Earlier today, I came across a YouTube video of Pink Floyd's On The Turning Away. It was set against scenes from the movie Saving Private Ryan, starring Tom Hanks. It is a great movie.
I will give you fair warning that the scenes depicted are violent and graphic. It includes scenes depicting the American landing at Omaha Beach on June 6th, 1944. This video is going to yank on your emotions. If you choose not to watch it, then feel free to scroll down to where I tell you why I have chosen to write here after such a long time and in such a way.
I have been active over on G+ lately. I find its a great way to exercise my Right to speak freely. Its also a great way to see what is going on in the world, especially those things that you are particular interested in. Like Human Rights and Freedoms, politics. The current campaign for the Office of the President of the United States.
I watched that video and I could not help but think of all those men who fought and died so that he could run for President. So that people could support him, too. They gave their lives, their limbs, their minds so that he has the freedom to say what he wants. So many freely sacrificed themselves so that he and you and I have the Freedom to speak our minds.
They did not fight and die and defeat Hitler and the Nazis so that you or I have the freedom to use violence against those who speak in protest of our words or actions.
How dare ANYONE commit or condone such things and call themselves a Patriot!!