(a short and timely jotting for CCR twits Tweeters)
dwT #50: Today’s assignment for the CCRs readership list is rather simple...THANK A VETERAN.
Backstory clue for the information impaired: Tomorrow being Veteran’s Day may only be resonating with bank and postal employees, since they have the day off. However, while they are checking out advertised “Veteran’s Day” mattress sales or washer and dryer combo deals, the actual keepers of our homeland freedoms and liberties are vigilant, often entrenched in undesirable and extremely dangerous locations, and on-duty around the clock. The nation’s security never sleeps. Nor should our thanks for those entrusted with this thankless task.
And when one stops and thinks about the protectors of our national security, isn’t it also fair to believe that this directly translates to preserving our Constitutional form of government? After all, freedom of speech -- whether leaning extremely left or right -- is a fundamental right that shapes our national debate. The right to peacefully assemble is also guaranteed. The right to practice whatever creed pleases one is a fundamental, while not specifically stated in the Constitution as a separation of church and state, protection granted to all individuals. And certainly, the right to bear arms is a cornerstone to ensure that rights and privileges are not trampled or usurped by tyrannical or governmental anarchy.
Couldn’t it even be said that veterans defend the rights for all the inane, unscrupulous and ego driven politicos? (Maybe we need to reconsider this and work towards a Constitutional amendment to have politicos proven to fall into this category placed in an institution or ‘re-education‘ camp!)
Thanking a veteran is easy. If you espy one in a Starbucks line with his wife, tell the barista to ring up their tab for coffee and muffins and you’ll pay for it...with anonymity, of course. Or when dining at Red Lobster and an individual in dress military garb is dining alone -- probably in transit from D/FW airport to their home and family -- tell your waitress to put their dinner on your ticket...again with anonymity. Maybe you have a friend who served proudly in one of the ‘big wars’ or unpopular battles that have defined our nation...give them a call and invite them to have lunch on you as a token of your thanks for their service and sacrifice.
Regardless of how you thank a veteran tomorrow, the object is to have their day reflect a positive encounter that conveys a genuine appreciation for all they have done to allow you to live and enjoy the life that you currently have.
And while the staff of the CCR would not specifically encourage the following, we could suggest that: Should you encounter a burned out hippie demeaning veterans on this day, just smile and tell them the 60s are calling and it’s time for them to take a bath, get a haircut and find gainful employment.
A note from counsel: Some “Tweets” from Dylan Westie have been injected with fabricated nouns, verbs, adjectives, conjunctions, adverbs, modifiers and maybe a few dangling participles….Mark Holbrook