People who know me know that it takes a lot to get me truly riled up. They also know that it takes a LOT more before I say anything for public consumption.

However, a recent event has made my blood boil and, to me, it’s worth the expected and imminent backlash to speak out.

I’m referring to the people in Ontario who are protesting closures by holding our Canadian flag upside down. I have some words for you.

You are slapping the faces of the brave men and women who died for your right to live in a free country that allows you to protest. Some of them were my friends.

You are slapping the faces of the brave men and women who came back from war zones, broken in body, or in spirit, or both. Some of them have witnessed things that no human should ever witness. Some of them have PTSD so badly that they have trouble functioning in society. Some of them are my friends.

You are slapping the faces of the families of veterans, young and old, who have to pick up the pieces when their loved one comes home from a war zone as a much different person, and not in a good way. Some of them are my friends.

It was 42 years ago yesterday that my best friend died while flying as a Snowbird in an air show over Grand Prairie, AB. We flew supersonic jet fighters together during the Cold War in Europe and he was the best pilot I’ve known in my life. You are slapping his face. And his widow’s face. And his children’s faces. And those of the many, many people who knew him and loved him.

For you cretins who are whining about your civil rights, you need to understand that with rights come responsibilities.

I have a suggestion for you.

Go and stand outside the home of Constable Heidi Stevenson and hold the Canadian flag upside down and see what happens.

Go and stand outside the homes of the brave men and women who died in the Canadian Forces helicopter crash last week, and hold the Canadian flag upside down. See the reaction you get.

Go to the next Remembrance Day service and hold the Canadian flag upside down and see how people respond.

Go and stand outside the veterans wing of Sunnybrook hospital in Toronto and hold the Canadian flag upside down. Those veterans are in their 80s and 90s and most are too feeble to react in the way they’d like, but their families are younger.

Don’t even get me started on how you are insulting our front line health care workers and first responders, who will be saving some of your sorry asses, at great risk to their own lives.

Oh, by the way, do this alone, all by yourself, not surrounded by a mob of ungrateful cretins. It’s amazing how cowardly people become when they are separated from the mob and have to protest all by their little selves.

Go ahead. I dare you.