Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

I don't particularly celebrate Memorial Day. I'm not sure that simply taking a moment of silence on this day for a few minutes is any less inappropriate than sitting around all day in shorts and flipflops while you drink beer and eat BBQ with your friends. Today is what I irreverently called "Dead Soldier Day". It's a day where America hearkens back to yesteryear and pretends to honor its fallen soldiers who fought against genuine evil and tyranny. Every war since World War 2 has been an unjust war and quite probably criminal in its nature, up to and including the one I was in.

So today I take a moment of silence and think about the relatives and friends I've lost in the wars and pray that someday Americans will stop being so deceived by our government that we send our sons off to die for corporate interests and tyrannical hegemony.


Gorges Smythe said...

Well, you sound pretty jaded, but I guess if you've been there, you've got the right. Hope you have a good day, however you spend it.

Ernest said...

I am indeed pretty jaded. I like and admire soldiers but I hate the military. Sort of a difficult contradiction? I don't see it as such.

Most soldiers are good people who are simply deceived into putting their lives on the anvil of war for an illusion.

There's a reason the military seeks fresh 18-20 year olds and not jaded old men like myself, and it has little to nothing to do with physical condition.