posted on May, 30 2011 @ 07:01 PM
"Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice, and we must"
Barack Hussein Obama May 30th 2011
Our nation does indeed owe a debt to its fallen heroes, but is it true that we can never fully repay that debt? Must we, instead, as our current
President insists, honor sacrifice? Did our heroes fall in an act of propitiation to the gods, or some higher authority? Was this their sacrifice?
Did they surrender their lives in the name of authority, or freedom?
If our fallen heroes fell in the fight for freedom, and if we who live in their stead intend to repay that debt, then shouldn't we be necessarily
doing our job to maintain freedom's reign, and if we do, then what have our fallen heroes sacrificed? Is sacrifice just a word, and am I making too
much out of its use in this context?
The whole history of sacrifice - particularly human sacrifice - began as a religious ceremony of propitiation to the gods. It was giving up something
of a higher value - in this case ones own life - for something of a lesser value - historically speaking, appeasing imaginary gods in a futile attempt
to stave off inexplicable hardship. Sacrifice is, as Crazy Eddie of bad electronic commercial fame will attest, insane. Is the POTUS suggesting that
our fallen heroes are insane?
How should we, if we are to take the Presidents suggestion, "honor their sacrifice"? Should we capitulate and surrender to authority as well? Have
we - just like the Mayan empire - begun our end times by praising sacrifice over steadfast defense of liberty?
The last time Congress actually bothered to use their Constitutional authority to declare war was on June 5th of 1942. Since World War II, 33,741
soldiers fell in battle in the so called "forgotten war" technically known as the Korean Conflict. The so called "Vietnam war", also technically
known as the Vietnam conflict, gave this nation the death of 58,267 deaths, (or sacrifice if you will) Americans. I hesitate to list the number of
soldiers who have fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan - two more "wars" not officially declared so by Congress - simply because I doubt the numbers
reported are accurate, but those who have fallen in these two contemporary non declared wars have also made a sacrifice. Indeed, given that neither
Afghanistan nor Iraq ever officially declare war on the United States, (North Korea and Vietnam never declare war on the U.S. either), nor has it ever
been credibly shown that these two nations attacked American soil, the deaths of American's fighting battles on these foreign lands would most
assuredly be properly called sacrifice. A propitiation to the angry corporate gods of modernity.
On this Memorial Day, I offer up a prayer for all who have fallen in battle, and I honor only those warriors who fought, not in the name of sacrifice,
but in the name of freedom. It has been a long while since an American soldier has truly fallen in the name of freedom, particularly in the name of
freedom protecting the nation of which they hail, but those who have deserve our most solemn respect and we must honor them. While those who were
felled in battles fought in undeclared wars of a dubious nature, their deaths are tragic, and as it is with all tragic heroes, it is ultimately their
own hubris that brings about their downfall. There are glorious heroes and there are tragic heroes and the two should not be confused.
To fight and die in defense of freedom is not a sacrifice. It is tragic, it is unfortunate, and it is devastating, but it is not a sacrifice. To
fight and die in the name of authority is also tragic, unfortunate, and just as devastating, but it is sacrifice.
I appeal to all to ignore the Presidents most imprudent call to "honor their sacrifice", and to instead find ways to repay the profound debt we owe