Monday, May 25, 2015
Remember. . .
We spend too much time talking about and paying attention to feelings. We are more consumed with how we feel than just about anything else. Those soldiers who served without hesitation, who paid the cost with haunting memories, the loss of friends and family, chronic wounds and loss of limb, and especially those who died on hills, in fox holes, in the air, one the sea, so far from home. . . they deserve more from us than good feelings and even gratitude. If their serve and their sacrifice means anything to us, then it calls us as a nation to stop the foolish feeding frenzy of presumed slight, to demand an end to the crazed reaction to injustice that loots, steals, and destroys, to refuse the senseless litany of rights demanded by those unwilling to pay even the smallest cost of liberty, and to challenge the selfish slavery of the moment by remembering those whose support of freedom was paid in blood, sweat, pain, and death.
Our political conversation is dominated by questions of what the candidates will do for me. Our terrible treatment of those who would be candidates almost guarantees that the best people will not seek to run. Our fear of the future betrays the America that led countless soldiers to defend freedom on every field in unpopular conflicts amid the worst possible conditions. Our nation is only as strong as those who will hear and heed the call to service -- formally in the armed forces or informally as responsible citizens. Our punishment will be to get the kind of society we fought to prevent -- unless we are willing to work together as hard as those who are working to tear down and destroy the fragile liberty but one generation away from surrender to those who refuse to follow where our ancestors walked.
Just a few thoughts on Memorial Day as I remember two of the greatest generation and pray that they and their like are not the last. . .
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"Our terrible treatment of those who would be candidates almost guarantees that the best people will not seek to run."
This is relativist sentence. In addition to the uncertainty of which category of the use of "Our" belongs, there is also the failure to distinguish between worthy candidates, who receive terrible treatment by opponents and the fifth-column media, and unworthy candidates, whose candidacy should be treated with appropriate disgust, mockery, and ridicule.
"Our fear of the future betrays the America that led countless soldiers to defend freedom on every field in unpopular conflicts amid the worst possible conditions."
The America that led countless soldiers to defend freedom on every field in unpopular conflicts amid the worst possible conditions has already been betrayed (in the most treacherous sense) by cowardly leaders in the three branches of the federal government who allowed wars to be fought without a constitutional declaration of war and its requirement of victory, by the enemy's surrender or the enemy's annhilation.
I attended a Memorial day service today at Fort Bayard National Cemetery and to my joy more people than ever attended. What an honor to live in New Mexico and be a veteran. One can only pray a prayer of thanksgiving for such a wonderful tribute to our veterans and those who gave the ultimate price.
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