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Bring on the Air and Water Show, and celebrate those who protect our rights

Those who protest the show don’t realize that those very fighter jets protect their free speech.

People watch the Chicago Air and Water Show from North Avenue Beach on Aug. 19, 2018.
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As we get ready for one of the best events of the summer where millions will come to frolic at the lakefront — the Chicago Air and Water Show — I am reminded of the irony that there will be protesters at the show.

Just what will they be protesting? They claim each year that the show is a commercial for war, that it is a bad thing.

But what they don’t realize is that those very fighter jets actually protect their right to protest their own government. They forget that in much of the world, such protesters would be banned by their government or worse, killed.

Yet here, because of these powerful machines protecting us, they can protest. It should remind us all that a beautiful Constitution with beautiful rights doesn’t mean much without Uncle Sam’s muscle when needed.

To which I say, bring on the roar.

William Choslovsky, Lincoln Park

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