So, I had a rough day today... work was stressful (after two days of no stress... heaven forbid i have an entire good week!) & bootcamp was hard (i know, i know - WHINE!) & then Randy was mean to Haley on idol (it wasn't my fave performance either but did he have to go on & on & on & ON??? Really?) Anyway.
After Idol, i got on FB to see what people had to say about Lady Gaga (that woman is just WEIRD!) & discovered (FB seems to be my news source lately) that some kid wanted to burn an American flag on LSU campus today. He didn't get permission to do it so he was going to read a poem instead...but people thought he was going to do it...because apparently he had a facebook invite or something going on that was called "Flag Burning at LSU" (that really wasn't it, but it's close enough). So a mob formed & they yelled & screamed at him & he never got to read his poem... & ever since watching the video, i've been a lot disturbed. For one, i LOVE that LSU students were ticked at this guy, but i wish they would have just formed a silent protest & marched him right off campus. Instead they shouted the f-bomb & called him hippie & yelled other insults. Which honestly... I really have ZERO respect for that guy. It's just that they sounded kinda dumb. I think just being silent & marching him off would have been a lot more effective. I'm not surprised though!
But really...that's the least of my concerns. Mostly, i'm just horrified at this guy. I mean...really? I do not understand people who act like this at ALL. If you're against war, FINE. But doing things like burning flags (or just requesting to) is offensive. And why do you live here again? Because people paid for your freedom. There are some men & women who paid a very high price for the freedoms that you experience everyday. I don't know the guy, though. So whatever. To me he's just some random weirdo who doesn't have a lot of brains (just being honest... there are a lot of reasons i'm not sure of his intelligence, but that's not what this post is about).
But you know who offends me? The people who are practically bending over backwards to support this guy! People i KNOW! Either in their own FB statuses or in a comment to someone else's! Appalling! Can someone tell me WHY they are standing up for him?
Please do not say it's his right to free speech! I don't care about his rights! What i care about is - why are people so quick to support this guy? Why are they so quick to take their own freedoms for granted!?
I'm not saying that LSU students chose the most effective way to get this kid to shut up (though i guess it WAS effective...since he never did get to read his speech! But throwing stuff at him & calling him names isn't my favorite thing...). What I am saying is...HOW could you be OKAY with someone WANTING to burn the AMERICAN FLAG on your campus??!?!
I really do not think you are as smart as you think you are. And i say that because so many of the people i know trying to stand up for him are smart people. They are studying scary subjects & making A's & they're going to be engineers or therapists or professors. They're anti-war & pro-peace but they miss the mark, not understanding that sometimes it takes war to make peace. They are the same people who put up holier-than-thou statuses on FB about how we shouldn't rejoice that Obama is dead. (Sorry... I rejoiced - not because he is burning in hell - & certainly not because i think that the war on terror is "over" - but because Osama Bin Laden is DEAD! HELLO?!?!) (Thank you, Navy Seals, whoever you are.) As a matter of fact, since i'm on this topic, PLEASE go read Callie's post about why it's okay to rejoice about his death. It perfectly explains the truth of the matter (biblically).
Anyway. My point is that i do NOT at all understand people who are trying to support Benjamin Haas. It's a bit ridiculous. And it's very offensive to others that you are okay with this. It's offensive to me. But i know it's even more offensive to others - people whose grandfathers, fathers, brothers, husbands, sisters, cousins & friends fought for our freedom! You're basically slapping them in the face.
It is remarkable to me how people so quickly stand up for things they REALLY & TRULY know very little about (they think they are experts, but truly they are missing the point) - they do this in the name of "love" & "peace" & yet they are perfectly willing to slap you in the face with their words at the same time. It is offensive. And honestly... I'm kind of scared at what this world is coming to. Where men & women selflessly go into the battlefield, risking their lives, for YOUR freedom - & then you slap them in the face by saying what they are doing is wrong or that burning the very thing that symbolizes everything this country stands for is okay!
I don't know what i'm saying anymore. And honestly - I really hate politics. i don't like to start debates... I don't mind talking about serious stuff, but if it gets too controversial, well... i just would rather it be on someone else's facebook wall or blog & not mine. I don't know why this is & I'm sure it's probably a bad thing - But i'm just being honest with you. I don't like to post about things like this at ALL. I fear someone reading it & hating me. But then i think - you know - the people that would be offended by this post are the same ones who ALWAYS write exactlywhat they think on their facebooks & in their blogs! So why can't I? Why do I have to be quiet, because my opinion is different from theirs?
I'm sorry but i just couldn't let this one go. If you're standing up for Benjamin Haase & others like him, go for it. But excuse me while I stand up for those who have sacrificed so much for YOUR freedom.
I feel better now. Can i do these more often?