No matter what the subject, be it social, political, hypothetical, more and more people are less and less tolerant of the views of the person they are with. It doesn’t matter who they are or what their opinion is. There is no such thing as honest debate. There is just a lot of screaming.
It’s not about the issue. It is not about anything more than winning or losing. It's about ego. And you know something? The people who came before us, that voluntarily laid down their lives for us to have the freedom to have all of this harangue didn’t care about who thought they were right and who thought they were wrong.What was important for them is that we have the right to have our say no matter what it was.
They didn’t care if it were one of their own.
Or their neighbors. Their friends.
White or black. Rich or poor.
Our media partner Brittany Murphy over at Western Mass News did a great piece this weekend when she talked with Tracy Taylor, a West Springfield mom who lost her son Ken in 2007 when the Army veteran was killed in Iraq. She is receiving one of the first Medal Of Liberty Awards which go to the families of those lost in war.
“It is the fact that Ken got killed that I am getting this award. I would rather hug him and have him home.”
Gumersindo Gomez has been a benchmark in the city of Springfield for a lot of years. He said this weekend that “Memorial Weekend is a sad time for me. I think back to the friends I lost in Viet Nam. We left Viet Nam. But Viet Nam has not left us. And our memories will continue to be til the day we leave this earth.”
So as we get ready for whatever you will do this holiday weekend, remember why you get to do what you do and say what you say and act the way you do.
Its because of a bunch of young men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
General George S Patton said,
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”
( Picture with thanks to BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)