Let me first say that although I love my country, I do not love my government. I despise my government. I am tired of fat politicians arguing over money that is really just a facade, sending the military off to all corners of the world to die for a country that cuts their pay and benefits when they come home. But that's not surprising, really.
I support the thought of "radical" ideas. I think that history has proven time and time again that radical ideas are how radical change is brought about and it's usually a good thing.
For example...these women:
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Of course, I'm not talking about ideas like extermination of an entire people or any idea that supports the suffering of other living creatures (humans and animals alike).
For example, I just saw a post on Facebook that said the following:
That being said, I oppose the Vietnam War; however, opposing a war does NOT mean you oppose the troops that fought in it. I think that those who opposed the war when it was occurring didn't understand the difference. I know that Vietnam veterans dealt with horrible atrocities when they were fighting-things I couldn't imagine living out the rest of my life replaying in my mind. They didn't/don't have a choice. My husband is at the mercy of the choices of a corrupt government. I always joke that I am his only commander-in-chief, but the reality is far more terrifying. My husband is government property.
In response to the picture, I completely agree that those Vietnam Veterans (those that weren't involved in the intentional harm of other humans aside from those called for in times of war) deserve our utmost gratitude and support. I am an active volunteer at a retirement home for military members and I am constantly surrounded by veterans from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. I love to hear their stories and many times they shed tears over the memories they hold in their hearts from their time in the service. Friends lost, hard times (and from the stories I've heard, this is basically the understatement of the century), bad weather, homesickness.
But I also commend those who were willing to stand against a government who was undoubtedly questionable and making questionable choices at the time. I know there are a spectrum of opinions on the Vietnam War and you are entitled to yours, by all means, but the evidence that has been presented to me gives me reason to pause. I know there were people burning their draft cards for other, cowardly reasons. But there were many who were burning those cards in response to a war they did not support and a government they did not support.
My response to the photo was: "But both sides deserve recognition for fighting for what they believed in!" Of course I don't mean those who killed our soldiers...I mean those who burned their draft cards and stood in opposition.
Rosa Parks stood up for her rights against repressive and oppressive laws. The "guy" in Tienanmen Square standing against his government. William Wallace who fought for the freedom of Scotland from the tyranny of English Rule. The entirety of the founding fathers-seen as traitors.
Cause let's be honest, it's true that those who are well behaved rarely make history.