“Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.”
Image: Carol Cavalaris
“Get a rope.”
– Sid Miller, Texas Agriculture Commissioner, responding to the refusal by organizers of a Veterans Day parade in his hometown of Stephenville, Texas, to allow a Confederate group to participate.
Miller was upset the group wasn’t granted requested permission to march in the parade and later said he borrowed the comment from a 1992 Pace Picante sauce commercial. People were equally – and justifiably – upset Miller didn’t seem to graph the legacy of lynching in the U.S. and how the comment, ‘get a rope’, is linked to it.
Then again, Miller is a right-wing Republican conservative; so while people are upset with him, they shouldn’t be surprised. And, while I’ll never apologize for my Texas heritage, I’m always embarrassed that the majority of voters in this state continually put these Civil War relics into office.
Thank you to all who have served and are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. You did your best to make this country and this world a better place by exhibiting the utmost in personal responsibility. Your sacrifices sometimes go unnoticed or ignored. But, the majority of your fellow citizens will always respect and honor your contributions.
“May the stars carry your sadness away.
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty.
May hope forever wipe away your tears.
And, above all, may silence make you strong.”
Today is Veterans’ Day here in the United States, and I want to acknowledge all our military personnel – past and present – as well as the military personnel of other nations. They often do the dirty work of the political elite who sit up high on their marble thrones and cry freedom and patriotism. In the aftermath of this year’s vicious presidential elections, we need to realize true freedom is often written in blood.