I seem to have a problem with this phrase. Some will argue that it is because the troops are risking their lives. I can agree with that. I can admire their courage in doing so. But according to several articles I’ve looked at, fishermen, loggers, and pilots have the most dangerous job. Here, read it yourself. So, theoretically, we ought to have little stickers on our cars saying, “God Bless Our Fishermen,” and “God Bless Our Loggers.” Yeah, it doesn’t have the same sort of feeling as “God Bless Our Troops.” But from a purely economic perspective loggers, fishermen and pilots are more productive than the troops. I mean, think about it–from an economic standpoint, try to forget for a moment everything you’ve heard about our military and how good they are–fishermen engage in that dangerous job so we can eat. Loggers do their dangerous job work so that we can have homes and all the other countless things that come from wood. Pilots risk their lives so we can get places faster and spend our time in more productive ways than driving across the country. So from an economic perspective, I really can’t see what is so important about the military that we must all ask God to bless them.
I have to thank the person (who will remain anonymous for their sake) who keeps sending me emails every morning. This is the second day that I’ve opened one of those emails and decided to launch into a tirade about it. And the tirade invariably ends up here on my website.
Here’s what one email said this morning. It is from a supposedly legitimate source.
So what in the world is that supposed to mean? I have two responses to it:
1) Suppose that the Iranian is right and that the American is in Iranian airspace. How is it “reason” for that American to ignore that information and violate their property rights? Now, if I were to apply the reasoning of yesterday on national borders, that would change things quite a bit, so I’ll leave that discussion to those better-versed in property rights theory. So imagine with me that the American is trespassing on Iranian airspace. We’re supposed to be proud that he won’t respect the rules and boundaries around him?
2) Suppose that the American is right and that he’s in Iraqi airspace and the Iranian is mistaken. Is this American willing to start a scuffle (to put it mildly) simply because the Iranian has made a mistake? Wouldn’t it be more diplomatic to try to sort things out without engaging in any sort of fighting? Especially considering the “delicate” state of Iran and how everyone is tip-toeing around trying not to set them off and yet make them give up their nuclear weapons. How can we be proud of this brashness? It doesn’t seem very American to me.
So there’s my thoughts on that…if it matters at all, which it probably doesn’t.