Today has not been a day of celebration, and cookouts. Today has been a day like all others, excepting I did not have to work. I have a family, and had to do laundry, dishes, and write a letter to my Grandmother, something I try to do on a regular basis these days.
In the middle of writing my letter, my wife asks if it was raining, and I look outside to see a deluge coming down. I walk out, onto the deck as I am wont to do when it rains. I've always found that I can gather a certain energy when it rains, and it helps my mood tremendously when I am frustrated and stressed, as I am today.
As I stand there, and watch it rain, I realize that the rain is symbolic.
The sky is crying, and it cries in remembrance of all those who have given their all for this country, and it's ideals. I think on it, and the usual platitudes enter my head, that while they may be gone, they are not forgotten, and they ring hollow. Sadly, they ARE forgotten. Their names have faded into the historybooks, and memories of historians, long deceased now.
As I think on it, I become upset. This is not how it should be, and then I realize that while their names may be forgotten, the sacrifices they made, the wars they fought, and the things they accomplished will live on LONG after their names have been forgotten, for it is not any one individual that matters, as much as it is the things they stand for.
I tried joining the military, once out of High School, and again on September 13, 2001. This was apparently not the path intended for me, as I have an eye condition that would not allow my entry into the military. My mind and my wit have not been blunted, however, and I say that they are sharper for the experiences I have had in my life.
So I make this vow:
That while I live and breathe, the things that those who have gone before fought to preserve and defend shall not be forgotten. That with every breath I take, the Constitution of this United States is something I will use every fiber of my being to uphold. I shall educate myself, as much as humanly possible, concerning the history, and values of this country, and I shall do all that is humanly possible to understand what the Founding Fathers envisioned for this country, and work to that end.
I shall work to create my own fortune, as was intended, and I will use it to support my family, and accomplishing that, I will self-fund my political campaign one day, so that I may enter politics as a True Independent, beholden to none but my own conscience. In this capability, I will be able to work for the good of the American People, as opposed to someone else's agenda, and I will not have to answer to any political platform that is laid out for me by someone else.
I love my country, and I love my Freedoms. I love my family, and I love my life. I will do whatever humanly possible to ensure that my son, and stepsons, grow up in an era better than the one I lived in. I will attempt to instill in their souls the burning flame that Socrates spoke of, that which drives us to conquer conflict, and revels in the rough sea that is liberty.
So help me, God.