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Weekend Safety Brief 17NOV2017

American Privilege

Bring it in – gather round.

So there has been a spate of people coming out of the proverbial closet about being raped, touched, molested and fondled. I have one small thing to say about this, and it is the same thing I told my kids.  That is – if anyone ever touches you I will murder them with my bare hands.  – wait… not that part… If anyone ever touches you dime them out RIGHT AWAY.  Don’t wait.  Good news never gets better with age.  Have the moral courage to do what is right – RIGHT NOW.  This applies to everyone, whether you are 13 or 50 – dredging up shit that you were cool with when you were 18 because it was wrong, dangerous or just exciting is horseshit.

Next – there has also been a rise in talk about “Privilege” – Male Privilege, White Privilege, White Male Privilege, whatever. Here is my stance on that whole ball of bullshit. We, as Westerners – but especially as AMERICANS are all born privileged.  Many of you know this already.  You have been to the shitholes of the world and seen real strife, real poverty, real starvation, real lack of medical attention.  I would submit that aside from the exceptions that some smartass will surely bring up, we all have the best of what is a crazy world.

We can turn on a faucet in the house, and depending what lever we use, we can get hot or cold running and POTABLE water. We even piss and shit in a bowl full of the same potable water, and then flush it into a sewer system that whisks the shit away and treats it, eventually returning the clean water to the environment.

We have phone that would make the 70s Star Trek crewmembers throw away their tricorders. These phones have more computing power than all of NASA had when we made the moon shots. We have HD flat screen TVs, high-speed internet, and food on demand.  And this ain’t just “rich” white males – this is nearly every single adult in the US.

We don’t know poverty here – not real poverty. Again, with the exception of the homeless (which is another rant for another day) generally those that are working and still live in poverty here in the US have things far better than 90% of the world.  They have shoes, clothes, cell phones, TV, and are usually pretty fucking fat from all the food they can eat.

We have a Constitution that nominally protects us from a tyrannical government, police, and military. We have the ability to protest in the streets without the cops shooting or jailing us all.  We can call the President, Congress and pretty much anyone anything, and not be persecuted.  We have a reasonably fair judicial system.  We have electricity on demand and more cars than any other country in the world.

We have privilege. AMERICAN PRIVILEGE.

I could go on and on – but I won’t. Just remember that there are reasons that the US is the most free and most privileged nation on earth.  We just have to hold on to what we have, and continue to strive to be BETTER, just like we have done from our inception.  We continue to make our system better and our nation greater.  Not by tearing down the institutions and processes that made us great, but by tweaking, adjusting, and reforming.

*steps off soapbox*

Ok – enough of that.

Make sure you check your ride before you roll out.

Don’t party with SEALs that have stupid amounts of cash…

Don’t kick your wife or beat your dog.

Roll in fire teams or larger.

Don’t start shit.

Don’t Drink and Drive.

PT is at 0500, Ruck march, full battle rattle and 40 lbs in your ruck.

OK – scram, before I decide who gets remedial SHARP training with Weinstein.

Platoon Sergeants, take charge of your troops.

 

 

 

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E. Michael Davis II, OMar, CPP, 1SG USA (Ret) served nearly 25 years in the United States Army as a Military Police Investigator. His work focused on Investigations, Anti/Counter-Terrorism Operations, Police Special Operations, Intelligence Operations and Force Protection with multiple Joint and Combined Commands. The impact of his work spanned the spectrum from tactical actions to strategic planning and engagement. In this capacity, he worked closely with nearly every security and law enforcement agency of the United States government, as well as dozens of police, security and intelligence agencies of friendly foreign governments. He experienced multiple combat tours in the Gulf War, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and three tours in Iraq. He is a recipient of two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart amongst many other awards and honors. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Military History, Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Studies and Master’s Degree in Post 1945 Military History from the American Military University – all with honors. He is still active in the anti/counter-terrorism community as well as a freelance author, historian and blogger.

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