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Happy Memorial Day

Here is my firm post on Memorial Day.

General George S. Patton is alleged to have said, “No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making some other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”  A motivating sentiment to those going into combat, but sadly unrealistic.  The fact is that over one million men and women have died to win wars which have kept America free, as well as to give the opportunity of freedom to millions of others worldwide.  Because it is not all Americans which are created equal, and deserve life, liberty, and the opportunity to pursue happiness.  All men (and women!) are created equal.

Yesterday, as my son and I drove to church, I remarked on how few people fly American flags in front of their houses on national holidays anymore.  My recollection growing up is that nearly everybody—with very few exceptions—flew a personal American flag in front of their house on Memorial Day, and Veterans Day, and July 4th.  In fairness, I grew up a great deal on military bases, so my sample is without question skewed, but I still believe that I am, in general, correct.  There was more patriotism then, less nationalism.  Patriotism unites; nationalism divides.

So today, I once again say an entirely inadequate thank you to those who have given their last and best for the defense of this country.  And I pray God’s blessing on America.

#MemorialDay  #RIP

Scott Gosnell founded Pros and Cons in 2003. He also has a day job as a practicing attorney in Birmingham, Alabama, which explains his complete irresponsibility with regards to his blogging schedule. In a former life he worked in several churches as a youth minister, where he was forced to do unspeakable things like chew ABC gum (Already Been Chewed), bob for liver (uncooked), and participate in condiment wrestling. Hey, would you look at that – I guess they are speakable. In addition to the practice of law, Scott is a certified law enforcement officer with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Alabama Historical Ironworks Commission, and a tactical firearms instructor. Scott and his wife, Donna, have three children, Caleb, Hannah Beth, and Austin. He also has a dog named Sierra and a cell phone named Curtis.

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