Many gullible children believe the story of Santa Claus simply because they don’t know any better, and because grown-ups told them Santa was real. It’s a ridiculous fable, which anyone with the ability to observe and reason should be able to figure out is a lie.
Similarly, a lot of people believe the ridiculous lie about how “the troops” “protect our freedoms.” They believe this only because they’ve heard “authority” figures saying it. Any rational examination of the claim shows it to be absurd. Are we to believe that, if not for U.S. soldiers mindless terrorizing people on the other side of the world, some band of militants from some third world dictatorship would have conquered, enslaved and oppressed 300,000,000 Americans, 100,000,000 of whom are armed? The implication is idiotic, yet countless “patriotic” Americans proudly repeat the fairy tale on a regular basis.
There is one significant threat, and only one significant threat, to the freedom of the American people. That threat is the United States “government” – the very gang that the U.S. military works for. The last thing in the world the U.S. military would ever be ordered to do is defend the freedom of the American people.