A recent trip to Tracy left me very surprised and upset. While visiting the Tracy Post Office to pick up my mail, I noted a young man sitting under a canopy outside the post office. The 105-degree weather should have alerted me to the fact that he might not have all his marbles. Even if he had enough marbles, they must have been boiling.
The first thing I noted was that there was a large poster of Barack Obama under the canopy with him. The image of our president had been altered to include the likeness of a Hitler-style moustache beneath our president’s nose. If that wasn’t disturbing enough, he tried to engage me in a political discussion regarding our president.
As an American, a military veteran and a human being I was upset to the point of explosion. I remained calm, however and informed this individual of my utter disgust with his actions.
To mutilate the image of our president and to assume a likeness to Adolf Hitler was well beyond the realm of accepted behavior. How dare this man to take the liberty to defame our president, our commander in chief, and most of all the people of the United States, with this asinine behavior?
I realize that all Americans have their freedom of speech and I would respect and welcome all those who wish to respectfully criticize this or any prior-standing cabinet, but I abhor the disrespectful manner in which he has chosen to criticize our president, our nation and our freedoms with his sophomoric gestures.
God help us as a nation if this is how our youth or young adults feel they should express their freedom of speech. Let them re-assess the lives that have been sacrificed to ensure their freedom of expression over their lifetime, and the number of American soldiers currently in harms way representing our nation in its fight against terrorism.
While this young man bakes beneath his canopy of freedom, the press continues to list dead and wounded.
If you can’t find a respectful way, if you can’t find the right way, take the highway and get out of Dodge.