“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”

— General Douglas MacArthur

I will probably get cancelled for what I am about to write and say. Somebody will probably think it’s tone deaf and someone will say that I “don’t get it.” Read it anyway.

Many (or most) people would agree with me that we are experiencing turmoil and living through a significant series of tumultuous events. Many people will see the reasons as to why that is, differently, and different people will be experiencing these events differently and say that different…

Vintage illustration at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia depicts Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendering his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865, effectively ending the American Civil War. From iStock.

Much of my life has been spent in the South; as a child, 2/3 of my life was spent in Florida and North Carolina. As an adult, I am again living in Florida, although South Florida is a different animal than the rest of the state in terms of being part of the “South.”

My mother, and much of my family are from North Carolina. My maternal grandfather, was born in a very small, country, Southern town, near Fort Bragg in North Carolina. I even did Basic Training for the Army, in South Carolina where other family members are from…

US Army Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division. Photo from iStockPhoto.

I am a Veteran. I am a US Army Veteran, having served in a combat role during Operation Enduring Freedom. As a Veteran, I have something to say…

Right now in this very moment, the debate is raging on how to deal with protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis Police Officer. We have been hearing a lot over the last week, about how the police should or should not act during protests, as well as how they should act if the protests become riots or descend into civil chaos. The debate also includes the topic of whether or not the US Military should be used to help local and state police during the protests to “maintain order,” and…

Dustin Gladwell

US Army Veteran. Marketing & Branding expert. Political Science & National Security Junkie. Be unexpected, and challenge conventional thinking.

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