By H. A. Covington
Shane Ryan is a flawed man. mistaken race. fallacious gender. fallacious type. fallacious facet of the tracks. incorrect perspective. the US within the close to destiny is a chilly, merciless position, particularly within the hardscrabble rural Pacific Northwest. there is warfare within the center East, a revived draft, mass unemployment, an economic system completely at the skids, greed and corruption, incompetence and stupidity on the best. bad blue-collar little ones from the trailer park are final in line for every thing. the United States has screwed Shane Ryan, and he returns the want. He joins the Northwest Volunteer military, a 17 november devoted to overthrowing the U.S. executive and constructing an self sufficient country. the US is set to benefit the demanding manner that what is going round, comes round.
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I had that much sense anyway. But I used to find places to hide in the woods or sometimes in school, with a pencil and pieces of paper, and I’d practice drawing swastika after swastika, and I’d also draw SS runes and Confederate flags, and German soldiers and Klansmen in robes, and sometimes knights in armor, and of course the obligatory Vikings. I always made sure I tore all the drawings up and flushed them down the toilet or burned them after I had to go back out into the real world. I guess some people are simply born out of step with their time, and I was one of those.
Hi, guys. ” “We’re named after two of the greatest generals during the war,” said one of them, not even looking at me. ” “Oh, yeah,” I said, and here my voluminous Confederate reading down through the years stood me in good stead. “John Hunt Morgan, former slave trader out of Kentucky, either the second best or third best cavalry commander in the Confederate army, depending on how big a fan you are of Jeb Stuart. ” “Including Robert E. Lee,” replied John Hunt. ” “There was Scott Mosby,” put in Carter.
I didn’t understand it at the time, but even in her maudlin drunkenness Mom could not bring herself to call me her poor brave little white boy. Even when she was three sheets to the wind, the taboo against any mention of race, at least our own race, was overriding. ” she moaned. “Because they look for brave little boys and they mark them forever, and one day they will destroy you. Please, Shanie, you must promise me, you won’t ever try to be brave again. You mustn’t try and fight, Shanie, because they will destroy you in a thousand ways you can’t understand.