posted on Sep, 12 2011 @ 09:34 AM
I am always disappointed by people who believe we automatically owe our military a debt of gratitude for "protecting our freedoms." We've lost more
civil liberties since 9/11 than the so called "freedoms" we've gained or maintained. This is fact. Why is it if you are aware of this fact you are
considered "unpatriotic." I would argue that a true patriot doesn't want to see his countrymen sent off to commit murder for profit, profit which
most of us will never see. I would argue that it's unpatriotic to support authority without question, when even our founding fathers understood and
wrote about, in length, the inevitable direction that ALL governments will take. They told us this would happen, and expected us to stand up and fight
for true justice... But somehow "patriotism" has been redefined; not as support and love for your country and the willingness to seek true liberty
and prosperity for your fellow Americans, but as a blind obedience to authority. A lack of inquisitiveness or even the willingness to question
authority, to think for one's self.
It's hard for me to have respect for people signing up for any branch of the military in the last, oh, 5 years or so.
They are signing up to play a real life video game. They don't care about the truth, or the implications of what they're doing, or the lives that
will be lost.
Why don't they care? Well, partly because they've been conditioned to think of Muslims, or anyone who is brown and from the Middle East as
slightly-less-than-human. Partly because they've been indoctrinated by the entertainment industry glorifying military service and servicemen. Partly
because they have very few options for education, or getting a real job, without the GI Bill.
Young men and women sign up today because they want to wear the uniform, brandish the rifle, "earn" our automatic and unquestioning support. I know
many Iraq/Afghanistan vets - Even the most humble of them have a belief that they are someone special, who did something special, and deserve special
treatment. Ever notice when a vet gets pulled over or asked for ID they almost always give their military ID? Even when it doesn't have a DOB or any
other qualifying information on it? Even when they KNOW they will have to reach back in their wallet for a state issued form of ID? Why??? Because
they know it might get them out of a ticket, or get them a discount, or at the very least an automatic "thank you for your service!" It's
The idea that these service men and women deserve our immediate and automatic respect has been instilled in populations for as long as nations have
had armies. It is a basic and fundamental propaganda tool. Respect people based on individual merit, who that person is, and how that person is,
instead of automatically supporting the meat filling up a US Army/Navy/AF/Marines/Coast Guard uniform.