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.
We are great admirers of Bernard Lewis. A quote from his speech this week:
I mentioned earlier the important difference in what one means by religion. For Muslims, it covers a whole range of different things–marriage, divorce, and inheritance are the most obvious examples. Since antiquity in the Western world, the Christian world, these have been secular matters. The distinction of church and state, spiritual and temporal, lay and ecclesiastical is a Christian distinction which has no place in Islamic history and therefore is difficult to explain to Muslims, even in the present day. Until very recently they did not even have a vocabulary to express it. They have one now.
What are the European responses to this situation? In Europe, as in the United States, a frequent response is what is variously known as multiculturalism and political correctness. In the Muslim world there are no such inhibitions. They are very conscious of their identity. They know who they are and what they are and what they want, a quality which we seem to have lost to a very large extent. This is a source of strength in the one, of weakness in the other…
Very worthwhile to read the whole speech, as linked at "dinocrat." From the last sentence "idea of freedom...It is perhaps in the long run our best hope, perhaps even our only hope, of surviving this developing struggle." Said in the sense of planting seeds, nurturing and hoping for hardy growth.
Struggling as we are to maintain our own freedom, against those in this country who wish to take it from us. It is even more important, perhaps, that we make attempts at allowing others, elsewhere, to be allowed the taste of it. I'll be long dead before this larger war plays out, but it could be a very different world a hundred years hence.
I can take the optimistic view Buddy, re C. Puller on learning that his Marines were surrounded by Chinese.
"Good, the bastards won't get away this time".
We are in a similar predicament today. More enemies than we can shake a stick at. All we can do is persevere.