Sunday, May 17, 2015

Memorial Day Goes Groundhog

By all means, make it about a three-day weekend. Make it about parties and the beach. Make it about playing polo or square dancing or throwing a frisbee in the park. For the love of all that is decent and reasonable, make it about just about anything else.
What's the alternative? Honoring their sacrifice?
They killed and died in senseless wars. Isn't that clear to you by now? If we honor killing and dying in senseless wars, the politicians will keep sending them off to kill and die in senseless wars. Haven't you had your fill of that?
What does it take to get through to you? Do I have to grab you by the shoulders and shake you? Myth-building mantras do not reality make.
Those who don't learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. Groundhog Day loses all charm when it showcases an endless loop of drone-struck foreigners and American flag-draped coffins. Enough already.


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