REMEMBERING MEMORIAL DAY
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Remembering Memorial Day
BY BOB FRANKEN
It’s a shame that it needs to be repeated as we enjoy the three-day weekend, but Memorial Day is much more than beach breaks, barbecues and shopping sales. It’s the occasion when we are supposed to pay homage to all those members of this country’s armed forces who died protecting the nation. By extension, it honors all those who serve in the military to defend America.
Regrettably, we have broken faith with them, not just for the shameful mistreatment that impedes the repair of the broken minds and bodies for those who returned (more about that in a moment), but for the shoddy state of a political system that is fundamental to our way of life.
They didn’t intend to put themselves in harm’s way to witness a choice between two presidential candidates who are significantly disliked, both for good reason. One is a fast talking, lying, and ignorant racist who has played on the fears and anger of a fed-up population. The other is also widely considered to be dishonest, enmeshed in an email scandal that has now only made her look even worse with the release of a scathing report from the State Department’s inspector general. In addition, she’s a plodding, uninspired candidate, perceived as a pawn of the wealthy.
They also didn’t believe they were fighting to protect the selfish interests of a few robber barons who live in obscene luxury at the expense of everyone else.