It has been said that the real sacrifice of precious blood and risk is being born by military families in this country. This is to say that perhaps 2 percent of the nation is bearing 100 percent of the sacrificial burden.

The rest of us?

Well, we all sacrifice I suppose in other significant ways. At least that's how our President compares those without skin in the game with families who have lost or are at risk of losing loved ones in war:

"Well, you know, I think a lot of people are in this fight. I mean, they sacrifice peace of mind when they see the terrible images of violence on TV every night."

This is expressing the notion that all citizens in this country with its pretend egalitarian values sacrifice to the same degree for this war?

Let's see ...

Last week Barbara Boxer asked Condoleeza Rice, a female American who is single and childless: "Who pays the price? I'm not going to pay a personal price. My kids are too old and my grandchild is too young. You're not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with immediate family. So who pays the price? The American military and their families."

And easily predictable, Boxer caught lots of flack for somehow "dissing disrespectfully" a major administration player who - behind her president, vice president and predecessor as secretary of state - bears more responsibility for leading the nation down a path to illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. (That's right, I did not say "war" in Iraq nor "war" on terrorism. I used the words invasion and occupation because they describe the truth most accurately.)

But Condoleeza does not have the coward's history that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney shamefully and blatantly ignore. Both Bush and Cheney found ways to avoid serving in Vietnam. Their children have never volunteered for military service. The same is true for most war-policy makers and their congressional supporters.

And the nature of the sacrifice of that 1 percent to 2 percent of Americans is that their loved ones go ... and serve ... and return ... and go again ... now into their third and fourth deployments.

If just one time in your life you rise up and send a message to your congressional representatives, make now that time. Demand that Congress take back its Constitutional authority to share war-making powers with the President and hold him in check.

This is no partisan party politics my citizen friends. This is real life and if you and I don't say anything this day and tomorrow, more will die for a lie.

Arthur Ruger

Bay Center

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