Archive for May, 2011
In a little house on Market Street, in Philadelphia, a nation was born. Occasionally stopping to play his violin, to clear his mind, then continuing with quill pen, the Declaration of Independence flowed onto parchment from the hand of a man as conflicted as any of us.
When you look at fine writing, concise writing, nothing exceeds the quality of that document. “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal…” That single statement embodies the hopes and dreams of a nation of people, and still separates those people from much of the rest of the world. Yes, Americans are exceptional, and America is still the shining city on the hill that most of the rest of the world needs to emulate. And much of that exceptionalism flows from that document created in that little house on Market Street.
On this Memorial Day, particularly on this day, but also on every other day, we should bow our heads and pray for those who’ve given their lives in the many Wars and police actions this country has involved herself in. And we should beg forgiveness for not giving the full force and resources of this country to stand behind any whose lives we have put at risk.
As we ask our citizens to pay homage to America, America should pay homage to her citizens, and particularly to her military whom we ask, for a pittance, to risk their lives.
This from Editor Alex Singleton, The Telegraph (London)
Barack Obama has made me want to boycott America
The special relationship is over. We gave America years of unwavering support after September 11. And now we see how Barack Obama’s administration repays us.
First, Obama declared that America was “neutral” over the sovereignty of the Falklands, ignoring the clear wishes of the islands’ population. And, second, his Assistant Secretary of State, Philip Crowley, snubbed Britain by failing to use their proper name and instead calling them the “Malvinas”.
“Our schools have been scientifically
designed to prevent over-education from happening.
The average American [should be] content with their humble role in life,
because they’re not tempted to think about any other role.”
– William T. Harris
U.S. Commissioner of Education