Friday, May 19, 2006

head in the sand

We can't ignore things and hope they will go away.
You can't buy into the cultural elitist byline that we have to feel guilty and are guilty because we are Western and worse, American.
We can't be ashamed of freedom or capitalism.
We can't sit on our collective butts and wring our hands and give into some perceived "guilt" that in actuality doesn't exist.
A political leader who votes and pretty much campaigns against his own country needs to be voted out, the way our system allows, and someone who believes in our country and standing up for it needs to be given a chance. We have people in office who DO NOT have their countries best interests at heart- only their own.
Something is wrong when a journalist gets a tip about an impending attack and their first thought is "That would make a helluva story." Worse is when the editor won't even let them run with the story.
We can't afford to bury our head in the sand. It makes us powerless to do anything useful.
We have to stand up for freedom, democracy, and our way of life. We have to stand up for it abroad and especially at home.
We have to draw that line in the sand. We need heroes, we need sacrifice. We need to stop whining and carping and pointing the finger.
For our children's sake, at least.

Do you remember us telling you that we need to study history to both learn from it and to prevent repeat it's mistakes? Well then, if you can stomach it, you need to read this. Iranian Parliament wants to pass a law requiring Jews and Christians to wear identifying badges. Where have seen this before? How long do can we ignore the fact that there are enemies out there that want us defeated and dead, just because of who we are? We can't make them our friends- they don't want to be our friends. We can't make them happy by leaving things alone and ignoring crimes and atrocities and say "Oh, well- not my problem."
If you need more evidence- it abounds over the internet. Victor Davis Hanson has some reasoned thought on this whole subject. Print it off, pass some to your friends. Read it, internalize it, make it yours.
Don't be afraid to be American. Don't be afraid to love freedom. Don't be afraid to defend and stand up for what you hold dear. I believe that our country is the best in the world and is the best chance for the world. We aren't perfect, but we sure have the freedom to try hard to be better.

Oh, I know it's a penny here and a penny there, but look at me. I worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.

Republic. I like the sound of the word. It means people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose. Some words give you a feeling. Republic is one of those words that makes me tight in the throat - the same tightness a man gets when his baby takes his first step or his first baby shaves and makes his first sound as a man. Some words can give you a feeling that makes your heart warm. Republic is one of those words.

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