Let's hear from Vietnam veteran Mike Hastie, if any of these "patriots" are willing to tolerate truth from the troops they supposedly support.
Every year Americans honor their veterans on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Everyone is a hero...Great speeches...Jets flying over...Flags and more flags...21 gun salute...Taps...Thank you for your service...The only problem with this tradition is that the American people don’t want to know a god damn thing about what really happens in war. 18 American veterans commit suicide everyday. I can’t tell you how many Vietnam veterans I have met in my life who would have one simple message to the American people: Go Fuck Yourself! Don’t trust a veteran who isn’t angry...
U.S. Army Medic
Memorial Day 2011
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One day while I was in a bunker in Vietnam, a sniper round went over my head. The person who fired that weapon was not a terrorist, a rebel, an extremist, or a so-called insurgent. The Vietnamese individual who tried to kill me was a citizen of Vietnam, who did not want me in his country. This truth escapes millions.
U.S. Army Medic
December 13, 2004
Support these guys, yes, but stop up your ears and turn your eyes away if they tell you the truth. But do you feel supported when people "support" you that way?
Thank a veteran for fighting for our freedom by depriving others of theirs, as though the measure we measure will not be measured back to us. So shout the American "patriots" who regard the advice of the founders of the republic they supposedly cherish with complete contempt - all of whom warned that war and the military don't preserve our freedoms. That's how we lose them, they all said. Let's hear it from James Madison, in case any of these "patriots" can stand to listen to him - or do they even have any idea who he was?
Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people.... [There is also an] inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and ... degeneracy of manners and of morals.... No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare....
— James Madison, Political Observations [April 20, 1795]
Maybe, you patriots, you figure this old dead guy isn't proud enough of the troops, not patriotic enough, as you are. Didn't realize the importance of being afraid of terrorists, or Muslims, or your own shadow, as our torturing, kidnapping, lying, peeping, and defrauding protectors keep reminding us. But there is the detail that what he said is proving true in every way. Read it again!