Those four words invoke a thousand images: rows of crosses on foreign shores, a kneeling Marine in dress blues handing a folded flag to a small boy, a uniformed man with no legs saluting as the flag goes by in a parade.
That’s where the mind goes, and with good reason. A lot of good men and women have fought and died to preserve our freedom, and we should honor that sacrifice. There are those who will scoff, saying things like “fighting for oil” and the “military-industrial complex” — but that’s not disagreeing; we need to make absolutely certain that, in the future, we never go to war for less than a righteous cause, or we dishonor the price that will be paid.
Worthy though that sentiment is, however, that’s not what I came here to say today.
OK; I’ll admit it: That was a cheap trick to get you to read this — but there’s a good reason. It’s because there really is no such thing as “racism”, and saying there is makes things worse.
No; I’m not some idiot Polyanna revisionist nutjob.
I may be nuts; that’s up to you to decide — but at least I’m not an idiot. The following will sound like it’s just a simple trick of words, but stick with me to the end: I promise it’s worth it. (more…)