A WELL DESERVED SALUTE TO THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED—AND TO THOSE WHO SERVE RIGHT NOW.
WE RESPECT AND HONOR YOU. WE ARE IN YOUR DEBT.
I never know quite what to say to my veteran friends on Veteran’s Day. Somehow, “Happy Veteran’s Day” doesn’t seem quite right in view of its rather grim associations—and yet I hear it used. Perhaps the simplest answer is the best one. So, Happy Veterans Day guys (of both sexes).
I look forward to the day when there won’t be any veterans—because we won’t need them. Sadly, I don’t see it being the situation in my lifetime.
Yet somehow we have to get from endless wars—and focus more on peace. War has become endemic to the U.S. culture to the point where we don’t even question it. That’s just not healthy. The costs in blood and treasure are undermining the fundamental strength of this Great Nation.
We’re spending over a trillion dollars a year on National Security—and yet neglecting the less fortunate, and underinvesting in a host of areas which underpin our core strength. We have let manufacturing decline and our training is inadequate. Our infrastructure is in a disastrous state. We are out exported at every turn , and the pay of most Americans is shrinking.
We are winning the battles, but losing the wars, and weakening our economy. That is not the way things need to be. This country needs a prosperous peace
Our veterans, in particular deserve better. Instead, we have let them down badly through the Veterans Administration—and truly vast numbers are homeless.
Words fail me.
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