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RamTech 01-31-2011 06:52 PM

I Have Held A Job
The best speech John Glenn ever made: short and to the point.

Some people still don't understand why military personnel do what they do for a living. The following exchange between Senator John Glenn (D -OH) and Senator Howard Metzenbaum (D - OH) is worth reading. Not only is it a pretty impressive and impromptu speech, but it's also a good example of one man's explanation of why men and women in the Armed Services do what they do for a living. This IS a typical, though sad, example of what some who have never served think of the Military.

Senator Metzenbaum to Senator Glenn: "How can you run for the Senate when you've never held a "real job?"

Senator Glenn: "I served 23 years in the United States Marine Corps. I served through two wars. I flew 149 missions. My plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire on 12 different occasions.

I was in the Space Program. It wasn't my checkbook, Howard, it was my Life on the line. It was not a 9 to 5 job, where I took time off to take the daily cash receipts to the bank. I ask you to go with me .... as I went the other day ... to a Veterans Hospital and look those men - with their mangled bodies - in the eye, and tell THEM they didn't hold a job!

You go with me to the Space Program at NASA and go, as I have gone, to the widows and orphans of Ed White, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee .... and you look those kids in the eye and tell them that their DADS didn't hold a job. You go with me on Memorial Day and you stand in Arlington National Cemetery, where I have more friends buried than I'd like to remember, and you watch those waving flags.

You stand there, and you think about this Nation, and you tell ME that those people didn't have a job?

I'll tell you, Howard Metzenbaum... you should be on your knees every day of our life thanking God that there were some men - SOME MEN - who held a REAL job. And they required a dedication to a purpose - and a love of country and a dedication to duty - that was more important than life itself. And their self-sacrifice is what made this country possible. I HAVE held a job, Howard! --- What about you?"

If you can read this, thank a teacher.... If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.......

MADDOG 01-31-2011 08:31 PM

Way to go Mr. Glenn!!!! That says it all right there.

Sad but true ... there are a lot of people who think much as Howard Metzenbaum does.

HerRam 01-31-2011 08:41 PM

Howard should have been one of the guys standing infront of the army! Wow! Thanks for posting this!

RamTech 02-01-2011 08:45 AM

I wonder what George Patton would have had to say about this....

BLKSVT 02-01-2011 10:07 AM


Originally Posted by RamTech (Post 430030)
I wonder what George Patton would have had to say about this....

Not much except..."hold on while I prepare to put you out of your misery.."

Phreak 02-01-2011 12:56 PM

Wow.. i,m not even from the USA and that speech brought a tear in my eye..
great response to a B.S comment from a douche bag...

RootBeer 02-01-2011 03:30 PM

I remember when that exchange took place. Loved seeing a politician put in his place.

James.Tomlinson 02-02-2011 12:00 AM

That made my whole body shiver while reading it...I bet all the other vetrans know what I am talking about.

916Timmy 02-02-2011 12:04 AM

I wish I was a Marine now! What a great slap to the face!!! That shows what a "politician" will say to get ahead!

CajunDodge 02-02-2011 12:34 AM

Awesome post Randy, and great response by Sen. Glenn!!! :smileup:

- Cajun

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