A shared sense of duty would make us all stronger

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I wonder if many know of duty today.

All the celebrities who are idolized and worshiped do not push ideals or basic values of honest morality. Instead an actress will spend $1,800 on a causal skirt, tank top and shoes, setting an example only for a self centered, wannabe attitude among girls.

The public is told splurge and get nothing but the best, for I see no sacrifices today other then getting on the long waiting line for clubs and restaurants. Their art lacks human interaction and positive messaging. Election Day’s NCIS program that I raved about last Nov. 5  was repeated twice this past week with American and German WWII pilots struggling again with the aftermath of doing their duty.

The American kept repeating their “we were brothers we fought and killed” yet, out of the mess, some acts proved there was still honor. Honorable men can be forced to cope with hurried conditions. We used to have many celebrities and leaders who experienced struggles and aftermath of service.

I feel we need now, more than ever, role models and leaders experienced in service. The 2016 presidential election needs candidates who have experienced soldiering. In my youth, our leaders were all WWII veterans with codes of honor much stronger than today, if honor even exists today.

The NCIS episode has such deep meaning, yet with today’s mentalities, I’m sure it will be dismissed. Depicting brave, noble men who got sick of the death, yet by their common experiences from opposite side formed a bond.

Obama would have a better grasp if he had a common bond with Putin. To share military experiences helps to find common ground. It makes no sense for Obama to tell the public that Putin should walk the walk and talk the talk, for that means strutting one’s stuff. Putin’s marching the march and yelling the battle cry.

Without knowing it, Obama, with Europe’s economic rationing, would be like putting up a platoon to counter a division.

 

Jim C. Reilly
Greenwich

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