Is it the man or woman who lives in a tent, day after day, to fight for your rights? Is it that man or woman who lives on lands that are foreign to them? Is it that man and woman who, each and every day, does not know if someone carrying a weapon will attack them without any provocation, but merely because they were ordered to do so? I can’t even imagine what it would be like to not know, every morning, if you will even be around to see another day.
They fight for our freedoms. Some of them do it from within our country’s borders, others do it overseas, in places all over the world. They rise each day with one thought in mind, doing the job they agreed to do, because they know that all those people back home and all over America, are depending on them.
They may sometimes go without a meal. Some of their days may be spent in soaring heat, other days, bitter cold. They don’t complain, instead they rely on the steadfast determination of their brothers and sisters who help them stand with honor, those they have sworn to protect. They are fighting for our democracy, for our freedom and for our right to live the American Dream, each and every one of us.
They fight for the rights of their families, their friends and people they’ve never even met. They fight for the right for every human being to exist in a world of fairness. A world of equality and a world that knows that each one of us deserves respect.
Those who serve in our military we are proud to call heroes. But the people I have described above are not members of a system that provides free healthcare, free food, a wage and protection from those who attack them without provocation. I am talking about the other ones, those who are ‘Occupying’ all over the world, for the rights of every human being.
Did that hero, in your mind, suddenly become a hippy?
Did that honorable man or woman suddenly become whiney? Did that patriot suddenly become someone who disrespects their country? Is fighting for your rights as an American something we only respect when we shoot at others in the process…or do those who do it for no pay, no food, no healthcare and no accolades…deserve your respect as well?
I guess that’s up to you, and whatever your definition of a patriot is. Personally, I choose to label those who fight for a better America as heroes, no matter what color they wear…even if it isn’t green.