Nowadays, those who sit back and do nothing should be honored, just as much as those who fight for their country and family. At least, that’s what Vox is peddling these days. Yesterday, instead of honoring those who have died for our freedom, Vox decided to diversify a bit—and honor the protesting hippies. How edgy.
Course they didn’t use the word “hippies”, but we are. Particularly the filthy hippies they used as examples. Because granted, there have been some good war resistors. Like Dietrich Bonhoeffer—who didn’t want to fight for real moral reasons. But he’s not even mentioned in the article.
And you won’t find anyone like him in America, either. We hate to make generalizations, but we will anyway. As a rule of thumb, our war resistors are lazy, ungrateful morons. Listen, we get it: wars (even American wars) aren’t nice, and they aren’t always just. If we can agree on that, can we also agree that the platitude of “violence doesn’t solve problems” is equally as false? Sometimes, violence really does help. Like, a lot.
The fact is sometimes your country needs you. Not the government. The citizens. It’s our duty to stand up and protect our country, our families, our friends and our freedom.
Don’t want to defend it? That’s fine. There are braver men than you or me willing to do it. But don’t sit on the sidelines and bitch about those brave warriors who are picking up your slack. Because that’s what makes you a filthy hippy who has no idea what real freedom is. Fair enough?
So, Vox, let’s not honor those who don’t want to fight. Who aren’t willing to pay the price for freedom. Who aren’t willing to die so that the rest of us can be free. We honor those people every day. By sitting in their classrooms and acting as though their opinions are world-changing. They’re called professors. We prefer the term back-benchers.
But for one day a year, let’s honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. For one day. Fair enough?