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  •  I respect this POV -- allow me to counter! (2+ / 0-)

    I believe that it all lies with the intent and sincerity with which the words "thank you for your service" are spoken. I realize how it may become annoying for the recipient of such kudos to hear it over and over again -- as you have all pointed out, those who serve don't (or ought not to) do it for the gratitude.

    However, I believe the expression of gratitude can be uplifting and it can serve as an individual acknowledgment of the magnitude of the service rendered. I do think that service is one of the highest expressions of being -- and I even think this now about the military, which I did not trust growing up (I come from a country where our armed forces betrayed our nation). I think this about the military thanks to people like General Cullen, people whom I've never met but who reflect my own principles.

    Gratitude means acknowledging what's true and what's great about life. A simple word of gratitude can serve as a recognition of a person's true self. Gratitude is something many of us don't practice as often as we could -- gratitude and service can enrich a person's life beyond what he or she can imagine. So as long as it's sincere and heartfelt, gratitude is warranted; words will always be inadequate but a grateful intent can transcend all.

    Republicans: Wrong About Everything.

    by chin075 on Wed Jan 28, 2009 at 12:12:55 AM PST

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    •  I would never decry, attack, or poke fun of (0+ / 0-)

      any sincere display of respect and acknowledgment of accomplishment, and in this case, all of that, PLUS taking a very welcome stance on torture. (My gosh. the idea that we would ever be talking about torture in AMERICA! still shocks me to no end)

      But when the mantra becomes a habit, the first sentence out of each congresscritter and senatwhore's mealy mouths, it loses its impact rather quickly. Even worse, it mentally prevents the elected reps of this country from putting an officer on the spot, be it about torture, illegal DOD propaganda, or the misuse of retired officers to further neocon war policies.

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Wed Jan 28, 2009 at 11:57:27 AM PST

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