“I spent 37 years defending freedom of speech and freedom of expression.”
Many veterans claim to have served to protect American rights & freedoms. How does this work?
Do the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?
Black people were still riding at the back of the bus after the big WWII victory.
Women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI.
Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?
Is there any case in which the US Armed Forces have been sent to distant lands on a mission to protect freedom of speech?
Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios? Please see: Ongoing Militarization of American Culture
Law enforcement officer/911-
The officer asked that the Seattle Seahawk’s QB not “sit down for the star spangled banner on this coming Sunday, the 15th anniversary of September Eleventh… To do so would be a slap in the face to millions of fans… millions of public servants, millions of Americans that were involved and impacted by that terrible day.”
Mayor/retired Army Colonel/911-
Mayor Mike Courts, a retired Army colonel, wrote a message on the city’s website on Friday, “Freedom of speech is a tenet of our community, and not honoring our flag is our right. But free speech is not without cost: words and actions mean things and are often times interpreted in a way not intended.”
Why do sporting events feature groupthink obedience/conformity drills like standing for the national anthem in the fist place? Do giant flag rituals get in the way of asking questions about undeclared/unwon wars that never end?
Some say that they will quit watching NFL games if National Anthem traditions are not enforced- almost as if the traditions are seen as a sort of religious ceremony. People of faith do not agree on religious ceremonies- that’s why there are so many different churches here. Why would people from all walks of life be expected to agree on honoring a flag?
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