Thank a Soldier

Donald Sensing: I am reminded of the bumper sticker which read,

“If you can read this, thank a teacher. If it’s in English, thank a soldier.”

I’ve never seen that one but it’s a classic.

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  1. Clint Lovell says:

    How about…

    “Land of the free… Because of the brave.”

    The reality of life in this little dusty corner of the globe is that we have democracy (and all its attending rights – including the so-called “right” to denigrate our country) because there are people willing to do violence to protect these rights.

    Yet there are those who protest the very people that provide the insurance that these protestors can draw their next breath.

    I find it ironic that liberals believe high school kids are mature enough to make their own decisions about abortion but are somehow not smart enough to “fend off” the evil recruiting tactics they accuse the military of using.

  2. Clint Lovell says:

    One of my fondest memories of my own service to my country was walking into a bar one time and finding out I couldn’t pay for a drink. The kindness of the people made all the other stuff somehow seem worth it.

    One of my daughters just got back from Iraq. She did a stint in Fallujah with the 3rd Marines and it wasn’t pretty. She drove a Hummer over an IED that blew her out of the vehicle and was showered with shrapnel on two other occasions from the repeated mortar attacks on her base (Al-Asad) by the bad boys from you know who.

    Still, like her sister (who fought in Bosnia) she sees the sacrifice as worthwhile and the occasional recognition to be very sustaining. She’s going to leave the Corps after 8 years of service. She has a daughter and will soon be divorced so she is going to have to forge a new way in this world, while leaving behind those she has come to respect and depend upon.

    She told me she’ll never feel the same way about things and I told her I was glad and that all of us were incredibly thankful for the sacrifice she and all of her comrades have made and continue to make on behalf of all of us.

    Then I see these “activists” on television deriding our heroes and I am stricken dumb and sickened by the spectacle.

    What the heck happened to this great country?

  3. Collin Baber says:

    I don’t get it – thank soldiers for English? Is it an ode to the Redcoats?

  4. Carlos says:

    Collin: I don’t know if you were serious about your comment or not, but if it weren’t for the soldiers in our history, recent and not so recent, defending our country and the ways of life we have had and have, we very well could be speaking a language other than English.

    If I went to another (non-English-speaking) country and expected to be placated with all information in my native tongue, I would at the least be laughed at, possibly thrown in jail for protesting that, and probably beaten before being escorted to the border. If an alien (legal or not) can’t speak the predominant language here, it should be his/her responsibility to get an interpretor (usually their own child). It is his/her responsibility to meld into my society, not my responsibility to accept his/her ways at the cost of my own.