Politicians and Memorial Day: The Guy Fawkes Solution

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 25 May 2009 12:17:39 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Jim Bovard - Memorial Day is usually a time to memorialize those killed in wars. It should really be a time to remember who's responsible for all those deaths: politicians.

Sheldon Richman, the editor of the Freeman, proposes renaming Memorial Day as Revisionist History Day. General Patton said that an ounce of sweat can save a pint of blood. Similarly, a little reading and thinking this time of year can save a heap of grave digging in the future.

Sacralizing the war dead usually results in exonerating the politicians. Rather than parades, it would be better to celebrate this holiday like the British used to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day - by burning politicians in effigy, or a reasonable facsimile.

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