Q: How many times have I had to listen to some Support Our Troops warhawk tell me that our U.S. military is in the Middle East fighting for our freedoms here in America?
A: Too many.
What freedoms are they afraid they’re losing? The freedom of religion, so they can try to prevent a Muslim center being built in New York? The freedom of speech, so George Bush could kick people out of his public appearances for wearing a T-shirt that he didn’t like?
The freedom of assembly, so local police can pepper spray people for demonstrating en masse against the war politics of our government officials? The freedom of equality, so blacks can be profiled, arrested and incarcerated in numbers far greater than their proportion in our population?
The freedom to choose, so abortion doctors can be shot to death at their kitchen tables? The freedom to bear arms, so anybody can hold up any bank using semi-automatic rifles with armor-piercing bullets? (Oh, pardon me, those are just for hunting or target practice.)
The freedom of citizens to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures; except when secretly spied on without a warrant?
Please help me. I seem to be confused about exactly which freedoms the Iraqis and Afghanis are trying to take away from us.
P.S. – I guess we’re lucky to still have the death penalty. We can freely kill whomever we want.