Kris Kristofferson: Scholar, Veteran, Activist, Icon

Amanda Gardner

Kris Kristofferson may not exactly be a trending topic at the moment, but in the midst of the overwhelming negativity that accompanies every campaign season, I decided today was a good time to write about an American who deserves respect — an American who is a scholar, a veteran, an activist, and after decades in the public eye, an icon.

Kris Kristofferson has lived a life that only an American can live, and he deserves everyone’s respect, regardless of whether one agrees with his politics. The story of Kris Kristofferson’s life, especially as an activist, is a reminder that the freedoms we enjoy as Americans come with a responsibility — the responsibility to try to effect positive change in the world.

Kris Kristofferson, known for writing a string of hits, including “Sunday Morning Coming Down” and “Me and Bobby McGee, is so much more than a talented songwriter, singer and actor. Kristofferson was a Rhodes Scholar who studied at Oxford University’s Merton College, earning a master’s degree in English literature. He went on to serve as a captain in the U.S. Army, where he became a helicopter pilot, in addition to having completed U.S. Army Ranger School.

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