How would I sum up the way in which I regard the members of our American military? It is difficult because I have never known their individual, personal sacrifice. There has never been a knock on my door with men in uniforms standing outside telling me how heroically a family member has died serving his or her country. Extremely hard to explain my respect considering that I did not choose to serve my country in any branch of service in my nearly 50 years of life on this planet. Without any real skin in the game, how can anyone really comment on veterans' service and sacrifice? I feel compelled to try.
When the ragtag militia gathered at Concord and Bunker Hill to fend off the Imperial army of the British Crown of King George, they just knew it was the right thing to do. When General George Washington and his men almost froze to death in a hell hole known as Valley Forge, they somehow mustered the will to fight on for American independence. When the Brits set our new nation's Capitol ablaze, Andrew Jackson marched down the Mississippi to turn back the Redcoats and embarrass them into submission.
When the great Civil War tore the country in two, brother answered the call to fight against brother and somehow the Union was preserved. When Europe was coming apart at the seams and the balance of world power was in play, American G.I.'s stepped up to be counted and prevailed. Even though much of the count involved the brave deceased. These World Wars occurred twice and, both times, American's led the way to victory and peace.
It is shameful that it took so long for many of this country's citizens to recognize and honor the proud and honorable service members who did their jobs and did them well in Korea and Vietnam. Once again, the only attachment most of us have is names on a wall that represent those who died for their country.
In the days that have followed September 11th, 2001, we have been reminded time and again how much our military does to keep us safe and hold our enemies at bay while so many of the best and the brightest are so far away from home for so damned long. And, we have been reminded of the sacrifice that these men and women make every day to honor their oath and their country.Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Reservists of all the branches of service- I will never be able to do or say anything that will honor all of you the way you should be honored. So, I'll just say I love you. God speed and God bless you all. You are the reason our country still exists. Thank you.
How many of our elected officials are lawyers? How absolute screwed are we as a country? The Constitution called for our Congressmen and women to be citizen lawmakers. Only 6% of American citizens are lawyers, yet a whopping 45% elected to Congress have law degrees. Is it any wonder there is a disconnect between Washington and Main Street America? They vote on bills that are written in legalese that they didn't write (mostly written by clerks and think tank focus groups), that they didn't even read, and that they wouldn't fully understand if they did read. Is that really the way we want to be governed?
The Tea Party message was, "it's time to take our country back". This had nothing to do with race, or party affiliation, or even liberals or conservatives. It had to do with elitism at it's worst. It had a lot to do with lawyers. Just because you pass a bar exam, it doesn't mean that you know best. In this particular instance, I think it means just the opposite. It is time we told the lawyers to go do what they do best, chase ambulances and blow hot air.
We be better off if the chambers on Capitol Hill were filled with farmers, businessmen, babysitters, and bartenders. That would never do, all of those people actually have to work for a living.
President Obama still doesn't get it. This weekend, in an interview with Steve Kroft, the pretender-in-chief alledged that it was Republican opposition to Obama-Pelosi-Reid care that led to the Democratic bloodletting at the polls last week. It had nothing to do with the fact that it was Americans' opposition to a bill that was never read and ram-rodded through. It probably is George Bush's fault, like everything else Barack gets wrong.
The streetcar for Cincinnati will be a great venue for the gang bangers, drug dealers, and murderers to get from one crime to another after the city fires about two hundred cops. Thanks for being so 'progressive' !
If the President really needs to spend billions to travel to India and Asia, can he at least bring us all back a crappy t-shirt?
Sparky Anderson was great, in my mind, not just for his 2100 plus wins. Captain Hook became a Hall of Fame immortal for his management of the Big Red Machine's World Series run, and for becoming the first skipper in Major League history to win a title in both leagues. For me though, it was his genuine generosity and his overwhelming humility that set Sparky aside from the rest. The reason those character traits resonate so strongly with me is that George Anderson was just about my dad's age. My father never managed a baseball game, at any level. But I see the same qualities in my dad that people attributed to Sparky. It must be a generational thing.
Keith Olbermann is in a fetal position somewhere in a dark corner sucking his thumb. Even Sportscenter doesn't want him back.
The Bulldog hates me.
By the time the Department of De-Education was created under President Carter, America's ingenuity and unbridled brain power had already taken man to the moon. Engineers and architects educated in public schools had designed and built bridges, tunnels, interstate highways, skyscrapers, homes and factories that are still standing and operating today. Doctors and scientists who were originally taught in places like Your Hometown High had realized breakthroughs in medicine and technology that made this country the shining beacon of learning and innovation of the entire world. What happened? Oh yeah, Federal government involvement.
Before the taxpayer sucking and over reaching bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. started meddling in our students classrooms and with their minds, American kids knew how to conjugate an intelligent sentence. If you asked public school students today what that even meant, many would think you are saying something dirty. Prior to Big Brother getting involved in local schools, the majority of those graduating had a handle on real American history and the Constitution. Spelling and writing were not mere afterthoughts on the landscape of academia. There was real problem solving and critical thinking going on in classrooms without the aid of a computer.
What has happened since the advent of billions of dollars being wasted at the Federal level on public schools? How about lower test scores, graduation rates, and a brain drain that has relegated the U.S. to bottom feeder status among developed countries. You can see evidence of it everyday. A bunch of young corporate execs who can barely tie their shoes, much less balance a bottom line. That last bit of information should not surprise anyone since so much of the curriculum is inspired by the fiscal idiots we put in charge in Washington. They haven't truly balanced a budget in eons.
I say, when it comes to the promised and much needed cuts in Federal spending, the first place to start is the Department of De-Education. This elephant in the room is one of the biggest wastes of money the citizenry has ever put up with. It is also a major reason why Johnny can't read- anything but a text message.