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A Tribute to Matt Bracken (known on Free Republic as Travis McGee)
Gun Watch ^ | 1 May, 2013 | Dean Weingarten

Posted on 04/30/2013 5:47:50 PM PDT by marktwain

Matt aboard steel yacht that he built

During the last frantic battle to defend the Constitution against those who despise its limitations on government action, one name stands out among Freepers. That name is Matt Bracken, or his freeper screen name, Travis McGee.

Matt recognized the immensity of the challenge immediately. This is not new to him, he has been among the foremost in sounding the alarm about the creeping police state that we find ourselves in. His superb dystopian novels in the Enemies Foreign and Domestic trilogy and his top of the line action/adventure novel Castigo Cay are loud warnings of the severe challenges that our faltering constitutional republic faces.

I recall Matt's grim prognostication back in December: We were going to lose, and lose big. I was nowhere near as optimistic as I had been just a year ago. I thought we could win... but only if we fought, and fought hard. Many thought that we had already lost.

Matt did not complain about the odds. He did not hesitate to join the fight because the foe was numerous, well armed, well organized, and had carefully chosen his place of conflict.

Matt laid aside his well reasoned forecast and wholeheartedly joined the fight. He rallied the troops. He launched literary nuclear strikes into the enemies' rear areas. He day by day created effective munitions for all of us to use, and used them himself.

He has been tireless, energetic, and resourceful.

All of this has come at a cost. Matt makes his living by writing and selling his novels. I doubt that there are as many self-published writers of fiction that make a living at it as there chambers in a S&W revolver.

His time, energy and creative skills are his stock in trade, and he gave unselfishly to our battle from those resources. He has no federal deep pockets to fund him or leftist sugar daddies like George Soros. He takes on the leviathan with little but mental agility, truth, and will.

I know Matt as a man of honor and a patriot. He served as a Navy Seal.

Link to the story behind the MAC-10 photo

Matt would never write as I have about himself. I do not think it is in him to do so.

But, it needs to be said, and I do not know who else will do the job.

I am sure that others will be able to write of Matt's accomplishments far more eloquently than I. Please do so. We need to honor our comrades who deserve it, and Matt is one who greatly deserves it.

I have bought cases of Matt's books. I have never been disappointed.

To Matt, freeper Travis McGee, you are a warrior to be reckoned with in these battles to preserve liberty.

If we had a thousand like you, we need not fear the outcome. May others see your example and follow your lead.

And Matt; I am eagerly waiting for your next novel. I will buy a case when it comes out. May this interlude allow you to write it!

I know the war is not over. It may never be over. But we have won a great battle, and one of our most effective warriors has been Matt Bracken, Navy Seal, Sailor, Author, Seer, Father, and Freeper.

Marktwain, freeper, aka Dean Weingarten


TOPICS: Editorial; FReeper Editorial; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: banglist; efad; mattbracken; navyseal; seal; travismcgee; tribute; usnavyseal
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I do not own any stock in Matt's books, they stand on their own merit. I have not contacted Matt about this tribute, so any errors are my own.
1 posted on 04/30/2013 5:47:50 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

God Bless you Travis! The way this Country is going, You are gonna need it!!


2 posted on 04/30/2013 5:49:58 PM PDT by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: marktwain

He is a terrific writer.


3 posted on 04/30/2013 5:50:00 PM PDT by apocalypto
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To: marktwain; Travis McGee
A well written, well deserved tribute...

My hat is off to both you fine gentlemen!

4 posted on 04/30/2013 5:50:52 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: marktwain

Yeah....Matt’s awesome!


5 posted on 04/30/2013 5:51:32 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (It is going to be Foot to Ass combat on election day....my foot and a Rat's ass.)
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To: marktwain
Awesome. Real guts, real glory.

Hollywood can only dream ...

6 posted on 04/30/2013 5:52:27 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: marktwain; Travis McGee

Thanks for posting this! Both of you gentlemen have my utmost respect.

Buy the books, Freepers...you will NOT regret it!


7 posted on 04/30/2013 5:54:04 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: marktwain

Nice tribute! I love that guy...!

And your stuff, too!

^_^


8 posted on 04/30/2013 5:57:19 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: marktwain

You had me scared there for a minute. The way you started the tribute, along with the title, I thought he might be dead!!!


9 posted on 04/30/2013 6:00:38 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: marktwain

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt said those words just about 103 years ago to the day. I think it describes Matt.

We do owe him our thanks and appreciation.


10 posted on 04/30/2013 6:01:41 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: marktwain

A man deserving of respect - too few of those around! So where can we buy the books?


11 posted on 04/30/2013 6:02:10 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: marktwain; All

His kindle book of essays is only 99 cents. Well worth it!

http://www.amazon.com/The-Bracken-Anthology-ebook/dp/B00A4SCLKK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1367370128&sr=1-1&keywords=bracken


12 posted on 04/30/2013 6:03:23 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: KoRn
You had me scared there for a minute. The way you started the tribute, along with the title, I thought he might be dead!!!

I thought about that. Too often, we wait until someone has died to honor them. Matt deserves better.

Sorry if I scared you!

13 posted on 04/30/2013 6:03:37 PM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain

Got all four of Matt’s books and wasn’t disappointed in a single one of them.


14 posted on 04/30/2013 6:06:07 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: marktwain

Oh, no problem at all. It was very well written and nicely done!


15 posted on 04/30/2013 6:06:10 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: marktwain

The fine article failed to mention that he’s just plain ADORABLE too!!!!


16 posted on 04/30/2013 6:06:21 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: expat1000; All

Here is the order page of his website. You can also order from Amazon.

http://enemiesforeignanddomestic.com/order.htm


17 posted on 04/30/2013 6:06:23 PM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain

reference bump


18 posted on 04/30/2013 6:07:03 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (3 guns when you only have one arm? "I just don't want to get killed for lack of shooting back")
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To: marktwain

BTTT


19 posted on 04/30/2013 6:08:11 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Travis McGee
Bravo Zulu Matt!!!
20 posted on 04/30/2013 6:11:16 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: KoRn

I thought so too! whew


21 posted on 04/30/2013 6:11:43 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: expat1000

http://enemiesforeignanddomestic.com/


22 posted on 04/30/2013 6:11:53 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: marktwain; Travis McGee
Hear Hear!


23 posted on 04/30/2013 6:15:03 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: marktwain

Well-deserved tribute, we all thank you.

His trilogy should be required reading in high schools across this nation. Of course, we all know that won’t happen.

I’m waiting for some Patriotic Conservative with big buck$ (Glenn Beck?) to offer to produce his books into a series of movies! They just might wake America up as to what our future looks like.

Good luck, Matt, and thank you for all you’ve done for us. You too, marktwain!


24 posted on 04/30/2013 6:16:59 PM PDT by panaxanax
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To: marktwain

Nice looking mackerel.


25 posted on 04/30/2013 6:17:05 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: marktwain

I have given Matt’s books as gifts and they are very well received.


26 posted on 04/30/2013 6:17:26 PM PDT by informavoracious (We're being "punished" with Stanley Ann's baby.)
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To: panaxanax

I think all of those books would translate to film very well.

Of course like anything else it would have to be done by someone who is talented.

I think “Castigo Cay” would be a great movie.


27 posted on 04/30/2013 6:20:19 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: marktwain

Matt’s suggesting of a coffee can on a piece of rebar at a 100 yards is the best target advise anyone’s ever given me.


28 posted on 04/30/2013 6:25:04 PM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: marktwain; Travis McGee

Agreed. He’s the Mickey Spillane of patriotic realistic fiction but with more class.


29 posted on 04/30/2013 6:28:20 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: marktwain; Blood of Tyrants

Ah, I thought that was a link to just one book. Shoudha tried it.

Thanks.


30 posted on 04/30/2013 6:28:32 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: marktwain; Travis McGee

I’ve read Matt’s trilogy and I was hooked from the start. His character development and detail he added were as good as any Vince Flynn novel. Knowing what I do about Matt, I also saw much of himself written into the characters (come on, building your own sailing yacht from an old racer, so Bracken).

If anything, I would encourage him to keep writing, and writing, and writing..... and I’ll pick up Castigo Cay and finish that.

Free Americans... Errr.. I mean Free Republic unite. :)


31 posted on 04/30/2013 6:34:47 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: marktwain

I sent the trilogy to my county sheriff’s office; actually I purchased them from Matt and he signed ‘em. That was about 1 1/2 years ago (?). THen about 3 months ago I met the Sheriff and when I introduced myself I told him I was the one who sent Bracken’s books “Enemies F and D”. His eyes lit up as he obviously remembered the books; in fact I called the office a few weeks after I sent them and she told me they were being read enthusiastically.

People should send them to every County Sheriff in the country. If I was wealthy I’d help do that.


32 posted on 04/30/2013 6:35:35 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Rebelbase; Travis McGee
Matt’s suggesting of a coffee can on a piece of rebar at a 100 yards is the best target advise anyone’s ever given me.

Darn, I wish I read that one. I've been searching for the side of a dam to shoot. :)

33 posted on 04/30/2013 6:37:12 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: marktwain
Good post.

"..the only easy day was yesterday..."...Hell, from what I've seen...the fun never stops.
34 posted on 04/30/2013 6:38:16 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: marktwain

His books are great. Anyone who has not read them is really missing out!


35 posted on 04/30/2013 6:47:44 PM PDT by MtnClimber (I did not vote for 0bama, someone else did that!)
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To: mnehring

I’m guessing it’s the narrow side...the side buried in rock!
Durn hard to hit!!! :)


36 posted on 04/30/2013 6:59:38 PM PDT by ssschev (Pick up the can, throw out the trash.)
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To: marktwain

Hear hear!!


37 posted on 04/30/2013 7:01:32 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (CONGRESS, GROW A PAIR. IMPEACH THE USURPER!!)
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To: marktwain
Well deserved. He writes some terrific posts too.

How the military preps.

How an embassy rescue works.

Cross Border Authority.

All in regards to Benghazi.

38 posted on 04/30/2013 7:04:12 PM PDT by TigersEye (If babies had guns they wouldn't be aborted)
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To: mnehring

When I got Enemies Foreign and Domestic on my kindle, I had no idea who the author was, I just liked the description of the story.

As I was reading it, I kept thinking “wow, this guy should be a Freeper”. I had a good laugh later when I was reading FR and coincidentally saw someone’s post about Matt Bracken and his novels!!


39 posted on 04/30/2013 7:04:44 PM PDT by buckeye49
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To: marktwain; Gosh I love this neighborhood; Mrs. P

Thanks for the post marktwain. Hey michigan-heads up.


40 posted on 04/30/2013 7:05:14 PM PDT by GILTN1stborn
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To: marktwain

You scared me. I thought I was going to Florida for a funeral. Whoo! I’m glad that’s not what this is about. Matt’s a good friend, a great writer and his wife always forgives me when I inevitably call just as they are sitting down to eat.

America needs a few million more just like him and his wife.


41 posted on 04/30/2013 7:07:59 PM PDT by B4Ranch ( There's Two Choices. Stand Up and Be Counted ... Or Line Up and Be Numbered.)
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To: marktwain

Geez I thought he died- shouldn’t you ping him for your tribute?;)


42 posted on 04/30/2013 7:09:55 PM PDT by mojo114 (Pray for our military)
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To: marktwain

I have his books. He’s a fine writer and a “hunk” for the ladies.


43 posted on 04/30/2013 7:11:26 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: marktwain

I thought he was still in Cedar Key.


44 posted on 04/30/2013 7:14:17 PM PDT by nesnah
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To: nesnah

That’s what ole John McDonald had said.


45 posted on 04/30/2013 7:14:55 PM PDT by nesnah
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To: buckeye49
As I was reading it, I kept thinking “wow, this guy should be a Freeper”.

The constant references to the website "Free Americans" didn't give it away? LOL...

46 posted on 04/30/2013 7:16:08 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: marktwain

Thank you for posting this well-deserved tribute to Matt. God bless both of you!

Thank you Matt, for all your work dedicated to preserving our remaining liberties. I imagine that our Founding Fathers would approve. :-)


47 posted on 04/30/2013 7:21:51 PM PDT by MNGal
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To: Travis McGee
Are you dead? A tribute? That sucks. I was hoping for some sequels.

Way to treat a paying customer, just dropping dead like that.

/johnny

48 posted on 04/30/2013 7:26:49 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: marktwain

Aw, shucks, I can’t read this. Thanks, though. I’m just trying to motivate folks, is all.


49 posted on 04/30/2013 7:29:08 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee; marktwain
My heartiest concurrence with all the good stuff above !

Bravo, FRiend ! !

50 posted on 04/30/2013 7:33:03 PM PDT by tomkat (Give us a 12 pack of Founders and a large order of Minutemen to go, please !)
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