I have been alive for more than 53 years. I have seen the Vietnam War; the war against Iraq in the 1990s; the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and a few “police actions,” such as in Somalia. Even though I have never served in the U.S. armed forces, I don’t see myself, or any others who are against these wars, as being unpatriotic to the U.S. flag, the Constitution or the United States as a whole country!
The Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of speech, but I have seen more negative police clampdowns on public demonstrations in this country than in all of the other countries combined! These views make me wonder: Does the current administration and the ultra-conservative Congress even believe in the Constitution any more?
The president, the Cabinet members and Congress seem to be ignoring the Constitution when they allow – and probably agree with the police – to break up the Occupy movement demonstrators who are trying their absolute best to make all of America understand the real problems that we face as a global community!
If the Occupy movement and the overwhelming majority of U.S. citizens are not successful in getting our honest and important message across to the government and the large minority of U.S. citizens, I truly believe that the teachings and the warnings of the Book of Revelation in the Bible will come true. I view Revelation as a guide and a warning to a possible ending of humanity, not as what will happen if humanity does not change!
Timothy Monroe Bledsoe
North Augusta, S.C.