May 1, 2011

Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue

"I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure." - Mark Twain 

Everyone remembers where they were when they heard about the planes crashing into the World Trade Center.

Nobody is sure to forget what they were doing the day they heard Osama Bin Laden was killed.  

I was sitting in my room with my best friend, Jennifer, reading my timeline on Twitter, eating In 'N Out.  It doesn't get more American than that (unless I was Toby Keith).  

Twitter is the new CNN.  I love how quickly I can receive information now.  I don't even have to be in front of a TV!  How awesome is that?  Today was a day for the masses.  We all, once again, feel unified as a country; I have also found out who I need to unfollow and defriend (those who are busy tweeting about upcoming hair appointments or the release of their new single, 'Judas.').  Thanks, breaking news, for creating that division for me.

On a more serious note, it's hard for me to find the words to express my emotions right now, because we all know I'm never lacking in that department.  I'm excited, feel so much unity and pride; I feel heartbroken and sympathetic to those who have lost someone.  But I also feel like too many people are making this a political party issue.

News flash: it doesn't matter what party you affiliate with.  This is something as Americans we can all equally celebrate because it gives us a reason to why all these lives were lost.  Everyone is commending President Obama, and while he should be given a pat on the back for it being under his watch (and that awesome speech he gave), lest we forget that President George Bush is the one who initiated this entire war, whether we like it or not.  Without him, this war on terrorism wouldn't have been started (again, whether we like it or not), and it wouldn't have been guaranteed that Osama (Usama) would be dead today without those troops fighting the good fight.  

One person on my Facebook (who has since deleted the thread of comments, most of which were unsupportive of his thoughts) was not thrilled with this news, as he is not a supporter of the war of terrorism, and felt like we shouldn't be celebrating Osama's death.  I begged to differ -- as did 14 others -- because why on Earth WOULDN'T we celebrate that?  A man who killed endless innocent men, women and children?  Yes, I am worried about what kind of retaliation this will result in, however, we were sent in to do a job: defend our country, show the world we aren't one to be messed with, and find Bin Laden.  Today, Bin Laden has been found in the best way possible.  DEAD!  And you're telling me (and countless others) we can't rejoice in this victory?  That it isn't a victory at all?  Riddle me this: would you say that to someone who lost their mom, dad, husband or wife?  Brother or sister?  Niece or Nephew?  Would you say that to a wounded war veteran?  If you have the balls to negate this feat to those who sacrificed everything for our country, you aren't only heartless, but a pompous a$$hole at that.

We are not anti-anyone.  We are not celebrating the death of a human life.  We are celebrating that justice has been served.

I wasn't thrilled about the War on Terrorism until this very night, because now I know why we went through it all.  Even though I wasn't a proponent at the time, I supported George Bush and his plan because if it was going to happen, we should support those troops that are foraging forward to make a difference.  

And they have.  And I solute everyone involved with our troops.  Your dedication, loyalty and sacrifices to this country go unparalleled, and there is no 'thank you' that we as the public can provide that will measure up to what you all have done for us!  

Congratulations.  And God Bless America.  

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