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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Monday, March 07, 2005

The Rise of the Dimmest and the Dumbest, or, the Collective Intellectual Decline of American Civilization Posted by Hello
Morning. The photo above is the cover of Richard Hofstadter's book (published in 1966) that explores the conflagarated war against American intellectuals (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0394703170/002-2800134-3180009) and how this attack on America's intellectual class seems to be a sad component of the national character. This is the topic of the day because I'm still getting over an argument I had with a friend last night concerning the current state of intellectualism in American society...among other things. My friend told me that my blog, initially, sounded "angry" but that the blog has evolved (over time) into a less angry medium. I could understand where my friend was coming from, but my feathers were a little ruffled because my intention was certainly not to create an angry blog. Then, early this morning, it dawned on me (no pun intended)...so what if it sounds angry? The Scriptures (http://www.gnpcb.org/esv/search/?q=Ecclesiastes+3) tell us there is "...a time and place for everything...", does it not? Well, then based on that premise, there IS a time for anger; and if this isn't a time for anger then I don't know what is. We are living in perilous times friends....woe the United States if she continues on this perilous course. America is at war with itself; more to point, America is at war with her intellectuals and intellectualism (as the always excellent 'Christian Science Monitor' so adroitly concludes in the article 'Deep Thinkers missing in action' at http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0121/p17s02-lehl.html) . First, let me define intellectualism (the dictionary definition) as the:

1) Exercise or application of the intellect.
2) Devotion to exercise or development of the intellect

You know, it's interesting: there are many states, typically in the southern regions of the country (especially Texas, http://www.texasobserver.org/showArticle.asp?ArticleID=1726 ) that have subscribed to some form of anti-intellectualism or another for as long as anyone can remember. The most virulent form of anti-intellectualism (as previously eluded to) can still be found in Texas, where there are but a few intellectuals left; and they are (for the most part) holed-up and under siege in Austin (home of the University of Texas, The Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, Sandra Bullock, Madeline Stowe, and others), the only sensible and enlightened area in the whole damned state (http://travel.lycos.com/destinations/location.asp?pid=244009). But what is even more disturbing is how this pathogen has slowly spread across America and now seems to be accelerating in its attempt to dominate the culture. Of course, anti-intellectualism's crowning achievement to date was the election and then re-election of the current president. If the Alfred E. Newman of 'MAD Magazine' fame statement "what, me, worry" doesn't apply in the current context, then I don't know when it would ever apply. Moreover, the disease of anti-intellectualism is crushing the African-American community. Once proud of it's intellectual heritage (an intellectual heritage embodied in such notables as Frederick Douglas, W.E.B. DuBois, Benjamin E. Mays, Barbara Jordan and others), this community (sadly) now finds itself under constant threat from an element within its own ranks. This desperate community within the greater American community is under attack, slowly being decimated by a degenerate sub-culture that is determined to undermine a centuries worth of intellectual progress. The consequences are devestating, as the following 'Reuters' link attests to, http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2005-03-02T182443Z_01_B18425_RTRIDST_0_HEALTH-CRISIS-BLACK-DC.XML. Chuck D, leader of the group Public Enemy (and, quite simply, the modern embodiment of the poet/artist/scholar/warrior), touched on this very topic at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in February 2005, http://www.uaf.edu/sunstar/archives/20050301/chuckd.htm. Chuck D stated the following:

"This whole thing, the whole 'I've got to be a thug,' or 'I've got to follow what the television tells me I'm worth," is set up to turn you into a forever consumer. It's not real. It's as real as you thinking you're wise at 17, 18, 19."


From there, Chuck elaborated on race relations and the prevailing "anti-intellectualism that's killing [them]." "America makes money off of black death, misery, and destruction. [America doesn't] want you to better yourself. They want blacks to be their entertainment. That's why you have to take it on yourself to get your education. To f**k the idea of being a 'gangsta' ".

This is something to get passionate about, but it seems like we live in a time where "passion" equals "crazy". A prime example of this disturbing social phenomenon is when Howard Dean discovered the expression of one's passion is a "no-no". Dean was lambasted by the American press after his defeat in the 2004 Iowa Democratic Caucus for simply getting "a little excited", or "a little motivated" (as our Marine Corps brothers and sisters call it). Truly, I was certainly no fan of Howard Dean, I was supporting Wesley Clark all the way (as I've stated in previous posts) but regardless of who any of us were supporting, the kind of response Dean suffered for simply "losing his cool" and showing some political passion doesn't make any sense. The man had his a** handed to him for pete's sake and was damn near destroyed by the press for simply showing a little "fire in the belly". Can you imagine if this current bullsh**t standard was applied to our great leaders of the past? There would have been no great Presidents like George Washington or Theodore Roosevelt, no great Presidents like Franklin D. Roosevelt or Harry S. Truman, no great patriots like Patrick Henry or John Brown, there would be no great Americans like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Malcolm X, or Robert F. Kennedy, in fact no anybody of any consequence that was about changing things for the better. All of these past great presidents and leaders were known to get a little "overheated" when discussing issues of passion and importance. And what's wrong with that? What's wrong with passion and intensity? Friends, passion is the engine of progress. Folks, be advised: beware the anti-intellectuals and their insidious movement, fore they will surely place this country squarely on a death march into oblivion. Semper Fidelis


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