Today’s Veterans day. What does that mean? i guess to everyone it’s a little different, but i think overall you can place people in three groups:
1. The Average American: This is the person that is vaugely aware of the world, vaugely aware of politics, vaugely aware of the wars wer’re fighting, but can tell you who got voted off of Dancing with the stars, the Bachelor, X-factor or Survivor at any given time. They aren’t bad people, they just aren’t aware. They appreciate our troops but probably appreciate the fact that they had today off a bit more. If you asked them they would probably say they were patriotic, but then probably wouldn’t think much about it till the next time someone asked them the exact same question again. These are the people that end up on Jaywalking. The only thing i can hope is that none of these people ever vote in an election again.
2. The patriotic American: This person usually either served or had friends and family that served. Some of them lost loved ones. these are the people that are wearing flag pins today and thanking people for serving. They know what Veterans have given and appreciate it. I won’t insult these people by putting a political affiliation on them, i believe that anyone, regardless of political beliefs can love their country and respect our troops and the freedoms they have died to protect. Anyone that believes differently may be too far on the fringes for their own good. These are the people that give me some hope for our future.
3. the Fucking Morons: it’s really that simple. these are the people that hate everything America stands for but completely ignore the fact that they are only able to hate their own country because people died in wars to protect their right to be assholes.
From The New York Post:
Columbia University students heckled a war hero during a town-hall meeting on whether ROTC should be allowed back on campus.
“Racist!” some students yelled at Anthony Maschek, a Columbia freshman and former Army staff sergeant awarded the Purple Heart after being shot 11 times in a firefight in northern Iraq in February 2008. Others hissed and booed the veteran.
Maschek, 28, had bravely stepped up to the mike Tuesday at the meeting to issue an impassioned challenge to fellow students on their perceptions of the military.
These are the people, both liberal and republican, that believe you only have a right to free speech if you agree with them. If you dare to have a differing opinion then you are a “hatemonger” “racist” “Pig” “Communist” etc…etc… Again, it’s always amazing to me that these people will disrespect our troops, disrespect each other and in general act like selfish assholes, all under the banner of free speech. But if we didn’t live in a Democracy, if we didn’t have a strong military, and yes, if we didn’t have capitalism, as occasionally flawed as it may be, then these people wouldn’t have the right to protest and question and be angry. Try doing these things in China, Cuba, Argentina, Iran…. those countries would simply have their police or army shoot you in the street like a sick dog.
Here’s my point. Have some damn respect. People that you hate and despise and disrespect gave their lives so you could be free. I can’t force “partiotism” on you, i know better than that. but how about, once in a while, don’t be a dick. Say thanks, it really doesn’t hurt to be kind.