Sometimes I get ahead of myself when it comes to the blog – I’ll think of something or an article I’ve read will catch my attention and the wheels will begin to spin.
This leads to another blog in the queue – kind of backing up so this will be number two of three or four for this Sunday.
I received the linked video of Sid Byrd from a grandmother and believe it is worthy of a blog.
Sid Byrd, a 97 year old elder whose service history can’t help but make me think that during the war he fought in his right to vote was tenuous at best and was still being debated.
In addition the Bill of Rights was exclusionary when it came to our people – it wasn’t until ICRA, or as commonly referred to the Indian Bill of Rights of 1968 that we were “guaranteed” a reduced list of the same rights and protections as others……. which nonetheless has been meaningless in a lot of instances.
There are those among the nations who are against military service and I confess I was among that number as well at one point on my life.
But there’s a larger picture to this than mere enlistment and service, there are job and education considerations associated with enlistment – healthcare and opportunities that are difficult to come by.
In addition no U.S. military action is taking place against our people as it has in the past and in the world view those of our own in the military protect our homeland, our communities, and our people – that’s worthy of respect.
Predictably veterans are a topic in the campaign season, but the concern expressed for them should evolve beyond rhetoric, they haven’t always gotten a fair shake from the Veterans Bonus Camp following WW1 to the current scandals of waiting lists and deteriorating facilities.
Rank and file military personnel don’t make decisions about which wars are to be fought, and I doubt all agree in the manner in which they are conducted, the reasons, or the arena.
Such decisions are made by politicians in the midst of their perks and personal comforts, often enough with influence from those who will as Hillary Clinton advised her corporate cronies be the recipients of “business opportunities” that will arise.
Personally I don’t believe that every person either currently in the military or who has been is worthy of respect – I think that’s true of all armies.
Something history verifies from individuals like Custer to Calley of My Lai infamy during Viet Nam, or Andrew Jackson who defied the Supreme Court to wage his personal war of acquisition, expulsion, and murder against indigenous nations.
Good men and women of all ethnicities serve in the military, and only a fool would throw the baby out with bathwater.
To serve or not to serve, in an era without a draft a matter of personal choice.
Sid Byrd, an elder, a grandfather, and a veteran worthy of respect.