Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012: Here's To The Dead, Not The Ratings And Poll Grabbing Undead

Happy Memorial Day from IWS!!

Okay wait…um…

Somber Memorial Day from IWS!?

Neither salutation seems to fit, um…

Anyhoo, it is Memorial Day, and millions of Americans across our great nation are celebrating this day in the form of can’t miss Sealy Mattress Sales, drunken cookouts, and watching septuagenarian Shriners drive around in tiny, tiny cars on Main Street U.S.A.

It’s the one day a year when, barring a new war, that Lee Greenwood gets some of his long lost fame, and relevance back, and actually gets some air play outside the mothball smelling stages of Branson, MO.

Do I sound bitter about Memorial Day and our Armed Forces?  Do I sound as though I am some suffering bowl of Liberal succotash?  Do I sound like an anti-military hater?

Well my friends…I am not.  Not in the least.

Hell, in 1987 I tried to enlist into the Air Force and was stricken down by an unwillingness on the government’s behalf of accepting a 22 year old man who was nearly legally blind and had a case of bronchitis into their armed services.  Petty fuckers.

Indeed, some see me as some type of Liberal Chucklehead who hates the military, and wants nothing to do with it to the point where I hate Memorial Day.

You know what I would like to say to people like that?

“Y’all can kiss my red, white, and blue ass, bend down and suck my Manifest Destiny dick, and go self-asphyxiate your own, sunshine patriot asses, because I am a REAL American, and I know what Memorial Day is all about.”

Memorial Day began as a day to honor the dead who fought in the Civil War, and then grew to a day where we, as Americans, honor the dead of every war in which this nation has offered her men and women.

And now?

Ever since 9/11, EVERY fucking day consists of a “thank you for your service“, “let’s honor the men and women who serve”, and “thank you for defending us” type of thing from every radio and TV outlet and host in this nation.

Those words have become meaningless, and today, Memorial Day 2012 we will hear those empty, ratings, and poll approving words said yet again, in an attempt by each cable network and candidate trying to prove that THEY are the most patriotic.  Ha…

FOX News doesn’t give a shit.  No politician gives a shit.  Most Americans don’t give a shit.

FOX News will fly the flag above a LIVE soldier. A Politician will shake the hand of a LIVE soldier, and the rest of America will shake the hand of LIVE family member or neighbor as they cook burgers on the grill.

Sadly…that is what media, political, and neighborly types think of Memorial Day these days.

Let me say to all of you…

FOX NEWS?  Memorial Day is about the fallen soldiers, not the ones that you use in order to make yourselves look like you care.

Candidates?  Having a picture taken of yourself with a drunken crew from the VFW 1068 on Memorial Day doesn’t make you more of a candidate.

And Americans?

If you spend your day cooking out with friends and family, you are closer to what this day is about than the other freaks.

You are celebrating the right to assemble.  The right to happiness.  The right to get as drunk as you want and fall into a grill as long as others aren’t hurt.

That is what those who gave all died for, and THAT is what this day is about.

It’s not about anybody and everybody who has served or will serve, it is about those marvelous bastards and bitches who left it all on the field of battle.

It is a day for the dead, so that we may live.


Annnnnd….Jayman and I kicked off Summer yesterday with one helluva good IWS Radio Show.  We talked cookouts, Memorial Day, and Jay’s Family Reunion, it was a hoot, so check it out:


I'm With Stupid said...

Beeler's Tire Service is having a great sale on a set of high performance Michelin's during their Memorial Day Sale. So, we've got that going for us too.


Anonymous said...

Love it!! Miss!

I'm With Stupid said...

Jay: Well, as often it is said, America is where the rubber meets the road, so I do I see the tie in. Cheers Jayman!!

I'm With Stupid said...

Missy: Thanks Miss...and thank you for listening twice a day. We love ya!! Cheers Miss!!


Jo said...

All of it makes me uncomfortable. Hero, Patriot. They get cheap when overused.

I'm With Stupid said...

Jo: Damn right Jo...I, along with Patrick Henry agree with you. Cheers Jo!!

Cheers Matt-Man

Stacy Uncorked said...

You know, you hit the nail on the head as to why Memorial Day has not been sitting well with me the last few years... you are so right, people have lost sight on why Memorial Day even exists - for those that gave their lives for our country.

Thanks for articulating it much better than I ever could - you've finally put some words to the jumbled thoughts in my head! :)

I'm With Stupid said...

Stacy: Thanks Stacy, and I apologize for jumping up as it were, but it has always ticked me off. Have a wonderful day and thanks for taking the time to comment. Cheers!!


Mike said...

Well I was going to buy a mattress. Maybe I'll wait.

Mike said...

Hey I just thought of something. Pass a federal law that locks in all prices on Memorial Day as the top price you can charge for the rest of the year. Let's see how many sales are going on then.

I'm With Stupid said...

Mike: Ha. Excellent idea Mike. Cheers Mike!!


Dana said...

One of my BIGGEST holiday pet peeves.

I'm With Stupid said...

Dana: I'm witcha on that, but as news and other cable and media outlets know...dead people can't buy from their advertisers. Cheers Dana!!