posted on Jul, 29 2007 @ 07:19 AM
so how would all of you feel, if a veteran burned a flag in protest of what they felt was signs of our government and military becoming tyrannical?
Now, is that veteran, who faught with his own blood and tears now any less patriotic because he/she used his freedom that he fought for themselves to
protest in a way that is protected under the constitution?
There has been no proof that either the potential burner wasn't american ... and there is no direct proof the one stopping was an american. Color
means nothing ... the one that stopped it, could have came from Europe, Africa, South America, Australia ... you have no proof they did not. As
well, the one using their freedom of speech/protest ... you have no proof that their family hasn't been here for a couple hundred years. There is
no proof either way, and to make assumptions to fit your needs is borderline deception.
If my father, who fought in Vietnam wishes to burn a flag, I hope someone who hadn't been to war doesn't try to stop him because they have more
allegience to a flag than the human who served in the military defending independence in the world. If my grandfather, and fathers before him, who
have fought in world wars, even in the civil war ... wished to use their constitutional rights, I hope some lazy person who has never served the
country doesn't suddenly think of jumping out of their Hummer (whose huge gas usage supports terrorism) and their wives with diamonds (whose purchase
supports genocide in Africa) doesn't feel they have more of a right to take away someone else's given rights under the same constitution.
Look at the big picture. If this country can be torn asunder by burning a piece of fabric, then we are not much of a country.
Instead, I would like to think we are better than that. I would like to think we are intellectually mature enough that - we believe all of humanity
is EQUAL and each deserve the rights to express themselves and do as they choose as long as they are not physically harming another individual.
Well, I guess that is way too idealistic for the average american and human in general. We separate and divide people into groups that are different
instead of celebrating our similarities. We are all blood and flesh ... get over it and finally allow each person to be equal regardless of what the
feel, choose, want. I wonder how you would feel if it was your freedom and rights being trampled on ... it is easy to allow illegal activities if
they fit into what you feel and believe (and denying the rights of others is illegal) ... but when it becomes personal for you ... then you may
start to question how free you actually are.
I feel, in this country, we should have the right to support the war or be against it. We should have the right to protest or support any cause ...
as long as you still respect the rights and relative safety of your fellow citizens. Otherwise, this country isn't as great as they taught me in
school, but just a big lie, deception ... a false liberty ... freedom only if you are the way they want you to be. To me, that isn't freedom.
That isn't the pursuit of happiness. When we trample on one person's rights ... all of us suffer in the long term. If you really love this
country, study the constitution, the bill of rights ... read the quotes of the forefathers who founding, fought, and shed blood to make this country
... and then defend equality for all human-kind, not just for things you personally agree with. Being able to stand up and defend someone who does
something you don't agree with takes true courage ... and defines the spirit of this country. It is easy to support those who do what you like,
want. Defending someone's rights is above all the right thing to do. If not, then submit yourself to tyranny ... As Thomas Jefferson said
'Occasionally the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyranny and patriots'
We are in trying times, but humanity always pulls through.