Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

Memorial day is a three day holiday marking the unofficial beginning of summer that Americans celebrate by traveling and relaxing with friends and family with a cold beer at a cook-out.

Traditionally Memorial day means remembering the service and sacrifices made by our veterans.

Memorial day 2010 is marked by two milestones. The 1000th death in the longest war in American history - Afghanistan, and the combined cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan now surpassing 1 trillion dollars. Suicides among soldiers is setting record highs each year, now doubling the national rate.

As we sit at our cook-outs, who among us is remembering the costs of these wars, both in flesh and blood, as well as national treasure, and what are we doing to stop this terrible loss?

Most Americans are disconnected with the wars. There is no draft, and the bill is going on the national credit card, so we don’t have to worry about anything right now. Less than 1% of us have any skin in the game. It is out of sight and out of mind.

This memorial day let’s start to think about why those thousands of young men and women lost their lives. What purpose has it served? No amount of money can bring them back. But what could we have done with the trillion dollars that has been wasted? How would you spend 1 trillion dollars? Take this questionnaire and see how much you can buy.

It is time to get out of Iraq and rethink Afghanistan, bring our troops home from all over the world, and focus on rebuilding America again. Our gulf coast is dying, hurricane season is approaching, and our roads and bridges are falling apart. Rebuild America first.

In case you missed a parade this year, here's a compilation put together by Neil Young called Flags of Freedom.

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