I'm glad to see that this Independence Day finds writers like Jack Neely and Elrod agreeing with me and other bloggers, like Brittney and ACK.
A poem lionizing the soldier above all other Americans is also disparaging of all others, as Neely says in his MetroPulse article.
No one "gave" us the Freedoms of American life -- we were all born with them. Yeah, sometimes any of us face situations wherein we can either defend and fight for the continuation of such Freedoms, or bail on our responsibility to ourselves and our country.
Elrod's post on Neely's article is nicely written:
"Yes, soldiers dedicate their lives to their nation and for that we should be grateful. But believe it or not, there is a difference between "America" and "freedom." As Neely rightly points out, none of our wars since 1812 have involved foreign adversaries with the capability to destroy our freedoms. Nearly all of our freedoms have been lost because of governmental paranoia in response to these various threats from abroad or from within. For example, it wasn't Osama Bin Laden who suspended habeas corpus rights. It was the US Congress and President Bush who passed a law to do so."
I hope you take time to read these opinions above and consider what they mean.
(NOTE: Both ACK and Brittney got some serious heat after posing doubts about the poem in question a month or so ago -- more info here.)