Skip to comments.A Tribute to Matt Bracken (known on Free Republic as Travis McGee)
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
God Bless you Travis! The way this Country is going, You are gonna need it!!
He is a terrific writer.
My hat is off to both you fine gentlemen!
Hollywood can only dream ...
Thanks for posting this! Both of you gentlemen have my utmost respect.
Buy the books, Freepers...you will NOT regret it!
Nice tribute! I love that guy...!
And your stuff, too!
You had me scared there for a minute. The way you started the tribute, along with the title, I thought he might be dead!!!
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.
A man deserving of respect - too few of those around! So where can we buy the books?
His kindle book of essays is only 99 cents. Well worth it!
I thought about that. Too often, we wait until someone has died to honor them. Matt deserves better.
Sorry if I scared you!
Got all four of Matt’s books and wasn’t disappointed in a single one of them.
Oh, no problem at all. It was very well written and nicely done!
The fine article failed to mention that he’s just plain ADORABLE too!!!!
Here is the order page of his website. You can also order from Amazon.