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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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Saturday, April 16, 2005


Today's Lesson: Truth, Fidelity, Honor Posted by Hello
Good morning to all aboard the blog. It is another lovely, spring day in the American Southwest. This will be a quick post (hopefully) and then I'm out. Just to recap on some recent events and then on to the topic of the day. Yesterday was the worst day in recent stock market history with the Dow falling 198 points to 10,087.51 (http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=674129); this is, of course, another glowing indicator of the "bang-up job" the current Administration is doing in regards to the American economy...way to go fellas! Also, Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) has a blog at his website, http://obama.senate.gov/blog/. Now, Senator Obama is the greatest senator on deck at this time (in my humble opinion) and is certainly THE future of the Democratic Party; however, with that said, I'm hoping he'll add a comments section and get out there with the big dogs...you simply have to have a comments section to garnish any respect from your blogging colleagues. Ok, now on to today's topic: truth, fidelity and honor. To put it succinctly, that's what it's all about folks. We must all be able to count on each other and support one another or this American experiment is doomed to failure. We don't want to see the "Balkanization" of this American republic (http://www.answers.com/balkanization&r=67), whereby we all become cloistered in our own, little enclaves unaware and unconcerned about the plight of our fellow countrymen and women. An ugly and uninspired place where neighbor doesn't know neighbor and we all coexist (or, just exist) in our concave, little independent spheres. What was it that Jesse Jackson said at the 1988 Democratic Convention: "...we all may have arrived here on different ships, but we're in the same boat now". Indeed Rev. Jackson and hear, hear...we are all in this thing together. "Balkanized" communities and confederized social orders (as a rule of political thumb) don't work and are usually precursors to the establishment of a federal system of government(http://search.eb.com/elections/macro/5005/17.html). In fact, we've just celebrated the 140th anniversary of the defeat of the most recent American experiment in confederation, the Confederate States of America (http://www.sutler.net/eventlist.asp); we all know how long they lasted...not long at all. But, the Southern experiment in confederation was doomed to fail even without the Union's Columbiads (a type of artillery for all those scratching their heads, http://www.cwartillery.org/ve/seahow.html) pounding them into dust because the whole premise was based on a "me, me"attitude...selfish and self-absorbed. In confederations, the state's concerns and rights supersede the needs and concerns of the central government. To quote a phrase from Star Trek, "...the needs of the many must outweigh the needs of the few..."; without that philosophy (generally speaking) as a guiding governing principle, any and all governments lacking it are doomed. So, again, the words for today are truth, fidelity and honor. We must have these ingrained in our collective ethos as an American nation and we must stick together or all will be lost. To paraphrase Ben Franklin, we must all hang together or we will most certainly hang separately. Words of great wisdom that continue to resonate to this day. Semper Fidelis

4 Comments:

Blogger oyster said...

Yes sir! Those are an inspiring collection of quotes. Just what I needed.

Many thanks.

10:18 PM  
Blogger DBK said...

And don't forget the Articles of Confederation that were the beginning of this great experiment, which likewise proved unworkable.

The downfall for confederation in modern times is competition. It is very difficult for a small state to compete with large nations. While the trend in Europe is towards consolidation (the European Union) in order to compete with giants like the US and China, those who look to fragment into small states are doing so entirely based on those wedge issues that are so popular with certain political elements. In the US, perhaps California has the heft and productivity to compete internationally as its own nation. If the nation were divided in half, the Blue states would certainly be competitive, while the Red states would unquestionably fail. For those who don't think so, take a look at the Blue and Red states and examine which states get how much back for every dollar they pay to DC in taxes. The Blue states show a net loss. They get less than one dollar back from DC for every dollar they send in. The Red states are dependent on federal money. Take the Blue state money from the Red states and you'd find the Blue states doing very well and the Red states plunged into even greater poverty. Living in a Blue state as I do, I wouldn't kick about that, by the way. The Blue states could compete successfully on an international level. The Red states would be nice and tan, but very poor.

6:15 AM  
Blogger cookie jill said...

ah....general, my general. (hopefully my president soon....)

Lovely photo of General Clark.
Wonderful words of wisdom (as always...)

4:32 PM  
Blogger cookie jill said...

ah....general, my general. (hopefully my president soon....)

Lovely photo of General Clark.
Wonderful words of wisdom (as always...)

4:32 PM  

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