DSCN7306Banners placed in small towns to honor The Troops:

Blue Star Banners go up today near Port Townsend to honor active duty personnel

“We are recognizing those who are defending our freedom,” he said.

As if the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization.

 

Military marketing strategy turns teens into human bumper stickers at graduation. Recruiters providing military sashes to wear at pre-boot camp high school graduation ceremonies:

Mount Ararat senior to boycott graduation over military sash

Students say school wouldn’t let them wear Marine Corps sash

 

Independence Day becomes military appreciation day:

Oak Harbor 4th of July event source of local pride

September is Military Appreciation Month

November is Military Family Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month

 

Veteran’s parking spaces-

Some businesses are now setting aside parking for veterans. The designated spots we are talking about here are for all veterans– no requirement Re: earning the Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, having any physical disability, etc.

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Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told

Why the need for a 1965 Voting Rights Act if overseas military operations somehow secured voting rights?

 

Chaplain’s dream of an Oak Harbor Walk of Honor realized

“Thank you for the freedom.”

Because freedom comes from decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas, a 3rd try in Iraq, a no-show on 911, etc.

 

Militarized Christmas update-

News video: Family honors military with decorative Christmas display

“Medallions sit on her lawn honoring the departments that protect our freedoms around the world.”

 

Each November, school teachers across America host Veterans Day assemblies– and promote the idea that The Troops are in distant lands- fighting for American rights and freedoms.

 

Sports events are now military appreciation rituals:

Legendary SEAL leader: National anthem protests disrespect the military

“I spent 37 years defending freedom of speech and freedom of expression.”

 

Each football game features militarized tributes to decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

Buffalo Bills Coach Rex Ryan- “I think it’s a way of showing respect for the men and women who have served our country and are currently serving our country and that’s kind of how I look at it.”

US Defense Department paid 14 NFL teams $5.4M to honor soldiers

From national anthem protest comments:

“I signed on the dotted line to defend his right to peacefully protest what he feels to be an injustice…”

More here: The Troops are Defending Free Speech?

 

The US should maintain a strong & ready military- to be used for defensive purposes- not nation building. The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949. How many US wars have been won since then?

Our form of government is meant to include checks and balances such as a formal congressional declaration of war prior to engaging in hostilities. This protocol fell out of favor after WWII. How many US wars have been won since then?

Can we find an honest way to honor The Troops? Foreign policy is hard to understand or justify- so calling everyone who shows up a hero covers for that?

You don’t have to look too far to find comments that refer to the troops as “heroes.”

Some are.

No one who has served in an average military unit would be comfortable with everyone present being called a hero. Some units would be the exception, but for most people who have served over the years, calling everyone a hero would have no connection to reality.

Reality, and an honest understanding of why we send The Troops to far away places isn’t what we’re about though.

Reaching for an honest understanding of US foreign policy makes more sense than “Thanks for your service.”

More here:

Military Myths & Propaganda

Glorifying military service

Veterans

How Many Wars?

 

Recommendation:

Phase out decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

 

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Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center