Our gun-owning Diarist loads up in our Summer issue.
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3. There is nothing in the life of an American man more important than his duty to his country and his love of family. But in a superhuman act of sacrifice, some few incredibly courageous men are willing to leave their families behind and enter heaven early to save this great nation and all decent people in the world.
4. We call these people soldiers, Marines, sailors, airmen and women, National Guard and Reserves and Without Them No Life on this earth is possible.
5. Our gratitude to these men and to the families they have left behind is so great that there are literally no words to express it.
It is impossible to say in words how grateful we are to you and to your loved ones for giving the ultimate sacrifice so we can go on living our lives.
You might look at it this way. Those of us who have not lost a loved one have worries about money or health or surly children or gaining or losing weight. Those of you who have lost your husband or your brother or sister or your son worry about how life can go on, period.
A bad day for us is if our car won’t start. A bad day for you is when you feel as if your heart won’t start.
A bad day for us civilians is when we cannot figure out how to pay the bills. A bad day for your loved ones is when you left everything you love in life behind — for total strangers.
I think about this a lot. People have no idea of how much you guys suffer. Long ago, my father-in-law, a brave hero in World War II and Vietnam, West Point grad, told me the basic truth: “We in the Army hate war the most of anyone. We’re the ones who get killed.”
This is just such an immense and powerful fact, and yet people cannot get it straight.
Look, we owe you everything. I can put it another way. I live part of the time in Malibu. People say I live near the stars because I live near Nick Nolte and Babs Streisand and Pierce Brosnan. But they aren’t stars. Performers, yes. Highly paid. Yes. But, the real stars? Not in a million years.
The real stars are putting on body armor in Fallujah and Kirkuk and Marjah and Kandahar and Kabul and all over Afghanistan. And they do it for minimum wage. Just for the honor of serving their country. They are the real stars. The ones who are no longer here on earth with us, those are the real stars. YOU ARE THE REAL STARS.
The way I look at it, there is one group that is always in the news. They’re the ones on Wall Street, lying and cheating and stealing and making money off the rest of the country as fast as they can. We call them parasites. Rich parasites, but parasites.
Then, there are the men and women who lay down their lives and sacrifice all for the rest of us. Those are the people that this event is about. Those are the people who make this country possible. They are the ones who make daily life possible in freedom.
That’s the trade we have made: some of us get to live in freedom and prosperity, which is great for us.Others get to sacrifice everything. That is cruel. But it is the choice your loved ones made and we who are left can only thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Long ago, John F. Kennedy said that we should all try to do the best we could for this great country. We could never be sure of success, he said, but we would go forward with the best will we could muster, and we would ask for God’s blessings on this great country and we would ask God to go to work for this great country and our great people and our great Constitution. But here on earth, said John F. Kennedy, God’s work must truly be our own. Your loved ones have done it and you have done it and do it every day. We humbly thank you. There would be nothing without you.
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?