Memorial Day Update

Just a brief update on my garden.  Its been in for about a month now —- still has a long way to go.

I have never been enamored of Andy Rooney’s commentary on “Sixty Minutes”, but last night he was right on in his tribute to our nation’s servicemen and servicewomen.  Believe me, I am grateful for the bravery and dedication of those serving in our armed forces.  We would not be who and what we are today without their sacrifices.  But the question is always in the forefront of my mind: what if we didn’t have any more wars?  Why aren’t peace efforts just as valuable as war efforts?  Please read this short piece, and join me in hoping for a time when our servicepeople  will not have to die for our country.  Can you imagine a year when none of our armed forces have given their lives in service to our nation?  That would be a true celebration:

3 Responses to “Memorial Day Update”

  1. amy lilley Says:

    Happy Memorial Day to you as well yomama…ah ha, I did a garden update as well…only 2 WEEKS!!!

    • yomamaforobama Says:

      How lucky are we to be able to devote our time to our gardens? Pretty damn lucky!

  2. NatalieR Says:

    There is no question that the only thing that stands between us and a tyranny of some sort is our service men and women. We sleep safely because we know some of the most sophisticated weaponry and well trained humans manning that weaponry, exist in our country. We are also blessed by geography with friendly nations to our north and to our south with a few small exceptions which have not mattered very much.

    History though is written by the winners. I need only direct your attention to the following link in the Boston globe:

    It is an editorial on a little (VERY LITTLE) known war in 1676 called King Phillips War occurring in the very western part of Massachusetts in a town now called Turner’s Falls. It is not a very well known war or a very pretty war probably because it was about the ambushing and slaughter by the English of hundreds of Wampanoc Indians who had gathered to fish. Their only sin was that they existed. It was the first hint of the slaughter and ultimate occupation of land that was the home to an Indian population for thousands of years.

    Yes, history is written by the winners and for a clearer understanding of that fact and of the sometimes inglorious part of US history I suggest reading the late Howard Zinn’s book “A People’s History of the United States.”

    The soldier, though, does not make policy. He/she stands ready to snap to attention at the call of a civilian Commander-in-Chief. It is because the ones who call the soldiers to wage wars in this country are civilian authorities that we honor those who fight even despite the most domestically contentious and divisive wars.

    On the one hand we hate war and on the other hand we glorify war. I believe there is NOTHING glorious about it and that we should make damn well sure we elect a person to our hugest office who does not cavalierly sound the clarion call. There is too much at stake as more and more nations secure nuclear weaponry. Our country grows weary and destitute from ad infinitum trillion dollar wars with no end in sight. They make some very very very rich and they make graveyards like Arlington very very very full!

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