America, let’s get it out there: I’m a Veteran, and I’m liberal. I can hear it now: Boo! Hiss! But hear me out, America. Being a Veteran in this country has certain assumptions attached to it when it comes to character and belief systems: Patriotism bordering on nationalistic fanaticism, conservative republicanism and (for some reason) a desire for the good ole’ days even if said veteran is only in his 20’s. Really though, what good old days are you imagining? Maybury? But it all falls under ‘Merica attitudes. While I know my fair share of vets (and a few active duty folks) who fit that very mold, it’s the few liberal Veterans that I know that really stand out to me.
You can argue day and night about whether or not America should be a liberal or conservative country, but when it comes to the veteran community, I have seen some truly vitriolic (that means filled with malice or cynicism for my Marine readers) attitudes directed at the members of our community who don’t fall into line when it comes to social and political beliefs.
But why, you may be asking, do I think liberal veterans are the true patriots? Because no one else represents true freedom quite as they do. They have served, fought, bled, and suffered the worst indignations a citizen of this country can possibly endure, and they still come home and stand by those who would, for example, kneel during the anthem. They know better than most what the flag and anthem mean, but they also understand that those sacrifices were made to allow someone who disregards the cloth and anthem that choice – without fear of repercussion. Liberal Veterans understand that a gay man can fight just as hard as a straight man, and that he should be able to marry, adopt a child, and live his life as happily as any “traditional” couple. The liberal Veteran may not always agree with the manner or even the beliefs of those they side with on the left, but they still understand it as those people’s rights, and will defend it as such. Something I feel that the majority of veterans are quick to dismiss when they go to blogs or social media and condemn the left for their ideals.
Our country was founded on radically progressive beliefs, and every day I see the idea of progressiveness attacked. How far backward our country will step is yet to be seen, but I have hope.
In a country where Veterans are looked to for guidance and leadership, I see people like Tammy Duckworth and groups such as Vets vs. Hate as tentpoles of a rising tide of liberal and democratic veterans; especially when we have such polarizing leaders higher up the food chain.
So, to my fellow liberal veterans, keep it up. Don’t let the majority silence you or detract from your service because you are “going against the grain.”
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