Saturday, September 24, 2005

Exhausted Heroes

I have noticed the insurgence of many Americans as we have committed what I consider to be high treason. Yet, I will say that such insurgence arises due to the incompetence of our federal government in foreign affairs over the last 50 years. Albeit, such incompetence should not warrant the anti-government subculture which has apparently emerged.

I can recall that about 225 years ago our pre-nation was united under the common vision of establishing our independence. This independence has been tested countless times throughout history with the war of 1812 and the ensuing Civil War five decades later. Our nation endured the Spanish American War of 1898, as well as The Great War almost a generation later.

We witnessed the rise and fall of three major fascist dictators, as well as the regime which those dictators represented. Yet, through it all the American soldier was always there. He was there battling for the ideals which he too believed. He left his home, his family, and his life in order to ensure that we might continue to salute our stars and stripes. From the surrender at Yorktown to the beaches of Normandy, our soldiers were there representing everything that gave us the right to say that we are Americans.

He fought for us at Antietam and Ghettysburg, while he cried for us on the Western Front. He even sailed to an unknown fate towards the island of Iwo Jima. He looked into the eyes of death and smiled...because he knew that American - his nation - would be proud of him.

And she was proud of him. But as it would prove, her pride became disgust. Her salutes became middle fingers. And her smiles of approval soon became suspicious expressions of doubt. No longer is the American soldier revered. No longer do people commit suicide because they are unable to go to war (happened in WWII and maybe some others). Instead, we feign sickness. We draft dodge, and we sneer at his role.

Leave it to people like Cindy Sheehan to resurrect the spirit of the post-Vietnam era. Leave it me, to crucify it once again.


At 12:34 AM, Blogger Goat said...

Great post William

At 1:45 AM, Blogger Poison Pero said...

I was right.....Which is why I had to email you, William. --> You know what I mean, my friend.

Great post.

At 12:23 PM, Blogger Mark said...

You said it, brother. Talk on, talk on.

At 5:56 PM, Blogger Pamela Reece said...

Excellent post, William! Truly a walk through history and one that so many forget!

At 9:22 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

A soldier should be respected and honored.
I enjoyed this post very much.
We adopted a soldier through Solders' Angels and I write a few letters a week to solders through Any Soldier.
These organizations make me able to show my appreciation and care for those who are serving on behalf of my country and in defense of my family.
Those who scoff at our soldiers are truly biting the hands that are protecting them.
They'd be crying out for soldiers if someone like Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi was in their neighborhood.

At 11:58 AM, Anonymous mustardman said...

Hi William.

While I respect the sacrifices made by American soldiers, I think that we should remember what that sacrifice means.

They died to give us a society of free thinkers. Free thinking means sometimes, as patriots, we should question what our military and government is doing.

Was it right to burn villages in Vietnam? No. Is is right to kill innocent Iraq families in their homes? No.

Mark Twain said the true patriot is the person who supports their country always, but their government only when it deserves it.

I would agree. And I think Cindy Sheehan is the most patriotic person in America... remember, she sacrificed her son for the right to speak her mind.

At 8:51 PM, Blogger William said...

Hi Mustardman, (thanks for stopping by)

I do understand what you are saying. I do respect Mark Twain's quote by the way.

I do not condone the lawlessness of our soldiers in areas like Iraq, Somolia, and even Vietnam.

Yet, it is our responsibility to support those who lay their lives down for our nation. Whether we agree with the war, we must support our troops.

Cindy Sheehan is not a patriot, by the way. Patriots do not say things like this: "CNN has spent too much time on the huricane. There are other issues in our nations that must deal with."

At 2:27 AM, Blogger Cabe said...

Ah, the idiocy of the 60's. Do Libs still blame Nixon for Vietnam? Lol


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