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To My Fellow Guards


What follows is a speech I gave to the counter Trump rally in Missoula a few weeks ago. I wanted to refresh this because following a decent national and state election and the growing concerns over the potential for Trump to completely hamstring the Mueller investigation, we need to understand the task before us. So here it is:

I have been thinking about what patriotism means and who holds the title of “patriot.” I do not pretend to be an expert in patriotism but as a combat veteran who wore the flag of this nation on my right shoulder for eight years there is something I need to tell everyone assembled here: you are all patriots. When I think about the brave men and women I served with in the military I also think about you brave souls with the same admiration. You have shown up day after day to fight for this country.

Across town there is an angry emperor with his few angry followers claiming they are the true patriots and we are an “angry liberal mob.” They wrap themselves in the flag and symbols of America to disguise their authoritarian, white nationalist ways. Their faked patriotism is a refuge meant to hide the scoundrels they truly are.

We cannot allow this to continue. The preamble to the Declaration of Independence closes with a sentence about what citizens should do if they see an evolving threat to American democracy, which the founders specifically cite as “despotism”:

“it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Hello, my fellow guards.

Patriotism is supposedly colored red, white, and blue but this American moment has involved so many other colors. The red and black of my comrades in the shadows. The rainbow flag of a community traumatized by the actions of this government. The intricate beadwork of our Native neighbors who have stood steadfast with us despite a historical knowledge of what illegal immigration really looks like.

My friends and neighbors of all colors—we now stand at the precipice of American democracy.  A re-envisioned King George and his royal court hold two pillars of the American government and the third is on our ballots. The founders of this country put THE PEOPLE as the vanguard and now we need to find each other at this historical juncture. Today was meant to showcase our unity and our momentum has to continue forward.

One man, one woman, one prosecutor, one candidate is not going to save us. We have to save ourselves. This is our duty right now, as patriots.

Thank you all.

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  • Thank you for putting this into perspective. We are neither snowflakes nor an angry mob; we are the true patriots who love this country and are standing firm in its defense. I denounce the madman who is currently squatting in our White House. He has never been nor ever will be my president. He is deranged and out to harm our country, an enemy of the very people he put his hand on a bible and swore to protect. His second-in-command is just as bad if not worse. This imposter has nominated people who are unfit for the jobs they are supposed to do — literally the enemy of each of the cabinets they have sworn to protect. I’m with you, Don Pogreba — carry on.

    • I meant to direct this to Josh Manning who wrote the piece, so please add his name with Don’s; they’re both patriots and guards in the best possible way.

  • The mule mueller investigation was created as an attack campaign On trump by the dnc. Hillary. A company called fusion gps! Look it up wake up!

    • The Mueller investigation is an investigation conducted by a professional, non-partisan investigator who will do what is right for our country.

      And Mueller is a registered Republican.

      • Precisely, and Mueller’s integrity is without question, he’s a decorated, COMBAT US Marine leading troops in Vietnam while the Donald was dancing away in Manhattan on his ‘bone spurs’ as young men also from Donald’s draft board district went off to serve, working class men who seem to ‘adore’ Donald now, but Donald’s daddy Fred influenced the doctors and draft board to conclude that star athlete Donald (at the NY Military Academy, and Trump was actually good at baseball!) was ‘afflicted’ with bone spurs AFTER four draft deferments due to college, so let’s also EXAMINE Donald’s TRANSCRIPTS as well at tax returns says this ‘ol colonel!

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Josh Manning is a combat veteran who lives in Helena. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Time and Newsweek and he has appeared on MSNBC and CNN. He was a primary researcher to the recently published New York Times bestseller "The Plot to Destroy Democracy" by MSNBC analyst Malcolm Nance. You can follow him on Twitter @joshuamanning23

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