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The Question of the Day

Here I am, sitting in a small apartment in Chico, California, a place that is too large to be a town and too small to be a city; a place that, like Paradise, is on the road to no place special. And I am hearing this song and asking my question.

It’s two days after Veterans Day, a day when we all reflect on what our families and our friends have given over these past two centuries that “this nation of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.” And I am hearing this song and asking my question.

You see today I have to read about and withstand the vile insects in the House of (it is to laugh) “Representatives” exposing their chancre-rotted souls for all to see.

And  today I think of all those lives that will never now be lived and I hate to ask it but I have to ask it:

“Died for what?”

Tour was up, middle of June
She was planning a welcome home barbecue
Green bean casserole, Grandma’s recipe
There was a knock on the door ’round two o’clock
Two uniforms and her heart stopped
Yellow ribbon ’round an oak tree
Blowing in the breeze

Here’s to the ones that didn’t make it back home
The ones we ain’t seen in so long
The hold up a beer ones, the wish they were here ones
The not forgotten but gone

They’re in a better place up there
But they sure left a hole down here
We just go on living and go on missing the ones
The ones that didn’t make it back home

The whole town shut down, the whole town showed up
Sang Amazing Grace, watched a slideshow of
His 22 years
There was laughs and there was tears

And that preacher talked about sacrifice
And traffic stopped for them Cadillac lights
Johnny sold beer half price that night
And everybody raised ’em high, singing

Here’s to the ones that didn’t make it back home
The ones we ain’t seen in so long
The hold up a beer ones, the wish they were here ones
The not forgotten but gone

They’re in a better place up there
But they sure left a hole down here
We just go on living and go on missing the ones
The ones that didn’t make it back home

Back to that front porch
Back through that front door
To the life they were fighting for

Here’s to the ones that didn’t make it back home
The ones we ain’t seen in so long
The hold up a beer ones, the wish they were here ones
The not forgotten but gone

They’re in a better place up there
But they sure left a hole down here
We just go on living and go on missing the ones

The ones that didn’t make it back home
The ones that didn’t make it back home

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  • John the River November 13, 2019, 10:40 AM

    I’m fairly confident that no one has ever or will ever go ‘overseas’ to hazard life and limb for the likes of Botox Nancy or Shift for Brains. Nor write those that are like them tender letters to assuage their concern and loneliness during their long tour.

    They do it for us, those that are beneath the notice and interest of the so-called elites.
    One of these days, The Pig Trap.

  • James Leigh November 13, 2019, 11:14 AM

    It’s only among men that there are those who are willing to die for a good cause.
    For Mom or home or their country.
    To risk all so others can live free.
    It’s only among men.
    So why do they it?
    Because that’s why they were here.

  • Patvann November 13, 2019, 11:39 AM

    My son started boot camp in the Corps, the same month Obama won in ’08.
    He’s still in, and is now a Staff Sgt, headed to Gunny next year.
    -He’s been in Afghanistan, Iraq, and recently in Syria.
    He has hunted well with his cannons…
    During those frustrating years of Obama, he once counseled me with,
    “I do it for the Constitution, you civies, and the Corps, not him.”

  • tim November 13, 2019, 12:02 PM

    “It’s two days after Memorial Day…”

    Veterans Day…but otherwise, good stuff.

  • Casey Klahn November 13, 2019, 3:07 PM

    As I have predicted for years, some snowflake youngster has gone on BBC and soiled his own bed. I said the Left would start shitting on World War Two, because it’s unambiguously good (allies) versus evil (axis). He has some shit to say about mental health protection of young kids and don’t eliminate it entirely but do we have to hear so much about TSWW? Instead, he’d like to hear about the environment.

  • Terry November 13, 2019, 3:38 PM

    To become a politician is to be scum.

    I lost a few friends to the Nam. One, Mark Collins, next door neighbor. His parents adopted Mark in Canada and moved to our community (mountain county of Cali) to escape harsh winters. I do not know why Mark joined the Army. Maybe because he was a Canadian citizen and could become an American citizen doing so. Killed in action. Now on THE WALL.

    Another friend was Tommy Benton, Marine Corps. Joined because he was led to believe he was going to help fight for our way of life. He lived 3/4 mile away from my home. Killed in action after less than a month in country. Now on THE WALL.

    There are others from my county. The population of the county at that time was approximately 15,000 total. My brother Tim was drafted into the Army. He was a classmate of Tommy. Tim made it back with two Purple Hearts and some fairly revered medal. He said f**k this shit and threw all his decorations down a mine shaft in front of several friends. Tim brought me up to speed on the disaster going on in Nam. Totally shit upper officer corps, and criminal cowards in DC profiting on the Nam.

    I joined the Air Force (after I received a draft notice) and did nothing dangerous whatsoever. Never went to Nam. Used to have a guilty conscious about not going to Nam and being killed. Not now. I just carry extreme bitterness concerning government. All government. From the local street sweeper to the very top Fed level.

    Government has no real authority. We the people have the authority but have given it to the thugs.

  • Vanderleun November 13, 2019, 3:59 PM

    Thanks, Tim.

  • Greg November 13, 2019, 5:11 PM

    One of these days, The Pig Trap.

    Amen brother, Amen.

  • hooodathunkit November 13, 2019, 5:15 PM

    “… but have given it to the thugs”
    Too true. Here’s today’s dose of subversion: it’s not politicians, it’s the Deep State, although Angelo labels it differently.

  • Neuday November 13, 2019, 6:48 PM
  • Rob De Witt November 13, 2019, 7:56 PM

    I didn’t go to Nam; I didn’t even have to fight the draft, because the father I never knew paid my dues for me in France in 1944. Because I was aware of that, I kept my mouth shut about the war in the ’60s.

    These stories, these songs break me down even at this age. I grew up in a silent house with a portrait photo of my Dad in uniform, and I was never allowed to ask about it because my mother would break down, sometimes for days.

    I’m not a flag-waver and I don’t blame Government, either. It’s all too deadly personal.

  • Nori November 13, 2019, 8:25 PM

    Our overlords and ladies have spent 3+ years stumbling into this pig trap.

    What’s that scent?
    Breathes deep…hmm…roasting pork?

  • Anonymous November 14, 2019, 3:05 AM

    The Fourth of July is pretty self explanatory, and people seem to grasp Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Most times. Memorial Day comes in May (yes, every year,), and as the name might subtly imply, it’s the day you celebrate those who died in the military service of their country, particularly this one. By contrast, is Veteran’s Day, which those possessing more facility with vocabulary might have sussed out (without a good head-slapping with a frozen mackerel) is for people who served (or still are) in the military, and therefore still alive. You’re welcome.

  • JoeDaddy November 14, 2019, 3:09 AM

    Look, folks, I understand this may be hard to grasp, especially for the 99.5% (the actual percentage) of Americans that have never and will never serve in the military (vs., e.g., the U.S. circa 1944, when 1 in 6 military-aged males was, in fact, in uniform). Don’t get me wrong, military service isn’t for everyone, and there’s nothing wrong per se with being a civilian, but it’s not exactly hard: you don’t even have to take a physical. *My post ANONYMOUS above. Hit submit too early.

  • ghostsniper November 14, 2019, 4:47 AM

    I wouldn’t do it again and don’t suggest anyone do it at all.
    The cost is too high.

  • H November 14, 2019, 5:20 AM

    Some folks need to let the exceedingly fine lines regarding who is deemed worthy of remembrance on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day blur just a little bit.

    My Father was copiously shot at but missed whilst surviving WWII. He therefore “did not die in the service of his country” and so according to the definitions of some, should not be remembered on Memorial Day. Subsequent to the expiration of his term of service, my Father died in 1991. He is not “therefore still alive” or “still in” the Navy, and so by additional defined terms, should not be remembered on Veteran’s day, either.

    Forgive me if I do not accept those terms as thusly defined, the potential threat of being slapped by a frozen mackerel notwithstanding.

  • Christina November 14, 2019, 5:45 AM

    Almost all the male members of my family are military, retired military, or have completed their duty. They do it because they love this country, they feel an obligation to give back, and because warriors do not spring out of the ground, fully formed, at the moment they are needed.

  • John Venlet November 14, 2019, 7:59 AM

    What did our fallen soldiers, sailors and airmen die for? In the thick of battle, they died for each other, not the faceless government, though the faceless government is whom they contracted with to serve. “Band of Brothers,” anyone? Others in this thread note other reasons, or answers, to what they died for, some personal, some more encompassing. None of the answers are wrong.

    Freedom is worth dying for. Mine, yours, and others yearning to be free. I’d serve again, if the U.S. Navy submarine force would take me.

  • The Old Salt November 14, 2019, 9:20 AM

    H – Veterans Day exists to honor our veterans, of which your Dad was one. Many people conflate “veterans” and “those serving”, but of course they are not the same. Armed Forces Day is for those serving – Veterans Day is for veterans.

    As a veteran myself, I’d do it again in a heartbeat, though I might do some things differently.

  • Fletcher Christian November 14, 2019, 2:34 PM

    My grandparents were too young for one World War and too old for the next, although my mother was involved as civilians were in WWII; her family lost their house and most of their possessions in a bombing raid. My father served in the RAF in the late 1950s but was never involved in combat, largely by chance. And me personally? Well, I doubt I would have been accepted as I have never been fit enough, physically. In any event, my country never got itself involved in a land war in Asia – at least while I was in the right age bracket…

  • H November 15, 2019, 4:52 AM

    I’m aware of that, Old Salt. I just get a little annoyed when people set up little technical fences about what is and what is not, positions that have clearly not been thought through.

    I’d do it again too, but as you said, a little different this time. Which is easy for me to say; if it got to where they were calling up people of my age and infirmities, Congress would be next.