"The American Legion will stand against anyone and any group that would demoralize our troops, or worse, endanger their lives by encouraging terrorists to continue their cowardly attacks against freedom-loving peoples," Thomas Cadmus, national commander, American Legion
"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them..." Thomas Jefferson
"There are particular moments in public affairs, when the people stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by the artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn. In these critical moments, how salutary will be the interference of some temperate and respectable body of citizens, in order to check the misguided career, and to suspend the blow mediated by the people against themselves, until reason, justice and truth, can regain their authority over the public mind?" James Madison
"It would be tragic if the freedoms our veterans fought so valiantly to protect would be used against their successors today as they battle terrorists bent on our destruction.” Cadmus
"War is not the best engine for us to resort to; nature has given us one in our commerce, which if properly managed, will be a better instrument..." Thomas Jefferson
"No one respects the right to protest more than one who has fought for it, but we hope that Americans will present their views in correspondence to their elected officials rather than by public media events guaranteed to be picked up and used as tools of encouragement by our enemies." Cadmus
"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all...." Thomas Jefferson
"We had hoped that the lessons learned from the Vietnam War would be clear to our fellow citizens. Public protests against the war here at home while our young men and women are in harm's way on the other side of the globe only provide aid and comfort to our enemies." Cadmus
"Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the spot of every wind. With such persons, gullability, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason and the mind becomes a wreck...." Thomas Jefferson
"The American Legion fully supports the president of the United States, the United States Congress and the men, women and leadership of our armed forces as they are engaged in the global war on terrorism and the troops who are engaged in protecting our values and way of life." Resolution 3, 2005 Amercican Legion Covention
"All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree."
"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." George Washington
"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories." Thomas Jefferson
"Let's not repeat the mistakes of our past. I urge all Americans to rally around our armed forces and remember our fellow Americans who were viciously murdered on Sept. 11, 2001." Cadmus
"The nation which indulges towards another an habitual hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest." George Washington
"A Freeman contending for Liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth." George Washington
"I had always hoped that the younger generation receiving their early impressions after the flame of liberty had been kindled in every breast...would have sympathized with oppression wherever found, and proved their love of liberty beyond their own share of it." Thomas Jefferson
The American Legion, and Mr. Cadmus, are so out of touch with what this country is supposed to be about that it is almost laughable; except that it is extremely tragic, especially for the young soldiers these old soldiers claim to support.
Mr. Cadmus, whatever it was that you and the veterans in your organization stand for, it is definitely NOT American feedom.
Do not lecture us about patriotism. You have forgotten what patriotism is. It is not obedience, it is not self-censorship, and it is most certainly incompatible with the notion that a president, just by commiting troops to combat, becomes immune from public criticism.
May I remind you, the Vietnam war was fought on the premise of the domino theory: that if the Viet Cong won, we would eventually have to fight them in the United States. This was a false premise; we lost the war and we didn't wind up fighting the Vietnamese in the United States.
Therefore, Jane Fonda's extremely inappropriate form of protest notwithstanding, much of the criticism of the Vietnam war was in fact proved right: the war was not vital to our survival as a nation.
This writer witnessed 9/11, and will never forget the victims, two of which were relatives of a close friend.
Your assumtion that protesting the repugnant invasion of Iraq, a nation that was not involved in 9/11, means forgetting the victims of 9/11 is insulting.
No amount of military service gives you immunity from your responsibilities as a citizen. Until the American Legion recognises that blind obedience is not patriotism, you will remain American
in name only.
And the rest of us will have little inclination to listen to anything you have to day.