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Independence Day thoughts and thank yous

Today is America’s celebration of independence. With that in mind I’d like to offer a few quotes on liberty:

If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other.

Carl Schurz (1829 – 1906)

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.

John Adams (1735 – 1826)

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

Thomas Paine (1737 – 1809)

Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude.


On this Independence Day, I’m thankful for the support of many Americans who have stood by me as I spend a year half a world away trying to ensure continuing liberty for Americans back home while working to make Iraq a place where human beings have choices about how they want to live, what vocation they want to pursue, who they want to marry, how to worship, whether to worship at all and who they want to govern and represent them.

The process I am involved in is far from perfect. Some would call it fatally flawed. I think they are wrong. Iraq’s rebirth is often painful but I believe better days are ahead.

Thank you to my wife for supporting me. Thank you to my employer back home for standing by me morally and financially while I am away. Thank you to my readers for challenging me to continue examining the world and myself with a critical eye.

I hope each of you who reads this blog entry values and understand the high price that others paid for every drop of independence and liberty you enjoy today.



Happy 4th Trevor…I wish you could be home walking in your woods but understand why you aren’t. Thank you again for what you’re doing, and please extend that to your wife and those who are with you, especially Sgt Tea drinker;)

Papa Ray

Hey Warriors,

Keep it wound up and tight.

We are going to have a great 4th and my Grandkids are going to have a wonderful life because of Warriors like you and your buds.

Tell them all how much we appriciate it. Even my 5 y/o Sweet Sarah knows that our “Warriors” protect us from the bad guys.

Just remember her and all the millions more like her when the days are long, hot and deadly.

Also, be sure and tell your loved ones we know and appriciate their hardships and devotion. In some ways, they give the most.

Continue the Mission.

Papa Ray
West Texas

USA, 230 years old today……

…and still behaving like a rebellious teenager, sticking our thumb in the eye of European plutocrats. Whee! Despite the pinchfaced nose-in-the-air bemused disapproval of our maple-syrup-sipping sibling… And we still hang around with Mom, though we…


Trevor, I respect you for volunteering for military service, and I hope the Iraq venture eventually turns out for the best…it will benefit the people of Iraq if it does…as for America’s freedom, I continue to believe the greatest threats to our liberties are right here in our own country. If we’re not vigilant, we could end up with a dictatorship or a civil war, like Iraq. We all need to stick together to defend the Bill of Rights, and not let a few opportunistic politicians convince the voters that the greatest threats to our freedoms are gay marriage and flag burning, while they continue to allow the Executive branch to consolidate power (thus upsetting the system of checks and balances), commit election fraud and gerrymander districts to consolidate their own power, whip up hysteria in order to shred the Fourth Amendment and the Sixth Amendment, etc.etc.


I agree that the Constitution and its amendments need to be protected.

I agree the the greatest threats to our liberty come from within the political establishment and also from the purposefully fostered ignorance of our own citizens.

MissBirdlegs in AL

Happy Independence Day, Trevor! I agree with your post and feel that, with patience, Iraq will come out of this so much better. Their democracy won’t look just like ours but then ours hasn’t always been pretty. I’m grateful for the courage and foresight of our Founders and for all the men and women who have had the courage and commitment to keep this wonderful experiment going forward through the years in the face of all kinds of adversity. I pray that the clear-sighted among us will prevail and that the people who use our freedom for their own ambition will be awakened as to the damage they do to our country and those who defend her before it’s too late. Thanks to you and yours and to your compatriots, my watermelon is tasting extra-special this year :)


I’m late to the party again but I don’t suppose there’s ever a bad time to say “Thanks, Trevor!”

I’ll never lose faith in your mission because I know that smart, determined warriors like you will not accept failure. There’s nothing misguided about freeing Iraq and sticking around long enough for her to stand on her own. The tremendous sacrifices of our citizen soldiers and their families absolutely continues to guarantee our freedom and liberty at home.

The fight at home isn’t over – not by a long shot! Ignorance begins to ameliorate when curiosity is piqued, so lots of troop supporters will continue kicking over rocks to expose the self-serving vermin underneath.

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