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tattered boots, bootstraps intact

bootstraps intact

I’m not going to sugar coat it, last night’s results were very bad at the national level. But America has persevered through tough trials before: starvation at Jamestown, seemingly hopeless odds in the American Revolution, Brits burning the White House in the War of 1812, bitter division that stewed for decades leading up to and through the Civil War. We’ve put Jim Crow laws in our past, suffered terrible poverty and the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. We’ve defeated genocidal monsters all over the world. Through each of these seemingly insurmountable challenges, we’ve emerged stronger on the other side. Chin up, young Lady Liberty. Be patient with us – it’s going to take years. But we will not let you down.

Desperate? Guilty as charged.

Here’s a timely excerpt from the outstanding headline article over at American Thinker today by Geoffrey P. Hunt.  “Yes, we are desperate”:

Desperate to rescue a nation quickly devolving into an ungovernable economic catastrophe.  Desperate to repudiate a culture of  institutionalized dependency, where class envy substitutes for sweat equity.  Desperate to reclaim a society where individual achievement and initiative are admired, not punished.  Desperate to restore common decency in political discourse, where ideas triumph over ad hominems.  Desperate to avoid the “Road to Serfdom,” a looming certainty if Obama’s legacy prevails.

Root for Tony

Lloyd Marcus is rooting for the investor next door at American Thinker today. I’m with you, Lloyd. Please tell Tony there are a lot of us out here rooting for him, and please keep us posted on his progress.

Lloyd Marcus

Also, if you aren’t familiar with Lloyd, you’re missing one of my favorite American Thinker authors. Subscribe to Lloyd’s Facebook page, follow @LloydMarcus on Twitter, and read his blog. I just put his book on the top of my “to read” list. Go Lloyd, go Tony!

In Dependence Day – contrasting eras

I highly recommend this timely, intellectually honest July 4th piece, by Bill Frezza (hat tip Frezza for the title of this post), via my good friend Jim Brown.  It finishes as follows:

If we were still a nation capable of shame with enough intellectual integrity to call things as they are, if we hadn’t debauched our language as badly as our currency, if we had the courage to look in the mirror and see how woefully we have squandered our Founders’ legacy, this Fourth of July would be a day not of celebration but of atonement

Give some thought to what we have lost as we mark another In Dependence Day. May providence have mercy on our nation, lest we end up getting what we deserve.

You’ll forgive me if I was in no fireworks-n-barbecue mood yesterday.  I decided instead to mark the day by reading the full text of the Declaration of Independence with my kids (hat tip Hillsdale and Levin for the idea). The document was signed by their great-great…(I’m not sure how many greats at the moment) grandfather, Thomas Nelson, Jr., from the Colony of Virginia. Nelson meant that part about “we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor”, as he later gave the American artillery permission to fire upon his own house, which was used as a British headquarters during the siege of Yorktown (Sept-Oct 1781).

Nelson House, Yorktown, VA

Whether your family history makes you a “new” or “old” American… doesn’t matter. Read, understand, and cherish the reasons behind the founding of our great country. Share the history with your kids and grandkids. Atone for your contribution to our modern complacency towards our dear Republic. Then dust yourself off, pick yourself up by your bootstraps, and get to work contributing your piece of the long term solution. It will take decades, so buck up.

176 years ago yesterday

Thanks to my Mom, who reminded me that James Madison died on June 28, 1836, at his home in Montpelier, Virginia, only 3.4 miles (as the Whip-poor-will flies) away from the house in which I grew up.

Father of the Constitution

176 years later to the day, the Supreme Court of the United States dealt his beloved foundational achievement a crippling blow.

to my dear friends

To those of you who aren’t already hopelessly in the tank for an avowed hard leftist temporary President/tyrant of this great nation, I pen this tough love plea. In response to this morning’s disastrous, indefensible decision by the Supreme Court, I’ve noticed a theme repeated in several locations. Something to the too little, too late effect of “I don’t usually share my political thoughts online, but…”

…and I ask rhetorically, how’s that approach working out for our dear nation? I’m sorry to point out the obvious, but your politeness and social graces have played out quite conveniently for aggressive leftist ideologues. As an expression of their gratitude towards you, you’re derided as a racist, homophobic, xenophobic, teabagging, women-hating, evil rich hundred-thousandaire bigot hobbit (ah, don’t mention it, you’re most welcome).

Back to those of you in the leftist tank, who permit your “leaders” boundless leeway in these (and endless other) destructive means: start working on that explanation to your grandchildren. Your creative writing skills remain sorely inadequate for the eventuality. Good luck in shouldering that burden. My fellow patriots and I will not carry it for you.

what individual freedom remains?

Today we frittered away the historically sound legacy of true historical greats. We gave away the foundation of individual freedom that our forefathers fought for and died to defend. We surrendered the very essence of this country. For what? To stroke an arrogant, misguided, impossible fool – a small man, a temporary politician unworthy of his post. Welcome to the US, our dying soft (currently hardening) tyranny. To future generations, some of us are immeasurably sorry for the harm we’ve inflicted on you. We fought this, I shed tears this morning – but we failed you.

Mr. Cain, please raise more Cain

Mr. Cain, please toughen your fiscal criticism of the US Government. In your Cain Commentary this morning, you used the following phrases: “patchwork”, “Taxmageddon”, “recent history […] does not inspire confidence”, “Congress can never seem to agree”, “serious drag on economic growth”, and “endless tinkering”.  Those phrases are listed here out of context (guilty as charged), but hopefully that choice won’t detract from this request.

a humble request for Mr. Cain

“Patchwork” brings to mind a nice quilt Grandma made. “Taxmageddon” sounds like late-night Discovery Channel fare. Compare your words to the current Wikipedia words remembering Charles Keating’s legal consequences for his involvement in the 1980s S&L Scandal: “duped”, “worthless”, “junk bonds”, “fraud”, “racketeering”, and “conspiracy”.

Presidents and Congressmen can and do use words like “patchwork” and “endless tinkering” to defer blame away from themselves when it comes to taxes and government spending. That’s not leadership.  These servants’ actions (or inexcusable inaction) would be high crimes in any other setting. Mr. Keating’s fraud was in the single digit billions, for which he spent 4.5 years in jail. Our federal government defrauds our future generations of tens of trillions. And yet, too many modern US politicians act as if the true question should be “who’s counting?”  If those politicians aren’t actively working or supporting virtuous economic purpose, we must frame our criticism in criminal terms.

As Doug Bandow points out today at American Spectator, even the CBO admits we’re headed to national insolvency very soon.  Bandow explains why even these reports are too optimistic, because they include fairy tale projections (i.e. fraudulent budgeting).

I love the Star-Spangled Banner

Bill Press doesn’t:

“…a major crusade of mine and that is to get rid of the Star-Spangled Banner.”

Keep it up, Bill. You’re doing great, I’m sure it’ll be a proud accomplishment when you get there.

Bill Press is an embarrassment

“But it’s an abomination. First of all – it ranges two octaves most people can only do kind of one octave.”

I know, Bill. That’s just not fair. It’d be better if everyone who can’t sing could sing it. It’s so pleasant to listen to people who can’t sing, don’t you think, Bill?

“I mean when you think about it, it’s bombs bursting in air rocket’s red glare it all kinds of, you know a lot of national anthems are that way too, all kinds of military jargon and the land there’s only one phrase ‘the land of the free’ which is kind of nice and ‘the home of the brave?’ I don’t know”

I mean, all kinds, you know, kinds of, kind of, I don’t know. Exactly.

“I mean it’s just stupid I think. I’m embarrassed, I’m embarrassed every time I hear it.”

Well, you make quite the compelling argument. I’ll think it over a little more, Bill. Keep working on your “crusade”, though. In the meantime, I’ll stick with my immense pride in a cherished song for my dear country. “You know”, that country great enough to send its best and brightest in harm’s way to defend every American’s right to spout idiocy.

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