Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sergeant Ronbo Going On Patrol



I would like to take this opportunity to inform the readers of THE FREEDOM FIGHTER’S JOURNAL that Sergeant Ronbo will no longer be posting. The main reason for this is because I’m leaving Orlando shortly after New Years and will be unable to post further due to being on the road and so forth. Furthermore, I’ve reached a condition known in the Trade as “Blogger Burnout” which seems to hit many bloggers after a few years on the keyboard. The third reason is lack of compensation for the many hours spent in preparation, writing and posting my articles.

I originally started to blog on June 10, 2005 when I posted a newspaper article by the late Billy Cox in order to correct the record on a legal matter. I didn’t intend to post further, but the thing about blogging is that it’s like having just one potato chip – you just can’t have ONE, so before you know it you’re hooked. As addictions go blogging is one of the better if you post for a good cause and I would say that the liberation of the human race is about the best cause one can promote.

This is the end of THE FREEDOM FIGHTER’S JOURNAL. It is well said, "all good things must end some day." At some point in time the United States of America will end, as will all nations, people, animals and the planet itself. The universe has an expiration date as well. Only Almighty God and his angels are eternal. The good news is that life goes until the end times, and the blogsphere will go on until this venue ceases to be popular, or Big Brother pulls the plug. To my readers who look for a good blog I would point them in the direction of Aurora who publishes THE MIDNIGHT SUN in Sydney, Australia. I consider the American-Australian connection important for many reasons, the most important in my humble opinion being the fact that of all the countries in the world only Australia has committed her armed forces in every major conflict fought by the United States for nearly 100 years.

I think of all the 3,000 plus articles I've posted on THE FREEDOM FIGHTER'S JOURNAL, the best were The Falling Man of 9/11 and Remember 9/11: Freedom Isn't Free and Sergeant Eddie Jeffers Speaks From The Grave.

What we see in these three articles is a reflection of our era. It is a Dark Age of world war that reminds every man and woman in this country to do their duty. Sergeant Eddie Jeffers was one such man who died at a young age fighting in Iraq. The video and song "Freedom Isn't Free" reminds us that freedom is purchased at the highest price of all, and we must all be prepared to offer up our lives in the defense of liberty at a moment's notice. "The Falling Man of 9/11" reminds us of all of the victims of that infamous day when peaceful America was dastardly and cowardly stabbed in the back by nationals from countries we thought were allies.

It is said by our Islamic opponents that our Western Civilization is too morally weak to stop the assault by Jihadists determined to destroy the West by turning themselves into homicide bombs. They say that Americans fear death and will do anything to avoid fighting to the last ditch. I say that the example of Eddie Jeffers and The Falling Man prove that Americans will do what needs to be done to stop the advance of tyranny. If that involves military service in far off lands in difficult conditions, Americans will do that. If it involves jumping off buildings to cheat the Jihadists of a willing victim, Americans will do that as well.

I would like express my warm regards for the readers and contributors to this blog and wish them a Happy New Year!


Ronbo's Favorite Articles:

RONBO ON IDEALISTS

RONBO ON BERLIN

RONBO ON BARBOURISM

RONBO ON EVIL IMPERIAL AMERICAN STORMTROOPERS IN IRAQ

RONBO ON MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER COLONEL LEWIS MILLETT

RONBO ON THE U.S. ARMY SECURITY AGENCY

RONBO ON THE MISSION THAT NEVER HAPPENED

RONBO ON THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

we'll miss you, Ronbo...

take it up again when rested!

-Chris Muir

Ronbo said...

Thanks Chris! I love your political cartoons! I've asked the local newspaper to run them opposite "Dumbberry" but unfortunately the editor has read my blog and he's to the Left of Karl Marx.

Anonymous said...

After reading your link to the post about Waltzing Matilda I grew to be very concerned for you. I found the contents disturbing. I also found the cartoon at The Freedom Fighter’s Journal unsettling. I couldn’t help but feel that you are feeling extremely low, and possibly quite depressed about the world situation. If you are, I completely understand this as both my husband and I frequently get so frustrated and disillusioned by the damage being done to our country that we also find ourselves depressed. For someone like yourself who has served his country, the frustration must be even greater. The Christmas season is particularly difficult for those of us who realize the threat Islam poses in our society, and we grow even more depressed and concerned about the future for the next generation.

You have obviously made some very serious decisions regarding shutting down your blog, and hitting the road. I don’t know if this has been part of your plans for sometime, or if the Christmas season has provoked such decisions. Obviously, all of this is absolutely none of my business. But, I simply couldn’t let you disappear into the sunset without some discussion. I want you to know if you are in a serious depression, I am here for you if you need to talk. My husband has struggled with depression all of his life. There is nothing to be ashamed of. If you are feeling so desperately low that you may be considering suicide please talk to me. My Mother had a very serious suicide attempt, so I do understand and have some insight into that area. Life is challenging at the best of times. But in these past years it has become almost unbearable. Everywhere we look we are being attacked. The very people who are supposed to protect us and our democracies are in bed with our enemies. Everything we hold dear is being thrown to the trash. Nothing is sacred anymore. Consequently, sinking into an extremely low depression is understandable for those of us who care.

Ronbo, again I say that none of this is my business, and I apologize if I have offended you. But, I want you to know that you are not alone, and there is someone who does understand and is here for you. Please talk to me. I know the world is rotten, and I too struggle with finding joy. Together we can get through this.

If I have completely misunderstood and misconstrued the contents of the Matilda post and the cartoon, please accept my sincerest apologies. But, please don’t disappear without contact.

Ronbo said...

Dear Anonymous:

I'm very busy right now, but you raise some points others have raised in my EMails.

I will answer your questions in a more detailed form later. I will relate briefly that I am not the least depressed...in fact, I'm feeling very good at the moment. I went to Universal Studios City Walk for the New Year celebration and met many fine people from all over the country and the world. The fireworks were awesome. I think it was one of the best New Year for me EVER!

In regards to leaving town: I have planned this for quite some time. I'm looking forward to my departure later this week.

Cheers, Ronbo

falcon_01 said...

Happy New Year from Iraq, and best wishes on your "patrol." I hope this break isn't for good, and you'll come back to the fight recharged someday. I've enjoyed reading, though I haven't contributed as much to your blog as I wish I could have. Being in Iraq, of course, I don't get much exposure to the rest of the world so I don't have much to say right now other than there are a LOT more people here fighting and working for OIF than just Americans...
I hope you have a great year, and if we don't see more of you- it has been an true honor.

Flanders Fields said...

Good luck, Ronbo. You are a strong voice for America and the values which make America great - and you will be missed. I wish you the best and thank you for the job you have done. Enjoy your freedom.

Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed reading your thoughts and musings these past few years, but now your tour of duty is up and it’s time to rotate home for other assignments.
Ronbo, you articulate ideas that many of us dare not even think, let along admit in the presence of "polite company", yet we all know you are correct.
I have enjoyed your writing and will lament your absence, but ultimately we must all return to the world many of us have not seen since September 10th, 2001, and at times the pull seems inexorable, as eventually even Cassandra herself would grow insane without change.
So the time has come for you to stride across that purple tapestry into the remainder of your life, not as a point of insolent pride but as a well-earned reward for your efforts spent and personal sacrifices made in sounding the alarm to those that sometimes stubbornly refuse to hear it.
You have experienced enough bitter for ten men, now it is time to enjoy the sweet.

An old Irish blessing once went:
May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind always be at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
May you be poor in misfortunes and rich in blessings from this day forward.

A-Man

Anonymous said...

WTF? Well, keep this cat updated if you can.

Ronbo said...

Thanks for the kind words, Falcon, Flander Fields, Apache and Dolf.

Apache: Your poetry reminds me of some lines from Shakespeare that work well here:

CASSIUS.

Then, if we lose this battle,
You are contented to be led in triumph
Thorough the streets of Rome?

BRUTUS.

No, Cassius, no: think not, thou noble Roman,
That ever Brutus will go bound to Rome;
He bears too great a mind. But this same day
Must end that work the Ides of March begun;
And whether we shall meet again I know not.
Therefore our everlasting farewell take:
For ever, and for ever, farewell, Cassius!
If we do meet again, why, we shall smile;
If not, why, then this parting was well made.

CASSIUS.

For ever and for ever farewell, Brutus!
If we do meet again, we'll smile indeed;
If not, 'tis true this parting was well made.

Ronbo said...

Directory for this article:

The Freedom Fighter's Journal

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The Midnight Sun

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The Happy Extremist

Jason Pappas said...

Two to three years is a good stint on the ‘net. Best to leave on top!

Wishing you the best on your journey. We all know you’ll be a fighter no matter where you are! Give ‘em hell!

Anonymous said...

Ronbo, you ol' soldier; I'll miss your posts. I look in here from time to time. God bless you and e mail me when you can.
Malcolm A.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with all your future endeavors. You'll be missed in the blogosphere.

Ronbo said...

Thanks Jason, Malcom and Grant for the kind words. It has been an honor to stand next to such fine gentlemen in the line of intellectual battle against The Red and The Green. "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers" as the Bard would say.

Anonymous said...

Hey asshole, what'cha mean, going on patrol? What needs more patrolling than the loony cyberworld? Well, I'll miss ya, dude. Big time. Anyways, be good...if you can't be good, be careful.

Watcher said...

Going to miss you. Good luck and Happy New Year.

But you know, you can't just leave, blogging is an addiction, so you're going to be back. :-)

Aurora said...

Ronbo, we miss you a lot over at The Midnight Sun. If you ever get the chance, I hope you can drop us a line and let us know what you're up to.
Take care.

Anonymous said...

From a friend to a friend.

You will be sorely missed Ronbo. Not that we ever agreed on much. As a matter of fact the ONLY thing we ever agreed on was Global Warming. :)
Despite that and despite our wast differences I like you. Best wishes from this little part of the world.

I have enjoyed discussing with you (elsewhere). You are a Gentleman, a harsh debater and an raving lunatic all wrapped up in one and the same person. HeHe...

Happy journeys and may your feet only carry you to good places.

Momkiss said...

Oh c'mon you just can't go away. who will we rely on for the truth. pop in now and again. like others, i wish you well. be safe on your tour of duty to yourself!

T.R. Clancy said...

Good luck and all the best, Ronbo. And thanks for including me in your forum.

T.R. Clancy said...

All the best to you Ronbo! You had a good long run for a blogger. Thankless work, but I think it does do some good. Thanks for letting me post on FFJ.

Anonymous said...

To a tru American and Human Being

The blog spot and yourself will be missed my friend.

I understand that pressures of life sometimes put chains on our other activities, and i havnt been around to see whats been happening myself.

All i'll say is that i regrad you with the deepest respect and feel the same way about the world, and our enimies that would try and destroy it.

Most of all i feel the same way about our allies. Something you have always stood up for.

If there is anything i can do to help. just shout.

Your ally and friend

Dave D

Anonymous said...

And Obviously I need to learn to spellcheck ! ha ha....damn this keyboard !!

Ronbo said...

Sergeant Dave of the British Army:

No problem, I think everyone understands that message boards and comment sections are not places where one goes to learn The King's English, but rather places where people type out their gut reactions to topics of interest often without first fact, grammar, or spell checking.

Anyhow thanks for your kind remarks and I will miss our discussions on various message boards.

UP THE REDCOATS!

Cheers, Sergeant Ronbo, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Anonymous said...

Happy Trails, Pardner!

Anonymous said...

I recently discovered Sgt. Ronbo, perused his insightful musings and discovered, just as I was getting into it, Sgt. Ronbo has gone on patrol. Apparently for an extended time. My disappointment is palpable.

I sir, like you, have served my country and have found in you a kindred spirit.

Can’t wait for you to start blogging again. I’ve got tons of questions you could probably help me out with. Can’t wait for your insight on how the upcoming elections will shake out.

In any event, take care. Hope you remain “Gung-ho”.

Ronbo said...

Dear Gung Ho:

Now just when I get over "Blogger Withdrawal" I get a duty call:-)

I'll be honest with you -- I don't know what to do with ole Sergeant Ronbo...He's become a little like that character played by the Late great Chief Dan George in "The Little Big Man" who keeps going out to meet with his ancestors but keeps giving up because it rains or something.

You see Ronbo's problem is that he's an Idealist and believes in Absolutes and has a very hard time at Compromise and thus is always disappointed with life, which requires Compromise and a half way measures....

Still I suppose the soldier's credo is continue the march to the end. My patrol is heading West. I've tried North, South and East, so perhaps somewhere in the Far West of the USA there is a place to set up Base Camp and maybe I'll post again.

We'll see....Unless of course the weather is perfect somewhere out West.

In regards to the upcoming election: I think Romney stands the best chance to become the Great White Father in Washington.

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The Gunslinger said...

Dude!

Fare thee well, my friend. I'll absolutely miss you...

The Gunslinger

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gung-ho said...

Ronbo -

Thanx for answering the "duty call".

Do you think Romney, after taking 2nd place in Florida will turn it around on super Tuesday? Also, what's your take on the U.S. electing a Mormon?. I haven't noticed any indication from the media of any outright bias against
Romney. My take on the Republican ticket will probably be McCain/Romney or vise versa, or maybe Thompson as the VP nominee depending if the nominee needs
the ticket to appeal to conservatives. Of course, a lot can change between now and when the conventions actually nominate.

Is "Sgt. Ronbo" an avatar? I was a Sgt. also, in the 82nd Airborne, was an infantry squad leader. Spent some time at Fort Bragg during some very lean years. So I think I have an idea regarding what you mean about absolutes.
Idealism is great, but viewing our political process through an idealist perspective will make you pull your hair out. Far too often I see the Congressional sparring between our two major political parties and all I can so is shake my head and think WTF!!!!! I find the politics that surround the war
in Iraq to be very depressing. Idealism and politics seemingly can't mix. Politics can be very ugly, irrespective of party affiliation. Takes a very
special person of character to stick to ideals and actually get elected. After all, the ultimate goal is to win, and to the victor go the spoils.

Good luck with your new base camp. Hopefully your westward journey will bring new and positive experiences and insight, which will lead to additional blogging subjects and material. Keep the poetry and metaphors coming, it makes the context of your statements much more interesting (although I don't quite understand them (yet!)).

Blog-on, Keep the Faith,
and Remain,
Gung-Ho

Winston Smith said...

Dear Freedom Fighter:

It is time we think seriously about acts of counter-terrorism and go on the offensive...I say we form "leaderless cells" like the Muzzies have done already and draw up lists of traitors and Islamists to be terminated with extreme prejudice.

We are at war with the Red and Green to the death. The issue between us will not be settled by fine words, compromise and appeasement, but only by blood and iron.

So I say burn the Mosques, and shoot the Red traitors and hang the Mullahs! If history has taught us anything it is this – anyone can be killed.

THE ONLY GOOD MUSLIM IS A DEAD MUSLIM!!!

THE ONLY GOOD RED IS A DEAD RED!!!

Dag said...

Good-bye, Ronbo.