Location: Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States

I'm an ordained United Methodist minister no longer pastoring churches, a former media producer with skills ten years out of date, a writer trying to sell my first novel, and a sales associate keeping body and soul together working for the People's Republic of Corporate America. I'm married to the most wonderful woman in the world, who was my best friend for 17 years before we married.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day

Today is the day set aside to honor the memory of all those who have died in battle serving in America's armed forces.

I do honor them. They laid their lives on the line and paid the ultimate price. What they did allowed us to have the freedom now to protest sending any more to die in a useless cause.

It bothers me that those in power who never have to risk anything for the greater good of the country make all the noises about our honored dead and how we must strive on so that these latest will not have died in vain. What they are saying now, with the Iraq debacle, is that we have to keep sending more to die in order to make legitimate the useless deaths of those who have already died in an illegitimate cause.

Last time: Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, Saddam was a terrible dictator, but not the worst in the world, and the Bush Administration knew there were no WMD's.

Still, I respect those who went to Vietnam and died, those who went into Grenada and died, those who went into Panama and died, and all those who died for other Presidential ego trips. It wasn't their fault. They thought they were doing their duty, and I respect that.

Happy Memorial Day.


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