We are here today to mourn the loss of our good friend:
“Thank you for your service.”
This once coveted adulation has now joined a plethora of meaningless words and phrases that litter the American linguistic landscape.
We remember — with great affection — the day “Thank you for your service” was alive and meant something. Something like: “Wow this thing you did really cost you, and the least I can do is thank you.” But no longer. Sadly, “Thank you for your service” has been murdered. Death by a thousand meaningless uses. Impeachment hearings have killed it.
Over 30 hours of bureaucrats in their spendy suits congratulating each other for sacrifices made on behalf of the American people. “Oh, the humanity.” Days turned into weeks and each five minute session wound down to, (yes you guessed it) “thank you for your service”. Yet it was not until the final session, that of Dr. Fiona Hill, that our good friend breathed its last.
Harvard grad and a published author, Dr. Hill served as Analyst/European specialist with three administrations. Along the way she happened to parlay this “service” into millions. Service? Her’s is not a world of “service”, but of privilege. A world of private jets, private chefs and five-star hotels. Dr. Hill’s staff has staff. Don’t get me wrong, she’s clearly smart, articulate and works hard at her craft, but make no mistake she’s been compensated…well.
Newsflash: Real service costs you something and thats why people thank you for it.
While true service is nearly absent in Washington D.C., it’s practiced daily by people who seldom get thanked. People like Traci, Cindi and other volunteers who shelter the poor. Or by Byron and Nolia, who for years have raised money just to give to charities all over the world. Or by Dr. Jensen, who with his staff, travel oversees to treat the poor. Or by Heidi, who has been mom to countless Lincoln City kids for over 40 years providing food or a roof when needed. Not Heidi, Byron, Nolia, Traci, Cindi, nor Dr. Jensen have ever been thanked to my knowledge. That’s because these and Christians like them seek no spotlight.
Memo To my bonehead friends in congress:
These are the people who deserve to hear: “thank you for your service”.
Next week we are having a service and eulogy for our good friend, the word, “Hero”.