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 made 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 the point of my rant.
Why is it that when ONE man dies, the whole of America loses their 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 decades? What about all
those SOLDIERS who have died to give us freedom? All those soldiers who,
knowing that they would be asked to fight in a war, still raised their hands
and swore to defend the Constitution and the United States of America . Where
is their moment of silence? Where are the people flocking to their graves or
memorials and mourning over them because they made the ultimate sacrifice?
Why is it when a soldier dies, there are more people saying "good riddance,"
and "thank 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 Icon?"
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 American people 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..."