Former Senator Fred Thompson, the Tennessee Republican who now plays the District Attorney on Law & Order on NBC, has uttered some pertinent thoughts on the Iraqi war that are a welcome antidote to the anti-war rhetoric prevalent in Hollywood.

In a 30-second spot for Citizens United, Thompson talks about the source of freedom. As America makes a momentous commitment to protecting liberty, Thompson’s script bears quoting in full:

“I read something recently worth thinking about.
“It’s the soldier, not the campus organizer, who’s given us freedom to demonstate.
“It’s the soldier, not the reporter, who’s given us freedom of the press.
“It’s the soldier, not the poet, who’s given us freedom of speech.
“It’s the soldier, who serves under the flag, who defends the protesters’ right to burn the flag.
“Isn’t it time now to demonstrate that we support our troops?
“Were it not for the brave, there be no land of the free.”