Geroge Orwell

We sleep safe in our beds at because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.

Sunday, November 11, 2007


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.

Why? Because.

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.


Steve said...

Hi Gary,

Nice read.

Anonymous said...

Let me first start off by saying that I support our troops 100%. But It seems to me that you have confused the two policies of Church and State. By singing patriotic songs in church you are going against the policy of church and state, which was explicitly stated in the Constitution of the United States of America. Not everyone in the United States is American. In fact if you are unaware, the USA is a combination of Japanese, Chinese, Latin Americans,
Europeans and sooo many more cultures. These people who live here have special days to commemorate the people who died for them, for example in latin america the 15th of September was declared an international holiday to memorialize the independence of central america from Spain, it like veterans day commemorates the lives of all the brave men and woman who have sacrificed their lives. Now a lot of Americans are against latinos, calling them "dirty mexicans," you wonder why these people do not want to celebrate your holidays. Now I personally respect EVERY man and woman who has sacrificed their life for my country, having handfulls of friends who are currently in the service. I may not agree with our countries international policies, but I support our troops and hold them in the highest regard. People all commemorate and grieve in their own way. It is not a ministers responsibility to celebrate veterans day in a relgious setting, in fact it goes against our constitution, which emphasizes the importance of the separation of church and state. I wish you, a belated veterans day, and hope that you will uphold our constitution.

MightyMom said...


sorry, I'm late finding you here but that anonymous comment just made me laugh out loud.

what a crock.

actually there is no constitutional decree stating separation of church and state....

next. if you are a citizen of the United States of AMERICA you are an American....dingaling.

and finally, shut up and sing God Bless America and the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

OK, I'll stop now.

great post pops (stole the name from Dad.) :-)