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The Nationís Finest
Dec. 10, 2011
By Ramsey Fowler
As Christmas approaches many people socialize, travel, shop and fight the crowds to get the best possible deals. It is easy to get caught up in the holiday rush. During this hectic time we should be mindful that many of our brave brothers and sisters are not fighting for bargains, but fighting our enemies to keep us all safe.
Our voluntary military allows us many freedoms and I for one do not take their continued sacrifice lightly.
Iím afraid that many Americans have simply become accustomed to living their daily lives in peace. Unfortunately peace is a luxury that many people in the world do not enjoy. We have recently been reminded of this through the uprising in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.
Throughout history, the United States has continuously been challenged. Whether it be from Japan, Russia, or Afghanistan. We have been a strong country and our incredible military power has allowed us to ward off possible threats. Republicans support funding the military while Democrats often favor reducing our defense. It seems all citizens regardless of politics would be unified in supporting the military and praising the brave who voluntarily enlist to serve our nation. It is one thing to debate funding for our defense but quite another to blatantly disrespect our soldiers.
One of the most belittling remarks was made by Senator Kerry (who is still in office) when he saidĒ You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you donít, you get stuck in IraqĒ.
How in the world was this senator reelected after insulting our nationís finest? What are the citizens of Massachusetts thinking? It is our responsibility to vote out ridiculous, ungrateful, un-American leaders.
I donít care if you are a Republican or Democrat candidate, if you belittle or mock any branch of the United States military I will never cast a vote for you. That is not an honest mistake that I can forgive.
As we count down the days until our troops return home from Iraq, we should all feel as sense of pride. We have incredible soldiers who dedicate their lives to fight for us and keep our country safe.
Many of these brave, noble citizens will return to their families in time for the holidays. I hope we all make a special effort to approach these heroes and show our admiration and respect. Itís also imperative that we thank their families for their sacrifice.
The courageous Americans who are still at war need to be in our thoughts and prayers daily. It is because of them that we enjoy our freedoms.
President Reagan said it best, ďFreedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didnít pass it to our children in the blood stream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our childrenís children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.Ē
God Bless America and our troops.
Fowler is a senior at Leeís Summit West High School. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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