The Born Loser by Chip Sansom

The Born Loser

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  1. YokohamaMama

    YokohamaMama said, about 1 year ago

    He’d be thrilled.

  2. sundogusa

    sundogusa said, about 1 year ago

    Smart kid!

  3. FUNG1

    FUNG1 said, about 1 year ago

    Excellent strip, Chip!
    Thank you for remembering our “VETS”!

  4. Tom Falco

    Tom Falco said, about 1 year ago

    Sweet.

  5. echoraven

    echoraven said, about 1 year ago

    He would be honored.

  6. ReneTray

    ReneTray said, about 1 year ago

    @hollie2009ad

    Yes.

  7. ReneTray

    ReneTray said, about 1 year ago

    @YokohamaMama

    Yes.

  8. ReneTray

    ReneTray said, about 1 year ago

    @echoraven

    Yes.

  9. catman5169

    catman5169 said, about 1 year ago

    Two thumbs up for this…and two big toes, too!!!!

  10. oldman2013

    oldman2013 said, about 1 year ago

    to all veterans past and present I salute you blessed are the peace makers for they shall find peace amen

  11. Harold Williams

    Harold Williams said, about 1 year ago

    No grandpa won’t mind and if you get a chance tell a living veteran thanks, not just today but every day.

  12. Mountaingreenery

    Mountaingreenery said, about 1 year ago

    He’s not a loser today.

  13. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, about 1 year ago

    Good idea!

  14. mike hopkins

    mike hopkins said, about 1 year ago

    It would be nice if more people thought like the kid.

  15. Tin Can Twidget

    Tin Can Twidget GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    JUST A COMMON SOLDIER

    (A Soldier Died Today)

    by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

    He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,

    And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.

    Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,

    In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

    And tho’ sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,

    All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.

    But we’ll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,

    And the world’s a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

    He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,

    For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.

    Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,

    And the world won’t note his passing, though a soldier died today.

    When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,

    While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.

    Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,

    But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

    Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land

    A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?

    Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,

    Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

    A politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives

    Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.

    While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,

    Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

    It’s so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,

    That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know

    It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,

    Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

    Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,

    Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?

    Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend

    His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

    He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,

    But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.

    For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier’s part

    Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

    If we cannot do him honor while he’s here to hear the praise,

    Then at least let’s give him homage at the ending of his days.

    Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,

    Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.

    © 1987 A. Lawrence Vaincourt

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