By Sam Pierce -
This morning I signed onto Facebook and of course, saw many Memorial Day tributes. The tributes very from the expressions of appreciation for the sacrifice that has enabled our freedom to the remembrance of Pat Tillman and suggestions that he was killed by the government to keep its opium business hidden. This day is one of a handful of days during which such tributes populate social media, accompanying flags flown where they would not normally be seen.
Generally speaking, do we honor the sacrifice of those who died in military service? I'm not questioning the motives behind today's expressions of sentiment and flag-flying. I am, however, wondering if the memory is honored by the actions of our government, including those with popular or "patriotic" support.
Perhaps the expressions of gratitude for our freedoms should be scrutinized to some degree. Again, not to suggest that the expressions are not heart-felt. Did my great-uncle Sam Hoff and so many others enlist and pay the ultimate price in the hopes of giving us the government we have today? I would like to think that most of those who died in service to our nation would not approve of the growing federal government infringement on individual liberty or the associated departure from individual responsibility.
How many of those who post Memorial Day expressions of genuine gratitude are among those who believe our freedoms are eroding? If you find yourself in that number, do you consider the state of those freedoms when posting your thanks? There are innumerable questions that could be asked, but I can only think of the following (please add others in the comments section):
Did they die so that the citizens of the United States could be herded into a healthcare "system," replete with IPAB rationing in the style of socialized medicine around the world?
Did they die for the greatest nation on the earth in order to facilitate its conformity with those lesser nations in areas such as medical rationing?
Did they die so that future brethren could be ordered to "stand down" as an ambassador and other American citizens in Benghazi on behalf of our government are slaughtered?
Did they die so that American citizens would be deployed in "diplomatic" or arms trafficking "diplomatic" missions in such dangerous areas as Benghazi?
Did they die to ensure that officials, elected to the highest federal offices, could use the IRS against political dissenters?
Did they die so families of mass-shooting victims could be ferried around the country in propaganda assault on the freedom?
Did they die so the President of the United States of America could use grieving families as props in never-ceasing campaigns against liberty at the expense of those he and his political handlers seek to oppress?
Did they die so that business entities that grease the right political palms can use the force of regulation, law, the IRS, and government contracts to stifle competition and prevent the existence of a free market?
Did they die so that future soldiers would be sent into unimaginable foreign hell-holes for questionable reasons?
Did they die so that political correctness could reign supreme to the extent that future soldiers would be bound by rules of engagement designed for purposes other than their own well-being or the likelihood of achieving victory?
Did they die so the military could be transformed into a social experimentation cornucopia?
Did they die so that politicians in power could control the press and use the enforcement arm against press entities that appear to be considering actual reporting?
Did they die so that their grandchildren could one day suffocate under unbearable debts accrued by others, be they accrued to purchase political power or to send military into harms way for the private purposes of the politically well-connected?
Did they die so that the most ridiculous displays of iron-fisted power over his subjects of tyrants throughout recorded history could be emulated in the "land of the free?"
I don't even scratch the surface with these questions, so please feel free to add your own. Perhaps this is too negative for a day meant to remember our fallen heroes. If that is the case, do we honor their memory by pretending things are not as they are? Do we honor their memory by approving of the further loss of our liberty?