A Soldier's message regarding Michael Jackson's death

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Aug 27, 2008

I was just watching the news, and I caught part of a report on Michael Jackson . As we all know, Jackson died the other day. He was an entertainer who performed for decades. He made millions, he spent millions, and he did a lot of things that make him a villain to many people. I understand that his death would affect a lot of people, and I respect those people who mourn his death, but that isn't the point of my rant.

Why is it that when ONE man dies, the whole of America loses their minds with grief. When a man dies whose only contribution to the country was to ENTERTAIN people, the American people find

the need to flock to a memorial in Hollywood , and even Congress sees the need to hold a "moment of silence" for his passing?

Am I missing something here? ONE man dies, and all of

a sudden he's a freaking martyr because he entertained us for a few decades? What about all those SOLDIERS who have died to give us freedom? All those Soldiers who, knowing that they would be asked to fight in a war, still raised their hands and swore to defend the Constitution and the United States of America .

Where is there moment of silence? Where are the people flocking to their graves or memorials and mourning over them because they made the ultimate sacrifice? Why is it when a Soldier dies, there are more people saying "good ridence," and "Thank God for IEDs?" When did this country become so calloused to the sacrifice of GOOD MEN and WOMEN, that they can arbitrarily blow off their deaths, and instead, throw themselves into mourning for a "Pop Icon?"

I think that if they are going to hold a moment of silence IN CONGRESS for Michael Jackson, they need to hold a moment of silence for every service member killed in Iraq and Afghanistan .

They need to PUBLICLY recognize every life that has been lost so that the American people can live their callous little lives in the luxury and freedom that WE, those that are living and those that have gone on, have provided for them.

But, wait, that would take too much time, because there have been so many willing to make that sacrifice. After all, we will never make millions of dollars. We will never star in movies, or write hit songs that the world will listen too. We only shed our blood, sweat

and tears so that people can enjoy what they have.

Sorry if I have offended, but I needed to say it.

Feel free to pass this along if you want.

Remember these five words the next time you think of someone who is serving in the military;

"So that others may live..."

- Isaac

Just thought I'd pass this along...

Looks like sour grapes.

I'm not a big MJ fan. However, it cannot be denied that he touched hundreds of millions of lives in a positive fashion - even in spite of his obvious personal issues.

The soldier? He'll form a unit with a handful of guys, an extended family with a hundred others, and if called upon he'll kill some people.

Sorry if that seems inappropriately lacking in patriotic military worship, but it's the reality of the situation.
The point was well taken, but I never believe such emails to be authentic, myself. I believe most of them are written up at home by someone with strong feelings about a situation.

I've been to Washinton DC and have stopped to pay respects to every memorial there, and every veterans and memorial day I stop and reflect. It may not be much, but while I never wished Michael Jackson anything bad, I could not have cared less when he passed.

I'm just Joe Sixpack, and not a veteran myself. Not everyone was obsessed with Michael Jackson, it just looks like that on a TV set.
Good thing the soldier does what he does so you can have this opinion and not be silenced. That is the reality of the situation. And by the way you are still welcome with your opinion to my table as long as you can disagree with respect.
I'm freakin speechless.
I think the manly thing to do would be for all of you who posted responses and the OP to just delete them before one of the mods does.
I have served to allow everyone here to speak their mind and say their piece. wether i agree w/ you or not you have the right to have diareha
of the mouth.
All i can say is i'm glad that i served when i did cause The CIC now would make it real hard for me to obey orders.
As the father of a soon to be second tour serviseman in Iraq. I think you should just think of what you are saying. I personaly think it should sound alot more like
The Moderators will not allow personal attacks on anyone here so if we can't keep this civil it will be closed or deleted
With respect Mikey I disagree. I served faithfully so that my family and others could have an opinion without fear. I stand by what I have said and if a mod wishes to remove it then that is fine with me. I am not ashamed or embarrassed to have it seen. To suggest that what I have said is not manly is in my opinion not appropriate. By the way you all regardless of your opinion are welcome at my table as long as you can disagree with respect.
I am all for freedom of speech and all but this thread is going to cause hurt feelings.

I am closing it so that words arent spoken that shouldnt be.
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