Can anyone on television tell the truth? These talking heads keep on repeating that vets fought for our freedom. Can anyone explain to me how invading Grenada, Panama, Iraq, or Afghanistan is fighting for our freedom? How is bombing Yugoslavia, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, or Libya fighting for my freedom? Explain that one. It seems to me, instead of going through this insane glorification of the military (which is only a cannon fodder recruitment tool), we should have Ocean Appreciation day. If anything contributes to our security, it is the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. So here’s an idea: Forget military appreciation day before sporting events and let’s replace it with Ocean Appreciation Day. Let’s have a little critical thinking, what’s more important to our security– the military or the oceans? Yes, I am aware that they hold these events to honor those that sacrificed their lives while in uniform; however, we haven’t had a draft in a long time and that’s what they signed on to do. Yes, they sacrificed their lives but they volunteered, and the government sent them abroad to carry out illegal policies. And what about the civilians in these wars? Let’s have a civilian appreciation day! Over a million Iraqi civilians were murdered by an illegal and illegitimate US invasion. How about we honor them before the start of a football game? It won’t undo the crime or bring them back, but from a moral standpoint, it would make a lot more sense.
Actions speak louder than words. Not too long ago, little white kids in this country were saying “I pledge allegiance to the flag…with liberty and justice for all,” while black people were being lynched outside at that very moment. Also, some of these people in our country have a lot of nerve glorifying the military after the United States and its NATO servant states set the Middle East on fire and created utter chaos in multiple countries.