Keenan Singleton Audrey Warren
Support their sacrifice
President Bush ordered the call-up of 510 more Texas National Guard
troops Tuesday to defend the United States from terrorist activity.
The statement, issued by Texas Guard officials, said the Guard troops
would serve "force protection missions."
If your son or daughter or loved one is to be called up, this is a vague
and disquieting description of the duties these men and women will perform
Some of the troops will enhance security in our nation's airports, while
others will perform support positions to free regular fighting men and
women to engage
our enemies wherever the theater of conflict takes them.
A distraught and uncertain society watched its sons and daughters slip
away from their civilian jobs and families to contribute to the security
of their country.
These men and women are to be commended for placing duty above security
Not only do these brave Americans deserve our praise and support, but
the families and loved ones they left behind need our understanding, patience
support as well.
Sacrificing your liberty to defend your nation is an act of patriotism
and it shouldn't be taken lightly by anyone, including our leaders.
Government officials extolling Americans to buy, buy, buy to demonstrate
their patriotism while calling up our brightest and best to place them
in harm's way
smacks of pretentious arrogance and a complete misunderstanding of
what patriotism means.
These reserve members deserve more than being factored into the patriot
equation with an obscene variable like consumer spending.
Millions of Americans have suffered because of the terrorist attacks
in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. Tens of thousands
of people have
lost their jobs and thousands more will experience the same fate before
the country returns to normal.
Soldiers don't make policy; they serve their nation and their president.
About 20,000 troops have been called to active duty from 140 air, Navy
and Army units in 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico since
Bush's command to activate reservists and Guard members for homeland
defense last week.
When our neighbors and friends answer the call to defend their country,
it's our duty to support their effort and to offer solace and comfort to
their loved ones.