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What is the value of a veteran?

What have we become, my friends?  When a peaceful march on D.C. is met with barricades and policemen in riot gear? When a peaceful protest is blockaded on our capital?


This weekend, men and women holding a peaceful protest in our nation’s capitol to highlight the inequality that is being broadcast throughout our country. In protest of the fact that certain people are being held back, unjustly and unfairly, and all due to the politicians who see one man as more valuable than the next. Citizens robbed of their rights, their freedoms seized and shackles placed upon the wrists of the men and women who wish only to have their voices heard. Men and women who ask only that our government work to ensure the rights of all men and women are treated equally and freedoms and liberties are ensured and guaranteed for all regardless of one’s social class, status or voting potentials.
The Million March was simply a protest against policies. A protest against politics. A protest by the people and for the people. Rights that have been earned through the blood spilled on our soil and afar. The chants rang out, calling for JUSTICE, FAIRNESS, EQUALITY, and FREEDOM. How dare our government decide that our people all of sudden do not have the right to protest!
It appears I left out a word in the title of this march, sorry. It is the Million VET March. Not to be confused with the Million Man March. No the “Man” March was granted all rights of passage and was not obstructed in the slightest. The “VET” march was, in bold contrast, obstructed, violated, and outright unconstitutionally interrupted.
What does it say about a nation that supports a march which is solely based in race and the ever expanding racial divides but turns its backs on the men and woman who have made the ultimate sacrifices and risks actual life and limb to sustain a nation which grants the inalienable freedom to those same persons to have that march?
In fact, the Million Man March, though absolutely relevant in its original inception, has since gained the rights and equality of all citizens and graduated all races of this nation onto an actual equal plane of existence. With the exception of certain laws, clubs, organizations and financial grants, all American Citizens are born into a nation with the same potentials. A young boy, born to a man and woman of any race, color, creed or background can grow to one day hold the office of the President. There is no longer a unified revolt against the success of a certain sex nor race. One could actually make the argument now that the fact that organizations are still in existence which single out one race or another, or which exist merely to push for the success of one race over another are actually more perpetuating racism and keeping the idea of segregation alive rather than allowing their people to take their god given, nation-supported place on an equal plane as all other races. {This is another argument for another day, but reason and logic prevailing without “home field” biases, will be proven correct.}
So why is it that when our nation’s veterans get together in protest, mentioning not a word about “racial inequality” (again, in stark contrast of the Million Man March), they are shunned, turned away, barricaded off, battled and called “racists” and “tea partiers” (apparently synonymous with racists so redundant to mention)? Why do hold our veterans in such low regards? I myself did not ever enlist in any military arm. Does that mean I am unable to thank those of my fellow citizens who did? Am I supposed to think lowly of them? What is my default position supposed to be?
Why, my friends, are we not sickened by these articles? Why are we not maddened by this type of action against the citizens of our nation? Whether you support any of our wars, past or present, how could you not be in support of your fellow citizens having every single right to have their voices heard in peaceful protest? Where is the line drawn? Where is the line which says people in support of these things are allowed a peaceful protest, but in support of those things are not?
There there is NO LINE. My friends, you do not have to support what someone is protesting against in order to support their right to protest. But hear me now and hear me loud: If you allow our government to shut down ANY peaceful protest, regardless of the subject, you are giving the government the power to shut down EVERY protest, regardless of the subject. The actual subject of this protest I am in support of: reopening the veterans memorials for the friends and families of our veterans; but that is not what this article is about.
This is about our constitutional right to protest. This is about keeping the voice of the people supplied with a megaphone that fits in the palm of each citizens’ hands, no matter what size, color, sex, or creed they are, and no matter what it is that they want to talk about. When we start siding with subjects rather than citizens, we have taken our first steps towards our own demise. Let not these words fall upon deaf ears and blind eyes.
Write your representatives today telling them they have no right to step on the citizens of this nation. Remind them that our peaceful protests are constitutionally protected, and their offices are not.
Closing on a Positive Note:
Congratulations and much respect and admiration are granted to the Vets and citizens who gathered together and successfully had their voices heard on these matters. YOU HAVE BEEN HEARD. You matter. You are being acknowledged, and you can expect the barricades to be lifted. Keep up the good work and remember to gurgle with saltwater to ease your sore throats. Your voice is beautiful when spoken in unison and we greatly appreciate all of your services.

Today’s Constitutional:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
 –First Amendment
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