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A&M Aggie. U.S. Marine. SMU Mustang. Marketer. I will always be patriotic about this country even when I ask it to be better. My opinions are my own.

There seems to be an increase in violent political rhetoric that has been building for the past couple of years. We like to distance ourselves from this growing trend because we are able to attach the violence to groups like ANTIFA, Proud Boys, left-wing ‘mobs,’ and right-wing ‘militias’ of all sorts. In reality, everyday people stoke the flames of violence without actively participating in it. We have reached a point where average Americans are providing the kindling for larger violence. We do this because we believe that we are just and the other side is not.

It Starts With a ‘Moral Authority’

“If God is for…


America has been having a pretty in-depth discussion about healthcare for almost fifteen years now. The affordable healthcare plan was created under President Obama and Republicans have fought this idea tooth and nail and probably wish for a more open market system where competition will drive prices down. I think if most people saw the pharma/medical insurance machine’s ability to lobby government & influence medical practitioners with a dedicated sales force, and the money at stake, they would realize that will never happen. Medical networks break up any chance of a free market and pretty much sets the system up…


When we look back on COVID-19, we will realize that state controls and lack of personal responsibility will result in more deaths than the virus itself. We are ultimately getting a pandemic on training wheels and still finding a way to fall off the bike. A bigger problem than the virus itself is the lethal combination of misguided government actions paired with misguided and irresponsible individuals.

The virus will remain a danger to the population

The U.S. COVID-19 death toll is currently at 142k Americans and strangely enough, it could be so much worse if the virus had a higher lethality, targeted the very young, or had life-long symptoms…


The amount of wartime imagery and vocabulary comparing the COVID-19 outbreak is everywhere. Phrases like “War on COVID-19,” “it’s like a war zone,” and “On the front-lines of the COVID-19 outbreak,” and “We are like lambs to the slaughter” (real quote) are everywhere. you are probably expecting me to get on some old veteran bully pulpit about how “it’s not the same” or “let me tell you what war is really like.” I’m not going to do that because for some people, this is the worst thing that has ever happened to them. They may be losing income or medical…


“The unofficial start of summer”

“National grilling weekend”

“Start of pool season”

“A solemn day to remember the fallen”

Memorial Day weekend is many different things to different people. Everyone is correct in thinking that Memorial Day weekend is any of the things above. American Veterans have become increasingly irate about the weekend over recent years because many of us had friends that died in war. There is a growing sense of detachment from the rest of the population over this weekend. To be honest, it is a very weird weekend for me. I get very distant and I think…


Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want”

As I have aged, my opinions about life has changed. I think most come from different schools of thought in regards to the nature of life in general. One either leans towards a “life is beautiful/wonderful” or a “life is hard/tough” school of thought. Thanksgiving is similar. We are often thankful for the things we have or thankful for the things that haven’t happened to us. One is thankful that they aren’t like those with less.

I am thankful that I have a job…

I am thankful that we are all healthy…

The problem with this line of thinking is…


The ANA leaving friendly lines to patrol… It did not go well.


Another lesson from Afghanistan… Go back to the 1980s and the locals will tell you how they ran the Russians out of Asmar, Afghanistan despite the Soviets having a large garrison, fighting positions in the mountains, tanks, attack helicopters, artillery, etc. To put it mildly, the U.S. and ANA forces were spread so thin in 2008 that we didn’t have many of those things or have them accesible in a timely manner. It occured to me very early that we couldn’t shoot our way out of this environment. …


This is a pretty personal story… I kept it very personal and very private when I was in the Marines because I saw it as a hindrance to leading Marines. In order to lead Marines, one must pass Officer Candidates School (OCS), The Basic School (TBS), and a speciality school. I had commited to join the Marines three years before September 11th. In order to earn the title of Marine Officer, one must pass OCS. I kept this story private because I failed and failed again. I was going to lead Marines and I needed their full faith and confidence…


Every Afghan Soldier loved Rambo…

When I was deployed to Afghanistan, I spent a few hours a day just talking to an Afghan Company Commander and his NCOs. We talked about every topic. It would take about an hour of discussing casual topics before we could discuss the business of patrols, troop discipline, supply levels, etc. Things that younger Afghan troops loved talking about were movies. Rambo was a big deal. Rambo 3 took place in Afghanistan and everyone loved that movie. The way young soldiers would talk about Rambo, it was debatable whether or not the young soldiers knew if it was a movie…

Travis Rappé

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