A relatively simple answer comes to mind....because. However we must go farther and explore the question, why what? Today is Veterans Day, a day that every American, black, white, oriental, hispanic, or what ever should be celebrating with great gusto.
Why? Because were it not for many, many young men in the early times of this county and the men and women of later times none of us would be free. Free! Free for what? Free to watch Football, NASCAR, NBA, dog shows, and television channels that sell everything under the sun. But many are not celebrating this day. They are sitting on their butts doing what they do every Sunday. Have they forgot what this day is? Do they not care that thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen have fought and died so they can sit on their butts! Do they not remember there are currently 165,000 young people who are in "Harms Way" so the people can sit on their butts and watch TV 364 days a year. Can't they give up one lousy day for every red blooded American to stand up and shout from the highest hill, THANK YOU, Veterans!!! Thank you for giving me Freedom, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness and everything else that goes along with living in this wonderful county.
Can't we give one hour in our church to sing "Onward Christian Soldiers, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, or God Bless America!" Can't the minister, preacher, rabbi, or imam shout from the pulpit, THANK YOU GOD, for this wonderful county called The United States of America!
Why, why when so much is at stake with our lives and freedoms do we not have the spirit and intestinal fortitude to stand up and be counted.
Because what has made this county so great is what will tear it down. We try to protect everyone. We try to give the same freedom to everyone. We try to include everyone. We try, we try and we try. Many folks look for Utopia. People, there is no place on earth by that name. Only can we hope to achieve an all inclusive world outside this world. Don't waste your energy looking for someplace that doesn't exist. For now as you draw your next breath of life in The United States of America, believe and know you are as close to Utopia as you will get in this world.
Thank you Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen,
Thank you so very much for your sacrifice.
The Shepherd of Hermas - Book I, Vision 3, Chapter 1 - abide as you now do in your simplicity, and you will sit with them, and with all who do their deeds and bear what they have borne.
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