"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Friday, November 8, 2013

Ben Swann Appreciates Veterans who Defend the Constitution

In the video above, Ben Swann expresses his appreciation for the Veterans Against Police Abuse (VAPA), a group of people dedicated to fusing technology and legal action to help Americans protect themselves and their constitutional rights.

Swann's sentiments are well timed, as we all take a couple of days to remember the sacrifices of those before us, who gave everything to support and defend our Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic.  I hope that this Veterans Day, we can think about why that really matters and ask ourselves what is really so important that we send our sons and daughters to bleed and die on foreign grounds.  What is at the heart of this commitment and why does it truly matter?

The answer is America.  America is worth defending, and as Edward Snowden stated, America is worth dying for.  America isn't just lines on a map, or an affiliation by birth like cheering for the local football team.  America is principle and reason and character and values and was truly the greatest nation ever created.  Those values and principles, which seem so distant these days as they are frequently demonized in the present, make America worth fighting and dying to protect.

To truly defend something, one must truly value something.

I'd like to echo Swann's appreciation this Veteran's Day weekend, and give thanks to those who have raised their right hands and who know and who value and who truly defend our Constitution-- who often defend it from those who also raised their right hands and yet do not truly know or value that same document.

If America is ever to be restored to its greatness, it will take all of our peaceful and collaborative and courageous actions with a healthy dose of American ingenuity.  There is no better time to be a great American than right now, to be a great American like Ben Swann, the best news journalist in the nation, who offers his skills to benefit truth and liberty, rather than to merely collect a paycheck.  Being a great American who defends his nation requires no military experience at all.

Happy Veterans Day weekend.

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