12 March 2011

I Tried...

I really did.  I swore that I would chill out for a week, avoid infuriating political news and practice just keeping it to myself.   Well, clearly that didn't last.

In the latest twist of internet slactivism a staggering number of people with whom I am FB "friends" posted this little gem:
"The US Supreme Court has ruled that you have the right under 
the First Amendment to protest military funerals. I invite you to 
start your protest in my front yard and we can see if your First 
Amendment right is better then my Second Amendment right."

This sort of blindly patriotic, backwoods gun-toting, violence supporting, pro-censorship bullshit never ceases to surprise and disgust me.  The sheer idiocy of getting a hard-on about rights when the whole goal here is to deny another their rights through the use of violence is appalling.  When people say things like this they are just as bad as those "Palinites" and their "targeting."  I mean really, do people not see how inappropriate and down right stupid this is?

Apparently too many people that I know are:
  • Pro-guns/violence as an answer to socio-political issues
  • Sure that we are in Iraq due to 9/11
  • Fully capable of not seeing the inherent hypocrisy in this statement
  • Genuinely convinced that the goal of our military, and its members, is the noble cause of protecting our freedoms from foreign influence
  • Of the mind that the US is still a world leader
  • Total morons
This is also a prime example of how I often don't "blend" with the local population of military wives.  Many people come into this line of work genuinely believing they are doing something so noble in the name of this great nation.  That may be true on some level, and I am certainly proud of Chris and his work, but to assume that choosing this line of work makes you somehow sacrosanct is problematic.  The patriotism (and by that I mean the rabid kind) often blinds people to the unfortunate truths of real American life.  My pragmatic view of this as "just another job" often puts me at odds with the "I love my sailor and how he protects the free world from everyone we don't like" types.

So yeah, I agree that it is morally reprehensible to protest at a funeral, that doesn't mean we can just remove the right to do so.  We can't say that some views are more worthy of protection than others.  True freedom doesn't work that way.

The reality  is that the day someone in this country loses their right to free speech just because someone doesn't like what they have to say is the day that all our fallen military members have died in vain.