with many thanks, on memorial day   Leave a comment

Traditionally we take one day out of 365 every year to give thanks to those who died defending our nation in times of war and strife.  Why one just one day?   I don’t have a clue.  Our history, that of a nation created and dedicated on principle to create the circumstances which produce freedom and the Rights of Man,  suggests that one day, seven days, 30 days, 365 days per year are just not enough.  Not enough time at all to give thanks and reverence to the men and women who were so committed  to our values that they would lay down their lives to defend them.  But today, at least by the calendar and by tradition, is it.  It would be a no-brainer to thank the soldiers and citizen soldiers of the Greatest Generation who died defending Europe from being swallowed up by collectivism and thus stood up and defended our nation and our interests following the attack by Japan.  A no brainer, yes.  An insult to the memory of those men and women, most definitely.

 

Today, that same collectivism; the specter that Jonah Goldberg calls “fascism with a happy face”, is swallowing up us and the rest of the world.  Unlike the during period the Greatest Generation faced, we are doing little to stand up as they did and say “no’.  Our President and our Congress, much like in the 30s and 40s, are threatening our liberties every day and are preparing us (against our will) for the same nightmare that my Grandparents lived through, fought against, and beat down.  I will not insult them by honoring that fight when my President and my Congress engage in behavior and write legislation which will recreate those events once again. 

 

Today, on the day on which we honor the men and women who died defending our principles, I would like to thank the original American Generation; those men and women  who died in the War for Independence.  Unlike the fallen of Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq, or even the non-war on terror war on terror, those heroes knew and understood fully that for which they were fighting, they were not insulted while being dragged off against their will or manipulated with sentimental and nostalgic rhetoric about “American values” , “sacrifice”, “duty”, “god and country” – the men and women who died in the Revolution died defending the principles of freedom, reason, personal responsibility, self-interest, self-determination, self-rule—they literally died defending the Rights of Man.  How far (far?) we’ve come since then.

 

We continue to ignore the struggle and the blood that they shed , and the amazing result of that struggle.  To now pretend that we honor the dead of America, on this of all days, when we ignore and betray the very values those heroes died for, fills me with sadness; and with hope.  We are beginning to fight back for those principles in Tea Parties across the nation.  Perhaps  now that America is seeing the irony and the hypocrisy of defending “Americanism” while abandoning everything America was, we will once again rise to the occasion as was done before.  Perhaps their will be a second “Greatest Generation” — one that peers  into the lens of history and understands that events do repeat themselves, if we allow ourselves to forget the premises that move those events.

 

We were told at the birth of America that we were being given “a Republic, if you can keep it”.  On Memorial Day, when we honor the fallen — as well as every day on which we still retain that Republic, it is beholden on all of us to do everything we can to keep it.

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Posted May 31, 2010 by cchashadenough in Uncategorized

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