What Americans need to understand is that somebody—many “somebodies”—gets deployed from their homes and families, works tirelessly and puts their lives in danger every day so that you can sit back and talk shit; so that you can enjoy your freedom of speech. You’re upset because we killed Osama: “Murder is wrong!” you shout. “This is not a victory,” you continue. But had either one of our presidents come on the tube and said, “You know what, we’re not going to take an eye for an eye, we’re sorry for your loss, and we’re sorry for the detriment this attack has had on our country, but we’re going to be the bigger person,” people would be livid—rightfully.
What kills me, is all these citizens who love freedom but hate America, yet they live in America, as if they don’t realize that they are free to move somewhere else. Again, the next time you turn to the news and get upset about soldiers being deployed and the enemy being attacked, think about the freedom you take for granted. You’re not forced to stay in your home; you can go to school without fear of being bombed. You can talk shit about the government and there be no recourse. You are pretty much free to do whatever you want. That freedom comes at a price. If you aren’t paying the cost directly with your service to the country, don’t complain about it. If you don’t like being free, there are plenty of places you can go to be enslaved, limited and silenced. America isn’t one of them.
Just remember that Star-Spangled Banner waves o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave. Bravery isn’t about being punked, and freedom doesn’t come without a price.