Monday, November 6, 2006

Quote of the Day

Reported by James Taranto in Best of the Web Today:

Last Friday we attended a dinner, sponsored by the Soldiers', Sailors', Marines' and Airmen’s Club, for wounded veterans planning to participate in yesterday’s New York City Marathon. …

At our table was a young man who in 2003 lost a leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq. Talking to this guy was an inspiration: He evinced not the slightest bit of bitterness, and he went on at some length about the good work he and his buddies had done in Iraq, making clear that he still believes in the mission.

At the end of the evening, we thanked him for his sacrifice. He replied, “It was just a bad day at work."

When I read this (and it’s not the first such thing I’ve read), what flashed through my mind was the contrast between this young man’s admirable attitude and service, and the campaign cut-and-run rhetoric from (primarily) the Democrats. And, not for the first time, I wished we’d see more political candidates cut from the same cloth as this young man.

But then…what such person would want to join the swamps of our federal political process?

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