“Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You??? (You Lt. Weindberg?)
I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of NOT knowing what I know, that Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, SAVES LIVES!
You don’t want the truth, cuz deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you WANT me on that wall. You NEED me on that wall.
We use words like Honor. Code. Loyalty.
We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline.
I have neither the time, nor the inclination, to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just say “Thank you” and be on your way. Otherwise I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post!
Either way, I don’t give a DAMN what you think you are entitled to!!!”
– Jesus Christ
speaking to the homeless on behalf of his white, middle-class, Evangelical, American church.
(cited in Second Opinions chapter 1, verse 1)