Post # 1
The holiday today brings to mind a question I’ve had for quite a while now, yet can never seem to get an answer to. How is the current US military “protecting our freedoms?” I hear variations of the statement often, yet I feel it is rarely elaborated upon.
What “freedoms” specifically, are in question today? How does the job of each military branch actually serve to fight for freedom?
Please understand that I’m only asking out of genuine curiosity and that I mean absolutely no disrespect. I’d love to hear everyone’s viewpoints on this, especially since we have a significant population of military brides here on the Bee. I work very closely with military families as a part of my job, so I think a discussion about this subject would really help my understanding of their chosen lifestyle. Has anyone else been confused by the “defending freedom” mentality?
Post # 3
My answer is really a bumper stick that I have on my truck:
If you can read this thank a teacher,
If you can read this in English – Thank a Veteran
Post # 4
I do think that on some level, protecting us from outside invaders is also a form of protecting our freedom, because with the threat of terrorism we loose some of our security as Americans. Our ‘freedom’ is to be in our own country and live as we are given the right to live with our freedoms given to us in the Declaration of Independane, Constitution, and Bill of Rights without worry of persecution from outsiders with different views of ‘freedom’.
I think that it is also defending the freedoms for those of people who do not have the same freedoms we have (right to vote, capitalism, etc) in other countries.
Post # 5
I actually saw this on a shirt today: Thank you for protecting our freedom by distroying the lives of others with disredard.
Made me stop and think a bit.
Post # 6
@WifeofBath: I would not have been able to hold my tounge if I had seen that shirt.
Every male in my family has fought and served our country and has been in every conflict since the Revolution where my great (cannot remember how many greats) grandfather blocked the English so that Washington could cross the Deleware. One of my gf’s fought on Omaha Beach, the other at Corregidor, their younger brothers in Korea. My father and all of my older uncles, in Vietnam. My younger uncles in Iraq I and several others. My brother, cousins, and several neices and nephews in Iraq II and Afghanistan.
Post # 7
The military does a lot more than just fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. Fighting to prevent terrorist attacks on US soil is just one aspect.
The US navy is essentially the police force of the world’s oceans. Though I think it should be in international hands, the truth is that neither the UN or any other country has that capability.
South Korea has been defended for 60 years by american service members, which has benefited our country as well.
The military, especially the Army, does a lot to prevent foreign disease from entering this country and keep our food supply safe.
Military funding for medical research has greatly advanced our knowledge and skills.
Emerging nations are supported by medical, veterinary and agricultural specialists from multiple branches. Improving their situation reduces violence and grows goodwill.
Besides all of that, the military provides a great deterent to any rouge nation wanting to attack this country or our allies, military or economic.
There are other reasons, these are just a few.
Post # 8
I’m interested in seeing other’s responses.
Post # 9
@Opus: Thanks for this answer, it was very informative!!
Post # 10
@Opus: GREAT points
Additionally, the Army Corp of Engineers has been a part of thousands of public works projects around not only our country, but foreign countries as well
The tradition of a standing military force has been around since the ancient Egyptians. They are our front line of defense- both to REACT to threats and events and to PROACTIVELY defend and deter from such events.
Military personnel choose to serve their country and it is because of them that we have many of the freedoms that we have today.
On the first Tuesday of November, every few years, each one of us can safely and without fear of harm, go to a poll and vote for whomever we want. Men, women, minorities, all of us, can particpate in our government and it is because veterans who fought to defend our rights, that we can do this.
Voting is just one example.
I think many Americans take our Bill of Rights for granted. We are so incredibly fortunate in this country to have those rights that we forget that most places in the world, people do not. We can thank our Veterans for defending those.
Post # 11
I think you are taking the word “freedom” too literally and expecting a list of things out of the Bill of Rights or something.
Freedom is not a tangible thing sometimes–it’s not always freedom of speech or the right to carry a gun–but the military indirectly supports that by making sure someone isn’t gonna f with the Nation as a whole. Could you imagine 9/11 happening over and over again? Every other week?
There are processes in place that try their best to make sure these things don’t happen. We’re more proactive than reactive than you would think.
If a terrorist situation or some kind of threat were happening to the Nation consistently – how comfortable would you feel? Would you want to leave your house? Would you want your children going to school?
How free would you feel then?
I’m sorry but I was offended by the question, I’m prior military, and I think it came out the wrong way on the wrong day and sounded pretty thankless.
I think it’s just an ignorant question (ignorant meaning as you don’t know any better or could know what the military does day in and day out) and there is a lot going on I think the regular civilian would never dream of.
But they’re doing it! Guarantee you!
Post # 12
One more thought…
My grandfather served in WWII and to me, when I was little, Veteran’s Day was also a day to thank and appreciate individuals who were placed in extraordinary circumstances and who stood up and served their country.
Post # 13
@PinkPinstripes: That is exactly what it means to me.
Post # 14
I think the best answer to your question originates from when we originally fought off British control and became our own nation with our own ‘freedoms’. Keeping other nations from taking us over and instilling their rules is protecting our freedom.
Post # 15
I don’t think the OP meant to take away from honoring those who have served in the past, the question was about the role of the military today. As such, isn’t it better to discuss that than to make this about not honoring the veterans of the past?
As someone soon to enter the military lifestyle, I would rather educate and provide information than accuse.
Post # 16
@WifeofBath:Except for ending Slavery, Fascism, Nazism and Communism, war has never solved anything