Veterans Day, 2011

My Brothers and Sisters:

Today, we remember and recognize our fallen comrades. However, we must also take a few moments to consider ourselves.

This one is for those who fought, sacrificed, and gave their all for a shared idea that is America. This is for survivors, all: those who faired well, others didn’t; those with scars and wounds to share with children and grandchildren; and those with the invisible scars nobody will know.

We did it for our nation and what it stood for: freedom and independence.

We did it because others couldn’t or wouldn’t.

Today, I watch the citizenry around me to see what they’re doing with their freedom and independence that people like us gave them. Do you know what I see when I look?

Terribly misguided people who readily give up those things that we believed in and fought for.

Angry, confused, disorganized mobs of people demanding “equality” but who are incapable of understanding what it means nor how to achieve it.

A government machine driven by figureheads who are more than happy to keep us all in harm’s way both figuratively and literally.

The same government gutting the very documents that we all swore to uphold and defend; the very documents that authorize them the power to direct and command us.

I see that today, for the first time in my years of knowing Veteran’s Day, I feel that our efforts may have been wasted because so many are so willing to give up that which we were so devoted to.

But then I look a bit closer:

I see soldiers and sailors and servicemen who are still unconditionally, unreservedly, absolutely committed to the cause of freedom in America.

I also see the steadfast veterans and retirees who, while they may have been away from active service for years or even decades, who still carry that spark in their hearts.

I see us.

As long as we have breath in our lungs to share our commitment, to fight for what we believe in, there is hope for the future.

Win!

A clarification of the American bill of rights:

We, the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid any more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt-ridden, delusional and other liberal, commie, pinko bedwetters.

You Do It

If any of these things applies to you:
  • one or more cars
  • you’re overweight
  • one or more televisions
  • you live in house or an apartment
  • you have heat in the winter
  • air conditioning in the summer
  • a credit card or credit account
  • one or more pets
  • a mobile phone
  • two or more years of college
then you are neither poor nor impoverished. By the standards that the rest of the world has, all of those things are luxuries and you are, in fact, wealthy. If you have three or more, you are well-off. If you have all of them and then some, then good for you.
Look, I’ve been below that arbitrary poverty line — nearly 20 years ago. We accepted public assistance for our family, but only after much discussion and begging from extended family. There was a point in my past where I was not only jobless but also homeless and ended up squatting in a few parks and forests.
I’ve worked jobs at minimum wage and in some pretty unsafe environments. That’s the way it goes. I didn’t like it, so I worked harder and dragged myself out.
Don’t like your pay at your current job? Work harder to get noticed then negotiate a pay raise.
Don’t like the job you have now? Spend your time away from work looking for a better one.
Unhappy with the amount of debt you have? Stop incurring more debt and pay off what you’ve racked up. Would also help to understand some basics about personal finance (like “don’t spend more than you earn”)
Don’t like where you live? Find somewhere else.
You do it. Nobody can do it for you.