Part I: Response to Heather
March 19, 2009 by Dave
“As I watched the film, I became even more enraged by soldiers who openly questioned why they were in Iraq…worse is they did it in uniform.”
To support and defend the constitution does not mean to blindly follow the political leaders that SERVE US but rather, to
keep our system in check by questioning the actions and decisions of our leaders while preserving the integrity from those who try to destroy such system. When we do not question and voice our opinions to our elected and appointed officials, we are not actively supporting our government that is working for the people, whether we are the general public, military, etc. By taking the military oath, we do not lose your rights as an American but gain more responsibilities and stake in our government. I feel that your interpretation of the rights and responsibilities we have as Americans (and especially military personnel) are skewed.
The way these guys expressed themselves may have been in bad taste and their opinions at times are unfounded but they quite certainly have the right to do so as long as they fulfill thier duties. Why this post struck a nerve with me was that I was asked not too long ago which candidate I was going to vote for president. I told the girl that I was not voting for any candidate, since I felt that none of them were suited for the position to lead us. She followed with, “Then you can’t complian or say anything when the president does something you don’t like.” Excuse me? I explained to her that I had every right, fuck - MORE RIGHTS - then her to express my opinions, voting or not. By being a veteran, I have more invested into this country and will no doubt continue to actively participate at every level that I can.
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The course utilized a blog both to continue the discussion outside the classroom, and to provide training for the students in blogging, video compression, and video sharing.
Students used the blog to post reflections and ideas, to share and comment on the video assignments, and to respond to each other's posts.