Do Some in the US Military Treat Americans as Second-Class Citizens?

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An Personal Essay by John M Jones III (12/23/18)


Thanks to social media the ability for the American people to communicate with other has reached new heights and unfortunately new lows, because many of us have forgotten this great phrase “with great power comes great responsibility.” One of these lows is the fact that some who are current & former military seem to elevate themselves into type of upper class over non-serving American citizens.


FB Example 1: Nefertiti Neferneferuraten Mariza Corrigan I’m Air Force what have you done for our country? Answer the question nitwit!!

FB Example 2: (1) Dim Mak STFU! YOU ARE NOT EQUAL TO ANY MILITARY, OR VETERAN. WE'VE BEEN ON BOTH SIDES OF A CIVILIAN AND MILITARY LIFE. YOU HAVEN'T SERVED A DAMN THING! I'M A 100 % DISABLED VET! YOU ARE IGNORANT! (2) Dim Mak All Voters Matter Inc - Inc Pending, fuck you!


I know that these two examples do not represent the entire military, but it does present a problem to me when a vet and a current member fail to recognize the fact that we are all Americans and that their past and present service gives them no special right to “lord it” over non-service members, gives them no special right to shame or suppress American’s who have differing opinions.


They have no special right to tell me, a law-abiding American Voter & Citizen, who’s worked 40 hrs a week & payed my taxes for last 28 years, and supported my family, that because I did not serve in the military that I have not contributed to our to MY society, that I have done nothing, and I have no right to express my opinion on anything. THIS I WILL NOT TOLERATE, EVER!


I truly hope that these types of attitudes are not common because those who serve in the military are supposed to serve the America people not consign them into second class citizens by using their service to place themselves on a pedestal over us.


If you’re a current service member or a veteran and the above problem does not apply to you, then I am truthfully grateful for the sacrifice you’ve made to make our country great. For those, however, who seem to think you can silence or disregard, or disrespect others because they have not served in the military you dishonor yourself and would do well to remember the following:


“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” -Declaration of Independents, 1776


It doesn’t say “Military Service Required!” Remember this, too!!

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