Anyone think differently?
2006-03-13 14:20:52 UTC
It is the Soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves under the flag and
Whose coffin is draped by the flag
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
-Charles M. Province
Ten answers:
3rd parties for REAL CHANGE
2006-03-14 09:12:28 UTC
I couldn't agree more, Had soliders not died in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and WWII we would all be living in a different coutry without the freedoms that we hold so dear.
2006-03-13 15:57:22 UTC
I agree with this. Now, if our President was a soldier then I guess I'd feel bad for thinking he's ignorant, but since he's basically a draft dodger who used the National Guard as a way to skip Vietnam (and then didn't even report for Guard), I don;t mind bashing Bush. I support the troops, though. It takes guts to do your duty, and soldiers are just doing what they're told.
Its not me Its u
2006-03-13 15:48:49 UTC
I think differently, it is the soldier who protects those freedoms you just described, the soldier didn't 'give' it to us. I have high admiration for those soldiers who followed the flag, those who pick it up and lead the charge, while all those are falling around him. Reminds me of the Southern color bearers on the fields of battle in the Civil War.
2006-03-13 14:50:26 UTC
Soldiers only follow orders. It is the intelligence of the reporter, poet, and protester that conceives these individual freedoms. That same intelligence leaves them home safe while the soldier fights and dies for these freedoms.
One of the Baldwin brothers
2006-03-14 22:07:27 UTC
Semper Fi. It is latin for always fatihful, its the Marine Corps Motto. I do not think differently. I love my country, right or wrong it is still my home, and my brothers and sisters have died to defend it, and I will too if I have to. To hell with those of you who feel that reportes and poets have anything to do with these freedoms, we would all be told what to write and what to think without our soldiers. From day one of America untill now, it has always been the men and women who went to battle for us. It is your right paid for with the blood of another to think otherwise, and it is my right, paid with the same blood, to have the freedom to tell you to rot in hell.
2006-03-13 15:52:31 UTC
I proudly served four years in the military and I didn't give anyone any rights at all. I defended the Constitution, which protects people from government intrustion on their all ready existing freedoms.
2006-03-13 14:21:52 UTC
I saw a sign that said:

"If you can read this, thank a teacher. Since it is in English, thank a Soldier."
2006-03-13 15:45:58 UTC
No. But the politicians in the US have some 'splainin' to do.
Pvt. Andrew Malone
2006-03-13 14:28:49 UTC
we also had that poster hung at our company. nice one
2006-03-13 14:22:57 UTC
... and here I was thinking that God gave us certain inalienable rights.

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