By John Long
I’d never heard of Brandon Raub until a few days ago. I’ve never met him, and frankly don’t know that I’d like him if I did. But what he’s gone through the last few weeks should be of concern to all Americans, of whatever political persuasion.
Raub is a Chesterfield County resident and veteran of the Marine Corps, having served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. After his hitch in uniform, he seemed to adopt — and express — some political views that most of us would find distasteful, to say the least. Some of his Internet posts were clearly anti-government, and he displayed a keen interest in the “truther” conspiracy theory that the U.S. government planned the Sept. 11 attacks.
Long is director of the Salem Museum and a Roanoke Times columnist.