Memorial Day

I read recent posts, and I am impressed by the deep political discourse regarding my State’s “liberal media,” many States opposition to Obamacare, and the attention paid to a coed’s weiner-pic.

I thought Redstate more serious, but perhaps I am wrong.

I spend this day remembering one of Napoleon’s troops (a relative), ancestors of Wife and I who fought together in the Revolution and against each other at Vicksburg, a Great Uncle whom France thought deserved the Croix de Guerre (from WWI), another Great Uncle who lies in Henri Chappelle (Belgium) from WWII. We also remember many others who fought and sometimes died in wars. Many ancestors have fought for what they believed.

Few in Congress have ever served, and few (if any) care about beliefs other than those that (when espoused) might win them the next election. Supporters and detractors on Redstate (and elsewhere) are oft more concerned with politics than practice.

Please take a day off, and honor the millions of simple Americans from all backgrounds and politics that have served their country in wars because they believed in America. Please think about the hundreds of thousands who have died for Freedom and Democracy.

Please ask every politician that might send us to war or surrender if they have the fortitude or belief of any common American.

Were half the power, that fills the world with terror,
Were half the wealth, bestowed on camps and courts,
Given to redeem the human mind from error,
There were no need of arsenals or forts:

The Arsenal at Springfield, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet, and the namesake of my Elementary School.

–Greycloak, an American Citizen and Voter