Veterans of Imperialism
Posted by PintofStout on August 8, 2006
I decided to write another entry just so people didn’t have to look at my sexiness on the front page anymore. You’re welcome.
Something has been bothering me lately. Besides the annoying little yellow magnets on so many cars for the war du jour and the old Vietnam-era leftover bumper stickers telling me to thank a vet if I love my freedom, the whole dichotomy that exists between hate the war and support the troops is confusing to me. Even in the libertarian and some of the anarchist circles, I’ve seen signs of reverence for veterans like they are some sort of saints.
It usually sounds something like, “He/she is a great lover of freedom and a patriot who served his country and defended our freedom.” The next breath will usually contain something about how evil the government is or complain about paying too many taxes. Is this a hate the crime love the criminal thing?
I can understand the human plight of these awful experiences brought on by individuals masquerading as authorities, a.k.a governments; especially those conscripted to sacrifice. People who volunteer for Caesar and claim hero status for wearing a uniform don’t get sympathy from me, though. Did they join for a “free” education and end up getting shot at? Well, that sounds like selling your soul, doesn’t it?
As a side note, I’m terribly annoyed by the people whose main identity was four years they spent in the military which just happens to be about 1/10 of their lifetime. Most of these people aren’t even combat veterans. I feel sad for their emptiness. That ends this aside.
I think some of the dichotomy extends from not wanting to view loved ones in a less favorable light than the hero status they currently enjoy. Not being honest about their contributing to Leviathan and empire only feeds the beast. It is hard to think of a loved one, especially if their life was in danger, as having made a bad choice and being antithetical to one’s anti-state convictions, but you don’t have to dislike the person, only stop glorifying his military service that made the emperor and cronies richer.
Many people who are veterans aren’t the same person today as the one who joined. Some veterans are propelled into the freedom movement and philosophy by their experiences in the service, and they can’t be disrespected for past actions. Who hasn’t made mistakes? In fact, I’m not suggesting hating or disrespecting anybody – veteran or not. Instead, I’m advocating a re-alignment of any anti-state or pro-liberty philosophy with the way we regard veterans who volunteer to fight for an illegitimate, evil government.
The language used in regards to military service and “heroism” should be an insult to any thinking patriot (but I repeat myself). Defending freedom hasn’t happened in well over 150 years. I don’t think there are any of those vets left.