The Duck Walk

I was recently perusing Facebook and I came across a post on the profile of a buddy of mine, David Hutchinson. He runs an insurance and investments business and does some insightful discussions about health and wealth. He likes to pass along a lot of good information, and today I saw a quote on his feed which kind of explains best why I don’t participate in politics in general. He shared a post with a brief but concise statement about how most service-members feel.

“If you’ve never duck-walked in your underwear with a group of strangers, I don’t want your fucking opinion on military matters.”

Petty Officer 1st class Felicia Wilson, left, demonstrates to armed forces applicants how to do a duck walk as part of their physical fitness test at the Baltimore Military Entrance Processing Station in Ft. Meade, Md., Aug. 8, 2006. The purpose of the duck walk is to check for the integrity of the applicantsÕ knees and joints. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby


This quick but simple statement says so much in so little time. And if you haven’t figured this out on your own, it means those of us who served really don’t want to hear the opinions of those who didn’t. Sorry, but no. While we appreciate your enthusiasm, this is not “Call of Duty.” These are real human beings you’re talking about. On BOTH sides of the fence. Until you have had to look someone in the face and tell them you’re sorry as they express anger toward your presence in their country, fuck off. Don’t pull any of us service members or veterans into your narrative. Just let us be the neutral party. After all, Dude I don’t even know you.

As always, when I lightly tap political matters I will note my disclaimer. And NO, this is not open to discussion. I openly admit the one political matter I will fight to the death over is my 2nd Amendment. And for good reason. There is likely no argument with me. Watch people climb into trucks as they flee their homes, in a foreign country. Forever. Then you may present me with your expert opinion about the second amendment. Chances are you can’t.

I understand violence a lot better than you do.

You’re Welcome. Internet.

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