America, and the world, experienced a watershed event seven years ago. My life certainly changed as my military committment “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic” suddenly took on new meaning, and has shaped nearly every official military action I have conducted since.
Experiencing something like the events of 9/11 often motivates individuals to stand up and do something noble, something grand, something glorious. However, as Dan McLaughlin over at RedState reminds us, there is something even more important to do than fight back—we must live.
But once we feel secure to try, we owe it most of all to those who protect us as well as those who died to resume the most trivial of our pursuits. Our freedom is best expressed not when we stand in defiance or strike back with collective will, but when we are able again to view Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens as the yardsticks by which we measure nastiness, to bicker over games.”
Read it all here, and take a few moments to remember.