This is not going to be very popular..#triggerwarning #nosafespace
I respect the people who serve and have served in our military. I even love a couple of them (dad, sis, bro, and a couple brothers from other mothers). I know they volunteered with the best intentions and I would never treat veterans as many of the Vietnam era were treated, but...
I have a problem with a national reverence for war and warriors. I have a problem with certain military actions taken up, so I'm told, on my behalf. With the exception of WWII vets and that war in general I take little solace in the assertion that these men and women are or were fighting for my freedom. I wish fewer people felt an obligation to risk so much for so little.
I wish instead that they would bring their discipline, dedication, bravery and their will to fight to bear against the little tyrannies here at home, to oppose those divisions that trend separate us, to hold to account those corporations who would take advantage of us, to oppose laws that oppress us, to disabuse us of the fraud of our financial institutions, to stand against those thugs who would brutalize us, not behind a uniform, or a flag, or a badge, or an office, but as citizen warriors.
I know I'm armchairing it here. These are just the thoughts I have whenever a day like today, or memorial day, or flag day, comes around. I guess I'd just say, IMHO, I would appreciate these days more if domestic enemies got a little more attention.