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I am a 20-year retired military man and veteran of Korea and Vietnam. I am also a Memorial Day drop-out. I retired from the military 30 years ago and have since grown tired of seeing the endless parade of old men doddering about in their ancient uniforms every Memorial Day, as if their military experience was the sum total of their lives. The day I retired, I threw my combat boots to the top of the admin building where I received my discharge, and drove home in my GI socks. The uniforms later went to Goodwill and the dumpster, and I started a new life.
I pay respect to the colors when they pass by and my heart swells with pride at having once been a part of a truly great military. But being in the military doesn’t define me and it wasn’t the most important thing in my life.p>Politicians and the media are fond of using the term, “those who gave their lives” especially when holding forth on Memorial Day. That term sickens me. Those lives weren’t “given”, they were taken forcibly. Ripped away loudly and profanely and certainly not considered a “gift” by the takers. br> — Sid Cowan br> Santa Rosa, CA /p> p> LIVE FOR NEW YORK br> Re: Jackie Mason & Raoul Felder’s
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?