SGT Joseph Bhenke, KIA 12/24/2004, Iraq
-a hero and friend-
What has become of this country?
On Tuesday many New Yorkers who are proud Americans and loyal Giants fans will line the cold parade route in downtown NYC to watch their “heroes” march by. These “heroes” are the one percent- multimillionaires who are paid handsomely to play a game.
Among these fans will be the unemployed, union workers, business executives, and politicians. Most will fawn over their “heroes” that managed to win a ballgame on Sunday that many of us played when we were children.
Well there is another group of New Yorkers that I consider to be Giants and the true heroes of this city and country. Who are they? Most people may know one or two but few of our fellow citizens have done what they have done. As of today there are no current NFL players that warrant the title that I bestow on this select class of citizen.
The American Soldier, Marine, Sailor, and Airman has fought and died to free over 31 million Iraqis. The war which they have won was fought for almost 9 years. By war’s end 4,484 of our bravest laid down their lives so that freedom may live.
Today in America far too many young people (age 60 and under) have no clue of what a hero is. They follow sports and American Idol, Tweet and Facebook all day, and complain, complain, complain.
The Obama administration and the Democratic Party foster this behavior because an uninformed electorate is needed to put radical leftists into office. While 8.4% of our fellow citizens are unemployed, millions of others watch Madonna acting like a damn fool during halftime.
Barack “Nero” Obama fiddles while Rome burns and the masses are content with occupying their time with bread and circuses.
Needless to say, I will not be attending the parade to worship the faux heroes known as the NY (NJ actually) Giants. I call on Mayor Bloomberg to reconsider his position on holding a parade in the “Canyon of Heroes” for our returning Iraq veterans.
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