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Monday, May 25, 2015
Unionist Decoration Day
Today is the United States's (singular) memorial day for those who died defending Lincoln's new nation from enemies foreign and domestic. If you are a Republican today, then you likely take Martin Luther, second of that name, at his word that our
I do not accept MLK's premise. And as I would judge his four children by their actions, so would I judge their nation. This nation's actions have been... well, look around you. So I cannot claim it as my holiday.
Still. The appropriate reaction to-day should be one of respect for the dead, even, or especially, if we do not share the original intent of this holiday. Those who are commemorated today must also be judged on their actions. They have set a standard for courage and sacrifice which those of us who did not serve can rarely claim to match.
UPDATE 6/14: Y-not @ ace doubles down, with this sidebar entry:
Let's hear it for Flag Day Technically, we are in Flag Week, the culmination of which is Flag Day on Sunday. Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson's designation of June 14 as Flag Day. A famous Wilson quote: "The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history." [Y-not]
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