This story from the Cape Cod Times really makes my blood boil. I'm all for dissent, and yes, I DO believe that it is the highest form of patriotism. However, I do not believe that one side has exclusive rights to patriotism.
The story basically goes down as saying that two teachers held a silent protest while attending a recognition ceremony for high school seniors who are entering the military after graduation. Okay, they can protest. They can express their way of thinking. That's what makes this country great. If they didn't think the ceremony should have been held they could say so. That's not what my beef is with these two.
My beef with these two is WHY DID THEY EVEN GO TO THE CEREMONY IF THEY DIDN'T AGREE WITH IT!?
They claim "captive audience" in the article, but I don't buy that for a minute. The students might have been required to attend, but the teachers could have found some way out somehow. If you don't believe that, you're a fool in my opinion.
Uh oh. I called people a name. The liberals must be going out of their minds trying to pin me as a terrorist Tim MacVeigh wannabe. Psh.
My personal favorite excuse, actually, is when one of the teachers says "I want them to be home and alive and well and going to college and dating and having kids and coaching Little League."
My question to that is...Who doesn't?
I may be a conservative, but that doesn't mean I enjoy watching our brave troops go into harms way. It's not like it's a game for me, who has three cousins in the Marine Corps, and who has a proud military tradition going all the way back to the days of the Founders.
The real issue here, though, is that they called this ceremony a "recruiting effort". Bull. There sole rationale for reaching this conclusion was that one of the organizers of the ceremony decided to show up in military fatigues. WHAT?!
According to that logic, everything the military shows up toin fatigues is a recruiting drive, and why the hell shouldn't they try to recruit? The military is a prestigious and honorable way of life to undertake. I myself tried to enter into that life just a year ago, as an Air Force reservist, but unfortunately did not pass the physical.
Again, how is showing up in military fatigues to a ceremony honoring those entering the military a recruitment drive? There was no one out there holding brochures or handing out fliers.
Just a bunch of idiocy to me, really.