We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Look around you. The late-20th-century Western lifestyle isn’t going to be around much longer. In a few years’ time, our children will look at old TV commercials showing retirees dancing, golfing, cruising away their sixties and seventies, and wonder what alternative universe that came from. In turn, their children will be amazed to discover that in the early 21st century the Western world thought it entirely normal that vast swathes of the citizenry should while away their youth enjoying what, a mere hundred years earlier, would have been the leisurely varsity of the younger son of a Mitteleuropean Grand Duke.
If converted to cash, means-tested welfare spending is more than sufficient to bring the income of every lower-income American to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, roughly $44,000 per year for a family of four. (This calculation combines potential welfare aid with non-welfare income currently received by the poor.)
He said, ‘Look, what do you care who does the work?’” Liebau recalled Obama saying in reference to her management of the law review. “’It is the same amount of work for you to hand out the work no matter who it goes to, so why fight it? Do what’s easiest for you. Give the work to the people who will do the work, and just don’t worry about the people who don’t want to pull their weight.’”
Liebau wasn’t impressed.
“I guess I was young and naïve: I was like, ‘Ah but that wouldn’t be fair,’” she said.
“And what surprised me is apparently that didn’t bother Barack at all. It was just kind of like — take the easy way out. Why bother yourself with all these silly notions about justice and fairness? Do what works. Revealing? I don’t know. Good advice? I didn’t particularly think so.”
In life, you simply play the hand your dealt. When the gravy train crashes, the vast majority of Americans will shrug, and make the best of whatever situation they face, just like they've always done. The small whimpering class, which has always been with us, but only got noticed when cable news came along, will keep on whimpering, just like they've always done.
The Battle of Midway is a poor choice to illustrate the need for a strong peacetime navy. Look to the run up to the tragedy at Pearl Harbor and elsewhere in December, '41.
This is not so much about the perils of looking weak, but the perils of being weak in a particular way: the diplomatic initiatives in '40 and '41 were checks written on an account that the USN and USA could not pay. National goals such as ending the China war, protecting the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, etc. were out of balance with national military means, and the Japanese knew it.
The timing of the Japanese raid was triggered by a late defense buildup in the Philippines that would have closed the gap between Japan and the US by Spring, '42; further, the first of the Essex class carriers and fast battleships would be in commission in '42.
Its not, as the article incorrectly argues, that Hawaii was raided because the USN was weak (what would be the point of attacking a weak asset?), but that the Navy was strong and getting stronger and vulnerable to a sneak attack that might level the playing field and allow for a negotiated resolution between Japan and the US.
One thing I'm honoring today, June 6, is that it is D-Day, when so many of our bravest and best fought and died in the Normandy invasion. I can't help but remember, because my brother was serving in the artillery in that war ... our war. And we were glued to our radios all day for the latest in news. Looking at the pictures of our soldiers, pouring down the ramps of LSTs into the surf, looking so fragile and unprotected, always makes me tear up. Today's soldiers are so armored, so protected compared to our men then. Most of them had nothing between them and the bullets except woolen uniforms.