It’s been a rough week for my little town here in rural Maine.
We’re saying goodbye to a wonderful family that everyone has come to know and love. Their calling is to an Amish community a little ride from here and they will be missed.
It isn’t often you meet people who want to devote their lives to God in such a way that illicit both envy and fascination from the rest of us.
Their shop is right behind mine in town and the familiar laughter from their three children that greets me each morning will be replaced with the sound of a rushing river and silence.
But sadder still is the death of a man who made a different commitment. Corey Dodge, a U.S. Contractor, was killed in Kabul last week along with 2 other Americans when his NATO convoy was attacked.
Twelve people were killed and 66 wounded.
Corey was on his last mission in Afghanistan and was due home for good in October.
He went to help because that’s what people like Corey do up here in this small town and in small towns all over America. It’s in the dust. Raised by salt of the earth parents, he was a typical all American boy who grew up and married his high school sweetheart. Corey wanted nothing more than to give his family a good life.
He leaves behind a wife and four kids along with thousands who are grateful for his service.
Corey was a hero. And sometimes we forget what heroes are.
Heroes are not those men and women in movies, they’re not created in twenty second sound bites, they’re not gangstas or those who champion causes foreign to most decent folk, like selling baby parts. They’re not people who work to stifle our freedoms.
No, heroes are people like Corey and the soon to be Amish family who get up each day and work until their hands are too painful to clench or fly off to Afghanistan in order to help their brothers. They bring out the best and worst in ourselves and stand strong in the face of, well pretty much anything God throws at them.
They are real Americans. They know their calling and they stay on their path as straight and narrow as it may be, to the very end.
Some of our presidential candidates have forgotten that, forgotten what a real American is. Some have forgotten why they run and who they work for. And it’s because of this, because the people they have to answer to are mostly good and decent unwilling to believe the worst, people like Hillary go free.
So my reply to Hillary would be this.
I believe, Mrs. Clinton, a terrorist is someone who kills, rapes and blows up embassies, like say in Benghazi. I believe even though you have never flown a plane into a building, you Mrs. Clinton fit the description of a terrorist better than almost anyone, aside from Planned Parenthood.
People like you Hillary who are not good enough to shine Corey Dodge’s shoes, insult his memory and the memory of those killed in the Middle East and Afghanistan by calling Republicans terrorists. You are an embarrassment.
Corey Dodge was a hero who wanted to make a difference and he did. His body will be returned to America this Wednesday to his home and his family. Corey had applied to be a state trooper and his wife found out recently that he had been accepted.
He would have continued life as a hero.
We need more people like Mr. Dodge and good people like my neighbors.
Rest in peace Corey, God speed.