Comments: Off the Cuff

Amen!! Very nicely my friend.

Posted by Scott B at September 29, 2005 09:02 PM

*Very nicely said my friend.


Posted by Scott B at September 29, 2005 09:03 PM

Please do not despair. While it may not seem so, you are describing exacly what makes our country great. You and I disagree on a lot, and yet we are able to come together united as fellow countrymen. In fact, we are surprised when we actually agree. In many countries, we wouldn’t be able to do that. We’d be subject to a believing in a religion the government told us to. We’d be shot down in the street for protesting. We may even have our blogs censored.

There are those who believe that one cannot support our troops without supporting the war. I disagree.

For instance, I support Cindy Sheehan, although I disagree with her. It’s her right as an American to fight for what she believes in, even if she is wrong. I support her because the 1st Amendment does.

Personally, I agree with this recently editorial in the NY Daily News…

"Why was this woman smiling?

Cindy Sheehan was shown in the media yesterday wearing a self-satisfied grin as she was hauled away from a sitdown demonstration at the White House. This, on the same day that five Iraqi schoolteachers were slaughtered by Sunni insurgents for the crime of being Shiites. Whatever your opinion of the war, barbarity of this kind demonstrates that Iraq would likely turn into hell were U.S. forces to withdraw. Countless innocents would die. If that matters not to you, smile and have a nice day."

I, however, don’t believe that her position ought to hurt the troops moral, if they are clear about the freedom they are fighting for. A friend of mine, a military veteran explained it to me, I paraphrase him, “I will fight and die for a man’s right to protest, even if it goes against everything I believe in, because this is America and that is what we fight for.”

The freedom we have to disagree and have these fights are exactly what makes The United States of America so great.

Posted by Cary Patrick Martin at September 30, 2005 08:40 PM
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