Although this pains me, I shall go against my nature.
Yesterday, I read a post that disturbed me greatly. So much so, that I lost my temper….
Here it is:
” No, I don’t support our troops, why would I?
“It’s patriotic to support our troops!”
I can understand if you feel like that, but allow me to ask a single question, “why?” Why am I less of an American or less patriotic if I don’t support the people who are acting against my beliefs in almost every conceivable way? Why should I have to shut my mouth and “support our troops” even though I absolutely hate the fact that they are killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people?
Patriotism is being proud of the country you live in, proud of what it is supposed to stand for. Patriotism is trying to return our country to it’s former glory, it’s non-interventionist roots, trying to restore the dignity we once had, the courage and honor our military and our people once stood for. Patriotism is hard working Americans providing for themselves and their families, earning, saving, building and creating a better world to live in for future generations. I will NOT support a group of people who are directly opposed to those ends.
“But Jon, they just killed Bin Laden!!!”
Why should I care about that? Great, they guy is dead. But now they are going to use his death to incite fear in the public over blowback, you know, retaliation. They are going to fear-monger the hell out of us until we are begging them to put new restrictions on everything. “Freedom” is a word that is going to be used to describe a more totalitarian society of limited EVERYTHING. If you think TSA is bad, wait until we start putting checkpoints at the entrances of every major highway and on the boarders of every state.
“What about those who joined the Army and are against the war, or those that joined before it started?”
They don’t exist. I don’t believe anyone in their right mind would willingly join the armed forces if they were against the war, and everyone who was in prior to this war has had many many many opportunities to de-enlist.
“But Jon, there is something called ‘stop-loss’ that is keeping a lot of servicemen in the armed forces”
For 10 years? Improbable. Yes, it exists, but it extends your service in the military by 10-15 months, I stand by the previous comments.
“But Jon, They are fighting for our freedom! They are risking their very lives to protect us!!”
From what and from who? What freedoms were being preserved in Iraq? Which one of our freedoms is being threatened in Iran? Last I checked, the official reasoning behind our current occupations was to “protect our foreign interests” and NOT “to protect our freedom.”
“I just don’t agree, I think you have to support our troops even if you don’t support the fight we are engaging in”
Well, you are not alone. The government feels that way as well. They actually force me to give them money to support a war and a fight that I want nothing to do with. I have a choice, either hand this money over, or go to jail. Honestly though, most employers take your tax money before you get your check so you, literally, cannot chose the second option anyway.
I do not support our current occupation of foreign countries. I also do not support the troops who have voluntarily joined the forces to participate in these wars. I see no reason why I should support them. I see no logical argument as to why my lack of support is un-patriotic.
I also think the best way anyone can show their patriotism is by bringing our troops home and ending this mess we are in across the globe.”
My reply on this blog was this: “The troops are fighting for the rights that you have (e.g.to speak freely). Is it their fault that an administration sent them to a land that has not been conquered?
Don’t kill the messenger. In other words; support the troops.They have your back. They are just taking orders.”
And the reply to me from someone else: “Well, yes. They chose to join up knowing that they probably would be sent off to fight. Also, land that has not be conquered? Seriously?”
And my response: “When? Occupation and conquering are completely different. I suppose you’d prefer we revert to the “draft”? Give credit where credit is due. You’re placing the blame on the people doing the dirty work and not the leaders. Pity on you, I say. Here, I’ve got a special little sumpin sumpin just for you (if your attention span can withstand the 5 or so minutes) I truly hope you will see the sacrifice that our troops have made:” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA74zknxxcs&feature=fvsr
Honestly, I didn’t want to sit through a 5-min. video. But I’ve actually watched it four times and cried every time. Hope you watch….
What concerned me was by a comment made by my friend, lovegrove: “As a foreigner, I see the adoration of the military in America, which to outsiders is obvious, as a precursor to fascism. Take care, my colonial friends.”
This got me to thinking. With only some of these tsars being appointed with approval from Congress, but the majority without approval, could there not be a coup d’etat, complete with detention camps throughout the country to facilitate their needs? All the ducks are in a row. If we revolted and there was an American Spring, would we then, in fact, turn to our military for leadership like Egypt did?