Tuesday :: Nov 11, 2008

Veterans Day


by paradox

It will forever be a stain upon my lifetime and the honor of the United States that in a time of war everyday citizens were asked to join the sacrifice by going shopping.

As we honor those who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces it should always be known we have asked too much of our Services without doing enough ourselves, and should our own service (sacrificing our own sons and daughters) be deemed too much then we shouldn’t ask or demand that our service families do so. For far too long our people in the services have served as props for failure, phony patriotism, and bellicose authoritarianism.

Veterans and service members should never assume I am hostile to their mission or path in life, I’ve taken it myself. It is very true that in the coming years I will not stop advocating reduction of Department of Defense spending by at least 30%, but that has nothing to do with my lifelong commitment to real defense of the United States and total determination that all our people who have served get their problems treated and taken care of.

That is not remotely the reality of the day, for Republican leadership despises the “government dependence” of PTSD and other wounds of our veterans, and there is a long progressive fight ahead of our community to making sure our service people and their families, who have borne such an incredibly disproportionate burden of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, be properly taken care of for the rest of their lives.

I will be there for that fight and our veterans, always. I do not forget. Thank you, past and present members of the Navy, Army, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, reserves of all forces, the National Guard, and your families. We are eternally grateful for your service and will be there in the future for you. Peace be with you upon your journey.

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