Veteran’s Day – a different twist

 

On Veteran’s Day, everyone casually says, “Thank you, veterans, for keeping us free.”  Corporations say this in their ads to make veterans and their families feel good so they come in and buy things.  Politicians say this to get votes.  It’s sort of like mindlessly saying “bless you” or “gezuntite” when someone sneezes.  People just say it.  They don’t think too much about it.

Not me.

I have a very clear vision of exactly how veterans keep us free.  They do two things.  First, they enter the military culture.  They take an oath to support and defend the Constitution – not an oath to obey orders from politicians – and they see senior NCOs and some officers who live by that.  They see with their own eyes that they, as members of the military, work for the Constitution, not whomever is the President at the time.  This keeps us free from a President who would be a tyrant if he could get the military to carry out his unconstitutional orders.

The second thing veterans do to keep us free is that they take take this culture of serving the Constitution back with them to civilian life.  There are literally millions of veterans who are now out of the military and living among us who will not tolerate unconstitutional behavior by a President.  These veterans have the culture and military skills that allow them to be a spectacular deterrent against any President who wants to be a tyrant.  These former-serving veterans are forward deployed in our neighborhoods to pick up the fight for freedom.

That’s what I mean when I say, “Thank you, veterans.”

 

CONTEST! Winners will choose a name for one of the *The 43 Colonels* in book 10

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Here’s how the contest works:
(1) Do a review on Amazon of each of the nine books.  A short review like “Awesome” works just fine.
(2) Do a “share” of  www.299Days.com on your Facebook page.
(3) Take a picture of you and your 299days gear (books, tshirt, patches, etc) and post on the 299days fb page, and email it to us at glentate123@gmail.com
(4) Send an email to me at glentate123@gmail.com and let me know your Amazon user name so we can check and make sure you did the reviews. If you’ve done extra stuff to help the book, like told your friends to read it, let me know that too. Also what name you would like to name one of the 43 colonels. These 43 Colonels are all patriots who helped during the War.
(4)Your name will go into a drawing to pick one of the several 43 Colonels still yet to be named.
(5) If you are one of the winners, we will contact you and get the name you’d like to give to one of the 43 Colonels in 299days book 10.
(6) You will get to enjoy seeing the name you have chosen for one of the 43 Colonels in book 10 *The 43 Colonels* which will be released Fall of 2014.

Help us pick the narrator for the audio book!

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You guys are more than just “readers” – you’re community.  I value your opinion.  I received 212 (!) auditions from narrators.  I narrowed them down to the 12 below.  I won’t guarantee that your pick will be the guy, but I’m very interested in what you guys think.

Each narrator is listed below in alphabetical order.  A link to his audition is provided (in one case, to his three readings).  They are all reading the same passage (the extra-readings guy has two extra) so you can get a standardized reading.  This allows an apples-to-apples comparison.  The standardized reading includes various characters’ voices, including a female one.

There’s a handy poll feature below so you can simply rank them that way.  You can go on Facebook or email me with your picks, but it’s way, way harder for me to keep track of your picks that way.  The poll feature is the way to go.

Thanks again for being a community.

OK, here are the narrators (in alphabetical order):