On Sunday, June 1st, less than 24 hours after the White House’s Rose Garden press conference announcing the trade for and release of Bowe Bergdahl, I was contacted by a man who told me “I work for the Pentagon.”
He went on to tell me that “the American people need to know the facts regarding this ‘Traitor Trade’ for Bowe Bergdahl, and I want your help in informing them. They need to know about this whole treasonous mess. I read your ‘American Hero Stories’ in the Huffington Post and think I can trust you.” He then arranged for me to speak with two soldiers, “Jimmy” and “Ron” (not their real names), who were in Afghanistan in Bergdahl’s company/battalion in the summer 2009 when he walked off.
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I didn’t ask to be approached on a Sunday morning. I was just sitting there minding my own business, writing and working. I had no idea the maelstrom I was about to encounter.
It is an interesting story of fate and chance that a Pentagon official might happen to be reading my “American Hero Stories” column in The Huffington Post and decide simultaneously to get in touch with the author to blow the whistle on the US government and the White House.
Having no idea what lay ahead in my conversation with him or the two soldiers he introduced me to, I was, however, immediately intrigued by the secrecy he showed at all times. And I was afraid. Because if these guys who had risked their lives in battle and faced enemy fire were so afraid, what then about me, a lowly scribbler?
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I have always been a columnist. In other words, I didn’t like having to work under the tight and high-pressure deadlines of the scrutinizing editorial oversight that comes with news reporting. I like coming up with my own column ideas and writing them as I wish, both leisurely and naturally while tapping away on the keyboard like a madman. But I love doing them myself and by myself alone.
But this was something completely different. I was going to be doing and learning something new: writing breaking news based on source material and direct quotes.
After I got over the initial shock and fear of what these great Americans told me, I got down to writing. The resulting six-part series has been an education for me. Not only did it open my mind to the corrupt, lethal, and criminal government we find ourselves under’ but it also, conversely, reignited my faith in humankind–and Americans in particular.
Based on what I’ve seen and been told, I estimate the numbers for these five previous columns at more than 150,000 page-views; 20,000 likes; 11,000 shares; and 5,000 comments.
Readers: The extremely high page-view rates, the fantastic ‘likes,’ and ‘shares’ were confirmation enough for me that you were reading and really absorbing what these three brave sources were saying. And for that, I and they are eternally grateful. I’ve never seen or heard of a 50% share-to-like ratio—in other words, more than one out of every two readers who liked these articles also shared them. That’s astronomical.
The comments were so touching to me. Overwhelmingly positive to our soldiers’ quotes and complimentary to me as “brave,” “a hero,” and such, they made me feel unjustifiably honored. The real, brave heroes are those brave Americans who go out and fight for our flag and country–as if it’s just something you do. Because for them, it is. And the real heroes in my stories on Bergdahl are the sources, the soldiers, and all who sacrifice for America.
We don’t have to put up with this … to stand this kind of obviously destructive, tyrannical government; and we must stand up… and do something aggressive to save America!
WHERE ARE OUR BACKBONES?
We need to band together now, like the soldiers at Valley Forge did in the bitter winter of 1777/1778 and carry on to do what needs to be done. Here’s what I believe is necessary, right now:
- The President needs to be removed from office. And quickly. Before he can do any more damage to this great country of ours. Just like Nixon, it will be hard and painful for some. However, for others like me, it will restore the faith and honor in America which we’ve grown with and feel in our hearts. Our forefathers grew with these same convictions and always held them near and dear, protected them, and fought for them. Now is our time to do the same. We must take America back. There is no doubt that he is not the proper person for the job. Take just a brief review of the decisions he’s made on behalf of Americans to support terrorists and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Libya and Syria. Who does he have inside his Presidential administration? Oh look! It’s no less than six card-carrying members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Nope, he needs to be removed from office forthwith.
- Undo the awful damage Obama has wrought on America. This will also not be easy; but once we drag him out of office, presumably kicking and screaming, it will be a lot easier to legislatively reverse all his idiotic doings while he was terrorizing Americans. Fixing the Veterans Administration and restoring the respect to our great military; reining in the IRS, NSA , EPA, GSA, and Holder’s Department of Justice by arresting a whole lot of people; and ‘firing’ and jailing a whole gaggle of Lib/Dem Obama sycophants in Congress, the “news media,” and the White House are all necessary and good starts. Fixing our economy has to be done quickly as well, and that will be no simple task after what these Marxists have done to it.
- Take great care to ensure that the US Presidency is never again hijacked in the way it has been with Obama. This will require substantial legislation and oversight on presidential background checks and the delivery of ALL presidential candidates’ records of college, schooling, and origination. All associations, such as those by Obama with Communist anarchists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, America-/God-/White-hating Jeremiah Wright, convicted felon Tony Rezko, and other highly questionable characters need to be fully vetted by our government and media alike. Otherwise, the candidate may not run for election. The way Obama got his hooks in the White House was not only because of the idiot kids manipulated by false promises of “hope and change” and reverse racists who voted for him only because he was “black,” but also because of a stupid, evil media that actually were responsible for this poser becoming our President. Not only did they not vet him properly during his candidacy, but they also did not ever hold him accountable for any of his transgressions against this country. The main job of our news media is to oversee, investigate, and hold government accountable–to keep the people informed. And they cannot even do this? Well, now our Liberal Media needs to be held accountable.
I well know that the reason these three brave sources chose to speak out now after more than five years post-Bergdahl is that they had had enough. Well, I have too. And, I think, so have all of you who took your valuable time to read these articles.
Be strong. “Strength and Honor,” as they said in “Gladiator.” This will not be easy or pretty for those of us who love America. But it must be done to save the greatest republic and hope for mankind that has ever existed. God Bless America!
Relentless Bill Robinson’s Wikipedia Bio can be found here. Taking a keen interest in Business, Entrepreneurship, Technology and Politics, Bill is also the author and writer of “The Relentless Conservative” column on The Huffington Post. He recently began writing the new “American Hero Stories” column on HuffPo because he believes that none of us has enough respect for our brave US military and their families.
Bill lives in New York and has written columns, articles and cover stories for Fortune Small Business, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Financial Times, Forbes.com, The Moscow Times, United Airline’s Hemispheres Magazine and Upside Magazine, amongst many others. He has appeared frequently on CNN, PBS, Bloomberg, BBC World, had his own segment on SKY News and speaks, moderates and chairs technology, marketing and business conferences worldwide. Bill’s “TechScape” column in the The Huffington Post has won broad accolades and his “On Location” columns for Upside won multiple prestigious ASBPE awards and gave him an understanding and love of global technology.
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