It matters not whether you are enjoying a hot dog and beer while you enjoy your favorite sports team. It matters not that you are free to post and surf the internet with only the slightest government intrusion. It matters not how, when, or where you enjoy the freedoms granted by the Constitution of these United States of America. What matters is the price for the freedom you and I enjoy each and every second of our lives was bought and paid for with the blood of others. Whether we speak of 1776 or 2014, the freedom we in America enjoy was paid for on the backs of men and women who volunteered to defend that Constitution with their very lives if necessary.
Despite the demise of the former Soviet Union, many of the Eastern Bloc nations continue the practices of government as though the Iron Curtain were still in place. For instance, in many of these former Soviet bloc states, you must register with the local police agency and are not permitted to move say from one area of the country to another without registering with the police. The citizens of these Eastern European countries have never experienced the freedom guaranteed by the USA Constitution. Any relaxing of control by their governments would appear as those a yoke had been removed from their shoulders despite there not having a true democratic society. That was one of the major shocks to my when I lived in Europe several years back. Having experienced what I would call a true democracy from my years of living in the USA, Canada and South Korea, I could never settle for less.
The cost of protecting the Constitution and Bill of Rights for citizens of the United States of America has been paid for with blood, sweat, tears, loss of limb, loss of sight, and with the ultimate price, loss of life. When we turn our backs on the brothers of those who made it out of the hell of war, we turn our backs on all who made a sacrifice in protecting our freedom, our nation.