Friday, November 11

Veteran's Day


(Hat Tip: Realwest, for the pic)

Today is a day to remember that without those hard men (and now women as well) who stand ready to do unto other others before they do unt you and I. Without them we wouldn't have the right to be here.

It is The Soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us Freedom of the press.

It is The Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us Freedom of speech.

It is The Soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us Freedom to demonstrate.

It is The Soldier, not the lawyer, Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is The Soldier who salutes the flag, Who serves under the
flag and Whose coffin is draped by the flag

Who allows the protester to burn the
flag

Remember this. No truer words have ever been spoken. Freedom isn't a birthright, and it damn sure isn't free. It can be taken from you at any time by people who are willing to use force, if you aren't willing to step up and say no with superior force. Right now, it is our troops in the field who are paying the price for our freedom.

For that we owe them a debt that will be difficult to repay. While the MSM and the L³eft may claim Iraq has nothing to do with the War on Terror, al Zarqawi seems to differ. He sees it as the main front. Since he seems to be running al Qaeda now that Osama's pushing up Daisy Cutters in Tora Bora, I think he might know a little more about what the Islamofascists think than, say, Mike al Moore.

That said, the War could come back to the United States. Just look to France, and see how that is so very possible. If it does, then we owe the men and women who have kept us safe a debt. We are the home front. By law, all of us (or nearly all) are part of the unorganized militia of the United States of America.

The burden of defending this country doesn't just fall on those who wear the Uniform. It never has. They won't fail us in the field, and they never have.

But we can fail them.

Vietnam wasn't lost on the battelfield, it was lost in the streets of America. It was lost when we allowed traitors like Hanoi Jane and John Kerry to abuse the very freedoms the men in Vietnam were dying to defend. Today we have Mother Moonbat, Teddy Kennady, Dick Durbin (D-al Qaeda), and the like. Right now our duty is to confront them with words. To not give them a pass on their treason.

If they or their supporters decide to take to the streets, well, we have our duty there too. In Vietnam, the home front failed. Now is not the time or place for recriminations about that, but the truth of it is obvious.

The past is over and done. We must look to the future. There are those who are actively working to try and cause us to lose this war even as I write this. I frankly don't care about their motivation.

They must not be allowed to succeed.

That is the debt that we owe the brave men and women who have fought and died to give us, to give me, the freedom to write this. Time to step up.

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