I want to thank everyone who responded to my blog yesterday in regard to the horrible remarks made by a Fan Nation member about "Our Brave Service Men and Women." I felt that I had to do something to address his shameful reference to our military men and women as murderers. While most of the comments posted were in support of my blog, I also appreciate the two or three that pointed out that these brave people as well as Vets of wars past, did fight for this particular idiots right to free speech. They are quite correct. I would point out, that I too, have a right to free speech and chose to exercise it in defense of our heros currently in harm's way.
To be perfectly clear, I was not speaking out for or against the political policies of this or any previous administration. In my Veteran's Day blog, I pointed out that WE, the people of the United States are soley responsible for sending our military men and women into harm's way. They raise their hand and swear to protect and defend the Consitution of the United States and to obey the orders of the President of the United States and all officers appointed over them. They must obey the orders of the officials WE have elected. This is something we should all take to heart when we enter the booth and exercise our right to vote. These brave people depend on us.
Upon my return home in 1992 from the middle east, a group of older men were standing at the foot of our ship's brow, well in front of the hoard of family, friends and well wishers that had come to welcome us home. They took the hand of each and every sailor departing the ship, shook it and thanked them for their service. These men were Vietnam Vets. They were determined that we would be welcomed home properly rather than as they had been back in the 1970's I took the hand of the gentleman who had thanked me and told him how thankful I was that he had taken his time to come and greet us and how sorry I was that no one had been there for them. He answered me by saying, "in the future, when other servicemen come home from war, be there for them and that would be thanks enough." I NEVER forgot that conversation and have made efforts to thank every young military person I have come across that has come home from abroad. I feel as if I owe it to those Vietnam Vets who came to welcome us home. I also feel that I should stand up and be counted when someone disrespects those that stand watch so that we might remain free.
Yes, he had a Constitutional right to make his ignorant comments but I submit that we who disagree have a moral obligation to condemn those same comments and the same Constitutional right to do so.
I have said my piece and plan no further blogs posts or petitions on the matter. Thank You!