Sunday, May 29, 2011

This Memorial Day

The purpose of Memorial Day is to remember and honor veterans of all American wars, both past and present. However, while people will undoubtedly honor the sacrifice of this nation's great heroes, the US government will also undoubtedly spit in the faces of servicemen and women by having them fight in the needless quagmire that is Afghanistan. Nor will they fully withdraw US forces from Iraq and stop the bombardment of Libya.

Few will vote to end the disastrous Afghan war that is completely and totally unneeded as it is not for the security of the United States, but rather it is for the needs of oil companies and US interests. [1]

The US government does not care about American soldiers; the only thing that matters to them is getting reelected as to hold on to power. If they truly cared and loved US servicemen and women as much as they claim, then why would they vote on giving funding for these wars? The Constitution clearly states of Congress:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States. [2]

With the "power To lay and collect taxes" also comes the power of determining how to spend those tax dollars. By spending tax dollars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, Congress is not fulfilling its duty to control federal government spending. These wars are doing nothing to us but bankrupting America and whipping up anti-American sentiment in the Middle East.

In order to truly honor American servicemen and women, the US government should end these useless military adventures and bring our troops home immediately. However, Congress isn't going to act without pressure, thus anyone who opposes our foreign military adventures should contact their Senators and urge them to pull funding for these wars and to order our troops to come home.

Only then, will we truly be able to say that we respect and honor our servicemen and women for their sacrifice.

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