Memorial Day is an important and distinct holiday that I believe is largely misunderstood. Many celebrate it as just a patriotic holiday with lots of red, whte, and blue along with cookouts and revelry. It's almost a warm-up for July 4th (I would have said Independence Day, but I'm afraid most people would have no idea what I am talking about). Others treat Memorial Day like Veterans Day. They honor our veterans and celebrate their service. That is never a bad idea. In fact, we should honor these folks 365 days a year. But, there is a Veterans Day in November, though it often gets ignored in the midst of elections and the coming holidays.
Memorial Day is set aside to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. Throughout our history, young men have taken up arms to defend the liberty that our Founding Fathers envisioned. Many of those brave soldiers have not returned from the fight. However, their courage helped build the foundation that we stand upon today. Don't ever forget that. The greatness of America is due to a citizenry being allowed to operate in freedom. Freedom comes at a price. Whenever we voluntarily give away pieces of our hard-worn liberty we are spitting on the graves of these individuals who took up arms on our behalf.
I heard Barack Obama speak of Memorial Day twice. Did he talk about freedom? Liberty? Courage and valor? Sacrifice? No, Barry Vladimir Hussein Soweto Obama focused on increased post-service benefits for veterans. Don't get me wrong, there is a valid argument for expanding benefits for our servicemen and it should be built around where and how they served. The point is that Obama is only in his comfort zone speaking about transferring wealth from one group of citizens to another. In fact, that is the Democrat vision of "national security." When it comes to the military they will cut the funding in every aspect EXCEPT post-service benefits. To Statists like Obama, veterans are just another potential voting block that can be made subservient to the federal government.
For the most part, military veterans are the best America has to offer. They live the principles and ideals that have made this country great. They are not freeloaders looking to exchange a few years of service for a lifetime of living on the state. Now, they do expect a safety net befitting their extraordinary contributions to this country. They also deserve deference in loans and hiring. However, history has shown us that our veterans are the leaders of American society not its leeches.
It would be nice if the President of the United States understood and respected the service and sacrifice that have kept this nation free for 232 years, 10 months and 21 days. But, he does not. He is a Statist ideologue. Why would he celebrate a Memorial Day that preserved a county that he does not like?