Saturday, July 18, 2015

Semper Fidelis, Numquam Obliti

On Thursday afternoon, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, four members of the United States Marine Corps were murdered.  Killed in cold blood by the latest in the never-ending line of fucking cowards whose production we appear to have perfected in these United States.  We are fortunate enough to live in a nation where the battlements are manned by men and women who volunteer to do it.  It appears to me that at the very least we should be able to protect them while they are here within the geographical boundaries of the United States.  

Once upon a lifetime ago, I foolishly believed that "reality television star" was the 21st Century addition to the American lexicon I would hate most of all.  Then I was forced to familiarize myself with the term "domestic terrorist".  Not even I can pretend that a legitimate comparison can be made between even the most repugnant Duggar or Kardashian and one of these pieces of shit.   

To paraphrase a line from an otherwise forgettable Clint Eastwood film, the Marines are mourning four good men.  As should we all...

Sgt. Carson Holmquist
Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan
Lance Cpl. Squire "Skip" Wells  
Staff Sgt. David Wyatt 




...and the United States Navy mourns one of its own.  On Saturday morning the family of Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith announced that he had died from the wounds he sustained in Thursday's attack.  A terrible story just got even more terrible. 

-AK

2 comments:

Judith Pack said...

Well said. Such a tragic loss for the families, the USMC, and all Americans. These horrible, insane events are becoming way too common, and harder to wrap my head around.

Adam Kenny said...

Thank you for reading and even more so for taking the time to share your thoughts