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calendar   Sunday - July 15, 2007

Some thoughts to start your week…

It seems that you can’t turn on the television, go through an airport, watch the news, or visit a public building now-a-days without being reminded that the Department of Homeland Security’s (AKA the Department of We’re Not Particularly Good At Anything Besides Wasting Taxpayers Money and Slowing Down Your Airline Boarding and Banning Nail-clippers But Doesn’t It Sound Like We Are Making Things Safer) National Threat Advisory.  In case you haven’t been checking it every day before you kiss the wife, pat the dog on the head and go to work, it’s currently at yellow.

Currently?  Oh, I meant still.  Has anyone ever seen it at a level below yellow since it was implemented?  For that matter, do any of you, faithful readers, know what your responsibilities as an American are, according to the Department of Homeland Security? (or the Dept. of D.W.N.P.G.A.A.B.W.T.M.S.D.Y.A.B.B.N.B.D.I.S.L.W.A.M.T.S--can’t you see why they changed to the shorter name?--Try fitting that on a badge)

According to their website, you as an American (they go so far as to tell you its your responsibility--who the heck are they?  I’ve been an American longer than they’ve been part of bigger government, and I’m pretty sure I can figure out my responsibilities as an American better than some committee can) should:

* All Americans should continue to be vigilant, take notice of their surroundings, and report suspicious items or activities to local authorities immediately.
*
Everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves and their family, and stay informed about what to do during an emergency.

It sure is a good thing that they are around to tell us to report suspicious things to the authorities.  And to remind us to do what we learned in Boy Scouts--be prepared.  We’re paying tax dollars for this advice?  You know it’s someone’s job to keep this thing updated.  And they probably have a staff.

Do you think you’ll ever see it less than yellow?  Not likely, says I.  As soon as it dips below yellow, we won’t need a Department of Homeland Security anymore.  And then, they’d be out of their jobs.

That is, of course, neglecting the real reason it won’t go below yellow:  America is unpopular.  America is strong.  America is rich.  America is powerful.  America because of its largess, short memory, and willingness to give second chances makes itself an easy target.  No one is burning the flag of Luxembourg.

And, unfortunately, America has lost its will to fight.  I don’t mean this war specifically, I mean at all.  If one of my personal heroes, General George S. Patton could see what was going on in America today, he’d be rolling over in his grave, ivory handled .45’s rattling off the sides as he spun.  He is remembered as saying:

“Men, this stuff that some sources sling around about America wanting out of this war, not wanting to fight, is a crock of bullshit. Americans love to fight, traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle. You are here today for three reasons. First, because you are here to defend your homes and your loved ones. Second, you are here for your own self respect, because you would not want to be anywhere else. Third, you are here because you are real men and all real men like to fight. When you, here, everyone of you, were kids, you all admired the champion marble player, the fastest runner, the toughest boxer, the big league ball players, and the All-American football players. Americans love a winner. Americans will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win all of the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war; for the very idea of losing is hateful to an American.”

But in today’s society, where children “graduate” from kindergarten, where everyone is invited to participate irregardless of talent, where every kid gets a trophy, and no one loses, I have to ask:  Aren’t we all losing?  We are socially engineering our own demise.

Just some thoughts to start your week.

“Sometimes I just, By God, get carried away with my own eloquence.”—General George S. Patton


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