Friday, May 25, 2007

Memorial Day Really Means Something

I sat and listened to the President of the United States speaking today from the Rose Garden at the White House. Mr. Bush spoke of the importance of Iraq, why the Immigration Bill was so important, why individuals could find small details in the bill to reject, but that taken as a package, the bill was something that could pass and revolutionize Immigration in America.

We would make sure that the bill had something for everyone. There would be no amnesty. And so on and so forth and on and on. We would be politically correct and see this through to the bitter end.

As far as I am concerned, "political correctness" is the result of the two political partys getting away from compromising and instead fighting every issue to the death. What is typical of today is that you can ask people of either party and they will agree with this thesis. If you ask a Democratic, they will say that they Republicans started it and that it has become a tradition now. And, to no ones surprise, if you ask a Republican, you get exactly the reverse, that the Democrats started the problem, and that now the Republicans are doing the same thing in return. I can hear my father screaming at me that if someone jumped off a bridge, would I do the same thing, and wasn't I EVER going to learn to think for myself. I'm hoping for a better Immigration Bill, myself.

Which brings me to the purpose of my post. This weekend is Memorial Day. I find it a solemn occasion. I am really privileged. I got to grow up in this country, I got to work, get an education, succeeded reasonably well, have great friends, eat more than a human being should legally eat and generally have it pretty well. I don't live in a place like Darfur, a place I send money and wish I could stop the genocide. I generally feel pretty impotent not doing more.

There's other places where we have troops fighting, and hopefully in some of these places, people will end up freer than they were before. Maybe one day the United Nations will be able to do something. Maybe one day freedom will be universal. In the history of this country, every generation has fought a war. I wish I could guarantee you that each and every generation had fought a war to keep us free. I prefer to think that because the people that wear the uniform and answer the call to service do it with well-meaning hearts. I pray their lives were well spent regardless of my political feelings which may be to the contrary. Regardless, the openness and freedom of the society that I have the good fortune to live in is paid for by the lives of the people in uniform who keep me and you free. We are indebted to them, and Monday is the day we should turn our thoughts to them and the sacrifices they have made for us.

I am writing today to say that i am grateful and most appreciative for the gift they have given me. I hope you'll join me. I have a fabulous weekend planned. The cornerstone is when I get to play with a 9 year old and a 12 year old and I get to act my real age, a kid again. I'm getting really tired of being an adult. Have a great weekend y'all.

11 comments:

Glamourpuss said...

Make sure your inner child gets to eat ice cream - preferably whilst swinging on the swings in the park.

Puss

cmhl said...

happy memorial day ---- hope you have a good weekend!!

Lee said...

When I lived near family, Memorial Day used to include a visit to the cemetery. We would bring flowers and sit and remember for a moment our lost loved ones. It was always a poignant moment. Now I remember from afar.

Matt said...

You'll throw those kids for a loop by pulling a tantrum.

Alison said...

Have a great weekend. You deserve it.

Wicked H said...

An inspiring post, well done.

Go forth and frolic like a kid and have a blast!

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I agree completely. I do not believe in Mr. Bush's war, but I do support our troops who as you stated so eloquently, make our privileged lifestyle possible.

Enjoy every chance you get to act your age because we are all children inside.

Odat said...

Thank you for pointing out what this weekend is really about....now go play!!!
Peace

cinders said...

Did you see that a bird shat on the president at said press conference?

AmyTree said...

Amen to that!! No matter what I think of the President... those fighting have my full and whole-hearted support!!

My Reflecting Pool said...

Memorial day has always been just another day to bbq. This past weekend was one to remember.