I am not a Lindsay Lohan fan. Actually that is not entirely true. I am not a fan of glorifying bad behavior. The media has chosen to give Lohan’s poor behavior choices lots of attention. She is presently serving a 90 day sentence that will likely be reduced, due to overcrowding in the detention facility. I deal with people who are on their way to being incarcerated every single week for offenses similar to the ones Lohan has committed. It is not a glorified position.
Her attorney was recently quoted as saying: “It was hard for her not to see her family over the weekend.” I imagine that it is hard for someone her age to be isolated from family and close friends. Am I supposed to feel sorry for her? In my heart of hearts, I know I should feel some compassion for Ms. Lohan, but it is going to take some
A friend of mine pointed out on her facebook status this afternoon that there is an entire group of Lindsay Lohan’s peers, who are most definitely worthy of both media attention. More importantly they are worthy of our respect. They too have experienced separation from their family and friends. My astute friend even listed their names….I think the list is worth reposting.
Justin Allen 23, Brett Linley 29, Matt Weikert 29, Justus Bartett 27, Dave Santos 21, Chase Stanley 21, Jesse Reed 26, Matthew King 23, Christopher Goeke 23 & Sheldon Tate, 27.
The above listed 20 something’s gave their lives for us this week, as they served their country. The following information reveals their depth of sacrifice.
Staff Sgt. Sheldon Tate, died on July 13 during an attack on the Afghan National Civilian Police headquarters
Sgt. Justin Allen was shot and killed July 18 during a firefight in the Zhari district of southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, on the Pakistani border.
Staff Sgt. Bret Linley was killed while clearing improvised explosive devices.
Sgt. Matthew Weikert-Died in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with a makeshift bomb.
Cpl. Dave M. Santos-Died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Justus S. Bartelt-Died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Spec. Chase Stanley-Died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
1st Lt. Christopher S S. Goeke-Died in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked their unit with rifle, rocket propelled grenade, and small arms fire.
Pvt. Brandon M. King-Died at Combat Outpost Nolen, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.
Spec. Jesse D. Reed-Died at Zabul Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked their military vehicle with a makeshift bomb.
The media has chosen for whatever reason to give Lindsay Lohan’s indiscretions more attention than the sacrifice of these young men. I wonder what that says about our society. I am not sure that I want to hear the answer to that question! The answer may very well reveal the depth of societal idiocy that pervades far more than just the media.
Do I feel compassion for Lindsay Lohan? Not really. Oh I know I should, so I promise to work on my attitude. But today I am thinking about her peers. Young 20 something men who gave their lives for each of us… Two of those men were the exact age of my oldest son. I will get to Lindsay a little later, because somehow her attorney’s comment about her missing her family over the weekend seems a little trite. Today my compassion is directed to some families who have experienced real loss. I don’t think their weekend was very pleasant either. May God bless them during this awful time. May all of us give respect where respect is due.