Yeah, people check out of conversations when politics comes up. Sad and, especially, frustrating. If they would just understand politics is control, we'd make a lot of progress in restoring our freedom.
I know what you mean about people who thank men and women in the U.S. military. I can tell you that I used to thank those men and women, but I've quit doing that because I believe the military hasn't defended the United States in a long time but has offended countries worldwide for a long time. That said, it's not lost on me how Earth spins, how the world works, that those men and women and us civilians are pawns in the "game" life. So, in a paradox, I want the men and women in the military to stay there -- and learn freedom. And I want those people who are one of us, a free man or a free woman, to enter because we all will need them in critical times, when the tough decisions -- the right decisions -- must be made.
I hope those men and woman find each other and support and work with each other, creating their own schemes and strategies to advance through the ranks, to buffer the criticisms their misunderstanding brothers and sisters would heap on them and better than buffering, to turn situations into learning experiences and even epiphanies for those who misunderstand. They'll need each other and without question, they'll have to be thinkers and, though cliche, liked. From being liked, respect comes less difficult.
When possible, I try to get people thinking about your sentiment: If you support the troops, get involved so these wars won't happen. I must say, though, that persuading people that freedom is achieved through defense instead of offense is d-i-f-f-i-c-u-l-t. To be blunt, those people have lost themselves, their humanity. Really, it should be easy to understand maiming and killing offensively is evil. I'm at a loss for words about people who attempt to rationalize their support of evil. Again, sad and, especially, frustrating.
My thanks to DPers, Michael and the moderators for doing their parts to make this website what it is, a bastion of inquiry for and by free people. What a website. I love this place.
School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me
Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.
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