We expect that soldiers, people we generally (and typically with good reason) feel are the best of us, to act like the best of us. We expect that since we can work alongside women without raping them, that the members of the military can do the same. We expect that in the 21st Century, the sight of a women who we are attracted to, wearing clothing that she looks attractive in, is not considered an invitation to fornication.
So in Cheney’s worldview, the government has the right to warrant-less search and seizure, but citizens have the right to shoot government agents as the enter to search and seize? We have embraced in our nation a sinister new vision of checks and balances.
Woven into far too much of our Memorial Day celebrations is a thread celebrating the act of violence and the path to war. Paired with the fundamental human need to test ones self against a greater challenge, the celebration of war and violence uplifts the mindset that they are fundamentally good. Memorial Day is important in that we remember the sacrifice, by those who served and their families.
It has been 40 years since a president was pushed out of office for (among other things) ordering a break-in at the offices of political opponents (he got out of trouble by quitting.) It has been some 30 years since a president escaped prosecution for selling both anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles to the Islamist Iranian government and using the proceeds to finance a civil war in Nicaragua (he got out of trouble by saying he had no recollection). A decade and a half has passed since a president was impeached for lying about the willful abuse of a cigar in the Oval Office (he got out of trouble by asking for both sex and is to be defined.)