While everyone is preparing for a barbecue and whatnot, please give a moment to think about the veterans who have given their all for us. Whether we think a war is just or not, they are doing their jobs.
“We reflect on those who have gone before us. We reflect on their service and their sacrifice on behalf of our great nation,” said Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Craparotta, who commands a Marine division in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province. “We should also remember those serving today who embody that same commitment of service and sacrifice. They are committed to something greater than themselves and they muster the physical and moral courage to accomplish extraordinary feats in battle.”
And yes, I do find it somewhat ironic that the day before Memorial Day the president signed into law an extension of the Patriot Act that explicitly takes our freedoms away.
“Congress has once again chosen to rubberstamp the Patriot Act and its overreaching provisions. Since its passage nearly a decade ago, the Patriot Act has been used improperly again and again by law enforcement to invade Americans’ privacy and violate their constitutional rights,” said Laura Murphy, of the ACLU, in a statement.
As regular readers know, it is difficult for me to pay lip service to anything, especially to a war that I still think was about oil and designed to benefit our corporations. However, the stark naked Patriot Act renewal makes it hard to choke out that our troops overseas are protecting our freedoms when we just let those freedoms be signed away, without comment.
So in your thoughts and prayers today, please include bringing our troops home safe, sound, and soon. It is the best thing we can do to honor them.