This was written by my wife and clearly echo's my own feelings. Mrs. hardballer: I feel sad, writing this but here goes. I am afraid that the only thing patriotic about this country is the majority of the citizens who live in and believe in this country. It includes those who fight for the flag. I have nothing but respect and gratitude for our soldiers. Past, present and future. I have tearfully hugged many of them. What they do is legit, especially heroic!!! Our government, at this time is not patriotic. Legit or heroic. For a long time it has been a corporate conglomerate. We have been field workers, line workers for a hidden agenda. How can you fight a war and believe in it's validity if the government isn't square with you? How can you be patriotic if the government isn't square? By being square, I mean by being truthful and honest about what they are doing in this world. We are being lied to by our own government. How can we say anything we do is worth a darn. If our government is being deceitful, our young men and women are being worn out, used, Killed and lied to. They're fighting for what ever our government's true agenda is. Unknown to any of us. Saving women and children, the Kurds etc. is just a positive by product of the deceitful reasons of why we really are there. Looks good in the news but what's really going on. Strategically, it appears to be oil ownership. Just look at where our forces are positioned on a map. I just didn't wake up and think of this today. This has been going on prior to Lincoln. Our government has been fighting self corruption since it's inception and lost the fight early on. You might as well say, The USA, owned and operated by. . . . ??????????? Hint. . . not it's people.