Date: June 13, 2013
Subject: I Am A Veteran And A Liberal And I Do Not Feel Like A Traitor:
The quotation I read in a blog recently said simply – - “Some liberals think that because they may have “served” in the military that in and of itself makes them “patriots.” That makes them even more traitorous.
What? You find it hard to believe that any God-Fearing American who seems to embrace “Patriotism” could ever say something like that? Maybe you should see for yourself – - HERE. I am not making this up – - – the statement I just referenced appears somewhere near the THIRD paragraph of the article I am talking about.
I suppose there is a slight chance that I have misread or misunderstood something in the reading of this quotation here. I have – - on more than one occasion – - been accused by some from the far Right Wing of “Adding things to stuff that has been written that was not there in the first place.” But somehow this does not feel like that to me.
Maybe other people could tell me what they think about it and I am willing to listen to what others have to say.
The thing is – - I am a Liberal and I have “served” my country – - The United States of America – - for more than 7 years in two different branches of the Military – - Army National Guard and Regular Air Force – - during the period known as “The Vietnam Era” and I must say – - with all the humility I can muster – - I pledged an oath of loyalty to the United States when I enlisted and I think I kept that oath as a sacred thing until the days when I received both of my Honorable discharges – - and I do not feel “Traitorous” to any degree at all.
I have stood silently at funeral services where men in uniform saluted flag-draped caskets – - many of them containing the remains of some of my “Liberal” comrades-in-arms – - and where “Taps” was played on a bugle and where prayers to God were intoned for the immortal souls of those “Liberals” – - – and “conservatives” – - – and everyone else regardless of background or persuasion – - who had given their all for America’s safety and security – - and never once during any of those somber and sacred occasions did I ever feel like a “Traitor” – - and never once did I ever feel like any of my fellow Service Members were traitors either.
When I went and looked up the names of some of my Fellow Americans and Service Members who had fallen in Vietnam and whose names were inscribed on a long dark-colored shiny wall of memorial built to commemorate their sacrifice – - and I left a couple of roses at the site and remembered a few things and cried a few tears – - it never once occurred to me that I could ever find it in my heart to think of whether anyone whose names were written on that monument would have been Liberal or Conservative or whatever – - because to me they were simply “My Fellow American Service Men and Women who had given the ultimate sacrifice on a field of combat for the sake of Freedom and Liberty for others – - and they had done it willingly and voluntarily and heroically – - and I did not ever let it enter my mind that any of them could – - under any circumstances – - ever be considered to be “Traitors.”
Today as I sit here at my keyboard recovering from the sting of what I considered to be an undeserved “rebuke” because of my military service – - and the services of all who have served – - I also remember being told not to wear my uniform to town when I went on leave because many of the anti-war protesters of the Vietnam Era were shouting such insults at the Service Men and Women as “Baby Killers” – - and sometimes it could be dangerous to appear in uniform in some of our towns, villages and cities here at home.
I know of a couple of instances where some of my friends in uniform had been accosted on the streets and beaten by angry civilians protesting the war. I doubt that many people remember those days anymore because it has been almost 50 years ago now.
I do not feel like a traitor and I don’t think that my “service” in the United States Armed Forces has made me – - “More traitorous.”
It is hard for me to imagine where sentiments like these arise from because these kinds of sentiments do not represent to me the America that I grew up in or the one I have lived in for almost 75 years now.
It saddens me to think there are folks who could actually have such thoughts toward me just because of my political choices.
I wore my uniform for the sake of “all” Americans – - rich and poor – - every ethnicity – - every choice of lifestyle – - every religious and political persuasion – - every ethnic background – - every opinion – - every position on the socio-economic scale – - it didn’t matter to me because I considered them all to be “Americans” and that was what I thought my country was all about and it definitely was what I was all about – - and it is what I am still all about!
Just wanted to clear a few things up here folks.
Help me to better understand if you can.
Posted by John Liming on June 13, 2013