Okay, I need to rant.
I was just watching the news, and I caught part of a report on Michael
Jackson. As we all know, Jackson died the other day. He was an
entertainer who performed for decades. He made millions, he spent
millions, and he did a lot of things that make him a villain to many people.
I understand that his death would affect a lot of people, and I respect
those people who mourn his death, but that isn't the point of my rant.
Why is it that when ONE man dies, the whole of America loses their
minds with grief. When a man dies whose only contribution to the country
was to ENTERTAIN people, the American people find the need to flock
to a memorial in Hollywood, and even Congress sees the need to hold a
"moment of silence" for his passing?
Am I missing something here?
ONE man dies, and all of a sudden he's a freaking martyr because he
entertained us for a few decades? What about all those SOLDIERS
who have died to give us freedom? All those Soldiers who, knowing
that they would be asked to fight in a war, still raised their hands and
swore to defend the Constitution and the United States of America.
Where is their moment of silence? Where are the people flocking to
their graves or memorials and mourning over them because they made
the ultimate sacrifice?
Why is it when a Soldier dies, there are more people saying "good
riddance," and "thank God for IED's?" When did this country become
so calloused to the sacrifice of GOOD MEN and WOMEN, that they
can arbitrarily blow off their deaths, and instead, throw themselves
into mourning for a "Pop Icon?"
I think that if they are going to hold a moment of silence IN
CONGRESS for Michael Jackson, they need to hold a moment of silence
for every service member killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. They need
to PUBLICLY recognize every life that has been lost so that the
American people can live their callous little lives in the luxury and
freedom that WE, those that are living and those that have gone on,
have provided for them. But, wait, that would take too much time,
because there have been so many willing to make that sacrifice.
After all, we will never make millions of dollars. We will never star in
movies, or write hit songs that the world will listen too. We only
shed our blood, sweat and tears so that people can enjoy what they
Sorry if I have offended, but I needed to say it. Remember these
five words the next time you think of someone who is serving in the
military; "So that others may live..."