Saturday, February 24, 2018

Giving thanks this Thanksgiving

Posted on November 27, 2008

Today, I wante to point out that while the economy is in the tank, unemployment is at it’s highest level in 14 years and we are faced with a $7 trillion dollar tab for a someone else’s party, we still have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

While I watch the news this morning and see the terrible events taking place in Mumbai, India I am comforted knowing that here in the United States we have a system in place that has prevented an event like this taking place on our homeland the last 7 years. As much as the bad guys would love to be able to strike us on our own soil, they have been thwarted by the security system that has been put in place since the trajic events of Sept. 11, 2001. No matter where you stand on the political stage and now matter how much you might hate the current President and his policies, he and his policies are soley responsible for keeping us safe the past 2,632 days.

I know there are some people out there who think we should not torture any of our enemies and to an extent, I agree. However, I don’t think techniques like waterboarding should be considered torture. Waterboarding is more a psychological stresser than physical torture and it has been proven to be effective. When I think of torture, I think back to the war in Vietnam and the methods employed by the North Vietnamese on American service men. They used techniques like pulling fingernails off or running bamboo splinters up under a mans fingernail or suspending a prisoner of war in a pool of fecal matter up to their neck for hours and sometimes days. To me those methods should be the ones we should be worried about and not waterboarding or sleep deprivation.

No matter how much you may disagree with the techniques authorized by the Bush administration, you can not deny the fact that they have kept us safe and I would much rather see a couple of the bad guys put through some stress then my family or yours being attacked by a Islamic extremist. General George Patton had a saying that went something like this, and I am paraphrasing, “No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his.” I think this is a great viewpoint an dshould be considered. If the roles were reversed, and they have been, what kind of reception do you think you would get from the likes of Usama bin Laden. How well do you think guys like Daniel Pearl and Nicholas Berg were treated? The videos provided by those involved in their senseless murders prove that our enemy has no boundaries when it comes to torture or violence.

So, this Thanksgiving, I want to give thanks for all the men and women who work everyday trying to keep you, me and our families safe from attacks by those terrorists in our own backyard. These people don’t get to take Thanksgiving off, they must be vigilant 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. I also want to give thanks for President Bush and his undying resolve to make sure what happend just 8 months in to his first term doesn’t happen again on his watch. I know he has not been perfect and I feel compelled to say that unless you are, you have no right to judge. We as a people are very critical of our government, as we should be. But in their defense, they have a lot more information than we as a normal citizen do and some of that information paints a very different picture then the one portrayed by the mainstream media. These servants must make their decsions based on that information which often goes against what seems most logical to us, the uninformed/misinformed.

Along with the people who keep us safe everyday, I am thankful for being born an American. We have a lot of privileges here in the United States that we take for granted on a daily basis. I was guilty of the same and became acutely aware of it while I was stationed overseas as a Marine. I realized that the ability to go to the corner market and pick up a gallon of milk in the middle of the night isn’t something realized by everyone worldwide. I also realized that real whole milk in itself was a privilege. I learned to understand that not all homes come with air conditioning, a refrigerator, 2 televisions, and a car and that the majority of the world doesn’t have any of these things. I also quickly realized that the quality and amount of food we have access to in our numerous grocery stores would make most of the world jealous and now seems almost obscene compared to the limited supply available to the majority.

With all that said, on this day, I also want to give thanks for my beautiful family. They never fail to bring a smile to my face and make all things worrisome go away for a brief moment. They unconditional love I receive from them daily is truly humbling and I strive to make them proud everyday of my life.

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