In my opinion, I think it’s pretty hypocritical to say that people died for our right to free speech and then they tell us we can’t exercise it for fear of disrespecting the troops. Disrespecting the troops in my eyes is harassing these people who are statistically being oppressed and taking away their free speech because they think it’s bad for the people who fought for that free speech. I’ll still stand during the National Anthem, but if someone doesn’t want to, we live in the “land of the free” and they have every right to sit down during it. My Grandpa was in the Navy, and he felt the same way when he was alive. It’s just typical nationalist oppression. The same people who support the Pledge of Allegiance, a clear example of commuinist ideals that pisses all over secularism by forcing innocent school kids to acknowledge a Christian God, and makes them pledge mindless devotion to the state. Think about it, these kids don’t even know most of the words in the Pledge, yet they are required daily to submit to the Government. The government isn’t what this country is about. They obviously don’t care about free speech, look at the Alien & Sedition acts saying you’re not allowed to say bad things about the almighty government in times of war which in my mind is pissing on the graves of those who died for freedom. No one is disrespecting the troops, they’re merely pointing out that the country has turned into a fascist corporate police state. I think the “you are disrespectin the troops” argument is a simple propaganda tactic to invalidate the message of these minorities killed by law enforcement daily. Nothing against you Paul, I’m speaking generally. I do not think you’re a hypocrite, only the politicians and racists or anyone with an outside agenda who tries to push this narrative. I understand your frustration, only I think it’s misplaced because they’re not trying to do disrepect anyone except for their oppressors.
Anyway, the track. I like the melody, has a very American Revolution feel which definitely supports the message you are trying to get across. If I had to make a suggestion I’d tone down the double vocal because it comes in a little hot and overpowers the lead. I’ve always thought you were a great engineer, I usually don’t find much wrong with your recordings. Rock steady brother. You believe what you want to believe, because that’s what this country is about. That is what those troops were fighting for, assuming they actually signed up for it and weren’t forced by the authoritarian state in the draft.