself!

    War is a racket is right! Yet we perpetuate it’s memory idolizing fallen soldiers, who, if they could see the world they gave all to save, would probably roll over in their graves and puke!

    In this materialistic and degraded society, everything happens by appointment. You need an appointment to do everything, because we’re so damned consumed with living beyond our means, there isn’t time to live, anymore. Remembrance Day is the dead’s appointment with us to receive acknowledgement for deeds done in our behalf. That being accomplished, slide over, and make room for the next appointment!

    November 11th is the day UH stands down. Enough is enough.

  5. Enough is enough is right. Sorry, guys… didn’t mean to piss on your party. Ol’ UH is not a good partyer this time of year.

    Congrats on your anniversary, Marines! Well done!

    Semper Fi!

    😉

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