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Wednesday, 11 June 2014 06:00

D-Day Lessons

David PocockLadies and Gentlemen, 70 years ago this week many of our “elder brethren” were fighting for OUR lives on the beaches of Normandy, code named with names that are now engraved on our common memories, the Canadian Beach, Juno, the British Beaches, Sword and Gold. the American beaches, Utah and Omaha, and the coastal areas immediately behind those beaches. 

 

 

 

After long, messy and arduous days of fighting they won for us the PRIVILEGE to ride where and when we want, using our own languages to communicate, and eating where and what we like, with whom we wish to travel.  Those battles, and the ones to follow in the European Theatre of War, the Pacific Theatre of War, the Korean Conflict, and all the way up to and including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, were installments in a payment plan for us to continue to afford these privileges. 

There is no such thing as “rights” really, instead there are privilege and responsibility, oh yes that word, R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y, in this case the responsibility we owe for the privilege of being able to ride.  Just a thought here, and I’m sure there are many of you out there who can add to this list, or even disagree, but here is mine to start off the conversations.

We owe our veterans care for the damages they have suffered.  This is not only the physical wounds but the psychological wounds.  Do I think this care should be solely supplied by “The Government”, no.  In fact, I truly believe our governments are truly incapable of providing this care.  Should our governments have control of this care? Again, I think not.  However, I do think the Government has a responsibility to see that enough resources are made reasonably available whether by providing tax or employment incentives or maybe making disused facilities available to private concerns to provide the care or therapy needed .

For the freedom to be able to enjoy these privileges, I do believe we owe it to allow others to come to our land and enjoy these privileges too.  Do I think they should force us to change our basic life patterns.  No, I do not, they left their old home lands to afford a better life, they should note that we have a better life based on that very basic life pattern, speaking English as the basic language of commerce, with our basic religious belief system and societal codes.  If they wish to speak their “mother tongue” in the confines fo their own homes or groups fine however it was OUR elder brethren who fought for and won us these privileges so learn the language of the land you’ve moved to (side note if we were to emigrate to their home country we’d have to learn their language and ways not the other way around).  If they wish to practice their religion fine, but we should not have to change our religion or rename our Holidays because they “might” be offended, (pay attention you apologists who want to possibly avoid offending these folk, grow up, they are the ones who must change not us).

The privilege of speaking, thinking, and reading English or any language we wish was hard fought for, let us make sure our children and the rest of them to follow do speak, spell, read and use these languages properly.  Do not accept the mangling of language just because it is easier to text or be lazy and not spell a word, make your children read real books whether they be electronic or paper, don’t allow them to slide by with “graphic novels”.  Like wise, a proper grounding basic grammar, examples: Folks is possessive, Folk is already plural, Bobby ran to answer the door, Bobby has run to answer the door.  Don’t get me started on,”To boldly go....”

The privilege of education for everyone must not be allowed to slip.  Even the most basic of our “elder brethren” could do basic arithmetic, write a reasonably coherent sentence, understood basic geography and could at least read basic instructions.  I’m certain that they would be appalled a the state or what passes for “education” these days. 

And last, but not the least of this list.  Basic manners, since when is it acceptable to be rude to anyone, let alone our parents?  I was in a store and heard a young child of maybe 11 call his mother a very rude and coarse name, you bet I spoke up, to both the child and his mother.  Respect is very hard to earn and so easy to loose, to get respect we must be able, and willing, to give respect. 

Ladies and gentlemen, our “elder brethren” have fought long and hard for us to shake off the cloak of ignorance so that never again will people are not killed, just because of their, religious beliefs, race, orientation, or sex.  Ignorance is, the lack of knowledge.  Wisdom is, knowing how to use knowledge.  Stupidity is refusing to use knowledge. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, 70 years ago this week many of our “elder brethren” were fighting for OUR lives on the beaches of Normandy, code named with names that are now engraved on our common memories, the Canadian Beach, Juno, the British Beaches, Sword and Gold. the American beaches, Utah and Omaha, and the coastal areas immediately behind those beaches.  After long, messy and arduous days of fighting they won for us the PRIVILEGE to ride where and when we want, using our own languages to communicate, and eating where and what we like, with whom we wish to travel.  Those battles, and the ones to follow in the European Theatre of War, the Pacific Theatre of War, the Korean Conflict, and all the way up to and including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, were installments in a payment plan for us to continue to afford these privileges. 

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There is no such thing as “rights” really, instead there are privilege and responsibility, oh yes that word, R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y, in this case the responsibility we owe for the privilege of being able to ride.  Just a thought here, and I’m sure there are many of you out there who can add to this list, or even disagree, but here is mine to start off the conversations.

We owe our veterans care for the damages they have suffered.  This is not only the physical wounds but the psychological wounds.  Do I think this care should be solely supplied by “The Government”, no.  In fact, I truly believe our governments are truly incapable of providing this care.  Should our governments have control of this care? Again, I think not.  However, I do think the Government has a responsibility to see that enough resources are made reasonably available whether by providing tax or employment incentives or maybe making disused facilities available to private concerns to provide the care or therapy needed .

For the freedom to be able to enjoy these privileges, I do believe we owe it to allow others to come to our land and enjoy these privileges too.  Do I think they should force us to change our basic life patterns.  No, I do not, they left their old home lands to afford a better life, they should note that we have a better life based on that very basic life pattern, speaking English as the basic language of commerce, with our basic religious belief system and societal codes.  If they wish to speak their “mother tongue” in the confines fo their own homes or groups fine however it was OUR elder brethren who fought for and won us these privileges so learn the language of the land you’ve moved to (side note if we were to emigrate to their home country we’d have to learn their language and ways not the other way around).  If they wish to practice their religion fine, but we should not have to change our religion or rename our Holidays because they “might” be offended, (pay attention you apologists who want to possibly avoid offending these folk, grow up, they are the ones who must change not us).

The privilege of speaking, thinking, and reading English or any language we wish was hard fought for, let us make sure our children and the rest of them to follow do speak, spell, read and use these languages properly.  Do not accept the mangling of language just because it is easier to text or be lazy and not spell a word, make your children read real books whether they be electronic or paper, don’t allow them to slide by with “graphic novels”.  Like wise, a proper grounding basic grammar, examples: Folks is possessive, Folk is already plural, Bobby ran to answer the door, Bobby has run to answer the door.  Don’t get me started on,”To boldly go....”

The privilege of education for everyone must not be allowed to slip.  Even the most basic of our “elder brethren” could do basic arithmetic, write a reasonably coherent sentence, understood basic geography and could at least read basic instructions.  I’m certain that they would be appalled a the state or what passes for “education” these days. 

And last, but not the least of this list.  Basic manners, since when is it acceptable to be rude to anyone, let alone our parents?  I was in a store and heard a young child of maybe 11 call his mother a very rude and coarse name, you bet I spoke up, to both the child and his mother.  Respect is very hard to earn and so easy to loose, to get respect we must be able, and willing, to give respect. 

Ladies and gentlemen, our “elder brethren” have fought long and hard for us to shake off the cloak of ignorance so that never again will people are not killed, just because of their, religious beliefs, race, orientation, or sex.  Ignorance is, the lack of knowledge.  Wisdom is, knowing how to use knowledge.  Stupidity is refusing to use knowledge. 

-David Pocock

“At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.” (From: Robert Laurence Binyon, “Ode of Remembrance”)

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