Memorial Day 2011

America is exceptional for many reasons.  Our military is very much at the top of that list.  Their courage is undeniable; we have had years of recent examples proving that courage, in addition to our less recent history.  Men and women suffering the most horrific injuries and yet demonstrating an attitude that leaves the rest of us in shame over petty complaints.

The men and women of our military reflect an idea we take for granted and rarely discuss.  Despite changes in the political landscape they are committed to the idea that a military should be controlled by civilian leaders; it is not, to them, simply a constitutional dictate to observe it is a deeply held value that reflects their view of America. It is an instinctual understanding of the intents of the founding.  That belief separates us from the long parade of: dictatorships, military juntas, coup d’états and banana republics strewn throughout history based on the presence of a political military.  We have only to look to present day Egypt, Syria, Libya or Pakistan to judge the impact of a political military. 

Our military is so jealously committed to the proposition of civilian control that despite frequent frustrations, our system and our liberties are guaranteed to the extent they have it in their power to do so.  They should be honored not just in the context of the 2.6 million dead and wounded in our history but for that commitment to the Constitution and for the exceptional standards they assign to themselves.  As much as free speech or a free press, a military committed to constitutional principals and freedoms is what truly guarantees America.  Our political discourse never considers how the military will react to political issues and yet we fail to understand how unique that is. We maintain no fear that our military will impact the political balance of power.  There can be little doubt that over the broad scope of history, this is a truly exceptional circumstance.

Polling identifies the American military as the institution Americans hold in highest regard; second place is not even close.  The American military functions in an orbit that transcends party and politics.  The American public in vast majority assumes, with good reason and an abundance of evidence, that the military posses and applies values and selfless commitments absent in most of our institutions.  Those ‘other’ institutions would be vastly improved were they half as selfless; or courageous.       

On this day, reflection is unavoidable, it should be unavoidable: the lives, the sacrifice, the trauma, the families and the unselfish contributions that millions have made in support of the gifts of freedom.  

To those who do and did serve, thank you, thank you for …… EVERYTHING!

  • Bill Hedges

    I am spending this long week end watching war movies I have seen many times. I also watched a Samuel Jackson movie called “Unthinkable”. About nuclear bombs planted in American. What we would do to get that information from person who knows the locations. This great actor did a outstanding performance. I think his best. I recommend this movie.

    There is another war we face that came from within. Desire to help those in need beyond reason. Blind Democrat eyes. Eyes with votes in their hearts, not our Nation’s welfare. A recession that still has earmarks of ruining of our Country forever.

    “nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that the Obama administration policies would dump $9.7 trillion onto the national debt by 2020. The projected national debt by 2020, according to the CBO, would top $20.3 trillion.”

    When is barry going to cut deficit ?

    “I refuse to leave our children with a debt they cannot repay,” We cannot and will not sustain deficits like these without end. … We cannot simply spend as we please.”

    Barack Hussein Obama II

    Certainly not in his 2011 budget. He adds MORE. As Tiny Tim would say. Democrats, in control of House, Senate, and Presidency misses the deadline to pass budget due Oct. 1, 2010. Heard now they are working on a budget. If anything like barry’s plan, don’t expect reduction in debt, rather to the contrary.

    Would be hilarious to hear barry run on reducing the National debt. Opponent would simple point out his 2011 budget debt. Maybe barry would counter recession was Bush’s fault. War expense did not cause housing market to drop and people unqualified to buy homes to go into bankrupt or simple loose their homes. Wars did cause Wall Street to fail. Was bad home loan paper they bought. Bad loans lawyer obama, Acorn, and Bill Clinton pushed using improperly Carter’s reinvestment act.

    Beginning year elected, Bush gave many warnings of trouble ahead. Ignored, we got FULL BLAST of RECESSION, maybe not done:

    “Nancy Pelosi (D) Caught Lying: Says Bush Didn’t Warn Congress About Financial Crisis”


    “April: The Administration’s FY02 budget declares that the size of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is “a potential problem,” because “financial trouble of a large GSE could cause strong repercussions in financial markets, affecting Federally insured entities and economic activity.”


    “May: The President calls for the disclosure and corporate governance principles contained in his 10-point plan for corporate responsibility to apply to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. (OMB Prompt Letter to OFHEO, 5/29/02)”

    Just the first two warnings.

    When Bush and McCain tried to pass regulations (Yes, we re FOR good regulations), by a all Democrat vote it FAILED.

    “I don’t see anything in this report that raises safety and soundness problems.”

    Barney Frank


  • D.D.Mao


    Thank you for the moving tribute to our military.I can’t speak for all members of the military but this G.I. appreciates it along with all the support this site has shown over the years.
    thanks again……D.D.M.

  • landreaux

    Thank you for your service it IS appreciated.