Monday, April 14, 2008

Who Is The Real Patriot?

I may not agree with his religion or some of his views, but I'd rather be in his fox-hole than Dick Cheney's or George Bush's.
A young African-American man heard John F. Kennedy’s “Ask
what you can do for your country,” gave up his student deferment, left
college, joined the Marines for two years and then became a Navy corpsman.
Elected class valedictorian, he was assigned for four years to Bethesda
Naval Hospital where he helped care for Lyndon Johnson.

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney used student deferments,
avoiding active duty through family connections. Who’s the real patriot —
one who sacrificed years or those who merely mouthed love of country?

Some of Wright’s comments are inexcusable and rightly condemned, but
calling him “unpatriotic”? Wright’s church offers many services — housing,
employment programs, scholarships, ministry to people with HIV/AIDS.
“It’s (because of) his deep faith in God and his desire to be an agent of
change in the world,” said Michael Pfleger, a South Side Roman Catholic
priest. (Gleaned from AP and Chicago Tribune articles, April 4 ).
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