Why They Serve – by Frontpage Magazine


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One goal of the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s annual Restoration Weekend is to pay tribute to the men and women in uniform serving the country overseas. This year’s salute to the military featured remarks by Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter, who movingly recounted why America’s troops choose to make such heroic sacrifices. A video of McCotter’s speech can be seen here. — The Editors

  • Robert Bernier

    Wow! Read this one. It is really good. And this gentleman says it just like it is.

    This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii
    for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now. He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president.

    Consult : http://xrl.us/bgeewc

  • USMCSniper

    Soldiers are not sacrificial objects; they are full-fledged Americans with the same moral right as the rest of us to the pursuit of their own goals, their own dreams, their own happiness. Rational soldiers enjoy much of the work of military service, take pride in their ability to do it superlatively, and gain profound satisfaction in protecting the freedom of every American, including their own freedom.

    Soldiers know that in entering the military, they are risking their lives in the event of war. But this risk is not, as it is often described, a “sacrifice” for a “higher cause.” When there is a true threat to America, it is a threat to all of our lives and loved ones, soldiers included. Many become soldiers for precisely this reason; it was, for instance, the realization of the threat of Islamic terrorism after September 11–when 3,000 innocent Americans were slaughtered in cold blood on a random Tuesday morning–that prompted so many to join the military.

    For an American soldier, to fight for freedom is not to fight for a “higher cause,” separate from or superior to his own life–it is to fight for his own life and happiness. He is willing to risk his life in time of war because he is unwilling to live as anything other than a free man. He does not want or expect to die, but he would rather die than live in slavery or perpetual fear. His attitude is epitomized by the words of John Stark, New Hampshire’s most famous soldier in the Revolutionary War: “Live free or die.”

    What we owe these men who fight so bravely for their and our freedom is to send them to war only when that freedom is truly threatened, then to make a complete commitment to victory, and to make every effort to protect their lives during war–by providing them with the most advantageous weapons, training, strategy, and tactics possible.

  • BS77

    Great post USMC…..do not forget the Navy SEALS being treated as criminals for roughing up a terrorist cockroach…they deserve all the legal, moral and political support people can offer them. During WW II they would have been given grief for not killing the subject on the spot. How things have changed.

  • USMCSniper

    The speech Obama will never give.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyUX6wV1lBQ

  • odl005

    Many become soldiers for precisely this reason; it was, for instance, the realization of the threat of Islamic terrorism after September 11–when 3,000 innocent Americans were slaughtered in cold blood on a random Tuesday morning–that prompted so many to join the military.

  • gaemes

    My Country gave to me many things, and asked only one. That is why I served!

  • Cris

    Great post.. I have read it all and now I know why they serve.
    Best regards,
    Alex from Inchirieri spatii comerciale in Iasi