posted on Jun, 13 2005 @ 11:15 AM
I was doin' my daily Scrapple Face read. For those of you who don't know, scrappleface.com is a great, conservative blog which writes some fantastic
satires on the news of the day with links throughout the stories to the actual stories so you can read about what's really
going on. I've
quoted the site multiple times here on ATS, but never for something being eloquent or profound. Usually I would quote because...Well, the satire
pointed out, in my mind, the lunacy of that which was being discussed.
However, today he wrote something that I thought was really cool and well said. It's supposed to be the words of an unnamed army spokesman talking to
the press about the Army's new incentive to try to draw recruits: duty. Here's what the "spokesman" said:
"Men volunteer to fight, bleed and die for the United States of America because she is the last, best hope for peace and freedom on earth,"
he said. "They consider the evidence that America has pushed back the veil of tyranny and saved countless millions of men, women and children from
imprisonment, torture, starvation, humiliation and brutal death. And they act on that evidence, knowing that the blood of free men is always the price
of freedom. While critics jabber about global diplomacy, these men step into the breach to shield us all from the peril of our naiveté about the
so-called 'basic goodness of humanity'. These men don't think America is perfect, because they know the evil that lurks in each of our hearts. But
they devote themselves to preventing untrammeled wickedness from roaming the earth. Their heads are clear. Their hearts are steadfast. And their sense
of duty has shut down gulags, death camps and dictatorships for nearly a century. You can't lure this kind of man with money, slick advertising or
blue-sky promises. They need money, but money does not stir their hearts. These men are attracted by the grind, the challenge, the moral obligation
and even the thrill of knowing that your heart beats, bleeds and may ultimately stop, in service to a dream -- an ideal that has found practical
expression in a nation, under God, that we call the United States of America. Most ordinary men live their whole lives in search of meaning, purpose
-- a cause to which they can give their hearts. They know the desperation of their empty pursuit of pleasure. They long to spend themselves for
something greater than themselves. They know that the grave awaits each of us. They hope to really live before they die. And when, on the street or at
the mall, they see a man in uniform, they're filled with gratitude and awe. As they shake his hand and thank him for his sacrifice, they see a
reflection of themselves as they wish to be. In a very real sense, those who sign up to serve in the United States military sign their own death
certificates. Yet by surrendering their lives, they come to know the joy of duty and the satisfaction of service to others. What else could inspire a
young man to step out from among his teenage friends and to put on the uniform that marks him as the target of every terrorist on earth? Duty. Duty
driven by love. Greater love has no man than this, that he lays down his life for his friends."
Just thought that was really well said. Way to go, Scott Ott!