Brandon J Raub's story has gained attention over the internet this weekend. Originally posted on Newsvine by Digits on August 17, 2012 http://digits.newsvine.com/_news/2012/08/17/13340720-virginia-man-arrested-allegedly-for-his-patriotic-facebook-postings?pc=25&sp=25 has caused quite a lot of commentary(174 posts). The search "Brandon Raub news" now produces 130,000 results on Bing, 1,340,000 results on Google, 196 results on You Tube and once this posted there will be 2 on Newsvine. This is something people want to talk about so lets talk. (changes in numbers reflect current search results: Aug. 21, 2012 at 3:30pm PDT)
Is Brandon Raub crazy? Maybe, but who isn't just a little bit.
Let's define crazy:
1. affected by a psychiatric disorder
2. not showing good sense or practicality
3. extremely fond of somebody or something
Let's leave the first definition for the as that is unproven at this time. The third definition most likely applies, but currently there is a lack of information to support it. That leaves the second definition: not showing good sense or practicality. Many people feel this to be the case, even if he believed it, he shouldn't have posted it. The question is why shouldn't he post what he believes? There are places all over the internet to post what you believe about anything.
For veterens who are unsatisfied with the way our country is run there are at least three, Veterans for Peace(http://www.veteransforpeace.org/) , Vets for Freedom (http://www.vetsforfreedom.org) and Iraq Veterans Against the War (http://www.ivaw.org). Three separate organizations of veterans are influencing change in the way our country is run. So now the second is irrelevant because if he is not showing good sense then neither are they. So until the first definition is proven beyond the shadow of a doubt,Brandon J Raub must be sane. What do you think?
Update Aug. 20, 2012: NBCnews.com, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post have picked up the story also.
Update Aug. 21, 2012: Support Brandon Raub FB page has 7,042 members https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/188319494633640/