Last week it started with a simple paragraph:
"Two lucky winners will each win 2 Q5 weapons that they can pack into their next battle for massive damage. Perhaps you've noticed each week the Battle Cry includes a new quote about Freedom or Liberty? Here is the contest: Send me the very best quotes you can find on Freedom or Liberty".
Your response was fantastic! For the past seven days dozens and dozens of you have become students of Freedom and Liberty. You've poured over your bookshelf, the library, and the web to find brilliant and insightful thoughts on the topic. My guess is some of you even had a few moments of quiet reflection at this amazing gift we have here in the United States.
I received a remarkable 174 entries! Some of them so impressive I've already used them in previous issues of this newspaper. Some of them would get me banned if I used the language here. Some made me laugh, and some gave me that quiet moment of introspection I mentioned above.
The most amazing thing was the incredibly range of people quoted. Here is a small sample. Even though they may not be your favorite folks (No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session. -Gideon J. Tucker) you loved to quote politicians:
John F. Kennedy
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Not surprising a few military leaders showed up on the list:
George S. Patton
Brig. General James Sehorn
And you enjoyed the ideas of some of the most influential Philosophers, Thinkers, and Writers since the beginning of the written word:
Alexis de Tocqueville
John Stuart Mill
Robert A. Heinlein (our own Starship Troopers author)
Edward R. Murrow
Frank Herbert (Dune)
By sending in quotes from George Carlin and John Wayne you showed comedians and actors can have meaningful things to say on the topic. But by FAR the most quoted author submitted was Thomas Paine, pamphleteer, revolutionary, radical, inventor, intellectual, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. As well he should have been given everything he had to say on the topics.
To keep the process objective, the names of all who submitted were removed from the quotes at the time of selection.
It is with great pleasure I announce our two winners. Hoyle, US Training Division, 3rd Company, 15th Platoon "The Fighting 15th" (although rumor has it he recently his finished final exam and has requested transfer to the MI) provided the quote used in this week's issue. Mjb Silent, Mobile Infantry, Charlie Company, 5th Platoon, submitted the quote that will appear next week. You'll have to read that issue to see the moving words he came up with. Both soldiers have already received their 2 Q5 weapons. May they use them in health as they defend our own eFreedom and eLiberty!
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Mobile Infantry Press Officer
You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once. - Robert A. Heinlein (winning entry submitted by Private Hoyle)
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