Military Defense of Liberties

“Regardless of your political views regarding war, it is important to remember the sacrifices people in the armed forces have given for our liberties.”

No military conflict in my lifetime has had anything to do with American liberties. They have all been about American power and presence outside our country.

The most serious threats to American liberties have been from our own government: Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Communist witch-hunt in the 1950’s; gutting of the Fourth Amendment in the 1980’s under Reagan’s Drug War; George W. Bush’s Patriot Act, “free-speech” zones, and virtually any government agency or policy touching upon “terrorism” since 2001.

The US military works for the US government, not the American people. It serves to protect “American liberties” only to the extent that the US government uses it toward that end.

Rewrite this to speak truth: “…it is important to remember the sacrifices people in the armed forces have given for our leaders’ power and presence in the world.”

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