Tuesday, April 28, 2015

She Never Said That?

Baltimore, Maryland Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has come under fire following the mayhem and rioting seen in recent days in that city for words she spoke on giving space to destroy. She now claims she never said what has been clearly recorded coming from her own mouth.

Now, I could believe she did not mean what she said or her words came out wrong from what she actually meant to say, but to outright deny saying what has been clearly recorded?

And consider those youths and agitators in Baltimore hearing those same words?

The Mayor should admit what she said and clarify along with condemning the violence (which she has), but playing victim over what she clearly stated does nothing to help calm things down.

Friday, April 17, 2015

What Happened To The “Spirit of Comradeship?”

Then General of the Army (Five Star) Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe, expressed some lofty goals immediately after the Allied Victory in World War II that served us quite well, for a time.

Below are his opening remarks to an October 1945 film, The True Glory commissioned by the US Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information, “documenting the victory on the Western Front, from Normandy to the collapse of the Third Reich.”

I have to ask, what happened?

How did we lose that spirit of comradeship and zest for freedom?

We don’t even have it amongst our own people any longer, much less in camaraderie with former allies we stood shoulder to shoulder with the defeat evil back then.

I can recall, even though the country disagreed on many political points when I was growing up and Eisenhower was President, people embraced that freedom. They praised our allies and even in disagreement, respected and defended each other.

Ever since the 1960’s it seems as extremists pushing agendas are continually dividing us, pushing us further apart and throwing barbs at each other.

First is was the radical left and today they have been joined by an equally radical right, infiltrating political parties to advance only their version of “how things must be.”

Forgotten as strict “constitutionalists” push their interpretation is that even that honored document came about by compromise between differing factions in order to give the best for all.

Today, self proclaimed “constitutional scholars” spew how they see matters and if you disagree, you’re the “enemy” and must be silenced.

The radical left during the 60’s and 70’s actually engaged in terrorism against people, some now dead, others rewarded with prominent position in Universities to taint our young people’s minds while some that agreed with them were elected to hold positions in the Government.

The extremist right has not yet engaged in direct combat actions against people, but some of the rhetoric spewing forth makes me fear it isn’t far off.

Rants of a “fight to the death” roll pretty easy off of the tongues of those that have likely never faced death or served time in our Military defending the country.

Some of them actually continue to denigrate the very Military that defends them; instilling fears of they will turn on the people, misrepresenting training exercises as forerunner to martial law.

Of course, Obama is blamed today, but just a few years ago they were blaming Bush and accusing him of the same exact thing.

Some candidates for President seem to be cosying up to these radicals that misuse the word “liberty” in their quest for totalitarianism under their views, describing them as “former Rep. Ron Paul’s rapidly-maturing political army” and “The power, the energy of the Liberty Movement is inspirational.”

I can imagine many of the same words were expressed in early 1930’s Germany!

Gone is any sense of real compromising.

Ignored is not everybody in the United States sees things as they do, not even many of us right of center.

And yes, the left has acted much the same in pushing their views on others through legislation that has changed America in detrimental ways, in my opinion.

Dwight Eisenhower expressed his desire that we never lose that spirit of comradeship and that it would last forever.

Sadly, it appears we began losing it shortly after he left office in 1961 and today, it is all but nonexistent.

I post this in hopes more of you will open your eyes, wake up to what is going on in our country and push back against the extremist left and extremist right.

Whether we agree in all matters or not, it is your country too, regardless of what the extremists from either side say.