Though I take great pride and pleasure in skewering DUMB@$$E$ and Republicans- and sometimes there’s a very fine line separating the two- there are also times when partisanism should take a back seat to much more important issues. Today- Veteran’s Day- is one of those times. Whether you are a Liberal or a Conservative, Hawk or Pacificist, Evangelical or Atheist, we are all Americans. Without the sacrifices of those brave men and women- our sons and daughters, friends, lovers, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers- who went to war knowing full well that they might not return to their homes and families, this would be a much different place. For that reason, I want to take a moment to recognize, honor, and appreciate those who have died in the service of their country.
Good people can and do disagree on the validity of war and the struggles that war represents. There can be no disputing, however, that good people have died in the service of the ideal that America stands for. Whether the cause has been just or not, Americans have willingly followed orders, done their duty, and sometimes died while doing so. We should all be grateful to those who have left home never to return. No memorial can adequately thank those who died in the service of the country they loved. Perhaps the best we can do for them is to never forget their sacrifice, and to make certain that our children and our children’s children never forget, either. A humble “thank you” seems so horribly inadequate, but the fact that I can utter those words in a free country can be taken as the ultimate memorial to the sacrifice of so many thousands of young Americans.