I was in the mall yesterday in uniform and some random guy started yelling his opinion of how he hated the US Government and Military and how I was brainwashed by "The System" and the other crap that generally goes along with those speeches. I kinda tuned out while thinking of what to say.
Probably one of the most badass moments of my life followed. Obviously the volume he was speaking at got the attention of quite a few on-lookers. He asked me why i joined the Military. So i said loudly enough for everyone to hear "I'm sorry that you feel that way. And I personally disagree with everything you just said. However, I serve, because I am willing to defend to the death, your right to speak your opinion the way you just did." Then walked away, the crowd burst out in applause, and the guy didn't say a word.