The new pro-military feeling in this country has been raised to the point where the military is sacred and above any criticism. Doing so can cost a person their job. And for some people it has. Like the flag and other sacred patriotic symbols, desecration will draw the wrath of both the military and those who support them.
For example, the New York Daily News ran a story called “Company praised for firing woman who took disrespectful photo next to soldier's grave.” The story tells of a woman who took pictures with her friends as the flipped the bird at a soldiers cemetery. According to the article;
A Massachusetts company is being applauded for firing a woman who made a vulgar gesture next to a soldier’s burial site, sparking nationwide outrage.
LIFE, a Cape Cod-based nonprofit that helps adults with disabilities, announced on Wednesday that 30-year-old Lindsey Stone was taken off unpaid leave and terminated.
STONE'S FACEBOOK PHOTO SPARKS OUTRAGE
Nearly 4,000 people “liked” the announcement on Facebook.
“This was the right thing to do,” one commenter wrote.
Things have changed since the end of the Vietnam War and now military people are the status quo’s heroes. To say anything against them is a crime. And many people support this view especially businesses that get the most out of the military. Most of us on the revolutionary left don’t focus anger on the soldiers themselves. We know it is politicians and our corporate masters who benefit from these wars. Many of the soldiers are young people who may not fully understand what they are really doing. They really believe all the phony explanations: “Freedom isn’t free,” “They protect the freedoms we take for granted,” “They defend us from terrorists and our enemies.” Some may eventually realize, as many in Vietnam learned, that imperialist wars are not fought for any of those reasons and the whole military thing is a lie,
Today’s critics, who may take a more vulgar and personal approach to militarism may not use sophisticated arguments. But they are all finding out that the freedoms being fought for do not include their right to criticize the military in any way.
A Kansas woman, Meagan May, has also been fired from her job for criticizing the military. Unlike the girl in the story above she has stuck to her guns and stood up to people who have attack her and some have harassed her for defending her words. This was all over a Facebook comment she wrote on her page. It was done away from work and it still cost her job. She may have had plenty of mean comments about her, but she had her supporters as well.
Below is a story from my blog that I printed last week that shows how hard it is to practice free speech in the US and how the freedoms the military are fighting for don’t include real dissent;