In the beginning…
… There was a Gorilla, and this Gorilla quietly plugged through life. He didn’t bemoan the success of others, he looked to emulate them. He didn’t blame them for what they had; he saw it as a challenge, a metric in achieving success.
And so the Gorilla went through life, serving the nation’s Armed Forces. This service brought the Gorilla to the Middle East, where he endured and supported combat operations in Iraq in 1996 and again in 1998. The Gorilla was later stationed on the island nation of Bahrain for a year, where he lived among the natives and expanded his knowledge and understanding of the culture, the region and the people. After some time, the Gorilla found himself back in the Middle East and back into Iraq in 2006 where he spent 15 months on the front line in the heart of the Sunni triangle. To this day, the Gorilla stills spends many waking hours focused on the Middle East.
The Gorilla is now in the Washington D.C. area, so it is only natural that his innate interest in politics overwhelms what most would call the common sense of silence. But the Gorilla is many things, the biggest being a patriot, and so the words of Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, Abraham Lincoln, etc, ever flow through his consciousness.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence
“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address
“A little matter will move a party, but it must be something great that moves a nation.” Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1792
Every one of these words should send chills, our hearts should sing at their expression, we should feel the power and joy of the American spirit surge through our souls at the utterance of these words.
It is in this spirit that this blog will focus, challenging that which is in contradiction to the American spirit and ideals for which this nation was established.