Ain't it a fine how do you do when some uber twit decides you're a traitor? Or, at best, unpatriotic? I come all over ashamed that any of these neanderthals might think me less patriotic than they when I mention my opposition to the war in Iraq. I mean, my sense of who I am, and my commitment to my country, is entirely dependent on their impression of me. Isn't it? So what do I do? How do I possibly respond to this reasoned assessment of my character, my values, and my standing as a loyal son of the Red, White, and Blue?
I don't. Fuck them. I don't have to defend my stance from the perspective of some myopic nationalism. I have my opinion, I have access to a medium that allows me to air it, and I have the determination to do so. Their opinion of my opinion, and the resulting classification, are things to which I am supremely indifferent. I make no defense, because I don't need one. A remark, I'm sure, that has Joseph McCarthy spinning in his grave. But, fuck him, too, and all his freaky little minions seeking to rehabilitate him from the grave. As if we didn't have enough paranoid power grabbers, who embodied what was wrong with the concept of the ends justifying the means, running around already.
I am an American. That's all anyone needs to know. I, along with all the other opinionated fruitcakes wandering the highways and byways, both cyber and real, of America were granted the right to say whatever the hell comes to mind whenever we like. Another of those pesky First Amendment caveats, don't you know. It doesn't require me to be accurate, fair, politically correct, informed, unbiased, or particularly astute. In point of fact, it doesn't require me to make a single drop of sense whatsoever. A right I wholeheartedly endorse, even for the fruitcakes that make me want to scream. And it for damned sure doesn't require that, in the time of war or any other time, I agree with a single solitary thing about my government.
It doesn't require that I open what I say with "I'm a loyal American", or "I served my country, but...", or "I am a member of the loyal opposition, and I think.." No, no, dear readers, there is not one single requirement that my speech be anything at all, except free. If that bothers you, or presents a problem for you in any way, maybe you should pack your shit and get the hell out.