Well let's cut right to the chase because there's only two sides to this argument. You're either for it or against it.
Do I think they should build a mosque that close to ground zero...well no.
But I've been a soldier for the last 12 years. I joined the army on May 5, 1998. And in that time I've learned a lot and had some of my views on the world shaken to their very foundations (a few even knocked down), and developed some new ideas.
Now at one point I would've been a very vocal opponent of any Muslims even getting near ground zero. Over the years my opinion has changed, I believe they call it maturing.
At one point I would've told you that my enlistment in the Army was to fight for the flag of the United States of America.
These days, I would tell you that I am a defender of the principles that this country is founded upon. I fight for the ideas on which this country has built itself. I don't fight for a flag.
Now you can disagree with me, I don't mind. That's pretty much the idea.
A flag to me is a symbol. A powerful symbol, to be sure. But nothing more than a symbol. It's just a piece of cloth. That's why I don't get my panties all in a bunch when someone burns one. I mean, that's what you're supposed to do with an unserviceable one anyway. I don't fight for anything tangible.
I fight for the ideas. The ideas are what make us free. (And that's hanging by a thread these days.) The ideas are what made us great. The ideas are what made us the envy of the world. The ideas are what made us the leader of the world. The ideas are what made us the standard by which all other countries have and will be judged. The ideas are what's worth defending, what's worth fighting for, what's worth dying for...
I certainly did not fight for a country that when someone does something people don't like, they curl up and bow to pressure. I didn't fight for a country that would throw away the principles upon which it was founded, when the road got a little rough.
Forgive the redundancy but allow me to remind you what those principles are...
I took the liberty of highlighting the applicable portion. Seems pretty straight forward to me. They signed it like 234 years ago. They told us what we should be doing way before we needed the help. On this one, at least.
The ideas that this country was built on are what matter. They are what make you free. They are what allow you to protest this. They are what allow me to write this and you to read it. They are what allow them to build it.
Its all been said a thousand times before but it bears repeating because it seems that no matter how many times its drilled into our head we keep forgetting...it is exactly the times when it is the most difficult that we, as Americans, must adhere to our founding principles even more tightly than ever before.
I love you Mom...