Topic: "Serious,For A Change"(6)
The question becomes, would you want a 22-year-old from Oklahoma making life-and-death decisions that may impact on you and yours? If Frodo were to stray from a serious topic, he would say that anybody dumb enough to live in the tornado capital of the entire fricking universe is not capable of either sound judgment or sane conduct. Evidence to support such a conclusion is now public knowledge, thanks largely to someone who took the law into his own hands.
Frodo remembers the Berrigan Brothers and Daniel Elsberg with fondness for courage, and Frodo is grateful for the lives that they undoubtedly helped to save, on both sides of a terrible war. What they did, that differs from the action taken by computer-savvy, self-appointed, vagabonds of justice, was to make public the intentional effort to deceive. For an individual to make actual military engagement available for public scrutiny, while the activity between combatants continues, does portend a threat to the safety of American and Coalition forces.
That, dear reader, could be the kid who used to deliver your newspaper. Or the young guy (or gal) who felt his country's call to help protect her from the insanity of the 9-11 murders. It is not right, in a nation of 300 million people, for one to act in the fervor of conscience or righteous indignation, without taking full responsibility for the consequences of such independent action. That is why we have elections. That is why we have ascended to the pinnacle of civilization, despite the madness of our partisan feelings toward one another.
This young man is no different than the young Californian who joined al-Qaeda, and took up arms against his fellow citizens. Frodo is confident that he does not act imprudently when he supports a call for swift justice and an interminable sentence under the law which binds us all.
Now, Mr. President, your most devoted of supporters asks that you again consider both the costs and the objectives of what has become an illustrated lesson in both how one nation is built, and how another is threatened beyond repair. It is time. Time to come home.