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RIP Pat Tillman

2003-05-14-inside-tillman.jpephoto from USA TodayPat Tillman turned down a three-year, $3.6 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals to volunteer as an Army Ranger. Pat Tillman was killed in action today in Afghanistan. All too often, you hear people say that the armed forces are filled with people who are poor and stupid; they either join for the money or because they can't do anything else. It angers me to hear these things. There are thousands upon thousands of people like Pat Tillman - those who join because they want to, because it is their desire to protect their country, to protect the idea of peace, to fight for freedoms and to make this world a better place. To all the Pat Tillmans out there - to all the men and women who walk away from higher paying job offers and more glamorous careers and instead put on the uniform and risk their lives; to all who sacrifice time with their families so we can be free to enjoy time with ours; to all those who fight and defend because it is their calling; to all those who make it possible for this country to be a place where people can speak their minds: thank you. Thank you for your sacrifice and thank you for your dedication to your country and freedom. Rest in peace, Pat Tillman and all those who came before him. More at Command Post.

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Yes! And the poor who have sacrificed and died as well...everyone who is doing it for the rest of us...

The last full measure of devotion.

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."

~General George S. Patton

Amen. He had the courage to follow his heart. My prayers to his family.

Show me a Democratic politician who implied that our men and women in uniform are poor and stupid.

Remember, Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft, Karl Rove, Dennis Hastert, Rick Santorum, Bill Frist, and Tom Delay all got draft deferments and did not even serve in the military.

When did I say it was Dem politicians? Read before you post, idiot.

Not everything is about your damn agenda. Christ.

"Show me a Democratic politician who implied that our men and women in uniform are poor and stupid"

Show us where Michele said that.

"Remember, Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft, Karl Rove, Dennis Hastert, Rick Santorum, Bill Frist, and Tom Delay all got draft deferments and did not even serve in the military."

Gotta get those talking points in!

Rest in Peace, Pat.

His brother also signed up and was in the same platoon.

Michele, are you suggesting that you have no agenda either? That this is an apolitical post? Gee, I guess I'm just dense.

I feel very sad too about these military deaths--I shouldn't have to write that, but I do. I just don't understand why you conservatives think that this war was a necessary part of the war on terror. We needed more troops in Afghanistan, not Iraq. Maybe Tillman would still be alive if we had more troops there.

Kyrie Eleison [Lord, have Mercy] Rest in peace, may the Lord bless you and yours.

(background song: The Association, "Requiem for the Masses")

I was hoping you'd post this. Pat was a true hero.

Michelle post was nothing more then to show how some people who are bless and the ability to enjoy life turn their back to it and decide to give their lives to a higher calling.

Much all posting always have an agenda and why much some people always find cause to stir up the pot?

Much=Must.

Please add a edit button for comments :)

he signed on to be a killer, now he's dead. boo-hoo. he deserved to die.

Um, Brad, he died in Afghanistan, not Iraq. Or maybe you know this, in which case your post makes even less sense.

This was obviously a memorial post, meant to honor this man, not a time for political point-scoring, I shouldn't have to write that, but apparently I do.

"good" you are a piece of shit.

Brad,

There is no one who understands the military situation in Afganistan that is saying that that theater needs more troops. Stick to opinions on things you understand, 'kay.

He was serving his country, even though he could have been living a long life of wealth and ease. How many other people would give up a pro football contract worth millions of dollars, which would have made his family wealthy for life, to become a soldier? Damn few.

Rest in peace, Pat Tillman. We mourn your loss and appreciate your sacrifice.

Rest in peace Pat. You're a true Patriot.

Brad, you're pathetic.

"Michele, are you suggesting that you have no agenda either? That this is an apolitical post? Gee, I guess I'm just dense."

If you'd take the time to read her post you'd see that the only agenda she has is to acknowledge a man for his sacrifice and to thank others for their willingness to serve.

Not once does she say "Vote GOP in November!" Nor does she say "Screw the Democrats!" She doesn't even make an attempt to insinuate any political point of view.

"I just don't understand why you conservatives think that this war was a necessary part of the war on terror. We needed more troops in Afghanistan, not Iraq. Maybe Tillman would still be alive if we had more troops there."

The fact that you would use the death of a good, decent man, who had the courage to set aside a life of luxury for one of hardship, in order to make a political point through the use of guilt speaks volumes about your character, or, more importantly, your lack thereof.

Sorry for the long post. Won't happen again!

One of the things Pat (and the rest of those brave men and women) are fighting for is the freedom of speech, and as my mama sez, ya gotta take the good with the bad. So in one ear and out the other go those ridiculous posts... or would it be in one eye and out the other?

RIP Pat... and thanks.

I would just like to say that as an anti-(Iraq)war liberal, I found your post moving, poignant and very well-deserved. Please don't mistake Brad (and for God's sake, not "Good", whom I hesitate to even acknowlege with a mention) as representative of how the vast majority of liberal Americans feel. Michele, thank you for putting into words how grateful we all feel for all the Pat Tillmans out there.

Rest in Peace, Pat, and thank you.

The fact that Pat Tillman (and his brother) turned their backs on millions of dollars to do a job they felt was their duty says a ton about them and their parents and is well worthy of being acknowledged.

Michele, please note that when I heard this news I came straight here to see what you would say, because I knew it would be fitting and worth reading, and it was. I just don't understand why some people feel the need to take every shot they can.

Someone please help me understand why disrespectful comments on this post should not be deleted, at the blogger's discretion.

I could delete them, or I could leave them here and let people reveal themselves for who they are and let everyone else have at 'em.

Michele, that was a lovely post. Just ban the IPs of Brad and 'good' - who needs that blood pressure spike?
Worthless jerks, they are.

"Good" illustrates an important principle - people almost always try to use provocation from the opposing side as justification for their own failure to observe the basic tenets of human decency.

I recently saw this phenomenon at its worst in accounts of the genocide in Rwanda. The Hutus justified their mass killings of Tutsis by way of claiming that the Tutsis were planning to do it to them. Of course, the fact that there was no tangible evidence to support that claim didn't bother them in the least.

We demean ourselves by cheering the deaths of others - even those we see as our enemy. A crucial lesson "good" has obviously failed to learn.

Regardless of what you may believe about the motivations of the American government, if you know anything at all about the American people you know that our soldiers in Afghanistan or Iraq or anywhere else in the world are not intentionally killing innocent civilians. They are simply doing their best to make the world a safer place for all of us to live. Irrespective of political party or persuasion, they deserve our deepest thanks and our full support for risking - and in some cases giving - their lives.

For what my two cents are worth, you could delete the angry rhetoric of others, regardless of their political stripe.

And others writing could stoop to their level and reply in kind.

Instead I find it better to keep the level of discussion on a mature level, and let the greater body of readers judge who is responsible and credible and who is not.

michele,

Thank you for posting this.

Someone reminded me today that while Specialist Tillman gave up millions of dollars to serve his country, we should also remember that thousands of others make even greater sacrifices everyday by leaving behind husbands, wives, and children to serve their country -- and many of these sacrifices go unheralded by most Americans.

Remembering this should in no way lessen our respect for Spc. Tillman, who also leaves behind his wife of two years, and refused any special treatment or recognition for leaving the NFL to join the Army.

Pat Tillman, like his brother Kevin, was a volunteer. That alone makes him a hero.

Thank you Pat Tillman, for your sacrifice. It will not be in vain.

Thank you to all servicemen and servicewomen. You are the courage of the United States of America.

Michele: don't EVER be discouraged from honoring the sacrifices our troops (and the troops of so many other nations) make every day. Naysayers have been and will be with us always -- you just keep it up. The majority of your fans are obviously behind you 100%.

To the few who felt the need to stir up shit or politicize a fallen soldier, may you someday grow up enough to be allowed outside without adult supervision. There's always hope you'll lose the thrill of saying "poo-poo" in mixed company.

In the end, we are merely critics.

Pat Tillman was much more.

To borrow a better man's words:

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."

Theodore (the good) Roosevelt
Address to the Sorbonne
1910

and the lefties wonder why everyone hates them

Rest In Peace Ranger Tillman.
You died in the company of brave and honourable men.
Have a good one, jumper! AIRBORNE !

This has been the worst day for me since the Saturday after 9-11. Tillman was somebody we watched grow up here in AZ, and he was a legend before he quit the NFL for the life of a ranger.

"Show me a Democratic politician who implied that our men and women in uniform are poor and stupid"

Charles Rangel

ALL of you are driving me to apoplexy.

1) Never argue with fools; people might not be able to tell the difference.

2) People who put themselves in harm's way due to the courage of their convictions - whether it be in front of an Isarali bulldozer or in the face of hostile Taliban holdouts - deserve our thanks and our praise. For if you believe strongly enough to act on those convictions, rightly or wrongly, to go into harm's way - you have a moral high ground left unclaimed by those of us who merely observe and cheer or boo.

I like to say it this way:

"He either fears his fate too much,
Or his desserts are small,
Who dares not put it to the touch,
To win or lose it all!" Montrose's Toast

We call them heros when we agree with them, these days, and villians when we don't.

But anytime someone has the guts to haul their ass up around their ears and stand up to what they see as the forces of darkness, they deserve our applause.

Even, or even especially when they are standing up to us. Whichever version of "us" you ascribe yourself to.

I actually have that Theodore Roosevelt quote over my desk with my unit patch.

I think that sums up my thoughts.
As for Brad and Good, well, best to be quiet and allow people to think your an idiot than opening your mouth and proving them correct.

Excellent Post Michelle.

Rest in Peace, Pat.

Pat is a symbol of what America is about for most of us. This is why his noble and heroic story upsets those that are anti-American, anti-reality, anti-logic and/or anti-everything.

People like Pat are an indisputable proof that the vile venom they constantly spew about America is wrong, hateful and illogical.

Most of our troops have the same motivations that Pat had. But with Pat giving up what he did to fight for his country, it makes it impossible for those anti-everything people to discredit him as they attempt to do with all of the coalition troops and America in general.

This makes them lash out in anger and frustration. And so, in this way, Pat is STILL fighting the good fight. Even his memory is having a negative and demoralizing effect on the enemy and those that support and sympathize with the enemy.

He remains an inspiration and great source of pride to all of us, as do all of our troops fighting the good fight.

When you look at Tillman's sacrifice you gotta think, looking around, gee are we, a bunch of selfish son of a bitches worth what he has donbe for us?

Bob,

You are a tool. By your logic, the 9/11 hi-jackers "deserve our applause" for standing up "to what they see as the forces of darkness" --just the same as Pat Tillman did. I guess "darkness" exists only in the eye of the beholder. Unbelievable.

Thank you, though, for providing us a case study in moral relativism carried to its logical extreme.

BTW, I just realized I disregarded your first pearl of wisdom by responding to you in the first place. Oh well.

I just want to say thank you Pat. You will not be forgotten.

To all of our service men and women, Thank you!

Pat Tillman is a true american hero !

I am sending my donation in on monday to the following

Pat Tillman Memorial Fund at Bank One branches
A memorial fund has been set up at Bank One to remember Pat Tillman. To donate, contact any Phoenix area Bank One branch and mention the Pat Tillman Memorial Fund: account # 1599965140

You can view the original url from Channel ABC15 from Phoenix at

http://www.phoenix360.com/15links/index.asp

The Cardinals said they will retire Tillman's No. 40 and name the plaza surrounding the new stadium under construction in suburban Glendale the "Pat Tillman Freedom Plaza."

R.I.P., Pat. God bless you and all of the others who have died for our Freedom.

Resquiescat in pace, Sergeant Tillman.
"A man can have no more noble fate than to place his mortal body between his beloved home and the war's desolation." Heinlein, Starship Troopers.

I just want to say thanks to Tillman for giving us his all and trying to keep us free He is a real HERO again thanks

I appreciated what Bob King had to say and I can't help but agree with the basic idea of what Alex said...... If we admire the courage and selflessness displayed by Pat Tillman, we are left in the troubling position of admitting a similar virtue in the 9/11 hijackers.
I would like to know how some of you folks out there distinguish between a man who sacrifices his life for something he believes in and a man who is a fanatic. I fear that there are many people in the Arab world who would reverse the roles of Pat Tillman and the 9/11 hijackers.
Why?

RIP Mr. Tillman, your courage is an inspiration to us all.

Pat Tillman has something that these peace-nics
can only dream of.
real red-blooded American Courage.
The courage to fight for good
,to stand up to terrorists.

I sometimes ask myself
What would these good for nothing peace-nics do if they met Osama bin Laden or Hitler on the street...try to make freinds with them?
when will they learn that
There are evil people and these people will kill us if we don't fight back. God bless America and Pat Tillman. Let's not show these terrorist mofos any mercy.

There is a lot of political battling going on here. Here is how I see it... Pat Tillman made an admirable decision to make a sacrifice for something he believed in. I respect that! However, I say we must also be careful about what we believe in. I think the afore mentioned peace-nics would be willing to fight if they believed in the cause. It can be easy for any government to mobilize an emotional nation to support action that is not necasarily in our interests, but for some ulterior motive. Always question the real goal of the action. Are we really making this country safer by stiring the pot in the middle east? Is our threshhold for death and war as great as the extremists of the middle east? Don't we have more to lose then they do? Isn't this war costing us more then it is them? I am asking these questions from a logical standpoint not a political one. I think it is time we maintained a lower profile in the middle east. Why are we fighting in Iraq? None of the 9/11 highjackers are from Iraqi, we have found no wmd's. Is there anyone in this post willing to die so that they can have free elections in Iraq? I say we stay away! THEN if we are not left alone we can give them a war. Don't damn my point of view if you believe in freedom of speech.

I just stumbled into this blog a few minutes ago, and have really been impressed overall with the tone of the comments. I'd like to make one quick reply to Tom's last comment about the virtues of Pat Tillman (or any other US casualty in the war) and the 9/11 hijackers. While they each put themselves in harm's way, there's no evidence that Pat Tillman (or any other US combatant in the war, casualty or not) went into harm's way with the express intent of causing as many casualties as possible to non-combatants. That's the difference. We can lionize martyrs all we want, but when their martyrdom comes as a direct result of wanting to bring about injury and death to people who are not directly involved in the combat, that's where the virtue on one side turns to ash.

Richard

"A True Hero gives up Life, to save Lives", (personal quote)

A Hero always dies at the foot of greatness, while lifting up arms full unable to protect themselves they have managed to protect others... Call it a sacrifice or call it an epiphany of life, for the individuals who truly possess heroism.

Tillman 4 Peace:

Whether you believe in this war or not what is said is still heard...
So be careful of whom or what you speak...
Tillman (till' man) succeed at Peace.

I believe you were a great individual full of Humility~~

"A True Hero gives up Life, to save Lives", (personal quote)

A Hero always dies at the foot of greatness, while lifting up arms full unable to protect themselves they have managed to protect others... Call it a sacrifice or call it an epiphany of life, for the individuals who truly possess heroism.

Tillman 4 Peace:

Whether you believe in this war or not what is said is still heard...
So be careful of whom or what you speak...
Tillman (till' man) succeed at Peace.

I believe you were a great individual full of Humility~~