This is written by a young man serving his third tour of duty in Iraq.
Thought you might find his take on the Michael Jackson news interesting.
Okay, I need to rant. I was just watching the news, and I caught part of a
report on Michael Jackson. As we all know, Jackson died the other day.
He was an entertainer who performed for decades. He made
millions, he spent millions, and he did a lot of things that make him a
villain to many people. I understand that his death would affect a
lot of people, and
I respect those people who mourn his death, but that isn't
of my rant.
Why is it that when ONE man dies, the whole of America
minds with grief. When a man dies whose only
contribution to the
country was to ENTERTAIN people, the American people find
the need to
flock to a memorial in Hollywood, and even Congress sees
the need to
hold a "moment of silence" for his passing?
Am I missing something here? ONE man dies, and all
of a sudden he's a
freaking martyr because he entertained us for a few
about all those SOLDIERS who have died to give us freedom?
Soldiers who, knowing that they would be asked to fight in
still raised their hands and swore to defend the
Constitution and the
United States of America. Where is their moment of
are the people flocking to their graves or memorials and
them because they made the ultimate sacrifice? Why
is it when a
Soldier dies, there are more people saying "good riddance,"
God for IEDs?" When did this country become so
calloused to the
sacrifice of GOOD MEN and WOMEN, that they can
arbitrarily blow off
their deaths, and instead, throw themselves into
mourning for a "Pop
I think that if they are going to hold a moment of
silence IN CONGRESS
for Michael Jackson, they need to hold a moment of
silence for every
service member killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
They need to PUBLICLY
recognize every life that has been lost so that the
can live their callous little lives in the luxury and
freedom that WE,
those that are living and those that have gone on,
have provided for
them. But, wait, that would take too much time,
because there have
been so many willing to make that sacrifice.
After all, we will never
make millions of dollars. We will never star in
movies, or write hit
songs that the world will listen too. We only
shed our blood, sweat
and tears so that people can enjoy what they have.
Sorry if I have offended, but I needed to say it.
Remember these five words the next time you think of
someone who is serving in the military; "So that others may live..."
This is possibly not Vetshome point of view, but it very
well could be.