Yes, it’s a beer commercial, but one imagines that someone in Marketing said to someone else, “No politically correct crap today, here’s what we’re going to do.”
Let us never forget that the people depicted in the above-linked video are either actors standing in for actual people, or they’re actual people who one day looked you and me straight in the eye and said, “I’ll take a bullet, or worse, to protect your right to wake up late on a Saturday morning, stretch, prepare yourself a pumpkin spice coffee, and remark to yourself, ‘My, what a beautiful day it is!'”
My daughter did that. My sixteen-year old son is planning to do it. He’s considering giving up a possible Olympic-level volleyball career to look you and me straight in the eye and say, “I’ll take a bullet, or worse, to protect your right to say horrible things about the country for which I’ve committed my life.”
Never forget one of history’s greatest heroes: Pat Tillman. Please, please, please read up on Pat Tillman. I dare you to find a more important, or compelling story in human history. Oh, yes, I can think of one: the story of Jesus Christ. Pat Tillman obviously looked at the story of Christ and realized that we all should prepare ourselves to act the same way.
I love Pat Tillman, but I’m man enough to admit that I pray each night that neither my daughter nor my son will follow in Pat’s footsteps.
If you’re American, if you woke up in a safe, warm bed this morning, if you’re a student in an American university… recognize that people like my daughter have made it possible for you to imagine anything under the sun at all that you wish to imagine.
You should recognize also that, notwithstanding all the complaints you might have about this country, this is the one country in the history of the world that pioneered the idea that your ideas and your thoughts should be heard… without fear of repercussion.
Go ahead and try to help everyone to “form a more perfect union.” We all welcome your thoughts… even if they’re ill-formed, immature and full of holes. We welcome all thoughts, because it’s important to hear all thoughts. Even if we’ve heard them over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over and over again.
You, however, haven’t lived over and over and over and over and over and over again, so your thoughts are important… even if they’re stupid, unoriginal, naïve and ridiculous.
You’re not stupid, unoriginal or ridiculous (though you might be naïve). Your thoughts need to be heard and met, and encountered, and debated, and ridiculed, and tempered in the forge of merciless public opinion, until you find that there’s much that’s weak, or even embarrassing, in your thinking. So that you can recognize it and fix it.
That allows you to take your thinking, assimilate the criticisms that make sense, reject any petty sillinesses, and hone your ideas into things worth presenting to the world as real thought.
Anyone who does not subject his thinking to that kind of scrutiny risks thinking of himself as a deep thinker, even when he’s nothing more than a… pathetic doofus.
A Barack Obama, or a Jonathan Gruber, or a Joe Biden, or a Hillary Clinton.
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Please take this Memorial Day to be deeply thankful for the indescribably magnificent gift that it is to have been born… an American. Please consider how it could have been. The fact of illiterate, ahistorical half-wit fascists preventing speakers from speaking on college campuses around the country should show you the beauty of the gift that you have received… merely by the accident of your birth.
If you’re not on your knees, thanking your lucky stars, then you have not remotely been paying attention. Pay freakin’ attention!
And thank a Vet. And say a prayer for all those who died in order to allow you and me to wake up in a soft, warm bed. Please ask God to take each and every one, no exceptions, into His loving hands. Ask Him to forgive their sins, to welcome them without exception into His kingdom, to give their families comfort and strength, and to forgive us all.