[April 16, 2018] My High School friend’s dad was a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas. On several occasions when my friend and I were annoyed by all the jet noise, his dad would say; Boys, that is the sound of freedom.
Americans have always been seen as an odd mixture of confusing customs, contradictory ideas, and complex attitudes. What has never been unclear is that the United States has an overwhelmingly powerful and modern military that would be the envy of any other nation.
As a nation of free peoples, we do put up with a lot. Our freedoms come at a cost; costs that we continue to accept but argue about continuously. Like the noise from the engines of the B-52 bomber; its longest serving workhorse that continues to outnumber its more modern replacements.
Enemies of the U.S. fear the B-52 (see this 19:43 minute YouTube video on it, link here). As long as they fear it and as long as it remains in the force, folks who would do us arm must take its firepower into account. Syrian President Assad was just educated two days ago on how destructive this bomber can be when outfitted with advanced weapons.1
I was standing outside my house in southern New Jersey yesterday when a flight of six Blackhawk U.S. Army helicopters flew overhead and then appeared throughout the day. They make a lot of noise. My wife was with me and she said; Douglas, that is the sound of freedom. Yes, she was an Army wife but is also sensitive to what our neighbors think of all the racket those helicopters make.
Like many, we live in a quiet community. Many of my neighbors are elderly and prefer their peace and quiet to the noisy living I once made. Sometimes I use this as an excuse for not hearing my wife. On a serious note, my neighbors do not complain about the helicopter nose because they understand that it is only because those weapon systems are manned, that we have what we have today.
The sound of freedom is everywhere. As a nation built on a frontier spirit and religious foundations, America remains a beacon of freedom. That beacon can sometimes get a little noisy. Our leaders should do a better job of reminding us of it occasionally.