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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Celebrating our Freedom.

We are coming up to the end of a ten-year fireworks display. Trillions of dollars have been sunk at the military-industrial complex's roadside fireworks stand, along with the costs of shipping 'em to the Middle East, and sending guys over to set them off tactically. All the booms and pretty sparky flashes, set off with one idea in mind: protecting our freedom! Or is it to punish them wot did 9/11? Or is it to spread Democracy? Or is it all bushwah?

The thought that our men and women are deployed in the most forsaken parts of the world "to protect our freedom" is Fourth of July speech rhetoric. Since the attacks of 9/11/2001, our own citizens are a good deal less free than they were before. We didn't have to endure cop-a-feel cops at the aerodrome, nor subject ourselves to ionising radiation if ticklish. This is one small (?) example. We can be listened-in-on, and the cops can break in without a warrant, if their reason is good enough (thanks, Indiana!). The question which must be asked: are you as free as you would like to be? Another question: given the diminution of your liberty, do you have a commensurate rise in security in your life? Do you feel safer now than on 9/10/2001?

If "protecting our freedom" is their stated task, I must conclude that our armed forces are doing a terrible job fulfilling their mission. If there are other things they are tasked with, that requires a different assessment. But our freedoms have taken a beating in the past decade, and all indications, at least to this Aardvark, are to bring our soldiers home. There is no clear objective in any theater of operations, unless the objective is to withdraw, as our Commander-in-Chief has announced. We have many service opportunities within - and on - our own borders, with no punishingly long supply routes. Protecting our Homeland would be the acme of Homeland Security, and there would be no need for O'bama's well-funded civilian security force. (I shall avoid any comments that would earn a tiresome "Godwin's Law" comment.)

As you enjoy your fireworks and hotdogs and homemade ice cream, as shall I, please pause to mourn our lost freedoms, and consider what you and I can do to restore them. Mull over the upcoming elections, and think HARD about who would work to maximise your freedoms (*hint* Big Government types need not apply, of any party.)

And don't stick a sparkler in your eye!


Michael W said...

Some well thought-out comments. Personally, rather than having spent all that money on weapon systems which seem to spend more time on rock videos for the Military Channel than they do in the hands of our soldiers, I would have preferred using the same money to make this country into something worth defending.

The Aardvark said...

I am thanking you.

This is more emotive than rational political thinking (ooooh, did you see what I did there?) but when President Reagan was in office, I was, truly, proud to be an American!
Not to say that I agreed with All Things Reagan, but the US was at the top of her (recent) game. I cannot say that about any administration since (though at this point, I have to say that I actually miss Bill Clinton).

Galt-in-Da-Box said...

Aardvark, that post was an absolute, flawless MASTERPIECE of truth!
Keep up such Excellent work.

The Aardvark said...

*Bows humbly*