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Nothing to celebrate

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By John Pawlak


Star Trek” fans (Trekkies) all have their favorite alien characters.
Mine are the Ferengi, shameless greedy little creatures who cackle with delight as they rationalize any effort to make a buck.
Their “Rules of Acquisition” outline directives for profit. Rule 34 states, “War is good for business.”
Given that the United States has been involved, with direct or indirect military actions, for 217 years out of its 239-year history, business has been good for America.
Not particularly good though for the American warriors who fight the battles.
A friend asked, “Why do we say ‘Happy Memorial Day?’ What are we happy about?”
Good question. It seems natural to use the word “happy” when you identify the day as something to be cheerful about. Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries. These are happy events.
There’s nothing to be happy about on Memorial Day. It’s a day set aside to remember and honor those who have died serving in the military.
But here in America, we thrive on being happy, taking any excuse to have a party, a barbecue, or to rush off to the shopping malls for sales on things we don’t need. What better way to honor fallen warriors than by getting that SpongeBob T-shirt for your kid?


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