I Feel Gratitude And Awe For Those Who Fought For Us . . .

We will not forget–we can’t forget. . .


I thought that I would keep this short and sweet. I looked at this picture with the caption and I thought about how much gratitude and awe I felt just thinking about how these brave souls did what they did. If it we me I’m not sure I could do it.To know that the likelihood is I would not see another tomorrow is beyond anything that I can create in my head. Where does that courage come from? Where does that sense of sacrifice and dedication come from? How does someone continue to put one foot in front of the other marching along a lonely darkened path somewhere understanding that your next step could be your last? Climbing over a hill not knowing who or what is on the other side but knowing that you have to go anyway.

It is sometimes difficult for me to focus on the reality that our brave men and women had to realize every day. Some came home and some didn’t. These were/are, truly, human beings who did heroic things. I have not an inkling of what was going on for these people-for what they felt and thought. All I know is that they were over ‘there’ fighting for something they desperately believed in ‘over here’ and they left here knowing they could die over ‘there’. But they went anyway.

When I think about how Canada has treated those who gave their lives or returned to their homes and families it truly saddens me. They should have been then and they should be, now, treated with the respect and with the dignity, honor and admiration they truly deserve and yet many have perished on the very streets they fought to protect. Many have begged for help and support–for some quality of life that should come automatically for their service and for their sacrifice. They do not deserve lip service and a ‘we’ll see you next near’ response. Many are homeless or suffer from mental illness yet we, as a whole, find ways to deflect their words. We provide for many new Canadians at the expense of the Canadians who truly need to be seen much differently than they are. We should be ashamed.

When PM Trudeau campaigned for office he said he would recognize the sacrifices and right the wrongs done. I noticed that he has re-opened some veteran offices across the country. My hope is that this is just a signal of things to come and not a mollifying gesture to those who deserve much more. Let’s do the right thing-it’s not too late–God Bless those who gave and fought for us. Truly–where we would be today without them then?

Anyways, that’s how I see it. All the best, Jim

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Jane and I put together our T.T.T. spot this week and spoke about the role that political correctness plays in our lives. Me–well I would just as soon see it gone but Jane wasn’t so sure. For more go to jimcloughley.com click on Truth Talkin’ Thursdays and listen in on Episode 8.

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I’m Up To Here With This Stuff–Where Has Democracy Gone Anyway?

Classroom Of Young Students

Classroom Of Young Students

This effects us all–like it or not. And I try not to use this space and your time to rant about things but I’ve ’bout had it with people who are ingrates, who take gross advantage of the freedoms that the men and women of this great land have helped secure with their blood and guts. They left their families knowing that they may never see their kids grow up or see their daughters or sons marry. These were not marauders and plunderers who were invading others lands for gain and treasure. These were not the dregs of society who deserved whatever fate awaited them. These were decent human beings who fought for the rights of others. But for that reason–the right to free speech–I can’t take umbrage with those who asked that the Remembrance Day stories not be read to their children. I think that it was a classless thing to do but I would defend their right to ask.

NO. My beef is with the spineless little bureaucrats who decided that pleasing one parent in the name of being inclusive actually gave in to the request. In a PEI classroom a librarian had been told that she could not share or read any Remembrance Day stories to the Grade 1 students of a visiting class. The request was made by parents of a Jehovah Witness family and since JW’s don’t support any kind of war effort the request was honored by the powers that be. Lets say there were 25 kids in the class. How does denying the opportunity for 24 kids to hear Remembrance Day stories about our heroes–those who gave their lives and limbs, selflessly, add up to inclusiveness?? The only thing they were included in was the experience of NOT hearing the stories. I’m thinking that those numbers don’t add up well. Just so I’m clear here. None of the 25 were to hear any of the stories. Doesn’t that add up to 0%. Perhaps some remedial classes in math are needed in the Department of Tourism and Culture in PEI. And how does the Department of Tourism and Culture make the decision anyway. I would have thought that the Department (Ministry?) of Education would make the call about what happens in the classroom. To think that the wish of one parent could determine the outcome for many is not only abhorrent to me but it is dangerous. What about the wishes of the 24 kids parents’ to hear the stories because they are considered to be an integral part of their childrens understanding of how this country sees it role in the world. And what of democracy? Don’t the wishes of the majority have any juice anymore? This is kind of senseless adherence to political correctness is happening far too often and it needs to be stopped before there will be nothing left for us to cheer about. (I’m almost done)

In their infinite wisdom this distinguished group of morons missed a marvellous learning opportunity that was handed to them on a great silver platter. The teacher could have spent time talking about tolerance and acceptance and how we need to be OK with not always getting our own way. Sometimes it’s OK to walk away from a situation rather than demand certain things happen because you want them to and because what is OK for most may not be OK with you. This dissenting family could have just as easily kept their child home that day or had him/her leave the classroom during the Remembrance Day activities but oh no they had to have it THEIR way and others and their wishes or rights be damned.

I’m really tired of hearing stories of self absorbed people who feel that they are more important than the rest of us and more tired of hearing and watching our fearless leaders grant the religious and political accommodations that we Canadians have extended to our new citizens. It is no wonder that fewer Canadians want to vote–they are thinking the same as I am–what’s the point. They don’t listen anyway.

I’m not trying to recruit people over to my side of things but if you don’t have any feelings one way or the other about this incident then I’m wondering if you have a pulse.

As for PEI–you should be ashamed of yourselves for pandering to the few. By the way that spin about being inclusive–there is a saying to cover that: “That dog just doesn’t hunt anymore” meaning–Bull—-.

Anyways, that’s how I see it–Jim

If you agree or disagree-that’s your choice but send me a comment either way.

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Let’s Remember Remembrance Day

Poppies Remembrance Day

We Will Not Forget

I wonder how many folks will actually take the time to be still and remember those who gave their lives so that we may enjoy our freedoms and our culture. Many think that Remembrance Day is about keeping the war in the front of people’s minds and the sacrifices. For me it is remembering that so many special people were willing to go off to a foreign land and put themselves in harms way so that freedom would not be extinguished. Where does that courage and that selflessness come from in some? The concept is lost on many now. Our young folks are losing perspective because they have difficulty referencing what they have now with those sacrifices which were made so many years ago by so many brave men and women. That’s why we need to continue to do all we can to keep the spirit of Remembrance Day alive. As the number of veterans decreases it is more critical than ever that we don’t forget.

I have included a link which I hope works. I is a song and video (about 4 minutes) created by a Canadian man–Terry Kelly who captures the it all–(If there is an ad attached to the video please forgive it, click to move by it and enjoy Terry Kelly)—Jim



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