They Never Came Home
We all have relatives who died in the war. It doesn’t matter what your sex, race, or political affiliation is, somewhere in your family tree there was a human being killed in a war. It may have been 200 years ago, or just recently in Iraq or Afghanistan, but we’ve all been touched by the tragedy of young people dying for the cause of the American Dream.
Whether it was the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, or any of the half dozen wars since, hundreds of thousands of Americans have died to protect an idea. They may not have all agreed on what that idea meant, but they walked into life-threatening circumstances because they believed the future of Americanism was at stake.
They didn’t do it for money, for publicity or just to avoid shame. It takes more than vanity to lay down your life for someone else’s benefit. It takes a very selfless sense of duty, a vision of the future that doesn’t necessarily include yourself. That, I would submit, is the very definition of selflessness.
I am just as certain that the families of all of the service members killed on the other team feel just as sad. They had their beliefs, their motivations to go fight for the Fatherland, or for their King. But you don’t see cemeteries full of their soldiers on foreign land. They may have been willing to die for their country but they were never willing to die for other countries, as Americans have all over the world.
Anyone who challenges Americans’ selflessness hasn’t visited any of the 25 cemeteries in 16 countries where American freedom fighters are buried.
I believe most people, even serious pacifists, would step in front of a bullet to save the life of their mother. Why is the survival of the one who gave us life so sacred? Could it be simple gratitude? Just how powerful is the gratitude emotion? Do American soldiers hold the same level of respect and love for their country as they do for their moms?
We can’t ask those questions of soldiers who died in war. We can only surmise from their actions what they were thinking when they flew that doomed sortie, charged that machine-gun bunker or crawled into that jungle tunnel, knowing there was a high probability that they would not live to see the result of their bravery.
They had to know the odds were that they would never see the birth of their next child, their kids’ graduation, or wedding. They must have been thinking that without their efforts, maybe those family hallmarks would never be possible, let alone realized. Maybe they weren’t thinking at all. Instead they were simply reacting to a threat, instinctively jumping in front of that proverbial bullet, trying to save their Mother of Freedom from a lethal wound.
The American Dream, that our citizens have a God-given right to pursue liberty, to be free from any form of intimidation and servitude, in pursuit of happiness, is always going to be on the edge of extinction. So on the battlefield, it must have been a crucial choice for our soldiers: Sacrifice now or suffer subjugation later. Every generation of Americans has a duty to stop threats to our unique American model, no matter what form they may take.
America is, after all, the Mother of Freedom for all of mankind. Memorial Day is the Mother’s Day of Americanism. She wouldn’t have made it this far if not for those veterans that never came home.
Picking Up the Tab
If we are looking for some entity to blame for the Coronavirus Pandemic, the obvious choice would be China. Scientists are fairly certain that is where the micro-organism began it's assault on humanity. The city of Wuhan is known as a center of bio-engineering experimentation. Whether or not the outbreak was an accident or part of, as some Russian military experts have claimed, a strategic effort to realign the political power structure on Earth, is a different question. If one wanted to put the question before a jury, as any prosecuting attorney would point out, China had the means, the opportunity and the motive. Their economic light was dimming dramatically, and the recent surge of demands for democratic reforms, and the stiff tariffs imposed by competing economic interests have shaken the Communist regime. With a population of nearly 1.4 billion, losing a few million citizens to disease would be a cheap price for them to pay to overcome America's worldwide economic dominance.
What about Russia? Not a chance. They are super dependent on oil to prop up their weak economic infrastructure and they would never have contributed to crude prices falling into negative numbers. Europe? Not scientifically or politically motivated or capable.
That leaves the USA. The Chinese have suggested we started the outbreak, though they never outlined why we would want to destroy our own economy.
There is one group within the worldwide demographic that could qualify as beneficiaries of a complete economic and political realignment: That would be the post Baby Boomer generations of Millenials and X-Gens. We have surveys that claim most of them hate capitalism and economic inequality. If, as a theoretical political force, they wanted to clear the decks for their future, what would be the one thing that could redistribute economic wealth, restore the health of the environment, and expand the nanny state?
The answer is reducing or eliminating the drag that senior citizens put on civilization. America's aging population is living longer, using more resources, drawing on retirement benefits and social services at higher rates than anyone ever predicted when statisticians did their amortization schedules back in the 70's and 80's. We old farts were supposed to have been gone by now.
If there is any group that might see an economic upside to the pandemic it would be our kids and their kids.
Do I really think our descendants are anxious to kill us off? No, but the cause and effect are intriguing food for thought…Do I really believe this Pandemic is manmade? Yes and no. I think science got burned playing with fire. In our never ending search for the elixir of youth, science sometimes ventures into dangerous territory. So I think this epidemic was probably made worse by human experimentation, trying to understand more about how these molecular killers threaten our species. We're all living a nightmare resulting from good intentions gone horribly wrong.
Whether by accident or by design the Coovid19 pandemic is effectively "culling the herd". Ranchers do this to improve the gene pool of their cattle, or to reduce their costs associated with illnesses. Mother Nature also has a way of draining the swamp just before it becomes too toxic, then replenishing it with fresh water and reviving the ecological balance.
Am I suggesting seniors are toxic and young people are willing to put us out to pasture? No, but the truth is life is terminal and living in freedom is dangerous. No society can guarantee safety and security, under any political system. During this scary period, civilization should attempt to protect the most vulnerable, the aged and the sick, and once again young people will bear the cost and lifestyle burden for them. Baby Boomers have made life extension our main goal, and now our offspring will have to pick up the tab.