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Hi Folks, GDF Pops here (again).
Whats with all this "Take a knee" business we're seeing in our Law Enforcement community and the military. I'm not getting on this board to say that people can't be sympathetic to whatever cause you decide to be sympathetic to. In fact, that's your right according to our constitution. And I will fight and die to protect that right. However, when I was in the Army (and this was many years ago mind you), we weren't allowed to make political statements, or join political causes no matter whether I was in uniform or not. Some weeks ago I see a video of a group of NG at a protest where their CO takes a knee and so do the subordinates, Now I'm not sure if the rules are different for the NG than it is for regular Army, but if I ever saw any of my subordinates take a knee during a political demonstration They would have had a serious dressing down, and possibly charges. I don't know if the NG command authority did anything to the Captain that was involved, but that was a serious breach of protocol.
And now for the Police. I cannot speak with authority about what is required of them during political rallies, or protests and demonstrations when it comes to voicing an agreement with, or making a physical gesture towards, the goals of a demonstration. I was never a police officer. But I do know quite a few cops. They have told me that "taking a knee" is strictly forbidden for a number of reasons (this is coming from the Phoenix PD and the Glendale PD). One of them being safety as it places the officer in an indefensible position with relation to the other people around them. Since some of these demonstrations have gone violent, it seems to me that this is one of the last things a cop should ever do. In fact, regardless of departmental policy, putting your safety at risk because you sympathize with a cause is bordering on insanity. Especially after reading about the events on the Brooklyn bridge (It was a NYPD Watch Commander who took a knee a few weeks back, but there have been no fewer than twenty such physical gestures by police).
Well, I've said my peace.
GFD Pops out.
Hi folks, GDF Pops here.
Lately I've been seeing or reading about a lot of citizens who are fed up with the dictates of Governors, or Mayors, or City or County boards saying you have to wear masks when you go outside. While I am not one to sit here and tell you that it is your right to flout the law or commit to civil disobedience, I will say this. Most masks that are on the market today and available for purchase will not stop the Covid-19 virus. Your government officials are lying to you when they tell you that the masks (and this goes for the N95 mask as well) will prevent the spread of the virus by reducing the amount of microscopic droplets that come out of your mouth when you talk, cough, sneeze or even breath. While this is partially true, they are not saying the whole truth. Covid is what is considered a "universal" pathogen. People can contract the disease through their skin, mucous membranes, sexual contact and even your eyes. And the virus itself is so small (0.06u to 0.13u) that your average surgical type mask (the ones that have the rubber band strings that go over your ears) only has an effective mesh of 0.3u - u = microns, or 1/1 millionth of a meter). These numbers are cited on the CDC website. That's not small enough to trap Covid-19.
In truth, masks are simply a "feel good" measure to aid the public into a sense of well being as they can be made to feel like they are doing their part to help stop the spread of this virulent outbreak. Other than more prurient measures such as greater social distancing, staying home and sealing up your house, or, if you have to go out, wearing a full NBC suit with gas mask, the half measures indicated by the "experts" is just that, half measures. This disease is going to do what all diseases do. It will infect a certain number of our population. It will kill a certain percentage of those that are infected, and then it will mutate (either into a lesser form of itself, or into a more resistant form of itself) and the process will start over again. Americans in general, do not like being told what they can, or cannot do when it comes to our personal freedoms. This is why we are seeing this pushback in so many of our cities and counties. I have my personal feelings about these mandates. Living in Arizona, we have a pretty harsh climate to begin with. Add to that the discomfort of running around with a mask that provides dubious protection at best, and, well, you see where I'm headed with this. I'm not saying you should do the same. To each man, his own truth. You decide. But don't be a sheep who follows blindly. Do your own research.
And now just a personal thought on shutting down businesses that our Governor determined to be "non-essential"...
It's a good thing that this pandemic didn't hit when you owned Cold Stone Creamery, or I could bet even money you would have been screaming "unfair" and "due process" until you were blue in the face for all the good it would have done you. There's a good possibility that your governorship may have presided over the greatest financial collapse in the history of this state. Worse even than the one Evan Meecham presided over, and that was pretty bad.
Wow, quite a thread here. We kind of went a little north and south and east and west on this one. However, organization, and I say this not to belabor a point that has been discussed ad-nauseum, is absolute if there is ever to be a hope of uniting this country, and the patriots who see the writing on the wall. Communications, which was discussed to some degree above, will undoubtedly be the bringer of the joy that we all seek, or the harbinger of doom that could destroy what we are trying to build. Let us not forget that it is the liberal media pundits and their sychophantic reporting that has labeled "militia" organizations as either hate groups, or domestic terrorists, or both. There was a time during Barack Obama's presidency that even our retiring or ETS'ing military should be watched because they had the training to do some "real" harm. So, I'm sure we've all considered the possibility that IF "sleepy Joe" is elected, there will be some definite changes in the political winds that may have a deleterious effect on how we conduct ourselves. So, on the communications front just remember, big brother is listening. Even HAM radio with it's huge frequency selection, is still subject to oversight and being listened in on. Of course, there is no such thing as "secure" communications anymore. Also, the last thing the powers that be want is a united front on the part of it's citizenry. Sure, they want us to vote, they want us to watch the news, they want us to shop online and they want us to stay quiet. As long as we all buy the same porridge and eat it, then all is well. Don't get me wrong though, I know that what I have responded to so far sounds cynical and offers little hope. But this is just the ramblings of an old man who has probably "seen" too much. In reality, there is a great deal of hope. Particularly as it applies to the public persona of our militias. I truly enjoy reading Rev.E. and Doug1943's responses to some of these more complicated subjects. They portray the level of wisdom and insight that comes from experience. GDF Stomp and Fed Up both know me and are familiar with my thoughts and ideas concerning where we, as a Militia movement, should be heading. It is websites and forums such as this that provide a breeding ground of innovation and ideas that, if used properly, will engender the type of mutual cooperation between organizations that we so desperately need. Also, as I mentioned the "public persona", all militia groups should have a "Public Affairs" officer to provide liaison with community leaders. This, and the judicious use of "open to the public" events and/or training (like Red Cross First Aid classes, or CPR classes, or even Firearms Safety classes), can open the door to proper dialogue and help to dispel the "redneck with a gun" ethos that has been drilled into their heads by politics and media. The more our militias are seen by the public as "community service" organizations, the greater support among our population we could expect. If these very basic tenets are applied in a sincere, meaningful way, then, over time, I believe it is possible to change public opinion. And, since public opinion drives most politics, it may even be possible to change the political perceptions as well. By the way Doug1943, I am in 100% agreement that a Legal Specialist is not only a good staff choice, but in this day and age, a virtual requirement. Well, I believe I've said enough for now. Thanks for allowing me to be a member and thanks again for allowing me to post in this forum. GDF Pops Commander, GDF Militia Unit, 928 Militia, AZ