Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A post-Memorial Day thought,

courtesy of Garrison Keillor.
    Dishonesty makes for poor rhetoric and that's what has gutted this beautiful holiday. The ideas it celebrates -- that our young men and women did their duty and died in defense of their country -- are simply not true. Vietnam was lost and it didn't matter to the security of the United States. Saigon fell and life in the States went on without a blink. And since the end of selective service, these honored dead are somebody else's sons and daughters, not ours -- one good reason why there is so little protest of this war: If the Army was conscripting our children to go to Baghdad, the Occupant's approval rating would be in the low teens.

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