This post is hard for me to write… I’m very passionate about it and yet I also have to hold my tongue, or typing fingers rather. That very act of having to watch what I write, has been on my mind a lot lately.
Politics is a very interesting and frustrating subject. While politics affect every American in some way, they affect military, and their family a great deal. Our pay, our housing, how often my husband is home… I could continue to list ways politics affect us, but that’s not my point of this post, so I’ll get to it.
Freedom of Speech. Simple enough right? Not really.
While freedom of speech is part of the First Amendment to the US Constitution, it is an extremely important part to me.
My wonderful father-in-law recently sent me an email after my post about the possible Government Shutdown. He wrote, “I know you’re venting, and you certainly have every right, BUT .. remember that he is still active, still very much involved in a career, that still very much depends on the winds of politics. As such, anything you say or do (both of you) in public, may very well reflect upon and impact that career.”
His concerns are valid and it’s unfortunate that the right to freedom of speech, which my husband defends everyday, is restricted. After all the grief Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham has gone through I’d hate to be in the same situation. While I’m not the one in the military, what I write could influence his career. I’d hate to be a contributor to anything negative in his promising Navy future.
While my husband is a member of our wonderful military, he is also a citizen of this great country and a proud American. I love what former Navy Secretary James Webb wrote. “A citizen does not give up his First Amendment right to free speech when he puts on a military uniform, with small exceptions.”
In the same post about my concern with the shutdown, I wrote, “…I pray that each and every American that votes come 2012 remembers all of this shutdown mess, and remembers that parts of our government were gladly using our great nation’s military as bargaining chips.”. I wasn’t bashing the administration. I think some may have assumed I only meant the presidential election… while the presidential election was certainly included, I also meant the Senate elections, House of Representatives elections, gubernatorial elections, and state legislature races.
Come November 6th, 2012, we’ll not only elect a new president & vice president, but also 33 senate seats will be contested, elections will be held for all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, seats will have to be filled for those retiring and then there are all the elections in US territories too.
I can’t say I’m a democrat. I can’t say I’m a republican. I don’t even call myself an independent. I’m a proud American and proud military wife… Politics aside, I’ll continue to write, because its one of my favorite things. I’m not sure I’ll write much about politics and if I do, I’ll be sure to mince my words very well.