Thank God Such Men Lived

ThinkerMore than 1.3 million Americans have lost their lives fighting our nation’s wars. On Memorial Day this year, before the barbeque grill heats up, take some time to remember them. Following the counsel of General George S. Patton Jr. take a knee and a silent moment and thank God that such people lived.

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. – General George S. Patton Jr.

Do you ever feel bone tired? Not physically tired like you feel after working many days straight with little rest, food, sleep or the comforts of home as our Soldiers often do. I mean the bone tiredness you feel when you have pounded your forehead day after day because you cannot believe what is happening to your country or the lengths to which people will go to embellish their resumes for political gain. You want to reach out and grab the pasty-faced political imbecile by his fat cheeks and shake his big head and ask him just who the hell does he think he is! You want to ask him why, knowing the real sacrifice that American Veterans and their families have made, would you pretend to be one of them? Why would you play on their sympathies and the hearts of real Americans by claiming solidarity with these warrior souls? Why? I expect we all know the answer. Sadly, such conduct is so prevalent that speaking out against its perpetrators sometimes has about as much affect as spitting into the ocean. I am approaching bone tiredness on this issue, but we cannot allow even one voice go silent when it comes to condemnation of these charlatans.

You see, politicians learned long ago that military service, especially combat service, Veterans, their families and serving Soldiers all make great political props. Richard Blumenthal is just another example. I suppose some ego-centric people have a need to fill a perceived failure in their lives with such embellishment. Or, their character is so flawed that lying about who they are becomes second nature. Likely, they are trying to expunge their guilt for the extraordinary efforts they made to avoid danger.

What is even more insidious are people like John Kerry. The man started his political career by casting dispersions on Vietnam combat Veterans. None of lies were ever supported with any evidence beyond his fictional Genghis Kahn speech. The military, the war, Veterans of the war, all of that was cast by Kerry in the worst possible light because, for the times, it was the political prop he needed to launch his leftist political career. Years later, when our nation was again at war, he played up his questioned combat service as a great asset. He was a hero, complete with Swift Boat movies tuned up by Spielberg. War was popular again. Veteran’s status was good. He was a thrice wounded combat hero, but not one of those he accused of lopping off ears and razing villages. He needed that honorable combat service, the political prop, to help him become Commander in Chief.

John Murtha was real proud of his challenged service too. When it was politically expedient however, he had no compunction about labeling his Marine Corps brethren as cold blooded murderers. In a commentary I wrote in 2006, drawing on knowledge of Marines I have known, I told Mr. Murtha that I did not think he would amount to a pimple on a real Marine’s butt. I was called out on that by someone claiming to be a Marine. He said I had no right to say that about Murtha since I had never been a Marine. I was forced to apologize for promoting Murtha to the lofty rank of butt pimple.

Serving Soldiers, Veterans, their families, and especially those men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice deserve our undying gratitude. They do not deserve to be political props.

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 (NIV)

© 2010