A lot of things changed during my internship in our nation’s capitol including my Facebook. We all know that Facebook is notorious for monitoring its users to provide the NSA–I mean–advertisers with better information. Now instead of just getting a “You-Won’t-Believe-This-Celebrity’s-Secret-That-She-Kept-For-Years” ads I also have “Save-the-Growler” ads. I did a fair amount of research on the EA-18 Growler during my internship. By the way, it is a pretty awesome airplane and I totally support buying more for the Navy. Obviously, Facebook found out.
Ads aren’t the only thing to change. My newsfeed is now full of political information from my new friends. It’s great! (Except, I’m thinking about blocking the libertarians–they’re getting on my nerves 😛 ) Through my friends I’m learning about a broad range of topics that I don’t normally keep up with. While I would never ever recommend Facebook as your main source of news, having friends who are passionate about government is a definite plus.
“Freedom isn’t free.”
It’s true of course. Without soldiers who are willing to die, no one would have freedom.
The phrase is said so often, it is almost cliché. But not after you visit Arlington National Cemetery. I can’t explain it; standing on the hill looking at Washington DC and the gravestones. It just hits you. There are so many men and women who have served this nation with everything that they had; and there will be more just like them!
It is strange how you can use your favorite search engine to find information on one topic and have results for something completely different.
This week, I was searching for:
The United States Air Force: resulting in environmental articles.
Robert Work Nomination as Deputy Secretary of Defense: resulting in news about the Oscars.
Articles written by Christopher Harmon on Terrorism: resulting in articles on liver disease, acne scar treatment and “Identification of Fatty Acids, Phospholipids, and Their Oxidation Products Using Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometry and Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry.”
“Have you ever stopped to ponder the amount of blood spilt, the volume of tears shed, the degree of pain and anguish endured, the number of noble men and women lost in battle so that we as individuals might have a say in governing our country? Honor the lives sacrificed for your freedoms. Vote.”
~ Rochelle Goodrich
Last Saturday I watched Disney’s Johnny Tremain. Presented were the great leaders of the War for Independence who believed their rights were more important than their duty to the English king. But what would their resolutions be worth if they were not backed by the militia?
Without our brave soldiers, we would still be under British control. Or Nazi. Or communists. Or terrorists. The very existence of the United States depends upon military protection.
Thank you to everyone who has served or is serving in our military. Your sacrifices are more than we could possibly repay.