10.01.2008 0

Honoring Those Who Serve

  • On: 10/09/2008 10:55:15
  • In: Fiscal Responsibility

  • As Americans celebrate Memorial Day, and honor those who have served their nation, Americans for Limited Government would like to remember the real sacrifices that have been made in the defense of liberty over this nation’s history.

    We thank all of our service men and women, for the work that they do, and those sacrifices they have made to keep us all safe. And as we support them, we should be reminded of those who are still in harm’s way today.

    The good work that our military does often finds Americans far away from home, liberating whole nations, facing grave dangers, and many of them never return home to see their loved ones again. Today, our nation honors their sacrifice, and we are humbled by our servicemen and women’s resolve in completing their mission.

    Theirs is the greatest work that can be done in a world where tyranny still exists, and such service has made it possible for freedom and independence to spread into regions where once it did not exist. For fighting, not just in the defense of Americans’ liberty, but of all peoples speaks of the nobility of our fighting men and women. They do not have to fight, but they volunteer anyway.

    We are also reminded that it is the soldiers, Marines, airmen, sailors and others who risk their lives to protect our way of life here at home, and the principles which founded this nation. It is a philosophy of liberty and limited government, and the exercise of natural rights that is defended every day by the nation’s military. We honor them because that way of life would be in great jeopardy without their vigilant watchfulness.

    Finally, the debt that is owed to those who serve can never truly be repaid. But America must never turn its back on her veterans, their families, and the families of those who have fallen. It is up to Congress to do everything in its power to honor them, to ensure they have the best care possible when injured, and to make sure those families are looked after when they lose a father, a mother, a son, or a daughter.

    Regardless of one’s political stripes that should be something all can agree upon.

    Nevertheless, there are countless other issues that our nation faces, but it is clear that not nearly enough is done – or could ever be done – for those who serve. Congress devotes countless resources to bailing out lenders and borrowers, or to preserving wildlife sanctuaries, but does it do enough for our military?

    When it comes to helping out the veterans, Congress should only vote on that, and nothing else. No hidden tax increases, no hidden pork. A simple plan to do what is right is not something where a compromise should be sought by lawmakers to get some other plan enacted.

    The defense of liberty is the greatest post to serve in, and the nation owes their bravery more than a debt of gratitude. Before any other issues are settled, taking care of those who serve and have served should be our nation’s number one priority. It’s the least we can do for them.


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