A Soldier's Take on Michael Jackson's Death

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Sep 25, 2003
A Soldier's Take on Michael Jackson's Death

This is written by a young soldier serving his third tour of duty in Iraq. Thought you might find his take on the Michael Jackson news interesting and he's

Okay, I need to rant.
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 their
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 riddance," 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. Remember these five words the
next time you think of someone who is serving in the military;

"So that others may live..."
I have so much respect for the service men and women!

Who cares about M Jackson? Losers IMO.

This soldier is right on the money.

Country is so screwed up it scares me.