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Global Defenders, I’ve heard some talk about belief these past few days. Mostly, they concern asking you to believe in Pungy. McHappy believes in Pungy, why shouldn’t you? Well, I’ll tell you right now, just because somebody Pungy made 2ic says to vote for him, just because they are experienced and a great leader, doesn’t mean you should believe what they do. McHappy is concerned with this army as much as all of us, and I can guarantee we’ll have his help no matter who wins.
Defenders, I believe in you. I ask that you believe in you. Don’t believe in Pungy, don’t believe in Tedwa, don’t believe in Ower, don’t believe in me. Believe in yourselves. And while you’re believing in yourselves, think who will help you unleash your power as a united army. When you’re believing in yourselves, who will be right there beside you? Which candidate believes in you more than anyone else? Which of us candidates is the one who can succeed guided only by his troops? I’m not too sure Tedwa and Ower have ever led anyone. Certainly not them.
Pungy, though he was a great leader, has never led alone. During my brief retirement, Pungy and I constantly contacted each other in order to keep this army going. And it was certainly not for my benefit. I was gone. I continued to help Pungy thinking it was helping you. And it was. But I see it helped Pungy too. Defenders, that isn’t leading alone.
Well, Defenders, I didn’t plan on returning to the army. But in May, Pungy told me the army was in trouble, that he was stressed out, that he didn’t know what to do. He didn’t ask me to return, but it was clear I had to do something. And it is untruthful to say I claimed “that GD was practically dead when Pungy took his leave, but in fact, GD was thriving” (Pungy Campaign Ad 2, 0:29). I claimed the army was practically dead when I returned, and so it was. When Pungy took his leave, the Global Defenders’ Army was not thriving, only somewhat alive. On my return, I posted:
“At this point in time, our leader Pungy has informed me that the Defenders have become to unorganized, uncaring and unmanageable, to a point where he honestly believes killing the army is the best option. If Pungy has come to this conclusion, our founder who has not accepted defeat even when it looked him in the face, who effectively restarted GD many times at its dead points without officially declaring a new generation, if he truly believes it is time to click “delete site” and move on, well, than things are bad.”
Pungy did not object to this when I posted it, nor did anyone else, so to object to it now would be dishonest. It is true that GD was alive by the time Pungy left on his trip. And I suppose it was thriving when compared with the sizes of 0 we had been getting before I returned. But our summer peak was after June 12, when Pungy appointed me as his replacement. We did amazing in the Clash for Control, to a point where the general opinion was that we should focus our new rise on other things. I dropped out because you agreed to drop out.
Now, after all that, to claim there was no connection between my return and our rise would be untrue and I take much offense to any claims. I led you practically alone that summer, as Jack and the other leaders were forced, much like Pungy, into separating themselves from the army. I did email Pungy, mostly to update him and ask his permission on things, but I guess when you’re touring Europe it’s hard to reply to emails, and I was left to do much alone. I think this last summer was a success, don’t you Defenders? I think I led well, with the only advice coming from you, the People.
Can Pungy say the same? Can Pungy, who has always counted on my advice which I have always been happy to give, claim he has led this army unaided? I wouldn’t say so. Any help I wasn’t there or asked to give was given to him by the other Leaders, the multi-Leader system he had created before my retirement. Global Defenders, ask yourselves, was it me or Pungy who believed in you? Was it me or Pungy who was able to rally you into greatness this last summer? Is it me or Pungy who will continue to believe in you as before and will do all it takes to help you rise? Pungy’s been a great leader, but with a third year and a third chance for him to lead you, will Pungy still be the great leader he once was?
I think he has had his chance. Pungy’s time has come, it is time for him to step down. Defenders, with armies so different than they were in February 2011 when this army started, I think it’s time this army has tried something new. The time has come. I believe in you, Global Defenders. Together, we can do great things. Give me my chance and I will not let you down.