“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:
Independence Day becomes military appreciation day:
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.
“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-
“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:
“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.
US Defense Department paid 14 NFL teams $5.4M to honor soldiers
From national anthem protest comments:
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.”
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.”
Phase out decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas.
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