It’s Memorial Day


Today is the day we honor those who died in the service of our nation. Most of them were just kids who died far from home. They didn’t all die heroically, but they were all heroes.

One of the things that always stuck in my craw is the contemptuous way so many progressives dismiss our military. They pay lip service to “support the troops” but they treat them as criminals and victims rather than heroes. They didn’t serve and think everyone who does serve is either a dumb redneck or a loser who can’t find a better job than cannon fodder.

It’s true that our government has wasted the lives of far too many of our service men and women. It’s also true that far too often they have failed to treat our living veterans with the respect they deserve. But that does not diminish the sacrifice those men and women made.

Today is not about glorifying war, it is about honoring those who gave their lives for our country.

They earned it.

“Roman matrons used to say to their sons: “Come back with your shield, or on it.” Later on, this custom declined. So did Rome.” – Robert A. Heinlein

Vietnam Memorial Statue, Washington D.C.

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46 Responses to It’s Memorial Day

  1. swanspirit says:

    It is the Soldier, not the minister, who has given us freedom of religion.
    It is the Soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
    It is the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
    It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to protest.
    It is the Soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
    It is the Soldier, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.
    It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
    Who serves beneath the flag,
    And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
    Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
    ~Charles M. Province

  2. yttik says:

    This Memorial Day, I wish all our veterans knew how much they were loved, not just by a grateful nation, but personally too. I wish they could see all the wives, daughters, family, friends, who also “gave all” loving them.

  3. myiq2xu says:

    No end to scandals in sight for embattled Obama White House

    Batten down the hatches and wait for the storm to clear.

    That’s the advice veteran Washington Democrats are urging on a White House that has been embattled for a full two weeks by the triad of controversies revolving around the IRS, Benghazi and the Justice Department’s seizure of reporters’ phone records. No-one expects the pressure to let up anytime soon.

    “There is blood in the water and the sharks are circling,” said Jim Manley, who spent years as the top communications aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) before moving on to a career at a lobbying firm.

    “The last thing the White House needs to do is to make any unnecessary quick moves — by making dramatic personnel changes, for example.”

    Mike McCurry, who labored as White House Press Secretary for President Bill Clinton during the feverish early days of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, opted for a different marine metaphor.

    “The temptation, when you have some variety of these feeding frenzies, is only to worry about the churning water and not the longer-term horizon,” he said. “The critical thing is to not lose sight of the larger agenda that the president got elected to execute.”

    The advice from the likes of Manley and McCurry is finding a receptive audience at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. McCurry recently spoke with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, and came away impressed with the discipline McDonough was instilling in the rest of the staff.

    McDonough, as has been widely reported, wants to cap at 10 percent the amount of White House time that gets spent responding to the furors of the moment rather than advancing the president’s broader agenda.

    Let me know how that works out for you.

  4. wmcb says:

    Bless them all.

    One of the things the progs do with people they can’t find a slot for in their world view, yet don’t want to outright demonize, is to dehumaize them by removing their agency. IOW, soldiers are victims – they are being exploited by the Evil Militarialists and don’t even know it, the poor dumb sods.

    They do the same thing with some black conservatives, women who are libertarians or whatever, those flyover rednecks who keep “voting against their interests”. The nicer progs who don’t just spit on and revile them neatly decide that these people don’t know what they are doing, or else have no choice – being oppressed and unenlightened and all.

    It’s dehumazing, because it’s a removal of agency of their own. It’s zero respect for the person’s own ability to make choices (choices that perhaps you disagree with). It’s infantilizing dismissal, a refusal to accede that disagreement even exists in any real way. The prog world view is the totality of reality, anything outside it is not merely wrong, it is not real.

    Their first preference is to call the other Evil. If societal constraints are such that Evil isn’t a good option, then they resort to calling the other Poor Victim. That is, by and large, what they do with soldiers.

    • myiq2xu says:

      The other group I despise are the ones who evaded service when they were eligible but are gung-ho to send someone else to die for our country.

      The chickenhawks.

      • myiq2xu says:

        In the run-up to the invasion of Iraq the biggest hawks were guys who never served. People that have been to war are reluctant to start new ones.

  5. 1539days says:

    The Left has deservedly had to fight against a perception that they are anti-military. During Vietnam, there was so much irrational hatred toward soldiers that they were often attacked and assaulted when they came home.

    When the Gulf War started in 1991, there was a concerted effort to pay lip service to supporting the troops. By support, they mostly meant not calling soldiers baby killers and spitting on them. They still dismissed them as dupes and offered to help them escape their deployment.

    Now, we have an administration that started off calling them potential terrorists. They are being used as PR tolls and umbrella stands for the President. It’s a good thing soldiers are as noble as they are, or Obama would be in the middle of ocean right now, without an umbrella.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Time to revisit the Gibson Guitars raid ? That never did make sense to me at the time, but someone’s connecting the dots ….

    • 1539days says:

      I actually remember at the time that (only conservative) sites mentioned that Gibson was a Republican donor and one of the other guitar companies may have been an Obama supporter.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Yes, I thought that was a nifty coincidence too. But now that all this other stuff is surfacing, along with Romney’s other fat cat donors, I just go hmmmmm, hmmmmm, hmmmmm 😀

        • leslie says:

          Remember when the chant from the school children was, “hmmmmm, hmmmmm, hmmmmm… Barack Hussein Obama”

          It still applies, doesn’t it? (only in a way that for me means “I told you so about that creep”)

  7. myiq2xu says:
  8. Greetings from Yellowstone! Lord it is beautiful here! No cell phone service, no news, and a spotty internet connection.
    I love it!

  9. leslie says:

    One of the things that always stuck in my craw is the contemptuous way so many progressives dismiss our military.
    . . .They didn’t serve and think everyone who does serve is either a dumb redneck or a loser who can’t find a better job than cannon fodder.

    This is the reason I left the local anti-war group I was in. There were people in that group who would have you believe that going on welfare was more honorable than actually working in any capacity for the military. I used to get into “heated discussions” about this and finally left because there was no reasoning with these guys . . . and they were the “leaders” of the group.

  10. HELENK says:

    I will bring this up from downstairs

    A Warrior’s Tale

    • HELENK says:

      The warrior’s tale is a simple enough thing. Strong as steel, but fragile as chance. It is the wind in his soul and the wall we build around ourselves to tell us who we are.

      Before there were cities or nations, and railways and airports, computers and telephones—the tale was told around campfires. Acted out in pantomime, dressed up in animal furs and cave paintings. But the tale was the same. The people were confronted with a threat and they called upon the best and strongest of their men to go out and fight it. These were their warriors. What they did in the face of that threat is the tale.

      please take the time to read the whole thing

  11. HELENK says:

    this article says so much. many have lost sight of just what Memorial Day is about

  12. foxyladi14 says:

    two Judges good 🙂 one bad Judge 😦

  13. swanspirit says:

    This was SO MUCH FUN
    P.J. O’Rourke

    “You’re stupid,” is not something even his most severe critics usually say to President Barack Obama. But on Friday morning I picked up the Wall Street Journal and learned that the president had given a speech about the war on terror saying, “This war, like all wars, must end.”

    That story was at the top of the front page. Immediately below was a photograph of flowers being laid at a makeshift memorial near the Woolwich Royal Arsenal where machine gunner Lee Rigby was hacked to death by terrorists.

    This war, like all wars, must end when someone wins it. The president—speaking at the National Defense University, of all places—said, “the core of al Qaeda . . . is on the path to defeat.” And so it may be. But meanwhile, the core of al Qaeda, its aims and its beliefs, is also on the path to Boston and London and any number of other places.

    On page 7 of Friday’s Journal was the headline, “Suicide Bombings in Niger Linked to Mali Islamist Group.” On page 9 was a report of terrorist Hezbollah militias aiding the terrorist Assad regime in attacking the rebel-held Syrian city of Qusayr where the rebels themselves are allied with yet more Islamic terrorists. And on pages 4 and 8 were more bad tidings from that perpetrator, abettor, and friend of terrorism, Iran. Iranian fundamentalists, in the chokehold they have on the country’s political system, are improving their grip. And, “according to current and former U.S. officials,” Iran has “escalated a campaign of cyberassaults against U.S. corporations. . . . The hackers were able to gain access to control-system software that could allow them to manipulate oil or gas pipelines.”

    All that on a slow news day.

    you have to read the whole thing , it gets better ! Made me LOL

  14. HELENK says:

    the names and bios of those who have fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan

  15. HELENK says:

    today’s picture is great

  16. HELENK says:

    please help get the word out. many vets having problems with disability. this law school started a law clinic to help them

  17. HELENK says:

    Honor Flights bring WW2 veterans to DC to the WW2 memorial

  18. HELENK says:

    do the veterans today get the ruptured duck pin when they are discharged honorably ?

    I no longer see poppies on Memorial Day and I wonder how many of the newer generations even know what they and the ruptured duck stood for.

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