One of my Aussie blogfriends, Laura at Getting into Holy Water wrote a little bit about our inauguration the other day. It was a light piece that I enjoyed. You should as well, it’s here. I was in a bit of a mood anyway and Obama‘s reelection surely wasn’t helping it, and so I commented
I understand, and you’re welcome.
Now we have to return to the destruction of western civilization, should take about 4 more years.
Enjoy the show.
Oh Neo, you know I don’t think the destruction of Western Civilisation is a “show”. I understand and even share your concerns but I think you are a little too keen to equate an American political election with the fate of Western Civilisation. It’s not falling because of Obama won and it wouldn’t stop if Romney had won. Anyway, just my thoughts!
And remember, I’m a Monarchist from the Colonies so I’m all about the show
Well, she’s right, I knew what she meant and I rained on her parade to no purpose whatsoever.
But, she made me think. We Americans are sometimes to be a bit too taken with our importance, the whole City on the Hill thing, that we have to lead being the guarantors of western civilization. We’re very powerful, and what we think is important all over the world but, maybe we need to lighten up sometimes and laugh at ourselves. When I was young the guys that trained me (my word, they were 20 years younger than I am, time surely does fly) were almost all World War II veterans and they had a saying, it went like this,
The world’s been going to hell in a handbasket since Christ was a corporal.
They were right, us old timers have always believed it was better when we were young, so maybe we need to lighten up a bit, fight the battle and move on to the next. If we do our duty the best we can, we will have little to be ashamed of.
She’s also right that Romney wouldn’t have made all that much difference, we need someone who is not ashamed of making himself a success or our system. Kind of like that Bill Whittle video I ran a while back. Here. And let’s try to enjoy the show as well.
One thing I’ve noticed lately is that the army has started wearing their blue uniforms a lot. I’m glad, they recall the time when the American army came of age, around the Civil War, and the color of the American Army has been blue as long as there has been an America. They’re also, I think, quite attractive, not quite as good as the ‘pinks and greens’ of World War 2 but better than anything since.
I noticed yesterday that there are reports all over the blogosphere that the Regime is asking generals if they’ll order American troops to fire on American civilians. It’s a stupid question for a few reasons.
- First, what the generals say is not going to matter much, anything like a revolt is going to sink or swim in the beginning, at least, as a small unit action, it’s going to be up to at most a colonel.
- Second, it’ll depend on the tactical situation and how threatened the troops feel. and
- Third, the army knows perfectly well that if they do without really good cause, they’ll throw away the confidence they’ve built over 230 years of history, so they’ll think long and hard.
Personally, I wouldn’t worry about it, I doubt it’ll come to that point.
Nobody can seriously read of the man and consider his words without appreciating that Lincoln was a sincere and life-long Abolitionist. He perhaps put it best in homespun wisdom rather than public oratory. “Whenever I hear any one arguing for slavery I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”
His first and primary loyalty was however to the Republican form of Government and the Constitution adopted only 23 years before his birth.
Few of those seeing Spielberg’s film will have the historical knowledge and perspective to appreciate how novel and fragile the idea of democracy was in the middle of the 19th Century. The French Revolution had collapsed back into Empire and the only other democratic republic was Switzerland. The idea of fracturing and weakening the noble American experiment in democracy was anathema to Lincoln. It is perhaps sensible to regard him as an idealistic pragmatist.
In 1860, writing to the future Vice President of the Confederacy, Alexander Stephen, Lincoln assured him: “Do the people of the South really entertain fears that a Republican administration would, directly, or indirectly, interfere with their slaves, or with them, about their slaves? If they do, I wish to assure you, as once a friend, and still, I hope, not an enemy, that there is no cause for such fears.” [...]
And that’s what on my mind this Wednesday morning, have a good day!
- Barack Obama, You’re No Abraham Lincoln (constitutionclub.org)
Authored By nebraskaenergyobserver