Skip Gaskill and a blinding flash of the obvious

All Gave Some, Some Gave All
All Gave Some, Some Gave All

Today’s post brought to you by Skip Gaskill:

Freedom Isn’t Free!…..Really?

Most people in this country really don’t/can’t grasp the reality of our country being at war today. We hear about it in the media every day but we as a country are not “really” at war. Why do I say this?

Because with the exception of the families of the fallen and the families of the deployed, we aren’t being asked to do without commodities like soap, sugar, butter, etc., as families were during WWII. We aren’t in blackout conditions at night for public safety. We aren’t working around the clock to produce tanks, ships, or airplanes to meet the needs of the Services. We come and go as we please, we go to work, we go to school, we go to parties, dances, sporting events, etc. We have our freedom.


Because our leaders knew there was going to be a fight one way or another. Our enemy hates us and our way of life. Our very lifestyle is a threat to their beliefs and they are on a campaign to destroy it. So, our leaders decided that it would be better to fight in the enemy’s front yard rather than our own. This decision means that we don’t have to deal with air strikes, suicide bombers, IED’s, or close quarter battle in our streets, our alleys, our yards, and in our homes.

This is a good thing right?

Absolutely yes…with one minor drawback.

It’s a double edge sword…because we took the war to the enemy’s front yard we don’t/can’t feel the threat (which I’m here to tell you is real) here at home and it makes it difficult for us to comprehend the seriousness of the threat. We feel safe. We are Free.

If you take nothing else away from this blog please consider this…don’t ever take your freedom for granted…someone paid the bill on our behalf.

“Freedom has a taste the protected will never know.” – Anonymous (found written on a C-Ration Crate, Khe-Sanh, Republic of Viet Nam)

Ok, back to my words…Skip reminds us in a way we’ve rarely been reminded. Out of sight, out of mind. Right? To the hundreds of thousands of US Service women and men who’ve died to protect our Freedom, we owe a debt of gratitude we can never repay.

What then are we to do?

Forget about it? Will we simply forget about it?


Heaven forbid.

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.