The Progressive Plantation

The Progressive left is melting down faster than the Wicked Witch at the bottom of Niagara Falls. They represent the New Confederacy, and as such they are making all of the same moves that the doomed Old South made……..all that’s left is an armed insurrection, and the odds of that are thankfully low given the rate of gun ownership amongst Progs….except for James Hodgkinson, I guess.  How fitting, and indeed ironic, it is that the anti-capitalist left in the United States is now echoing the behavior of the southern slave states in the build-up to the American Civil War. Claiming a shaky moral high ground, while advocating organized resistance to the law of the federal government, cost the then Dis-United States over 600,000 lives and several Constitutional freedoms in order to hold the Union together. Are we in for a repeat? The employees of CNN and MSNBC seem to think that if their bloodless coup turns bloody, they will be spared any injury – and that the ignorant masses will rally to their precious defense…….are they right?

First things first, let me explain my Confederate analogy with a few facts. Last month, the Governor of the failed state of California, Moonbeam Jerry Brown, flew to Communist China to meet with Xi Jinping, the Chinese president. During his trip he made a fool of himself, and California, by making an illegal and idiotic confederate deal to honor the ridiculous Paris Climate Accord……..of which China was all too eager to honor. Nevermind that California is not a country….or that it is mired in huge debt and stagnation, or that 4 out of 10 ( of those that responded to the poll! ) residents of the Golden State are illegal aliens………Jerry Brown still thought it wise and prudential to attempt to circumvent the law and treaties of The United States in order to virtue-signal to his Elite pals and ignorant voters. See, California is dead….it’s just that the idiots running it haven’t figured it out yet. According to the January report from the California Policy Center, not a libertarian or conservative group, California has an annual debt of 1.3 Trillion dollars. Add to that figure this pathetic math: 52 percent of California’s gross domestic product, or GDP, is debt. Like the Old South’s economy, California is knee-deep in class-slavery……subbing out the bottom of their economy to a permanent underclass.

And California isn’t the only problem. Sanctuary cities are spread out all over the Union. From Texas to Georgia, Michigan to Maine, cities and townships are proudly proclaiming their confederacy by affirming their “sanctuary” status. Short term gains in cheap labor, part-time employment, and rental rates are being exchanged for long term deleterious deficits in overall revenue and debt – through an overwhelming of public services and welfare benefits by their new imported slave class.  Since natives of the Republic are either aborting their babies or not having them in the first place, the parasites of government are busy wringing their hands over new ways to maintain or increase their positions of power…..much like the defunct and orgy-enjoying Catholic Church ( just google that if you need details – just don’t do an image search ), American government is desperate to put “butts in the pews” and “money in the plate” when it comes to funding their projects….you know, like providing gender reassignment surgery to 10 year olds and saving little amphibians and minnows like the Delta Smelt – at the expense of human beings, of course.

Amidst this…..forgive me……orgy of ignorance, cable and legacy network news agencies have turned in their journalist cards for biased, partisan, near-maniacal opinion-page politics. Morons like Chris Cuomo of CNN are pathetic and intellectually dishonest. If you disagree, let me educate you. Chris is the brother of the current Democrat Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo…….and the son of Mario Cuomo, another Democrat Governor of New York and former featured speaker at the Democratic Convention. Through marriage they are also related to the late Robert Kennedy……..does that sound like “journalism” to you? What about George Stephanopolous, ABC news chief political correspondent? In case you’re a Millennial, or just dumb, he was former Democrat President Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff……..he also gave an undisclosed $75,000 to the criminal Clinton Foundation while in his “news” position…….huh….that’s weird……this crap is starting to add up, isn’t it? While we’re at it, I would be remiss to not mention the recently much talked about Joe Scarborough and his face-bleeding counterpart Mika Brzezinski……..she’s the daughter of Jimmy Carter’s evil National Security Advisor, say this one 5 times fast, Zbigniew Brzezinski. When it comes to Joe Scarborough, he’s a former RINO Republican Congressman from Florida…….but oops!……he ended his congressional career by resigning just 4 months into his term ( to spend more time with his family…..right ) after Lori Klausutis, a 28 year old intern he was rumoured to have had an affair with, was found dead in his office from “undisclosed causes”.

The bottom line is this……..you are being lied to by many people, from many different directions. With a little bit of effort, it’s easy to find out enough about the people whom proclaim their journalistic bona-fides, and political earnestness, to never listen to a word they say. Trump has his flaws…….he doesn’t do public speaking very well, he counter-punches when it would be better to take the high road, and he poorly communicates his initiatives to the public. But remember this…….he is a true outsider and he’s working for free. Is Chris Cuomo?  Is Joe Scarborough? Do you believe the Media’s new line that they are a protected victim class that is impervious to criticism or pushback? The truth is we are witnessing the New Confederacy……..and whether they know it or not they are on the same path as those Confederate States of 1860……..sheltering and protecting their slave economy in order to keep their Grand Plantations producing and maintaining their luxurious lifestyles and pampered, ignorant lives. Glory, glory, hallelujah.

 “The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance”
― Carl Sagan

“In the old days, men had the Rack ( for torture ), now they have the Press……”       – Oscar Wilde

 

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But I Repeat Myself

“The Trump administration is worse than the Obama administration……  the current Attorney General is no better than….Loretta Lynch” – Jason Chaffetz

“American leadership in the world…….was better under Obama”- John McCain

” conservatism has been hijacked by scowling primitives and vulgarians….for Trump” – George Will

What do all of the people making these statements have in common? They’re Establishment Republicans. Each of these comments were made just in the last week, by members of the party that supposedly has control of 2 of the 3 branches of government, about their own. What many don’t understand is just how monumental the election of Trump was in terms of shocking the Uniparty Establishment, and they have collectively decided that the destruction of the Republic is preferential to the will of the Silent Majority. America, and the World, are on fire…….but who cares when there are “investigations” to undertake? Next I hear Lindsey Graham is bringing in a Special Prosecutor to investigate Trump’s ties to the Sasquatch.

The United Kingdom is now a cowed, Sharia-loving suburb of the Middle East. In my opinion, the recent ineffective “attack” outside the most notorious mosque in London was probably a False Flag. Now the government of the U.K. has decided not to combat islam, but “islamophobia”……how utterly convenient. France evidently can’t go a week without a peaceful refugee stabbing or running over someone. North Korea tortured an American Citizen effectively to death for taking a poster off of a wall. Seven sailors are dead after a very strange, and unsatisfyingly explained collision in the waters of Japan. Russia has given notice that our jets are now considered targets, after we shot down a Syrian jet, and they have “locked on” to our fighters in response.

Regardless of the complete, purposeful incompetence of Congress and the embedded Establishment Deepstate, the Stock Market is in record territory almost every day……on the hopes that Trump’s agenda will be carried out. Illegal crossings of our border are down between 50 and 70 percent in the last few months, out of fear that Trump’s agenda will be carried out. No matter……..the idiots we have elected to “serve” (themselves) in Congress are dead-set on not just stalling Trump, but destroying him personally and professionally in all aspects and arenas. Just what has Trump done to inspire this hatred? Are gays being rounded up? Are trannies being dragged out of San Francisco bars? Every time I ask someone just why they despise Trump I am met with angry, blank stares –  and repetitions of HuffPo/Washington Post/NY Times/Hollywood inane talking points about ” white supremacy” or “Russia” or some other ridiculous, unfounded argument.

People who want lower taxes, restored international deterrence, and common sense have to whisper and remain silent……worried that someone will spill the beans on them and they will lose their job, be branded a Nazi on social media, or their kids will suffer for it at their failing, third-world Gubm’t school. If you don’t recognize that we are living in a lead-up to actual Civil War, then my guess is you’re spending most of your time staring into the screen of America’s Opiate…..a smartphone. Without this powerful sedative I believe we would already be engaged in organized fighting amongst ourselves. What is the remedy? How can we avoid this course?

If you think the answer is getting rid of Trump, I have bad news for you. Contrary to what the Establishment and Deepstate think, that will be the “shot heard round the world”, and would only usher in a scenario many of you believe unthinkable. My only answer, at this time, is the following: destroy the Uniparty. I will be compiling a list of all of our elected representatives, regardless of party, that have engaged in the multiple fallacious investigations of Trump. I will then detail extensively their corruption ( like John McCain being funded by, and friends with, George Soros ) and ties to lobbyists and donors whose wishes are contrary to the American Public. I will also highlight and give voice to any person who decides to run against any incumbent that is part of this ongoing obstruction.  In next year’s mid-term elections, there is one last chance to continue the fight…..we must destroy the careers of these charlatans and send them home….to never work in, around, or for government ever again. The stakes are real, and the situation is dire………get ready.

 

 “Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”- Mark Twain

 

Meet The Resistance

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column titled “There Will Be Blood”, and it looks like I was unfortunately right………..again. Today Rep. Steve Scalise, the Republican Majority Whip, was gunned down by a peace-loving Bernie Sanders fan. This is just a taste of the “Resistance” that Progressives and their Establishment buddies have been brewing and stirring since last November, when the world as they know it was turned upside-down by the election of Donald Trump. Are you sick of it yet?

Months of circus-men like Stephen Colbert, Seth Myers, and Bill Maher shilling their click-bait soundbites of Trump incest fantasies and faux outrage have had the desired effect. Months of intellectually dishonest and phony drama-peddling by the likes of Chuck Schumer, Maxine “James Brown Wig” Waters, “Crazy” Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi, Cory Booker, Keith “aka Shaun King” Ellison, and the first full Native-American member of Congress – Elizabeth Warren…have taken their toll on the duped electorate they cater to.

ISIS-like beheadings of Trump by Kathy Griffin, CNN’s Resa “Taqiya” Aslan tweets, and Fortune 500-funded plays in Central Park showing an assassinated Trump, nightly Rachel Maddow insanity……………along with Hollywood celebrities calling for “punching them in the face” and more, have all led to what happened today…….. in my opinion.  Convincing millions of mentally-challenged, politically-misinformed boobs that the reason for their candidate losing, and in turn their logic-less Progressive agenda losing, was somehow collusion and interference between Trump and the shadowy Russians – has “come home to roost” today.

The reaction of Progressives in Government has been perfunctory and weak so far……and I don’t expect that to change. Reaction of Progressives on social media has been pretty disgusting….there’s a lot of rainbow-flag profiles tweeting and texting their glee, and after all the stoking and baiting over the last six months, who is surprised? The Clinton-hack Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, didn’t even make it 5 minutes into his response before blaming “guns” ( for killing 93 million Americans a day, Ha! ) and not the rhetoric and divisiveness of his own cadre of cronies.

So far the hard-working, patriotic people who voted for change last November have remained mostly positive and peaceful………while they have been assaulted in virtually every venue – news/entertainment/music/social media – by Progressive, Social Justice bullies…… that seek to censor your speech, nullify your vote, and now……..use violence to achieve their ends.  The left has become an army of cry-bullies, and it is probably too late for the instigators, like Hillary Clinton and Barry Obama, to walk-back the incitement they have committed………my only hopes are two-fold – Firstly, that the peace and temperament of the Silent Majority continues, and secondly, that Progressives are swayed from continuing their tantrums……..because we are at a precarious point in our history, and it would take far more to prevent another Civil War than to soon make it a reality. And that’s one observation I sincerely hope is incorrect.

 

“a Union that can only be maintained by swords and bayonets, in which strife and civil war are to take the place of brotherly love and kindness, has no charm for me…..” – Robert E. Lee

Crybaby Comey

Christmas morning came yesterday for the Progressive Left, and all that was under the tree was a giant lump of coal. Strangely though, after the “testimony” of the World’s Biggest Baby – James Comey – the news didn’t seem to reflect what I saw and heard. First of all, I find Congressional testimony of any kind to be vapid, pointless, and a waste of tax dollars……..and yesterday was no exception. Secondly, any member of congress that speaks doesn’t really ask any questions, they spit out talking points for 20 minutes in an attempt to lead the “witness” to the answer they desire……and again, yesterday was no exception. So…..let me refine for you what happened: The Uniparty narrative of Russian/Trump collusion died, and James Comey demonstrated that he is an embarrassment to law enforcement officials and grown-ups everywhere.

I heard a lot of obvious lies from Comey. Like the creepy, juvenile way he claimed that Trump whispered leerily in his ear, ” I really look forward to working with you”……after the 6 foot 8 Comey’s attempt to hide in the oval office curtains failed. The problem is that the meeting is on video, and Comey’s claim is patently false. It also seems that the press is now deciding which of the former FBI director’s statements are lies, and which are not. When he says that he was pressured to lay off Hillary, he’s lying…..but when he says Trump used “body language” to influence his investigation, he’s telling the truth. I see.

How much longer will Congress use this ridiculous snipe-hunt as an excuse to not do the business of governing? What the hell is the point of voting Republican, or at all? I have been absolutely blown away by the monumental production put on by idiots like Rubio ( let’s be honest his only focus is deciding whether to run in ’20, or ’24 ) and the blatantly senile John McCain in an effort to “get to the bottom” of things. Remember, this is a Republican investigation.  Well, they certainly have hit bottom for sure………because six months into complete Republican control of government………. no wall, no tax reform, no Obamacare repeal, no Trump appointees approved to replace Obama’s deepstate……….nada. They are on a path to complete defeat in 2018, and they will try to blame it on Trump instead of themselves……because they still think you’re stupid.

Now back to the embarrassment that was, and is, James Comey. Is this what 8 years of an identity politics manchild being in charge does to the institutions of our government? The immaturity and whining of Comey, Sally Yates, and every other Obama-era imbedded official is astonishing. It seems that during the last two terms, important positions were filled with millennial morons and maturity-retarded desk-jockeys that are all-too-willing to subvert federal law, and the U.S. Constitution, in a scorched-earth partisan quest to destroy an elected president. Comey came off as a giant pansy…..weeping over being criticized as a crappy FBI director after being fired. In the vein of a 15-year-old girl, after being dumped he decided to leak classified documents, through a pal, to the media in a quest for revenge. He said, “I hoped it would trigger the appointment of a special prosecutor”……and it did. The deepstate then appointed Comey’s mentor, and real-life best friend, Robert Mueller to the position. Gee, I wonder what his “investigation” will look like…….especially since there is now no need for one, according to Comey’s own testimony. How is Comey walking free? Why isn’t he in jail?

Comey also went on to slander Trump with cries of, “I just had to write everything down, I was so worried about him lying”, and “I felt intimidated”. This giant (literally) wuss was a federal prosecutor and director of the FBI! Federal prosecutors, heck…..prosecutors in general, are ego-driven lawyers – that only care about how many “wins” they score in court and how many of their cases are overturned, not about the guilty or innocent…….all in a quest to be the next Mayor, Governor, or Congressman. Sorry…..but it’s the truth…….and we’re supposed to believe that this career government strong-arm enforcer  was just too terrified of Trump, and too “weak” and “cowardly” to act on Trump’s mean bullying. Only one thing became clear to me after yesterday’s testimony……that Trump was called a liar by a feeble hack that has been proven a liar. Oh……and that Obama’s Justice Department ordered a cover-up of the Hillary Clinton investigation…….but we knew that already, didn’t we?

Are you still in doubt about the insane effort to destroy the Trump presidency and it’s anti-globalist agenda by the Uniparty and the Progressive media machine? What soap-opera tripe will be squeezed out next? Will it still be “Russia, Russia, Russia!”, or more of John McCain’s golden-shower fictions? Maybe more of Colbert’s and Bill Maher’s incest fantasies? More stories about ice cream scoops?  What excuse will Congress now use to do nothing for the American People? The lies and hate spewing forth from the fiction-peddlers at the New York Times and the Washington Post are only increasing with every defeat of their narrative, and I don’t see that stopping now. I’ve always wondered how the people in Hitler’s bunker kept doubling-down on their sad claims of beating back the allies while the world burned around them, and what their mindset might have been…….well, now I know. Thanks, Establishment….now get back to your bunker……as the world burns around the rest of us.

 

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on……….or by imbeciles that really mean it……” – Mark Twain

 

A Thousand Cuts

It seems like it was only yesterday that I published a column about The Religion Of Peace mowing down pedestrians in London……..oh wait, my bad…..it was a couple of weeks ago.  When that attack happened, the Prime Minister and London’s muslim mayor both assured Britons, and the rest of the world, that there was nothing to see here…….all is under control……we will unite…….and blah, blah, blah. Oops! Looks like the feckless, weak, and suicidal U.K. has been (Surprise!) rocked and shocked (really?) again…….this time by another 3 peaceful mohammedans taking their lorry on a joyride through streets lined with soft, fleshy targets……and evidently when the wheels of the van got stuck spinning in gore, they disembarked in order to start slashing and stabbing the cowed public – whom in turn hid in terror instead of rushing the bums. Well, what do you expect to happen in a capital city that elected an Islamic holocaust denier as mayor?

Too harsh, you say? Should I virtue-signal with a photo-shopped Union Jack imposed over my Fakebook photo? How about I tweet out some inane, useless hashtags? Guess what that does? Jack squat, that’s what. Wanna hear something awesome? One of the attackers, according to ABC and other outlets, was identified by his neighbors as being one of the stars of a 2016 BBC documentary, “The Jihadis Next Door”! You didn’t read that wrong……..He was in a freaking documentary about being a freaking jihadi in freaking London! I assume he was just one of the 23,000……that’s twenty-three-thousand!……….muslims being watched, supposedly 24/7, by British authorities. Out of those, at least 440 left Britain to fight with ISIS in Syria……..and were allowed to return! Does that sound like a nation serious about its survival, or does it sound like a nation already defeated?

I love London. My wife and I spent a couple of weeks there a few months after 9/11. The attitude of welcoming and brotherhood we felt while there was real……and most people, from the employees of the hotel to the multitude of cab drivers we interacted with, were sympathetic and friendly…….so when I say what I’m about to say, it pains me. London, and by extension the United Kingdom, is dead. They, along with much of Europe, have allowed Germany – the 100 year Cancer of The West – to dictate its immigration policies and politically correct attitudes, and the result is national suicide. In every single case – every one – the impotent British authorities knew the attackers. But out of Progressive-Civilizational-Guilt, and a serious lack of fortitude, they ignored them and instead focused on penalizing British citizens who questioned the wisdom of allowing muslims and their no-go zones to continue unabated.

For instance, 2 men in Britain last year were walking home from the pub after perhaps a few too many pints……and they threw pieces of bacon on a local mosque. Bad joke? Perhaps. In poor taste? Maybe. Is being arrested for a “hate crime” and being sentenced to jail punishment enough? Well, for one of the men it wasn’t…….out of the two, one was murdered by muslims in jail for his offense against allah. Another man, Tommy Robinson, has had his life irreparably changed for speaking out against the muslim invasion……mostly because his working-class hometown of Luton has become a sharia-ruled no-go zone. It’s just one of hundreds of towns in Europe that are under invasion…..Brussels, Cologne, Sweden (rape capital of Europe), Germany, France…all under the suicidal policy of the E.U. that has brought in up to 5 million muslim migrants from North Africa and the Middle East.

In conclusion, let me make a prediction………it won’t be muslims that suffer for these attacks, it will be us. It won’t be muslims that are asked to give up freedom of speech, it will be us. It won’t be muslims that march in resistance to sharia, it will be Social Justice Warriors that march to make our freedom of speech criminal. There won’t be TV shows like Law & Order and Homeland portraying muslims as the medieval monsters they are………instead they will feature Whiteys with southern accents, or the Russians, as the villains – whom have committed awful insensitivities toward the courageous and tolerant followers of The Religion Of Peace.  It won’t be muslims whom have their Fakebook and internet usage monitored, it will be us. It won’t be muslims who will have every phone call, email, and text message spied on and used to incriminate them, it will be us. And when islam comes to kill and maim and behead…..or convert at the point of a sword or the barrel of a gun, it won’t be other muslims they come for……..it will be us. And finally, sadly and predictably, when the western world finally cries out for someone to end this insanity….again…………it will be us.

“We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender” – Winston Churchill

   “Churchill’s grave must be smoking because he’s spinning so fast in it” – W.M. Whitten

We’ll Always Have Paris

Would you like to know how to perform a 10 second I.Q. test? It’s easy……..find the individual whose I.Q. you would like to ascertain, and then ask the following question: “Do you believe in man-made global warming…oops, I mean climate change, and if so, do you support a global system of world politicians to implement a solution?”. If the answer is in the affirmative, congratulations!……..you have successfully identified a knuckle-dragging idiot, racist, and easily led and manipulated fool! Sadly though, the individual in question may be a friend, co-worker, or family member. Oh well……equality of critical thinking and intelligence isn’t a “thing”, nor is it guaranteed by our Constitution. I know it’s hard to come to the realization that there are people in your life that need to be scraped off, like barnacles on the bottom of a boat, but…….in truth, there are those people………and odds are if they believe in “man-made climate change”, they need to go.

First of all, without debating the “settled science” of The Weather…..oops, there I go again……I mean, Climate Change, Barack Hussein Obama entered this awful agreement without the consent of Congress and the Citizens of the United States. By its very formation, the Paris Accord is an international treaty that binds us to the whims of foreign diplomats, and as such requires passage and approval by Congress. This country fought a war over two hundred years ago in order to stop the governance of our lives by Aristocrats thousands of miles away……..how odd it is that the most ignorant among us, the Social Justice Warriors, are eager to become a serf-state once again in service to their God of Global Government.

Most people I see commenting on our withdrawal from the Paris Accord are completely ignorant of what it entails, and are simply virtue-signaling……..just like they do with everything else. So……here are a couple of horrible things that the Accord would have accomplished:  A Heritage Foundation study found that the Paris agreement would have increased the costs for electricity for an American family of four by at least 13 percent – and up to 20 percent – annually. So……does that sound like Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo (Ruffalo actually said “the death of entire nations” will be a consequence of pulling out of the Paris Accord- what an A-hole) will pay the price for their “War on Weather”? Or does it sound like real people with real families will carry the burden…..even though DiCaprio and Ruffalo generate more pollution with every film production, promotion tour, and then subsequent luxury vacation than 1000 normal people do for their entire lives? In the same study, it was found that : The effect of the agreement would be to reduce U.S. GDP by over $2.5 trillion (our GDP is about 3.5 trillion- so do the math)  and eliminate at least 400,000 jobs by 2035. This is all in addition to growing rates of welfare and entitlement spending……..not to mention the ever-increasing cost of Social Security…….so how will we manage to pay for everybody’s Gubm’t Cheese? That would require thinking beyond the desire to make yourself feel good, not to mention look awesomely thoughtless on Fakebook. Throw in Obama’s commitment to have the United States spend over a trillion dollars by 2025 – in bribes to undeveloped countries in exchange for NOT developing their own energy – and you have a disaster.

You may be wondering why I included “racist” in my analysis of supporters of the Paris Accord……..so I’ll explain. As I mentioned before, developed nations would pay undeveloped nations incentive cash to not produce and consume energy in levels higher than they are now. Guess what? Most of the undeveloped world is not white……and with the passage of the Accord, pampered Progressives are telling these folks that, “hey…….I know you want a house that’s not a shack, and air-conditioning, running water, waste management, an automobile, access to technology, and pretty much all the stuff that I take for granted……but I say you need to just keep living your quaint little stone-age life……and watch your children die before you do at 40…….because my ignorant virtue-signaling is worth more than your value as a human being”.

I do believe in climate change……..want to know why? Because the climate of the Earth has been changing since the dawn of time, and much more drastically than it has during the reign of modern mankind. I would urge you to actually do some research into things like “The Ice Age”, or for some real troubling data, the period known as the “Younger-Dryas”……..both are pretty recent in the history of the Earth, and both blow the Progressive political agenda known as “man-made climate change” into little bits.  Al Gore wrongly told us that by 2015 we would all be drowning in melted ice-caps and polar bear corpses……….and literally every other prediction ever made by the weather alarmists has proven to be just as silly and impotent. If you are truly horrified by CO2 emissions and the human impact on the environment…..let me suggest the only solution that will lessen your “carbon footprint”………..Adult Self-Abortion. We won’t miss you, and neither will Mother Earth.

“The planet has been through a lot worse than us. Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sun spots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles … hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors, worldwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages … And we think some plastic bags and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference? The planet isn’t going anywhere. WE are! And we won’t leave much of a trace, either. Maybe a little Styrofoam … The planet’ll be here and we’ll be long gone. Just another failed mutation. Just another closed-end biological mistake. An evolutionary cul-de-sac. The planet’ll shake us off like a bad case of fleas……”  – George Carlin 

The Last Full Measure

The year is 1918, and the Argonne Forest is thick with the smoke of artillery fire. In the course of forty-seven days, over 26,000 young American lives were lost in the defense of northern France. Though America’s entry into World War 1 was late, it was pivotal. It would be the first time that the men of the United States would give their lives in defense of democracy, but it would not be the last.

It’s Tuesday, June 6th, 1944. After days of stormy weather and overcast skies, the young men of The Greatest Generation are battling sea-sickness and frayed nerves. After a short ride in their landing craft, the ramps dropped…..and German machine guns started their deadly work. At Point Du Hoc, at Omaha and Utah beach, American blood turned the sea red, but the spirit of the U.S. fighting forces, and the dedication to those with which they served, drove them relentlessly forward…….and along with their battling brothers in the Pacific theater they brought the Axis powers to their knees.

Just a few short years later, in November 1950, American forces fought a determined North Korean Army, along with their Chinese reinforcements, in the Battle of The Chosin Reservoir. Not just battling waves of North Korean troops, but frostbite, frozen guns and equipment……even the blood of American soldiers froze before it could hit the ground. Still…….the North Koreans were fought back to where they started, and a free and prosperous South Korea is the result.

Over a decade later, in the middle of the Vietnam War on January 21st, 1968, United States Marines and their allies came under intense fire while defending their garrison at Khe Sanh. For the next 77 days, and against all odds, the Marines successfully repelled the North Vietnamese. Though almost 500 Marines were lost, their brave actions cost their attackers over 10,000 troops……..and even though their country had lost the taste for this war, the fighting men of the United States never lost an engagement with their determined and savage enemy.

In more recent years, the volunteers of the United States Armed Forces have fought  bravely in a thousand different battles – in a thousand different hellholes across the Middle East…….and they continue to do so. In places like Fallujah, and the inhospitable terrain of the mountains of Afghanistan – American men and women have served with distinction and honor against an enemy that wears no uniform and honors no rules of engagement.

Today is a day to remember those that have fallen in service to our nation. In the midst of your cookouts and festivities, among the smiles and laughter of good friends and family, take a moment to remember the stoic suffering of those countless Americans…..whom endured the unendurable, and watched as their friends and brothers-in-arms fell to the fire of the enemy. This Memorial Day, give thanks and honor to those that have fallen – so that we may stand. Of those that have fought for America…….all gave some, and some gave all.

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” – Abraham Lincoln at the Gettysburg Address