Should You Thank a Veteran?

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This sounds like a stupid question right? I’m sure everyone who reads this would say of course you should thank our veterans. Everyone is on board with the veterans right? Well I’m just going to give this veteran’s opinion on the subject. I’m probably going to take you down a road you have never been simply because no one dare touch it.

First a veteran is someone who has served in one of the armed services of the United States. Each man or woman who serves must take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies foreign and domestic. This is done upon entry into the service and for every reenlistment of service. I’m pretty sure I’m not speaking for myself when I say most of us would abide by this oath after our service has ended. I know this is the case for me.

I’m going to give you two reasons of when NOT to thank this veteran. There are more but these seem to be the most prevalent in today’s climate.

  1. If you don’t believe that ALL speech is protected even that which you don’t like or disagree with and that EVERYONE has the right to peaceably assemble then I don’t want your thank you.
  2. If you don’t believe ALL people unless found guilty of a felony have the right to possess ANY firearm, then I don’t want your thank you.

Nothing angers me more than the use of our veterans for virtue signaling when those that do so know absolutely nothing of their purpose. How can you in one breath be saying thanks to our veterans for protecting our freedoms when in the very next breath you are trying to eliminate those freedoms?

Veterans have bled for these freedoms, lost limbs for these freedoms, suffered PTSD for these freedoms, and died for these freedoms. You could argue that that in some cases they shouldn’t have been in certain wars, but they did what was asked of them without question because of the oath they took. You mock our efforts every time you try to skirt or erode the Constitution.

I have a message for you though, If you don’t like it our forefathers gave you a way to change it. Unfortunately you try everything but the use of a Constitutional Convention. It’s my guess that you realize most true americans would not agree to the changes you would like made. If you did though, we would support and defend that version of it too, even though we wouldn’t be able to express why or even have a firearm to do so.

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For those true americans who do believe that although our form of government may not be perfect, it is the best this world has to offer, I welcome your thank you and would probably respond by saying it was my pleasure to serve this country and you. For the rest don’t bother, don’t insult me, and spare me the virtue signaling. For my brother and sister veterans, happy Veteran’s Day. You are patriots. Stay vigilant. Thank you for your service and sacrifice to this great country.

John Willette

US Navy 1987-2005

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