Ever since the United States of America set forth on its march towards independence… some two and one half centuries ago… our servicemen and servicewomen have been selflessly and courageously fighting and dying while protecting and defending the downtrodden masses… securing the path to liberty and prosperity for both their freedom loving compatriots and other like-minded peoples spanning our globe.
While, by my very nature, I do favor pacifism, I know fully well that such an ideal must be tempered by pragmatism. As such, I know these truths to be self-evident…
 peace does not always come easily
 freedom is not always free of charge… and as such… and regrettably…
 soldier patriots oft wind up paying freedom’s hefty price tag with their very blood
It is with all such sentiments in mind that I now stand upon my native soil on this Memorial Day, to express my undying gratitude… to direct my civilian salute heavenward to these exemplary servicewomen and servicemen.
Oh, if only I could end this blog right here and now… but…
It is with all such sentiments in mind that I now must also issue warnings about a looming threat to freedom / peace… namely… the resurgence of grotesque white supremacy.
I would never want to see past battlefield victories to have been for naught… specifically those wars where our troops defeated America’s Confederacy and Germany’s Third Reich… respectively… emancipating the slaves and liberating the Jews.
There is an urgent need to uproot / eradicate the choking, poisonous vines of racism. Bad actors… to name but a few… Bashar al-Assad, Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin and Donald J. Trump are all working overtime… independently and/or in collusion… to do their damnedest to suffocate life, liberty… joie de vivre itself… again.
Indeed, oppression can only thrive wherever and whenever a leader (such as DJT) is ignorant and/or ignoble… e.g., each and every time he…
 flips off Constitutionally stipulated congressional / judicial oversight / stacks the judicial deck
 stifles free speech / brands journalism fake news and journalists “enemies of the people”
 insulates himself with Orwellian sycophants who vomit forth putrid, “alternate facts”
 alienates / pisses off longstanding, honorable allies until they all despise him / the U.S.
 tears up mutually beneficial international treaties so no one will ever come to our aid again
 meets secretly with / sucks up to sworn enemies who deem him a patsy, not a pal
 welcomes / encourages foreign meddling into our free elections
 deems Nazis and Klansmen “fine people”
 erects walls, tears down bridges and wrests infants / children from their asylum seeking parents’ embraces
 makes war criminals his war heroes
 bosses around We The People who, in reality, are his bosses
 demands acceptance of his wretchedly unacceptable, patently offensive, avarice driven agenda
 conflates patriotism with blind loyalty, as in, exclusively to him
While I will always honor soldiers who’ve fought and died to secure a better life for us, would not each future Memorial Day service be even more meaningful were we to elect a new, honorable, mentally stable Commander-In-Chief who would ensure their long ago, hard-fought battle victories had not been in vain?
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