DSC_0002_005 “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


Random thoughts:

National Anthem protests-

Over the past couple weeks I’ve seen many comments stating that The Troops have fought four your right to sit or stand for this groupthink obedience/conformity ritual. Where did this idea come from?

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our physical security. That’s as good as it gets.

In terms of American rights and freedoms- The Dept. of Defense has no more say than the Dept. of Agriculture.

Does all this fighting for freedom mean it would be OK to grow a marijuana plant in the back yard?

Can I take my 20 year old girlfriend (a responsible adult) down to the bar to order up a few beers for freedom?

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

When we return from an undeclared war or military conflict without a victory- what becomes of American rights and freedoms?

The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949. How many US wars have been won since then?

You wouldn’t be able to enjoy your freedoms if it wasn’t for decades of undeclared/unwon wars in distant lands.

Newspeople keep it about symbolism.

Zero questions asked about a catastrophic military failure and the 15 years of undeclared/unwon wars that followed.


Never Forget-

The US Armed Forces were irrelevant in defending American rights and freedoms, our physical security, & The Constitution on 911.

Ditto for all other federal agencies and departments.


Perhaps four handguns could have saved thousands on 911?

(Key word is Perhaps- followed by a question mark- as in: this is up for discussion. Saved means all planes landing safely)



Phase out decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

TV news video: Soldier arrives during school day for another surprise reunion.


If The Troops are fighting for your freedom to share ideas- why would you be scolded for doing so?


Fragile national image update:

Will Megan Rapinoe kneel in game at Georgia Dome?

If someone skipped church- would it shake the entire organization?


Will the Joint Chiefs of Staff send The Troops to safeguard American freedoms?

Boy Scouts protest planned marijuana facility near Ann Arbor-area office


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Photo- A symbol of a culture that does not ask questions