Respect for Memorial Day Veterans
Today, those of us in the land of the living pay respect to all of the veterans who gave their lives, were wounded in countless fashions, and have served honorably in the Armed Forces.
This country was founded on the basis of wanting to be free from the dictates of an oppressive, burdensome, non representative government. Members of the Armed Forces have been faithfully executing the wishes and commands of Washington since our revolution.
There is a long tradition of upholding the Constitution and defending the citizens from possible foreign threats.
Has the civilian population taken this for granted and upheld their roles as defenders of freedom as well?
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There are hundreds of freedoms that need to be defended and maintained beyond the threat of physical invasion from another country.
Have we maintained our rights to elect true statesman to represent us or do we have politicians that serve special interests and major donors? Has our freedom been sold when we allow giant corporations like Monsanto to control our lives right down to the very seeds that farmers can plant to feed us?
Do banks and Wall Street milk us like cows, or do they have our best interests at heart? Have we used our freedoms of speech, right to assemble, right to representative government – that our veterans have fought for, to protect the heart of our country?
If the civilian population won’t defend all these very important, yet less tangible freedoms, then what becomes of America – the land of the free?
If the civilian population is too busy watching TV, going shopping or just can’t be bothered to defend all these vital freedoms that constitute quality-of-life in the USA – then how do we justify asking members of the armed services to defend and die for the concept of freedom that was the basis of this country?
Has the populace becomes so scared and defenseless that it actually likes the idea of a Big Brother government? Are we so terrorized that we want our every move, conversation, electronic communication recorded and evaluated?
Are we defending the freedom to have cameras and drones spy on us and potentially shoot us here at home without a trial? When did we choose to have our homes to be broken into without a warrant or be locked up without access to legal defense?
Does freedom mean there is no accountability for the decision-makers on Wall Street and at big banks that cost taxpayers trillions of dollars? Does freedom mean that we have a responsibility to vote and demand representative government that reflects our wishes?
Ask yourself, how freedom looks and feels! How do you defend it, and keep it alive?
If we are truly going to honor our veterans and what they had sacrificed, then it seems both necessary and responsible to examine how well each of us is fulfilling our role in maintaining all the various personal freedoms here at home.
Ultimately freedom is maintained because each of us not only believes in the concept but is willing to take action to defend it – like our veterans do.