Put your game face on. Tally-Ho, left nine low - left turn - plus 7 - I'm in. Drop fuel - take'em low squeeze right and pull. 4....4 ....3.....2.... away 1-2 and 3. (confirmed) Coming off high - clear 6 (confirmed) - scope alive 360 - stay alert for trailers. Let's go home heads-up. ------------------------------ Those were pretty much some of the last words I ever spoke while defending my country overseas as a flight leader conducting what would ultimately be not only my last combat sortie flown, but one of the very last times I would fly a military jet full-tilt in a hostile environment. I did it back then because I believed in the cause. I believed in a country that was lead by honorable Men and Women, and I had faith in the Representative Democracy that I was willing to give my life to, in its defense. I believed in its People and I believed that its People were at heart, honest and decent human beings. A lot has changed since then, including my beliefs about the true nature and course of my country and its People. After conducting surveillance of this board, I do not see many of the virtues that I once believed in as one committed to the cause of keeping this country safe. Many of the attitudes and behaviors on this board are vial and foreign to me personally and professionally. Is this what my country has become after all these years? I hate filled viper nest of ignorant people behaving badly and not having an ounce of moral decency and/or self-pride to see that their behavior is ultimately corrupt? Is this what I fought for? Is this what proud Men and Women of character, honor and decency died for? Is this what they gave their life to protect and preserve? To come back to Internet Board such as this, one (of many) that calls itself a place for rational, well thought out, intelligent debate and discussion on the merits of the issues that face this great country, only to find that people have no more decency and self-respect than any common baboon in the wild, is a terrifying thing - far more frightening than being targeted and shot at by triple-A in the dark of night and in foreign land. Is this who we are now? Haters of epic proportion having no more valuable insight into the things that really drive our nation and make it truly great - truly a place that so many People from around the world want to call home. When I read many of the outright un-American and hyper-partisan posts on this forum, it gives me good cause to be very concerned about our long-term sustainability as a truly free and independent Republic. I worry about our future - a great deal. I worry about the un-American attitudes and beliefs that have been apparently taught to our Youth, in gross error. I worry about the divisions and the lines and the coloring of States, as though our future is some kind of Crayola Crayon game of Russian Roulette. We have a serious attitude problem in this country - mostly born of ignorance and failed education that leads to irrational hate, fear and intolerance. United, there is nothing this country cannot do, or accomplish. But, divided, there is 100% certainty that this country will crumble and collapse under the weight of its injustice, lack of wisdom and the inability exercise common sense and better judgment when we had the opportunity to pull together to do so. This is my introduction. Hello Brave New World.