Some of you may have received word recently about the passing of a real American hero. No, I’m not referring to a certain Pop Singer with a troubled childhood manifested in odd and seriously questionable behavior as an adult.
And no, there was no 24/7 coverage on either the internet or the cable news channels.
There were no fans crying outside his home to mourn his passing. No special editions of Night Line or 20/20. In fact, he barely got any mention in the press at all. And, actually, that’s probably just fine with him.
Geraldo Rivera didn’t camp outside his house hoping for big ratings. After all, isn’t that all network news is all about these days?
Hell, even Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews couldn’t be bothered to take time out from their Obama Worship Group to provide coverage. I’d bet the farm that neither one of these “journalists” (Bawhahahahahahaaa!) had even heard of him.
But on June 17th, (about a week before the passing of Michael Jackson), death claimed World War II hero Darrell “Shifty” Powers.
In somewhat of an irony, many of today’s young men cheered on the exploits of Shifty and his fellow soldiers of the famed EZ Co of the 101st Airborne Division. They came to be more widely known as the Band of Brothers. I’m sure Shifty and his comrades were an inspiration to many young men and women in the military today, based on the excellent HBO/Steven Spielberg mini-series of that name.
Well, here… let Shifty tell you a little bit about himself in his own words:
One of the reasons we find this country in the state it’s in today is because we’ve allowed “Pop Culture” (an oxymoron if there ever was one) to replace true culture. (See Alan’s excellent post for more about this.) When it becomes more important for young people to know why Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo broke up than why our troops are still in Afghanistan, we’ve lost perspective.
When it’s more important to people who gets booted from American Idol than for them to take a moment to study the character of someone who is hoping to be confirmed to a life-time position on the United States Supreme Court, we’ve lost perspective.
And when we lose a true hero like Shifty Powers and the media virtually ignores it, but spends weeks mourning publicly over every aspect of the death of a troubled pop star who, at the very least, acted horrendously inappropriately around young boys, we have lost all perspective of what is important.
We are truly becoming a nation of bread and circuses. And that goes a long, long way towards explaining how we have wound up with a President whose entire agenda seems to be based on that concept.
To Shifty: Thank you for your bravery, your decency, your dedication to your country and for “getting it.” I’m glad you got to live your life in the America that was free and got to enjoy the fruits of your toil, sacrifice, and labor. And don’t take this the wrong way, sir, but I’m kind of glad you won’t be here to see the final squandering of the embarrassment of riches that you, your band of brothers, and all the WWII veterans placed upon our table.
When a soldier passes, it is often said by his/her comerades, “Thanks for your services… we’ll take it from here.” And while I have no doubt today’s military is more than qualified to do just that, I have to question the public who mourns more the celebrity, and the government who panders to that public.
Welcome to the final days of the Roman Empire.