How Patriotic Are Americans?

Scouring through the news sites online, I saw that a true American hero was murdered while taking a fellow veteran shooting at a gun range in Texas.  Chris Kyle, a retired Navy Seal, extremely decorated with over 160 confirmed kills, was shot and killed by a 25 year old Marine reservist.  Upon reading the comments to these articles, I was completely flabbergasted.  I couldn’t believe what I was reading.  There were actually posts from fellow Americans that said “he had it coming” and “he got what he deserved”.  Others posted that it was karma that he had been murdered.  It was at this point that I began to wonder just how patriotic Americans really are.

I was raised in a military family.  My grandfather, father, mother, two brothers, and a niece are veterans. I was taught that you respect those who serve and show gratitude for their service.  I eventually joined the military myself, enlisting in the United States Navy at 18 years of age.  I served with pride.   As a veteran, I remember those who died, those I served with, and honor those who serve to this day.  I know that each and every service member has signed a blank check that is payable up to the cost of their life to defend the liberties and freedoms that we enjoy. However, I was also raised to know that not everyone will share this same point of view.

Those who have never served, those who laugh when American soldiers die, those who protest when soldiers are buried are not patriotic.  They  may be proud to be American but the are not patriotic.  They are those who do not know that soldiers do not fight for glory.  They fight for the man or woman next to them. They serve because they love their country so much that they are willing to sacrifice their own life to insure that the nation’s freedoms and liberties endure.  They fight to protect those who cannot protect themselves.  Not every soldier agrees with the wars they fight.  They follow the orders that are given.  This is something their critics should understand.  It is the reason that those who show such unpatriotic behavior should hang their heads in shame.  You don’t have to agree with the wars that take place. Hold the anger you possess against the government itself.  Nothing but pride and respect should be shown for every service member who serves.  Show nothing but respect and honor for those who have paid the ultimate price for you freedoms and liberties.

When I look around this great nation and see how those serving and those who have served are treated, it makes me feel ill.  If you cannot support those who protect you, cannot show one shred of gratitude for those who have protected you, you do not have the right to claim how patriotic you are.  Sit idly by and remain silent for you have not the right to judge those who have given all so that you can speak your mind.   Enlist and serve, protect and defend. Then you will  have earned the right to say whatever you want. Until then you have no idea about the people you mock in their death.

– The Ranter

Westboro Baptist Church

For those of you who have not heard of Westboro Baptist Church, they are a church located in Topeka, Kansas.  The church is run by Fred Phelps, Sr.  They are best known for protesting the funerals of military members killed in the line of duty while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  However, they are far from what most God-fearing people would consider a church.  In all reality, the church is nothing more than a front for a business to make money without having to pay taxes.

What most people do not know about “the church” is that the pastor, Mr. Phelps, is in fact a disbarred attorney in the state of Kansas.  On July 20, 1979, Phelps was permanently disbarred from practicing law in the state of Kansas.  In 1989, Phelps agreed to stop practicing law in Federal court permanently.  He was disbarred from practicing law for committing perjury.  As we all know, perjury is the willful act of swearing a false oath or affirmation to tell the truth, whether spoken or in writing, concerning matters material to a judicial proceeding.  This shows the moral fortitude of the leader of “the church” and reflects directly to the legitimacy of the his organization.  Seriously, he is the pot calling the kettle black.  He protests against anyone who does not live word for word against the bible and at the same time lost his license to practice law for lying in a court of law.  (I believe one of the ten commandments is “Thou shalt not lie.”)

So, knowing the moral fiber of the pastor and the congregation of misguided souls that follows him, it is easy to lead into the next stage of recognizing this organization for what it really is.  It is nothing more than a giant con.  “The church” protests the funerals of deceased service members under the pretense that they were killed as a punishment for the United States accepting homosexuality.  However, these members are seldom homosexual.  However, this is of little importance.  They protest in hopes that someone will try to illegally stop them from protesting or that they will be assaulted.  Once this happens, the lawsuits begin.  Once they win a lawsuit and are awarded money, they do not have to pay any taxes on the money.  You read that correctly.  Absolutely no taxes.  As a church, they are considered a nonprofit organization and are not subject to taxes.  That is where the con comes in.  They thrive on the anger they create and are rewarded with untaxed income.  It is a pretty good racket if you ask me.

Yes it is absolutely disgusting and makes one’s skin crawl that they can get away with what they do.  They have taken the old KKK principles of intimidation and hatred and learned how to make a profitable living.  It would be nice to see laws enacted that prevent the dishonest practices they undertake.  However, in the meantime, I suggest another means to debilitate them.  Under the rights afforded us under the Constitution of the United States, we have the right to gather in public to demonstrate.  Counter demonstrations should be organized for all protests “the church” intends to undertake. (A listing of all the planned protests “the church” has scheduled can be found on their website.)  During the counter demonstrations, the “anti-protesters” should just come between the vile mass of hate and those who are being protested.  If the Westboro members decide to force their way past, they could be sued and would lose some of their ill begotten gains.

It is a shame in this day and age that there are those who would look to capitalize on the deaths of those who serve and vow to protect this great nation of ours.  As a veteran of our military forces, I am repulsed by their actions.  I can only hope that one day, Mr. Phelps and his congregation burn in hell for their sins of hate and bigotry.  After all, God hates a sinner.