As I go about my daily reading of various on-line news sources and blogs, I have been getting increasingly distressed at reading more and more people stating that "If you don't support the war, you are un-American." Or "If you are anti-Bush then you are un-American".
Wait a second ... let's really dissect this here and I am going already beg forgiveness if I cover a few barely related points here but as I said, I'm a bit distressed.
First off, I think that if you notice, quite a few of the ant-war camp are REALLY anti-Bush. They are complaining more about the man in charge as oppose to the war itself. I have even seen it stated that we don't want our troops to come home and be treated like another Vietnam. To be honest, anyone with half a brain or ounce of intellect will see that what our troops do, and who directs them and why, really has nothing to do with each other. I commend and honor each man and woman in all branches of service to the United States (this means CIA, FBI, and the other non-military yet important to the defense of the United States).
These men and women have given up their lives to go out there and do what they are told is best for the United States. The military does not go out and decide what wars they are going to fight and when, they are directed by the President and by congress. This is called "following orders". Our government is not run by the military. So anyone who has a problem with our troops is an ill-informed individual. Once again, I state: Thank you to the men and women of the United States forces who go out each day and put their life on the line in the hopes of doing what is in the best interest of the United States.
On the other hand, anyone who is saying that someone who is against the war is a peace-loving "hippie" and is being "un-American" is also a misinformed, reactionary, individual. This is not 1984 where we all need to submit to the whims of Big Brother. This IS a free country and people are allowed to speak their mind and are allowed to disagree. It's what this country was founded on: freedom. (Why is it when I type this I have this awful image of Mel Gibson screaming in my head? Not quite what I want to get my point across but okay.) People should be free to express their views and it's very ignorant to call names just because someone’s view doesn’t fit into yours.