Why the constant support for “The Troops” defending American rights & freedoms when the reality is that the US is involved in failed wars that never end.
Veterans Day was established in 1954, after Armistice Day was tossed out. How many US wars have been won since then?
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.
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?
But- The Troops died for your right to vote?
It turns out The Troops were in no hurry to enable all adults to act on their right to vote.
US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s didn’t get the job done.
It wasn’t until July of 1971 that 18 year old adults could take delivery on one of the freedoms we hear so much about.
If veterans fought for our right to vote- how come women were not allowed to vote at the end of WWI?
People are in no mood to ask questions. They’re even ready to slip off into a world of make believe, where:
Hey veterans, school teachers & newspeople-
Why the need for a 1965 Voting Rights Act if WWII military operations somehow secured voting rights?
Because the freedom to vote comes from decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas, a 3rd try in Iraq, a no-show on 911, etc.
Can we find an honest way to honor The Troops?
In many cases- public policy stands in the way of freedom- no foreign enemy required.
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?
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