I might as well start with what tipped me into this rant.
It was this freaking song.
Someone shoved it in my face with an emphasis on "if you don't like it there's the frickin' door."
So I've listened to this song over and over, reading the lyrics. So this guy makes money singing songs. He hasn't served. He hasn't taken a bullet or
anything close. He sings songs for money.
The song itself is about a guy sitting on his ass watching television. Every once in a while he jumps up and screams at the screen. Then he strikes a
bunch of heroic poses. It is a song about a poser.
What about those statues coming down? Like what? The bust of KKK leader Nathan Bedford Forrest removed from the Tennessee State Capitol? Did the poser
shed blood to keep it there or something? He sings like he did.
So half of my family tree is from white Southern stock. Hell, even my First Wife had an uncle named Forrest after the KKK leader. She was even wearing
his jacket with his name on it when we met.
Look it took 50 years for the Korea papers to get declassified. They revealed that the U.S. actually did bomb North Korea back into the stone age. The
Americans are rather fond of screaming "Bomb 'em into the stone age." Well we did that once. How's that working out now?
So I was at this meeting of Bahai people one night. The Moscow theater hostage crisis of October 2002 was the news of the day, plus the lead up to the
U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. I overheard this one Bahai guy all excited like ask another one "Is this it do you think, when the U.S. will
destroy all Shiites?" Evidently they have some prophecy from God's grandson that the U.S. will avenge God's exile from Iran.
So after the meeting which was designed to get friends, neighbors, and relatives to join the peaceful Bahai faith, the host was asking me some
personal questions. It came out that I was a veteran.
He said, "Thank you for your service." in a friendly way of course.
I responded with, "You have no idea what I did, do you? You probably never will."
Now I know that that's a rather harsh thing to say, but it is the truth. It took fifty years for the Korea papers to get declassified. I'm sure the
Cold War as a Whole papers may just get lost in the shuffling madness of the locomotive breath.
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Aaron Lewis was raised by leftist hippies until they split. He has talked about his life and the journey he took to get where he is. Not everyone has
to serve in the military to find themselves and appreciate what this country is and what those who served did for the rest of us. Sure he makes money
just like the rest of us. He does it in a way that neither you nor I can. So what?
He sees himself as a songwriter. Lewis considers it a gift, his ability to hear a profound statement from a friend or passerby that sparks the idea
for an entire song.
“I’m supposed to write songs,” he says. “It’s way too easy for me for this to not be what I’m supposed to be doing.”
“This career that has given me more than I’ve ever imagined has also cost me anything and everything that’s ever meant anything to me,” he
As far as him not serving
“I wanted to go military when I graduated high school,” Lewis says. “That was the strongest option I had.”
The movie “Saving Private Ryan” was about four Ryan brothers, but the Lewis family had six brothers all serving in World War II — Lewis’ great
uncles. His father, who served in the Army Corps of Engineers during Vietnam, discouraged Lewis from signing up.
“And that was at the beginning of Operation Desert Storm,” Lewis said.
Since then, he’s felt guilty and tries to let those who serve know he appreciates it.
Cut the dude some slack. I bet he would spend hours listening to your stories or being there for you if you needed to vent, in the middle of the
night...and never judge you for anything.......because he is that kind of humble guy.
Servicing your country is honorable, it's not absolution of course, there are orders to be kept and executed. Compartmentalization and lack of big
picture... a friendly-fire-"fog of war". Obvious crimes are a different measure though.
The answer to the question "Am I the only one?" -is always no.
I can't watch the videos now, will do later, well knowing this could backfire praising the saying, but the saying is still true. I can't prove it
I read his bio in wikipedia. That article you linked to was dated Jan 16, 2017. Somewhat before the current hyper partisanship.
He can write and sing whatever he feels like. It's a free country.
But you know he's got a following all hopped up on what they call "patriotism", in which some Americans are "patriotic" and the others aren't. To some
of those "patriots" I may just not be what they consider "patriotic" enough. Like the person who shoved the song into my face.
Patriot comes from the Latin. It literally means fellow countryman.
Partisan is a more recent word from Italian “defender of a party”. In a paramilitary sense it could be "irregular troops acting behind occupying
enemy lines in the ways of harassment or sabotage; a guerrilla fighter."
So if a partisan group within its own country sees itself as in enemy territory, that partisan group isn't exactly patriotic.
Perhaps partisanship is easier to muster than true patriotism.
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