“Liberty” we so often take it for granted. I’m not talking about the kind of liberty that the constitution was designed to protect, that’s a whole other story.
I am talking about the permission, granted by the commanding officer, to allow me to go home to my wife and kids after a day of work. This as of now has not been granted today. Being in Okinawa has, for me, one perk. I get good tea. Other than that there are a whole lot of draw backs.
One on my mind right now is that all it takes is for a few deluded service members to go out and do something stupid, and all of Marine Corps Base Japan starts a new “Liberty Campaign Policy.”
What the young guys and girls don’t understand (along with some of us older guys too) is that while in the armed forces, liberty is a privilege, not a right. But like the rest of the country we have a tendency to have an entitlement mentality. But as one fellow Gunny put it so bluntly: “You are entitled to call yourself a Marine, because you earned that title, everything else is a privilege that can be taken away.”
So, here I sit, waiting for the folks who get paid more than me to allow me permission to go home on a Friday evening.
You folks in America don’t take your liberty for granted.