READERS FORUM - My own actions, my own words

It was not my intention to do harm. My actions were my own, as were my words and I regret neither. You say it was wrong to do this on Patriot's Day. Tell me what day would have been more appropriate. Would the 4th of July have pleased you more? You say people have died for my rights and I dishonor their memories. I ask you, when has exercising constitutional rights become unpatriotic. You may not agree with me, I accept that. But please do not expect me to give up and shut up, when I am the only one standing up. If the citizens of this nation are unable to question its government, how dare we question another government's sovereign authority? Since when has freedom, liberty, justice, and the pursuit of happiness belonged only to this nation. Where not all endowed with them? The government must be held accountable for its action and inaction. This is not treason, it is patriotism.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

It was not my intention to do harm. My actions were my own, as were my words and I regret neither. You say it was wrong to do this on Patriot's Day. Tell me what day would have been more appropriate. Would the 4th of July have pleased you more? You say people have died for my rights and I dishonor their memories. I ask you, when has exercising constitutional rights become unpatriotic. You may not agree with me, I accept that. But please do not expect me to give up and shut up, when I am the only one standing up.

If the citizens of this nation are unable to question its government, how dare we question another government's sovereign authority? Since when has freedom, liberty, justice, and the pursuit of happiness belonged only to this nation. Where not all endowed with them? The government must be held accountable for its action and inaction. This is not treason, it is patriotism.

I have never said "Heck of a Job," to any oppressor. I have never said that Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein were righteous men. I have never said that Iran, North Korea, Syria, or any other nation had a more just form of governance. I have no appreciation for those who would deny their own people freedom. I appreciate even less; that we feel when can use war as a justification for injustice. Freedom knows no bounds or borders.

To those that have died for this country, I honor. To those that have killed for this country, what terrible burdens you must bear. When has it become unpatriotic to live for one's country? I am a pacifist; I have no desire to bear arms. I will not enlist, for I know that a day would come with what I believe is right and just would differ from those that give the orders. I will take no oath, when I do not know what will be asked of me. I feel no shame for this. All I ask is that if you wish to deny me my freedom, feel no shame and tell me your name. If you feel your point of view is the only patriotic one, then take to the streets. I promise I will not deny your rights.

Natalie Thurston

Norwalk

Comments

JEF (Anonymous)

The only way your empty words could have have said less was for you to write more.

Not Sept.11th.....

Why couldn't you do your protesting on let's say...April 21st? I just think Sept. 11th should be a national day of mourning. You could have even waited till the 12th, but you didn't. I just think it's a shame. Go join forces with others where this counts, like Columbus...D.C....somewhere where the force will be with you instead of against you. Norwalk is too 'small town' for someone of your magnitude. The only people who 'had your back' downtown the other day...well, let's just say you should lose the undesireables and go solo...but go somewhere where your voice will be heard! I think most of Norwalk has lost interest by now. Most folks 'round these parts suffer from ADD...

AlterEGo (Anonymous)

Natalie, If you have the freedom to express you views then everyone else has the freedom to disagree with your views. Everyone who has responded to these columns id doing just that. They are no more wrong than you were in protesting originally.

JEF (Anonymous)

Ms. Thurston wrote: "I am a pacifist." It's extremely convenient that you live in a country that allows you the luxury of that viewpoint. Study world history. There has never been a nation-state that survived for any length of time and professed pacifism as the basis for their foreign policy. Even "peace loving" and generally politically neutral Switzerland has one of largest armies in the world per capita.