Saturday, May 21, 2016

THIS ELECTION CYCLE DOES NOT MAKE OUR FALLEN HEROES PROUD OF US


We will soon be celebrating Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, which honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.  We will be showing our pride, honor and appreciation for those who gave their all, but I fear this election cycle does not make them proud of us.

The blood soaked ground of this country and of foreign lands should make us take our responsibilities as citizens seriously.  We have killed our own citizens in the name of our country by the thousands.  I am not just talking about the Civil War.  Think about the Trail of Tears and other assaults on the indigenous populations of this land.  We now use drones to do the work we once did close up.

How would any of our fallen heroes react to today’s political discourse?  Would they think arguing about President Clinton’s sex life was going to make our country better for the majority of our citizens?  Would they think that all the hate speech would produce the safer world that they died to create?

We need to be asking ourselves why we accept an election process more fitting a pig sty than a country that thousands and thousands have died for?   Think about this Memorial Day making a pledge to work for a political process that honors those who gave so much.  One that truly looks to create a community for all.  One where all of us are welcome and all of us can grow together.  They fought and died that we might be ONE NATION UNDER GOD INDIVISIBLE.

© Ed Cooper, 5/21/2016, Stoney Creek, TN
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