I had someone, not for the first time, tell me angrily that our military sacrifices their lives so I have the right to “talk shit on America”. His point, I assume, is that since people died for our freedoms, that means we shouldn’t criticize the country or something.
I never quite understood that. Makes it sound like there’s never a good time to be critical of one’s own country. Far as I can tell, having the freedom to criticize one’s own government means you have the obligation to do so, otherwise you run the risk of complete collapse of the very government set up to allow freedom of speech.
Ironically, this was also a person who more than happily talks shit on the Obama administration, but I guess that’s because Obama’s not from America, hates America, and thus isn’t part of America. Obviously.