Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I Served

This is dedicated to all of those who served and those who continue to serve.

I never served. I hope that I at least understand the price paid.

My name is Mike Ochs, I'm just a guy who believes in common sense and decency. This is a little blog I've started where I hope I can shed a little light on what we've become as a nation and hopefully point out what we can do become a great nation once again. The world would be a lot better place if we all kinda worked at respecting others and get our heads out of our collective asses every once in a while. We really need to stop the divisiveness that is literally taking this country down.

We've lost our way again in this country. We are polarized on the left and the right. Common sense and decency have become casualties in this tug of war.

The last time I felt this way, something happened to shake this nation to its core.

I remember watching Band of Bothers when it first aired on HBO.
As I sat and watched the scene that depicted those brave men parachuting out of the planes into France, I thought to myself:
 "We're overdue. Something is going to happen to this country to shake us up. We've become too complacent." 

My generation had Viet Nam, but World War II was different. The whole world was literally shaken by the realities of war. What that generation went through, sacrificed and achieved is beyond my comprehension. I have tremendous respect and awe for what they did (not just the military, the whole damn country) and how they overcame the horror of fighting two formidable foes in two different theaters. I've followed and studied the history of WWII, but I cannot imagine what it was like to live at that time. That generation pretty much to a person took it as what they had to do.

And I mean no slight to those who fought in Korea, Viet Nam or any other war.
The scale was much more immense during WWII, the pain and sacrifice for all who served no worse.

My next door neighbor who fought at Normandy on D-Day will only say:  

That says is all to me. There's a huge chasm between those who lived during World War II and those who were born afterwards. My father and my father in law both looked at life very differently from us. They were conservative in a way that they only took what they needed. They never looked at anything as a given, that they had a right to anything or the world owed them because they served. No, they were thankful for what they had and what they could provide to their families because they didn't have it when they were growing up. They saw what tyranny and oppression can do.

We just cannot experience that nor truly understand. We can only honor them and get this country back to where it belongs; by showing decency and respect to each other and not expecting anything from anyone. You earn it yourself.

That is what they fought for.

Getting back to the main point, I do believe America has lost its way.
While we quibble about and go through our myopic lives, we really need to stop and think.
I truly hope that we don't get another wake up call like we did when I first watched Band of Brothers and had those thoughts.

Oh, and if you aren't aware, what was the night Band of Brothers first aired on HBO?

September 10, 2001.

I just didn't think that something would be the very next day.

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