|picture from St. Louis paper|
Friday, January 7, 2011
What a World We Live In............
As a Libertarian I am all about our Constitutional rights. I fully support freedom of religion and free speech, and I've often said when I put forth my bid to take over the world, I will run on the platform of I support your right to be a total dumba$$ just like I support my right to TELL you you are a total dumba$$.
Now having said that I gotta tell you how much people like this honk my tail feathers! What makes me mad isn't what they are saying, I could care less. They are entitled to their opinion just as I'm entitled to mine. It's the way they are saying it that sickens me.
On Christmas Eve a young man died from wounds sustained in combat in Afghanistan. I didn't know this man, but he is from a local community and The Youngun and I drove through this town on our way to buy our monthly staples on Wednesday. The town was beautiful and I wish I'd had my camera with me. From the east edge of town where we came in, all the way until you turned to go out of town, the street was lined on both sides with American flags. Every 8 foot or so there was a flag proudly planted in the ground. Every business sign had messages of condolence to this young man's family, and messages of thanks for his bravery. It was beautiful and moving. The flags led into the cemetery where there was a backhoe digging the final resting place for this young soldier. The Youngun and I were telling The Man about it when he got home and he mentioned he'd heard there would be protesters there.
Now I'm fully aware that our Constitution protects the right of free speech and I support that. However, protesting a funeral is just plain wrong. If you feel that the war is wrong, gays in the military are wrong, or it is just plain old wrong to eat ham and beans without cornbread that is your business and your right, but I'll say it again, protesting a funeral is just horrible. There is a time and a place for such protests but a funeral ain't it. What kind of person does this? Trampling on the right of this man's family to bury him in peace. Trampling on the right of his very young daughter to say goodbye to her daddy with dignity and honor. That little girl should not have to see people holding signs saying thank God for dead soldiers at her father's burial.
I am proud to say that hundreds of people from little communities all over our counties turned out to line the way to the cemetery with signs of thanks, condolences and American flags. I pray that these wonderful folks stand out in the memory of that little girl, instead of the sick and misguided people who chose her daddy's final resting place as the venue for their venom and hate.