Manifestos from the Anonymous crowd are usually puerile and pointless. Coming from a Marine vet who lives in the real world, this one is neither.
“I am a United States Marine Corps combat veteran. I am a proud American and a patriot. I love my country, democracy and the vision our founding fathers had for this great nation.
“I went to war for my country. I saw and did ugly things that would make the average American civilian run in fear. I saw teenage boys die in the name of my country. I saw other teenage boys turned into hardened killers, left to return home unable to cope with the acts they were required to commit out of love for their country. I’ve seen several of these young men take their own lives upon returning home from the endless wars they have been subjected to.
“I’ve seen thousands of civilians die.
“In the eight years I have been home from the war, I’ve struggled to find the vital national interest I was sent to protect. I haven’t found any, all I’ve found is corruption and corporate profiteering, sweetheart backroom deals and hushed civilian casualty numbers.
“I see an elite class characterized by extreme wealth exerting undue influence over my government and enslaving my people through corrupt means. I see them eating away the rights I gladly fought to protect. I will just as enthusiastically fight to protect those rights again.
“I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I take this oath seriously.
“You may not be a member of the United States Armed Forces. You may not be a combat veteran. You may have never left your home town. Whoever you are, if you are a patriot and a proud American the time for courage and action has come. Do not disgrace the legacy of our great nation by sitting idly by while our future is squandered for the benefit of the elite.
“Put down your video games and turn off your TV. Educate yourself about your government, our economy and the actions which have been taken in your name over the past few decades. Get involved.”
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. —Edmund Burke
“I am a United States Marine.
“I am a combat veteran.
“I am a proud American.
“I am a patriot.
“I am the 99%.
“I am Anonymous.
“We are Legion.
“We do not forgive.
“We do not forget.