Fight the good fight

Well Sarah, whatever it is you have in mind certainly got off to a thunderous rolling start today. Until your true intentions are known, I will maintain a healthy measure of cynicism. When it comes to politicians, I do not think that I am alone there. In America, there is still much national gullibility. We drift toward the voice that tells us what we want to hear. We buy the packaged message then spend our days regretting the purchase. We trust that people who would lead our country are honest men and women and have our nation’s interests at heart. We have been too often burned. I give you the present day.

If you are not going to run the race, make it known soon. It is important, that you not become another figure who used Veterans as a springboard to self-enrichment, which is too often the case with the typical political class. Your legacy, if you do that, would not be good. You would fade into oblivion and Veterans would just harden their resolve that for politicians they remain little more than props.

I believe Sarah, that you understand that America is free for two basic reasons. The most enduring one is that the founders of our country, as they clearly proclaimed, relied on divine providence and declared that man’s freedom is God given. The second reason is that throughout our history, we have been blessed with courageous men and women willing to sacrifice themselves as guardians of that most precious gift from our Creator. There are more than 58 thousand souls represented on the Wall you visited today. More than one thousand of them remain unaccounted for. They never made it back home. It is most certain that we remain the home of the free because of the sacrifice of those brave souls and hundreds of thousands like them throughout our history. Politicians, like John Kerry, who now run our country labeled those brave souls who answered their country’s call to service in Vietnam as murderers. Americans very nearly put that charlatan in the Whitehouse too. Politicians sent heroes off to war in the jungles of Southeast Asia and then turned their backs on them until long after the war when supporting them became politically profitable. Those same people are destroying our military today one social engineering block at a time. But in a pinch, a good “gutty” bin Laden killing is great for ones political image.

Whether you announce your intentions soon or not, will buy you no favor in the national media. They profess to want you in the fight as bad as Max Baer wanted Jimmy Braddock. Jimmy had the spirit. He fought the good fight. They are painting you as a quitter. One who is apt to cut and run when the going gets tough. Certainly not a preferred presidential character trait. The attacks you endured in the Alaska state house will seem like the good ole days compared to what you face. You are by any measure the most media vetted non-candidate in history. If all candidates were vetted so thoroughly this discussion would not be necessary. There is probably not much left to dig up, but they will ravage your children. They want you to scurry away so they can completely bury you and along with you the hope of anyone else of American middle class origin that may have the audacity to try to be president. Besides, it has just become known that the president now shares with millions of middle class Americans, me included, Scots-Irish ancestry.

Remember the 08 campaign? You said the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is lipstick. Not long after, our now president said that you can put lipstick on a pig and it is still a pig. Everyone, except the media and timid “conservative” politicians knew where that insult was directed. Use your one nation tour to teach Americans that you can also put lipstick on communism, but it is still communism and communism kills. People and countries. Ask Americans why it is always wealthy liberals who chase communist ideals. A system where the wealthy remain so and to poor get poorer.

Establishment politicians, especially the many progressive Republicans who for years have hid behind the veil of Washington’s faux conservatism, will never support you. I think you know that too. The liberal media, which is the most of it, will continue to paint you as a moronic hockey mom. Just remember that you should never argue with idiots (who mostly comprise the liberal media), because they will just bring you down to their level. Do not make the mistake of believing that the Washington cocktail conservative crowd will support you either. I point directly to the punditry that one endures when watching Fox news.

If you are in it, remain true to the image you have built. Fight the good fight, finish the race, keep the faith.

2 Timothy 4:3-7

© 2011

Whoever curses you…

In June 2007, Dr. Michael D. Evans wrote a commentary published in the Jerusalem Post titled Father of the Islamic revolution (web archive link may be slow to load) excerpted below. I was excoriated by friends and some not so friends when I made a similar comment about President Jimmy Carter a year earlier in On Your Hands. Dr. Evans is infinitely more qualified than me to provide an assessment. I am not a Middle East scholar, but I observe and draw my own conclusions. It is good, however, when someone as studied and published as is Dr. Evans agrees with my assessment. He called it the Islamic revolution and I called it the Islamic Nazi movement. I called it that because their goals are the same. Kill all of the Jews and dominate the world.

Carter viewed Khomeini as more of a religious holy man in a grassroots revolution than a founding father of modern terrorism. Carter’s ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young, said “Khomeini will eventually be hailed as a saint.” Carter’s Iranian ambassador, William Sullivan, said, “Khomeini is a Gandhi-like figure.” Carter adviser James Bill proclaimed in a Newsweek interview on February 12, 1979 that Khomeini was not a mad mujahid, but a man of “impeccable integrity and honesty.”

Also in that time frame, International Business Daily published a 10 part series on the Carter Presidency and titled it Profile in Incompetence (also a web archive link). Some in this series are also worth contemplating: Carter Plants the Seeds of Al-Qaida and Iran: Carter’s Habitat For Inhumanity.

As he’s done with our terror-war detainees in Guantanamo, Carter accused the Shah of torturing some 3,000 “political” prisoners. He chastised the shah for his human rights record and engineered the withdrawal of American support.

The irony here is that when Khomeini, a former Muslim exile in Paris, overthrew the shah in February 1979, many of the 3,000 were executed by the ayatollah’s firing squads along with 20,000 pro-Western Iranians.

Mr. Carter’s disdain for Israel became glaringly more apparent when he published his book, Palestine: Peace not Apartheid.

A look back to this point in our nation’s recent history is important. It is important because it gives us a panoramic view into the liberal mind and it also shows us how dangerous that mind set is for nations and humankind. By choice, albeit and uniformed one, Americans placed us on that tour again. Only this time it is much more aggressive. Our tour guides are from the anti-American Weather Underground hippie generation who believe that the destruction of America and free enterprise is the way to utopia. In their haste to achieve that end, they will side with any enemy and call it seeking democracy. They know that Americans love the “democracy” word because they have been conditioned to believe that our representative republic is true democracy. It is not. This form of liberalism goes far beyond offering a differing world view to an intense desire to force feed that world view to every American. It is a worldview that is either ignorant of or willing to discount what keeps the world in relative peace, that has a double helping of disdain for the United States of America, and is communist at its core with its open admiration for Chairman Mao and supporting the communism of labor union bosses.

Where are we today? We refused to support Iranians as they were being killed in the streets while protesting the oppressive Islamic theocracy aided into existence by actions of a United States president. Our stated national position is that “we should not meddle in the affairs of other countries.” After that, we enthusiastically meddled by supporting the overthrow of the “Shah-like” leader of Egypt. For whatever warts he had, he was a secular leader who was not an enemy to the United States and kept peace with Israel. Now, the Muslim Brotherhood that spawned practically every Islamic terrorist organization you can name is about to change Egypt, with its US equipped military, into an Islamic Republic not unlike Iran.

Not only must we be rid of Mubarak, but other leaders (most of them thugs granted) must go as well. Why do you reckon that is? It is because these dictators, good or bad, stand in the way of forming Islamic theocratic governments in those countries. It is not because they stand between the people of these countries and “democracy.” If it was, we would have done everything within our power to help the people of Iran overthrow that murderous regime. You are watching the birth of the Islamic caliphate.

Now, it appears that our national position is to turn away from support of Israel. Israel is the only free country and the only true American ally in the entire region. Whatever else transpires in this insane approach to a peaceful world and a secure America understand that the fate of Israel is the fate of the United States of America.

Genesis 12.

© 2011

Memorial Day

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.” — General George S. Patton Jr.

George Patton was not known for political correctness. I imagine that it was a foreign concept to him. He was more suited to plain talk. Unfortunately, his gift to unapologetically call it as he saw it kept him in hot water. Especially with politicians and the news writers of the day and his bosses who had to contend with both.

Memorial Day is near. On this day, we are asked (those of us who still understand the purpose for this day) to mourn those who gave their lives fighting our country’s wars. I stand with General Patton on this one. Instead of mourning their loss, we should get on our knees and thank God for providing them to defend the freedom that He gave to us.

I was traveling this past weekend. Have you ever driven through the Shenandoah Valley on a sunny afternoon? It is quite a sight. Even the 18 wheelers rumbling across Interstate 81 do not detract from the beauty of that small piece of God’s creation. In fact, those big trucks are but one of the symbols of our freedom and national prosperity. Leaving the valley and driving into the green hills, as the state song reminds us “how majestic and how grand”, of West Virginia, I get the same heartfelt wow feeling that I always get whenever I am returning home. Montani Semper Liberi, Mountaineers are always free and God has provided us with a breathtakingly beautiful place in which to enjoy the freedom He gave us.

I have been to other strikingly beautiful places in the United States, from Niagara Falls to Carlsbad New Mexico. I am also fortunate to be able to draw comparisons with other well known sites around the world including such places as the Swiss Alps and Holland’s Tulip fields. Beautiful sites be assured, but there is something I feel in America that I did not feel when visiting those other countries. The spirit of freedom. If you have traveled outside of our borders, you understand that spirit. It is ingrained in Americans. It is in the American DNA.

Our country was founded on one enduring principle. The principle that freedom comes from God and that men must be the guardians of it. I believe that was a divine inspiration. There are plenty who snicker at that thought or who are content to label people who think as me as some sort of religious fanatic. But that is just fine. Just as they are unable to explain with any confidence or certainty how this magnificent creation came to be, neither can they explain how this one nation became the most free, most powerful and most prosperous nation mankind has ever known. Or why it has remained so.

Throughout our history, God has provided courageous Americans willing to battle with those who would try to take the freedom that comes to us from Him. No enemy has been powerful enough to defeat them. But evil does not surrender, it is always lurking. There are other forces at work inside our country that are bent on its destruction. Multiculturalism and hyphenated Americanism among them as well as those who would cheerfully discard our founding documents and constitution. Our Soldiers cannot battle this enemy; it is one for the rest of us. There is also a red herring out there that claims that America is a nation of immigrants and we go to great politically correct lengths to accommodate that ideal. Well, no it is not. It is a nation of Americans. We are one people, E Pluribus Unum “out of many one”, living with shared values under the shared principle of our founding – God given freedom. We must be if we are to continue to exist. Ask any American if he or she would move to the country of his ethnicity and when there refer to himself as an American-Asian or an American-African? His answer will proclaim his allegiance.

On this Memorial Day, think about what it means to be an American. Contemplate all of the things that are happening in our country today in the name of diversity and tolerance that undermine our national motto and our most enduring founding principle. Then get on your knees and thank God for this place and for the American men and women who have sacrificed throughout our history to defend the freedom we enjoy in this most blessed nation. Then take up the fight that our Soldiers cannot.

© 2010

A Day of Oddities

Road kill is an ordinary occurrence in these parts. Witnessing the transformation of critter carcasses into pavement pizza is as common as are crooked politicians in Washington. So, while driving through the park the other morning I was not a bit surprised to see a small critter corpse lying in the middle of the road. Except that it was a duck. In all of my years of seeing the results of varmints meeting car grills, I have never seen a duck. While I was having that thought, I looked up to see another duck making a kamikaze flight down the middle of the road at about windshield level. This one was either more fortunate than his wingman or I was not the intended target as he veered off of his strafing run at the last possible moment. I looked into his eyes, or maybe it was her eyes, and I swear the duck was screaming as it bailed out. Maybe the duck was a chicken.

It was the second odd occurrence of the day. The first came when I flipped open the laptop during morning coffee to read a headline on Drudge that said; Osama is dead shot in the head. Sure enough, I flipped on the television to news that a team of Navy SEALS had surgically removed bin Laden’s face with a high velocity 5.56 MM scalpel. Then I watched the replay of the President’s announcement from the night before. Listening to his speech (text here from Whitehouse.gov), it was painfully obvious to me, that it was not an announcement prepared in the immediate moments after the mission was completed and our Special Operators were clear and safe. It was like the obituaries of the rich and famous, written well in advance of the predictable event. It was odd to me. Like a duck cruising down the middle of the road.

It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory — hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction

Why not a concise announcement? Bright September day, cloudless September sky, black smoke billowing up, and heartbreak and destruction are not phrases I would choose to announce a successful military operation resulting in the justified killing of a mass murderer. I would also can the speech writer that prepared those remarks to announce a serious and significant event in our nation’s modern history. I do not understand why the President could not just announce that members of the United States Armed Forces conducted a raid inside of Pakistan that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. There were no US casualties. And then, before all of the differing Whitehouse versions of the mission developed just say that as a matter of national security, the particulars of the operation and the personnel involved are and will remain classified.

Another oddity is the debate about whether pictures of the dead and faceless Osama should be released. What do you think is behind that debate? I believe it is trust. One of my favorite quotes, which I will paraphrase, is that trust is like the soul, once it is lost it never returns. Too many Americans have lost trust in our leaders. It is at the stage in our country where you cannot just proclaim it; you must now provide evidence to prove it. As integrity crumbles so does America.

Odder still was that we apparently honored the man the media charmingly refers to as UBL with a proper Muslim burial at sea. I do not hold for intentional desecration of any body, even road kill. But, I do believe that every person, dead or alive, should be treated with the respect they have earned. I would have left his faceless carcass lying in his mud mansion and let the Pakistanis, who had no idea he was living a few hundred feet from their military academy, attend to his state funeral.

I do not want to conjure up anything, but there is just too much about this story spin that does not add up, but I am a terminal cynic.

It was a bright and sunny spring afternoon. Wild flowers were just beginning to point their faces toward the sun. The trees were filling out turning the hills varying shades of green. Moonlight Sonata wafted from the premium sound system. The traffic was rather light as I exited the Interstate high way. Someone was standing at the foot of the exit ramp. As I approached, I noticed an old beater parked on the road side. The young man standing there looked somewhat distressed, but in no apparent pain. In one hand he held a red sign. It said to the point, “Need Gas.” In his other hand was a red gas can. Probably a hundred yards away and in plain view of the exit was a gas station. The posted price in letters visible from the highway said $4.29. I did not see any ducks.

©2011

Kryptonian-American

Did you hear? Faster than a speeding bullet, our most renowned superhero intends to renounce his American citizenship. I do not know which is the funniest. That he is going to do it or that it got coverage from practically every major news outlet.

Hyphenated superheroes? Why not? It is the American thing to do is it not? We continue to play opposites with our national motto. It is now from one many.

This illegal alien from Krypton, as far as I am able to tell, did not enter the United States on an approved visa through a controlled entry point. Nope, like a drug smuggler, he landed his covert aircraft in a Kansas farm field. From there he was aided and abetted by a Kansas couple, Jonathan and Martha Kent, who gave him a false identity and hid his illegal alien status from the unsuspecting residents of Smallville. Kansas mother. Faked identity. I must admit I do not like where this train of thought is leading.

I demand to see the paper trail on this one. How does a fictitious character, from a fictitious planet, who grew up in a fictitious Kansas farm community hiding his true identity and who now skulks behind a pair of nerd glasses as Clark Kent working as a fake journalist in fictitious Metropolis renounce his fictitious citizenship. Does his driver’s license say Superman or Clark Kent? Once his true fake identity is known will his arch enemy Lex Luthor drop some kryptonite into his diet soda?

That is what I want to know. Are you ready for it? Who issued this fake man the fake birth certificate that was necessary to establish his American citizenship in the first place? The next thing you know, he will be running for the presidency. We know his real name is Kal-El and he is an illegal alien. His real daddy is Jor-El. Jerome Corsi, please investigate.

It is a sad spectacle when our national identity is closely attached to a comic book character. In the day, however, characters like Superman reinforced for American children, like me, that standing up for truth, justice and the American way was important. Now, this comic book character, whose influence is more potent than we may be willing to acknowledge, is teaching our children that the American way is no longer sufficient. It needs to be the global way, an international way, and a way not driven by American leadership. Superman no longer belongs to America and in his new world view the American way is on par with the North Korean way. He is a citizen of the world. He can now leap the United Nations building in a single bound and use his super powers to make sure America toes the global line. At least he came right out and said it, rather than putting forth faux patriotism while taking actions to show how deeply he despises the American way.

The United States of America was founded on a single guiding principle. God-given freedom. Freedom on loan to us from our creator. Freedoms that cannot be taken from us by men less we choose to allow them to be taken. That enduring principle was woven into all aspects of the American way. Being the only nation in the history of the world founded on such a principle is what made and still makes us an exceptional nation. This ideal was reinforced by accounts of real heroes, our fictional heroes and preached to us by our real leaders. Now, although appearing as an insignificant comic book hero, our newly ordained Kryptonian-American has declared that the exceptional American way is not so important. You may not realize it, but that is just another slam at our foundation. Targeting the minds of children and telling them that there is nothing exceptional about our country.

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No! It’s a Kryptonian-American! Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. He’s the Kryptonian-American. Always fighting for truth, justice and all of that other stuff.

© 2011