I applaud young Natalie Thurston for both her intelligence and courage. She is a very wise young lady for knowing that it is necessary to have a healthy distrust of government and to always question authority.
It is, in fact, what has helped to keep us free. There is no disrespect in not supporting an illegal and immoral war and lack of support for a war in no way suggests lack of respect for those ordered to fight it. And she is very courageous to be willing to stand alone in protest. I do not know her, but I do know that she is far more a patriot than those who blindly swallow the rhetoric spewed by the war mongers running this country.
Yes, Natalie, you are right. Freedom, liberty and justice for all should not belong only to this nation; what we have may be great, but it does not give us the right to shove it down anyone else's throats.
Please continue to follow your heart. It is certainly in the right place.
Matthew B. Most