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While they sacrifice overseas, vets are losing rights at home

10:12 AM EST, February 4, 2013

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As a patriotic American, I have tremendous admiration and respect for our citizens in military service, and I support our troops wholeheartedly. For this reason I am dismayed by the actions we have allowed our government to take while these brave men and women put their lives on the line in foreign lands.

Each day, our troops fight to secure freedom and liberty for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan. Sadly, when they return home, they will find through many seemingly acceptable compromises in the name of national security and public safety, they have been stripped of the rights they fought to defend in the desserts of the Middle East.

Compromised are their Fourth and Sixth Amendment rights and their right to privacy in their own homes. Now, hanging by a thread, is the right which makes all the others possible, the right to defend themselves, their families, and their nations sovereignty, thanks to the Obama crowd's efforts to abolish the Second Amendment.

We should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing all these liberties to be lost, little by little, while so many are making the ultimate sacrifice to defend them.

To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, those who sacrifice essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither.

Enough is enough. It's time we start defending our Constitution at home as valiantly as our troops do overseas. Hopefully, when they return, they will still be able to enjoy the same freedoms they had when they left.

Paul Florkewicz, Saint Michaels

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