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"Thank you for your service!" What should I say?

I'm stationed here in Arkansas. It's a pretty pro-war state from what I have seen. Whenever I'm at a civilian supermarket in uniform, I always get stopped by someone who wants to thank me for my service. I usually reply "You can thank me by voting Ron Paul." But whenever I say this, they usually look confused and walk away. Any ideas?



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A friend in the army who

A friend in the army who became a libertarian through reading and hearing Ron Paul told me that when people come up to him and thank him for his "service" he says,

"Don't thank me, we're not serving you we're serving the US government. You're not getting anything out of it."

"Thank you"

"Thank you", is enough.

If they go further to engage you in conversation, then bring up Ron Paul. But most are respecting your uniform, and honoring YOU for wearing it. So accept their appreciation, and then attend your local GOP, and fight for Ron Paul's message to materialize with those of us who not only appreciate your service in the military, but your interest in ending global occupation through military and war.

It is a fine line

between supporting our troops and condemning a foreign policy that is no longer ignorant of greedy men giving themselves up to war . With the almost total extermination and demoralization of the Jewish Nation during WW 2 (the war to END WARS), the world needs the tender shoots of a more kinder and gentler civilization that keeps struggling to see the light of day. Nobody we elect has had the integrity to forge an effective path. Instead they seem devoured by the devourer. Nuclear and technological advancements will continue to force the changes Obama tooted and then destroyed. The revolution is not televised because men's hearts are still too dark. As this movement gets stronger we sense their disbelief that their dark ways are not prevailing. The need for liberty has not been squashed by their blackout of peaceful solutions. We can sense mans urge to self destruct trying to strangle us, but it is not a time to lay down and die, it is a time to stand up and live. Tell them to google Ron Paul, read his foreign policy and then have them do you the favor of supporting his peaceful revolution/resolutions. They are happening right before their eyes. Auditing the FED and ending the drug wars are making steps into the mainstream....For with this cup of madness that God hath stirred our military boys and girls are HIS sheep and we need a leader that will not lead them off needlessly to slaughter.

Whenever someone said that to

Whenever someone said that to me I always felt uneasy. Perhaps it was because I knew just how grotesque and horrifying foreign policy is in this country. Honestly, I always just nod or say something stupid like "You bet". I really don't feel like engaging people that do that. I'm glad of the experience of military service but, knowing what I know, I don't feel that proud of it any more.

"The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that." — Alan Greenspan

I feel uneasy too

But as LIFA2011 points out, it presents an opportunity.

The Problem with Humanity is:

You can't wake everyone up in one lifetime. I'm glad to hear your response and efforts. Thank you for serving and yes I will vote for Dr. Ron Paul.

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_enlistment

There is no duration defined in the Oath

"You can thank me by reading

"You can thank me by reading 'Imperial Hubris by Michael Scheuer'"

I would avoid political statements in uniform

And stick to a more simple "it's an honor to serve" or something like that. Not that I don't agree with the sentiment, but your actions could be construed as not in accordance with DODINST 1344.10, which prohibits political activity while in uniform. I just don't want you to run into that one hardass who would make trouble for you.

http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/134410p.pdf

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2012/04/26/marine-booted...

OK, bring on the haters.

I tried that Shooter.

Felt like a wasted opportunity.

In other words, shooter would like you to live your life in fear

Of what might happen. Screw that!

Your, "vote for Ron Paul" reply is good, and I'm going to start using it myself.

No, I'd rather him not risk his career

over defying a lawful regulation that won't or shouldn't change. The armed forces are a politically neutral organization, and they don't endorse ANY political candidate. It would be just as wrong for someone to show up in uniform to an Obama rally as it is to endorse Ron Paul in uniform. All the internet heroes out there can say he's a martyr if he gets in trouble, but at the end of the day he's the one out of a job for not following a rule in place when he joined.

So go out, attend rallies, wear a RP12 t-shirt, get a bumper sticker, contribute to the campaign. But remember, when you put on your uniform, you don't represent yourself, you represent the US Armed Forces, and the military does not take sides in elections.

Members of the military are sworn to support our Constitution

Therefore, they are actually sworn to support candidates that support our Constitution like Ron Paul.

In fact, now that I think about it, I'm going to add that into what I say. Something like, "If you truly want to support those of us sworn to defend our Constitution, then you can help by only supporting candidates that strictly defend our Constitution, like Ron Paul."

I don't believe you can

I don't believe you can improve upon your response! Keep up the great work.

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Vet here too

Thank me for my service by helping to end the Federal Reserve Bank and retaking our lost freedoms here at home - great intro to a lesson on the Fed being the fulfillment of the 5th Plank of the Communist Manifesto.

I am!

Not for the uniformed effort...

..but thank you for the response. As I no longer appear in uniform, having been discharged lo these many decades past, I am not accosted by summer soldiers who wish to vicariously congratulate themselves for supporting "our" troops.

Do not despair. Though they mostly wander off in a state of befuddlement, they are unable to unhear your response. Tiny drops of water will eventually carve out a grand canyon.

Keep Up the Good Word

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