Fw: A Meaningful Poem: ~RLM

Subject: FW: A Meaningful Poem: ~RLM

> He was getting old and paunchy

> And his hair was falling fast,

> And he sat around the Legion,

> Telling stories of the past.


> Of a war that he once fought in

> And the deeds that he had done,

> In his exploits with his buddies;

> They were heroes, every one.


> And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors

> His tales became a joke,

> All his buddies listened quietly

> For they knew where of he spoke.


> But we'll hear his tales no longer,

> For ol' Bob has passed away,

> And the world's a little poorer

> For a Soldier died today.


> He won't be mourned by many,

> Just his children and his wife.

> For he lived an ordinary,

> Very quiet sort of life..He held a job and raised a family,

> Going quietly on his way;

> And the world won't note his passing,

> 'Tho a Soldier died today.


> When politicians leave this earth,

> Their bodies lie in state,

> While thousands note their passing,

> And proclaim that they were great.Papers tell of their life stories

> >From the time that they were young

> But the passing of a Soldier

> Goes unnoticed, and unsung.


> Is the greatest contribution

> To the welfare of our land,

> Some jerk who breaks his promise

> And cons his fellow man?


> Or the ordinary fellow

> Who in times of war and strife,

> Goes off to serve his country

> And offers up his life?


> The politician's stipend

> And the style in which he lives,

> Are often disproportionate,

> To the service that he gives.


> While the ordinary Soldier,

> Who offered up his all,

> Is paid off with a medal

> And perhaps a pension, small.It's so easy to forget them,

> For it is so many times

> That our Bobs and Jims and Johnnys,

> Went to battle, but we know,


> It is not the politicians

> With their compromise and ploys,

> Who won for us the freedom

> That our country now enjoys.Should you find yourself in danger,

> With your enemies at hand,

> Would you really want some cop-out,

> With his ever waffling stand?


> Or would you want a Soldier--

> His home, his country, his kin,

> Just a common Soldier,

> Who would fight until the end.


> He was just a common Soldier,

> And his ranks are growing thin,

> But his presence should remind us

> We may need his like again.For when countries are in conflict,

> We find the Soldier's part

> Is to clean up all the troubles

> That the politicians start.


> If we cannot do him honor

> While he's here to hear the praise,

> Then at least let's give him homage

> At the ending of his days.


> Perhaps just a simple headline

> In the paper that might say:


> A SOLDIER DIED TODAY."Pass On The Patriotism!

> YOU can make a difference

A veteran is someone who,

at one point in his life,

wrote a blank check made payable

'To My Country' for an amount "

up to and including my life."

That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.


> ~RLM


> "The threat is very real & can only be ultimately defeated by combating those

> who warp and pervert the minds, particularly of younger people."~Tony Blair


> "Evil is Powerless if the GOOD are Unafraid".~Ronald Reagan


gruaud said...

"The threat is very real & can only be ultimately
defeated by combating those who warp and
pervert the minds, particularly of younger people." ~Tony Blair

You mean Limbaugh and Beck, obviously.

ferschitz said...

Well, gruaud, Tony Blair, aka Bush's poodle, is pretty much on the side of Lush and Feck.

This is all very well, but it's interesting to note that wingtards nearly always (at least here in these RWF) maunder on and on about WWII Vets to the exclusion of all other Vets. Hey: I honor the service of WWII Vets, but what about those who are serving and DYING NOW in financially draining exercies in futility that the US public was LIED to in Iraq and Afghanistan???

It's all very well to honor Vets of a certain age, but what about the youth of today, not to mention those who served in Viet Nam and Korea and the first Gulf War stupidity??

Crickets... because none of those are "popular" wars with a really defined enemy, where we can sit around patting ourselves on the back for how "good" and "strong" we are.

Take note. Don't waste too much time waiting for conservatards to acknowledge and sing the praise of returning Iraqi and Afghani conflict vets. The attitude there is: STFU and get a job and stop complaining, you lazy jerk.

Tootseye said...

Gah. What a load of treacle signifying nothing. Another example of a rightwing think tank, which poops out junk like this so that conservatives can sit in the safety of their living rooms reading poorly written junk like this and then feel so good about themselves for being big ass patriots.

Go out and help a Vet today, and then come back and preach at me about patriotism.

I think the sugary sweetness of this is about to send me into a diabetic coma... and then the bowing to Gipper at the end. UGH.

Anonymous said...

Hey, my dad's a paunchy elderly old vet from WWII! Won a medal in Europe! Has lots of war stories! Working-class white guy! Lives on a pension! Surely a Real American (TM) if you ever met one!

Interestingly, he hates Republicans. Thinks they're the "party of the rich". Votes for Democrats. (Yup, even the black one.)

Of course, being as he's a wise old vet who put his life on the line, when he tells you that the Repubs are a "buncha thugs" who are just "lookin' out for the rich", you wingtards out there are gonna BELIEVE him right? And rethink what you've been told?

Or does that just not compute?

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