as we head into the home stretch of memorial weekend 2007- i think we should reflect for a moment on what it actually means for us. no- i am not talking about feeding the oil companies by insisting on driving the suvs 1200 miles for a long weekend- or whether or not to serve veggie burgers at the picnic. as is true with many things here in 'the land of the free and home of the brave', americans have lost sight of what this particular 'holiday' means. i personally think it's insulting to call this a holiday- but hey, i am a screaming common sensist.
no- memorial day is not a day of white sales and picnics- it is a day that we, as a nation, are supposed to honor the souls who fought in our wars- foreign and domestic- and gave their lives to advance our democracy- er, fought for liberty. i have a feeling that they would be more than a wee bit disappointed in us for allowing all of their sacrifice to be in vain. but, what else can you call it? when we willingly ceded our constitution to the neo cons for shredding and we get this in return:
the patriot act
the military commissions act
national security and homeland security presidential directive
and let's not forget the border walls with our southern neighbors and the secret prisons that torture people who haven't been formally charged with any crimes- other than being brown.
yes- i think that our fallen brothers and sisters would be shocked to learn that we, the people, asked so much of them- and have given so little in return.