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by One Pissed-off Vietnam Vet

How many Americans today would give their lives for the U.S. Constitution and the freedom it was meant to guarantee?

(Dec. 8, 2011) — “Freedom isn’t free.”  Now there’s an expression that we’ve all heard a thousand times. We veterans know freedom isn’t free, and our spouses know, and so do our children. A six-month deployment from the one person you love, the one you’ve bequeathed to spend the rest of your life with, isn’t a walk in the park, isn’t a piece of cake. It’s what’s called work, a necessary task for responsible adults, and if we don’t do it, who will?

Which leads us in to my latest theory about why anyone would support an administration that is at odds with the United States Constitution. Certainly there are many obvious answers, such as prejudice, bigotry, uneducated voters, stupid people, people on the take, people falsifying votes for money, people who are just so lacking in any self-respect that they become a traitor to their country. This we understand; after all, everyone knows that Johnny can’t read, and if he did have a library card, he’d just check out movies, never a book. We are well aware that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have no foothold in the future; they live in the past, a past time while the rest of the world moved on: they are trapped in a time warp as Muslims are trapped in the sixteenth century, treating women as chattel.

The idea came to me watching the OWS being interviewed. Someone should have coached these idiots that it’s okay to just say “No comment” rather than make their parents ashamed of having raised a complete idiot; no invitation to the next family reunion for you! If ever a political demonstration went completely haywire, it’s the OWS vs. the Tea Party.  Irresponsible vs. responsible. Anti-American vs. pro-Constitution. Socialism vs. Capitalism. Slavery vs. freedom. No sense vs. common sense. And support from our enemies vs. attacks from our enemy.

Nobody ever got something for nothing. Win the lottery; the chances are that you’ll get divorced, be estranged from your children, relatives and friends, end up drinking to excess with a drug problem, and die alone and unloved. Protest freedom and Civil Rights, and support Obama and his band of destroyers, you’re going to end up dying alone and unloved.  The love you give you shall receive; the hate you spew will come back to lay on you. Nobody mourned Josef Stalin’s passing, nor Pol Pot’s death.

So what price is freedom? What does Lady Liberty require of us citizens on a daily basis? Truth be told, there are unsung heroes throughout America every day, but it’s getting harder and harder to be nice, and kind, and forthright to your fellow citizen when you know they very well may be a TSA agent on their day off who, given half a chance, will SWAT your house at 3 a.m. and drop you and your family off at a FEMA camp.

You see, freedom really takes work, and trust, and the belief that the Constitution will keep the wolf (intrusive government) away from your door, and away from your neighbor’s door as well.  We used to look out for one another, and while they were marching for Civil Rights in Little Rock, I was marching in the military, and I remember thinking to myself that, if I couldn’t be with them in Little Rock, I can certainly be with them supporting and defending our Constitution. Our Constitution, the property of everyone in Little Rock as it is in North Chicago. Yes, freedom is work, no doubt, but to be able to pass freedom on to the next generation, that’s the payoff; not the past, but the future. So my theory is that freedom is just too much work for some people. And if that’s the case, they all just ought to stay home. And that goes for about 99% of the politicians.


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