I also like to point out to them that the U.S. Military hasn’t “defended our freedoms” since long before any of us were born. I know they like to SAY that, but it’s nonsense. The primary role of the U.S. military is to force the political will of the United States on other countries through show and use of arms. I mention that, if they consider what it is our military really does, they’ll see it’s not unlike simply marching into a country and forcing our version of “democracy” down their throats while, at the same time, protecting our foreign oil interests.
They usually don’t like and/or understand that.
So, what they’re saying is, “I don’t like that these men and women have the nerve to protest right in front of my rampant nationalism.”