Exiting the Main Gate to Vandenberg AFB, I again saw protestors with banners, waving slogans that told passing motorists, local news and our military men and women that “weapons don’t bring peace.”
I hate to contradict, but yes they do. American weapons are used to defend our country and citizens — yes, even protestors — from those who would hurt us. Remember 9/11?
American weapons help defend the rights of freedom and peace for us and our neighbors throughout the world. American weapons help to fend off enemies of countries in need of our assistance because their own country lacks the resources, stamina or will. American weapons stand between each of us and those who would take away our freedoms, if we were without weapons of defense in our own homes.
I want peace as much as anyone, but there has never been peace everywhere on Earth, and never will be. Human nature, human history.
I defend protestors’ right to stand at the gates of our military bases and wave banners, but I suggest they spend time rethinking the value of their efforts. I suggest they look at those who defend rights, freedom, safety with the respect they so richly deserve. I suggest they put down banners and pick up an application for service in our armed services, thereby truly making a difference. I suggest they should be embarrassed by their actions. I suggest they return home and be grateful for those like my sons, father and brothers — who defend and protect their right to protest.