I’ve been holding my tongue and trying to be calm since Memorial Day, but I really need to say a few things. I am sick to death of most of my fellow Americans. I don’t care how many say the right things, it’s actions which speak louder than words, and having seen my fellow citizens in action, I am of a mind to start drinking and not sober up.
Monday, with my youngest in tow, I headed out for the local parade and the ceremonies which follow. Hundreds of the locals lined the sidewalks. It was a great turnout, but considering their lack of respect and general manners, I would have rather they stayed at home.
Set aside the obese folks, the people wearing clothes never designed for their body shapes. Pink shorts and spandex tops are NOT designed for 200+ pound females, especially those who would charitably max out at 5’4″ high. No, my complaint comes from the ignorant, lazy attitudes of those watching the parade.
FEW bothered to stand up, let alone salute the colors as they passed by. It was easy to spot the veterans in the parade. They were the ones rendering honors. the rest were busy sucking on their water bottles and fanning themselves, waiting to be entertained! Veterans and their families stood and rendered honors, but hundreds just sat and stared at them, wondering what all the fuss was about.
Later, at the memorial service for those local citizens who had been lost in service of their country, it was much of the same. Whether for the prayers, benediction, presentation of wreaths, colors, or even taps, many just sat on their asses and watched with bored indifference the proceedings. It was pitiful to see, and infuriating.
More and more, I am of the belief that Robert Heinlein had it right in his concept of citizenship in his novel “Starship Troopers”. I agree with him. Citizenship should be available only to those with military service. If you don’t want to serve, then that is fine. However, only those with honorable military service may vote, hold elective office, have a government job, or be eligible for government benefits. The price of citizenship should involve some form of national service, particularly military service. If you are NOT willing to risk your life on behalf of your nation, to ensure and protect the blessings of liberty, then you have no right to claim those for yourself.
I’ll be back to normal posting tomorrow. Hopefully, my blood pressure will be down by then. 🙂