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May 23, 2005

On "An American Soldier" - Today's Must Read

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

THE MUST READ OF THE DAY comes from the WSJ Online "An American Soldier," via Michelle Malken. It's an essay from Michael C. Carson of St. Paul, Minnesota. If you can get through it with dry eyes, you're made of stone!

(...I want my life to account for something more than just a game. In life there are no winners, everyone eventually loses their life. I only have so much time; I can't waste it with a game. I don't want those close to me to look at me and tell me that I was good at a game. I want to be good at life; I want to be known as the best of the best at my job. I want people to need me, to count on me. I am never late; I am either on time or early. I want to help people. I want to fight for something, be part of something that is greater than myself. I want to be a soldier or something of that caliber, maybe a cop or a secret service agent.

I want to live forever; the only way that one could possibly achieve it in this day and age is to live on in those you have affected. I want to carve out a niche for myself in the history books. I want to be remembered for the things I accomplished.

Sgt. Carlson died in January, less than a month before his 23rd birthday. Online memorial here and here. His comrades called him "Shrek:" This was written five years ago when he was a high school senior. Laura Ingraham read it on her show this morning.

Let's make damned sure that we won't forget. And while we're remembering, let's also remember that while men like Sgt. Michael Carlson are dying for their country, Newsweek, the rest of the MSM, and  immature jerks like this(commentor on Michelle's post ) continue to spit in the face of patriotism, humanity, and reason while offering support to the very people that want to destroy all of us.

It was a jerk like the above commentor at Michelles that when I posted a while back that I would be blogging lightly while spending time with my son before he left for Iraq, commented that "he hoped my son would get blown-up and maimed. For the political left, be they kids or simply misguided adults, the very concepts of faith, values, courtesy, kindness, appropriate behavior, and just plain old common sense and courtesy - seems to be beyond their comprehension. They'd rather spend their time trying to discredit the Bush administration and the military.

Our troops deserve our respect, and men like Sgt. Michael Carlson, and their families, deserve our deepest gratitude. No one in their right mind likes war, especially those of us who have "served our time in hell." However, it's high time that we pull together against this war on terror - it will be over a lot sooner if the left-minded can focus on their country's survival rather than their own political twists.

Other coverage - Terrorism Unveiled who adds, "Sgt. Carlson, may your credo live on forever.  You are what makes our country so great."

Posted by Hyscience at May 23, 2005 2:38 PM

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