These are the times that try menís souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
I am going to repeat (if slightly modified) what I wrote last year for Veteran's Day.
In Defense of Freedom
I have always been appreciative of the military. Even back in my (near)liberal days, I never took the side of those who called members of our military killers or murderers. It always struck me as ironic that these people would gather by the hundreds to denounce a military action, completely oblivious to the fact that were in not for the men and women who have served this country since a military was first formed, they would not have that freedom to be standing there shouting their dissent.
No matter how much I have complained about this country, I always respected the fact that I have the right to complain.That's one of the things that makes the United States of America so great. You have the right to make an ass out of yourself in public. You have the right to hold up signs or shout slogans or sing songs at the front gate of the White House.
No matter how you feel about the War in Iraq, the war on terrorism, the war on drugs, the constitution, the pledge, our laws, our rules and regulations, you should take the time out to thank your lucky stars that our military has won for you the ability to say that you are against those things. You could be staring down the face of a dictatorship right now. You could be in a country ruled by fear, where torture is a daily occurence and people are stoned to death for speaking out.
You can sit in front of your thousand dollar computer on your comfortable chair, sipping your fresh brewed coffee and listening to your incredible collection of cds and bitch and moan all you want about how this country oppresses you.
The fact of the matter is, you are damn lucky to be living here. You are very fortunate to live in a place that affords you the freedom to be whatever you want to be, where you future is decided by your choices and actions alone.
I know where my freedom comes from. I know it comes from the blood of every soldier who ever battled in a war for this country. I know it comes from great loss and great tragedy. I know that from the Revolutionary war on up, many, many people have died or put themselves on the line so I can have the right to live my life in a free country.
I am forever thankful to those people. No matter how you feel about our president or his policies or any leader that came before him, you should be thankful, too. If not, you don't deserve the freedom that all those soldiers have afforded you.
Click this link. Show your thanks.
Thank you to all the veterans and current members of the armed forces. You are appreciated.
The following bloggers are veterans or are currently serving in the armed forces. Please stop by their sites today and say thank you.
Please see the comments for even more links to vet bloggers. The list got too long for me to keep up with - I had no idea that the blogosphere was such a hotbed of military action!
Also, check out the brand new MilBlogs - "Free Speech From Those Who Make it Happen." Damn straight.
Other vet/active duty bloggers:
South Knox Bubba
Sin City Cynic
Left & Right
The Timekeeper - USN.
tacitus - Army.
John Cole - Army
nathan - USAF.
Also, don't forget Front Line Voices: Letters from Iraq and Afghanistan
Of course, you should see today's Cox & Forkum.
Jeff has a list of bloggers who have Veterans Day posts.
(If you know of any others to add to this list, please leave their names and URLs in the comments)