Dan Lambskin wrote:
it's just the way i am...that doesnt mean i dont appreciate what they do, i just think standing up (or choosing not to) for some song isnt necessarily the best way to show that appreciation. i'm not anti-military per se, my dad served in Nam, have a cousin who's been in the army 20+ years, another who went into the Air-Force, my nephew is considering serving, never considered it myself though. if that's what people want to do, cool, more power to them, and yeah, it's risky as hell, but it's the choice they make and i dont see the need to celebrate it at a ball game if i dont want to. i think the defense of our freedoms is a little over-rated at this point in history...our service men aren't defending our borders, they're out there fighting terror
maybe i'm taking things for granted, but had i grown up in Canada, or England or Sweden i'm sure i'd feel just as free.
This was the point I was trying to emphasize with this quote....
Omaha Red Sox wrote:We practice our freedoms every day without even realizing it and there are men and women who are constantly in harms way defending those freedoms, whether they have differences or disagreements with our government or not.
It doesn't, or shouldn't, matter to us what these young men and women are fighting for. Whatever the government has them "defending". We don't stand in support of the government at a baseball game. We don't stand and take our hats off because we love Bush or Obama. Lord knows, a lot fewer people would be standing and it would be quite awkward. We stand for the soldiers currently serving whether they too agree or not
, and for those who have served, whether they agreed or not
. One of the things I've always respected was a soldier's resolve when it came to fighting for a country that didn't always seem to have his/her interests in mind. I asked a young man about this a while ago and he said he doesn't serve his government, he serves his country.
You're right, standing up at a ballgame is not the best
way to show your support for our servicemen and women. But it is a way, a very convenient and easy way to show it. There are other ways, of course, like welcoming them home at the airport (Hugs For Soldiers), but I'm guess the "per se" that you added suggests you're probably not too enthusiastic about that idea. The problem so many people have, and I'm not suggesting you personal do or do not, is that the frustration citizens have right now is misdirected. Whether we despised Bush or despise Obama, it's quite pathetic, in my opinion, to direct that disgust at a soldier, who isn't serving the President, but serving his country. And this breeds this stereotype of soldiers as being uber-macho or Ramboesque. If you've ever talked to a soldier it's far from uber-macho or Ramboesque. It's humbling and often times humiliating. But they do it anyway, because they have a servant's will and for that we should stand and honor them.