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A Soldiers view on Michael Jackson's Death

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Soldiers view on Michael Jackson's Death

This is written by a young soldier serving his third tour of
duty in Iraq. Thought you might find his take on the Michael
Jackson news interesting and he's right.


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
IEDs?" 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 to. We
only shed our blood, sweat and tears so that people can enjoy
what they have.

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..."
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PICKIE98 7/31/2009 4:03PM

    I have personally tagged a lot of toes in my time, and guess what?? They all come in this world the same, naked and helpless.. they all go out the same, naked and helpless. If one really thinks about who simply HAS to go ga-ga over a dead celebrity, think about who ISN'T going ga-ga. Loyal Americans who DO go to the cemetary, vets hospitals, support vets organizations,quietly, with reverence, giving their thoughts, time and devotion to those who gave the ultimate, contributed that which was actually a SACRIFICE, not a God-given talent.
I saw that he died, so sorry, hope he finds peace, paryed for his children and okay,,,
I financially support disabled and paralyzed vets, have for years, I only share this to get a point across: you do not have to have fireworks, bands, and media coverage to do what should be done for vets..
There will always be people who take, whose morals and values will go with them to their death,, they just happen to be in the same country as the people who realize that they are blessed to have heroes among them,, please know that we are what I like to call no-see-ums,, we are here, but not blowing our own horns.. I hope that will at least give you some peace of mind, and let you know that you are thought of and appreciated.

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MAMAKATSKWEST 7/16/2009 8:49AM

    Being an "Army Brat" I can relate to this. But that's not the point. Even without a military background, others should be able to relate, too. This country was founded by men (in the early days) who were willing to give their lives so that others could live in peace and as one. We now have women in the same capacity as the men. It takes a very special person who can go out every day and look death in the eye and continue on. My dad was critically wounded while serving in the infantry during WWII, but I am so blessed that he was saved and went on to live 86 years, the majority of which was serving his country. There were times he was deployed without mother and me, so there were times when I was growing up, I was growing up without daddy. And don't forget, the men and women who are serving our country are not making a lot of money. They are sometimes barely able to get by on a service person's pay check. And for this, wives are raising their children without the help of their husband, men are also raising their children while their wives are deployed, and the children are missing their parent during critical times in their lives.

In the news last night, I heard that two soldiers were killed in the war overseas. How big a deal was made of their deaths? And since our medical technology has gotten so sophisticated, many of our wounded are making it home, but in what condition? They will be spending the rest of their lives with such debilitating injuries that their quality of life is completely gone. Yes, they are still alive and with us, but at what cost?

I have often wondered if I had the guts to join the military and go into a combat zone. My answer usually comes back to me as, "There ain't No Way" I could do that. I am ashamed to think of what a coward I am. I sit here and go on with my life, go to work, go home, play on the computer and many other things that our service men and women have given up. We need to remember the sacrifices they make every day. If the war was here in the United States, more people would remember and be grateful for these brave men and women. But since the war is half a world away, we tend to forget. We turn to things and people closer to home. Our priorities are misguided. We need to say a prayer for our military every day and thank God that we have strong, courageous, and caring people willing to give everything this country has asked of them.

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JEANIEOFGEORGIA 7/15/2009 12:34PM

    I feel the same way. We are in the unique position of being military (my husband plays guitar for the army and has been to Kuwait to play for soldiers about to go over to Iraq (twice) - no big deal, (but it seems to help the scared young soldiers feel better seeing people from home hearing songs they know and that remind them we DO support them) but the point is he is military). But we are also friends with performers because that was my husbands past life and he knows people who are famous. We know the guy who produced MJ at one time before he became so strange. I think he was a sweet good hearted person but very very lost. I always get irritated when the world reacts to public people like their deaths are more important than others, though. My father was a Korean war vet and lived through the war he joined too young (came in at 17) but lived with PTSD till he died at the tender age of 38. The news just settles on what is going on that they think will sell commercials. I'm tired of hearing about it, too. But I suppose he was an icon of........something???? for black people, too. Success?? Hope???? We seem to forget or many do that he was accused of what he was. I just think he was deeply disturbed and choose not to judge. But I have never cried more during a movie than I did recently watching "Taking Chance." (I think that was his name). It is about an officer who wants to contribute in some way to the war (he's a pencil pusher) and takes a young fallen soldier's corpse across the country. People DO love and quietly, reverently and privately honor and mourn those who have fallen. Most of us have not lost our minds or values and love this country and what it is, at least, supposed to stand for although you wouldn't know it from the media. Just turn the tv off. Its not a true reflection of what rural America is about. We do love and appreciate our soldiers....

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/15/2009 1:19AM

    I also agree...
Amen!
Debbie

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ANNE2002 7/14/2009 5:50PM

    I fully agree!!!

Anne (a 62, nearly 63 year old Texan)!!!

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