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.
The West reveals . . . a hatred of itself, which is strange and can only be considered pathological; the West . . . no longer loves itself; in its own history, it now sees only what is deplorable and destructive, while it is no longer able to perceive what is great and pure.”
Pope Benedict XVl, as quoted by Anchoress. We'd like to offer Benedict a hearty welcome to the USA - and we advise him not to park that Popemobile in a No Parking Zone in NYC - the cops will tow it... well, maybe they won't: they are still mostly Irish.
The words of Oriana Fallaci, the atheist who considered Benedict XVI her soulmate, come to mind:
"You cannot survive if you do not know the past," Fallaci continues, citing the sad state of Western education today where "Students do not know history! They don't for Christ's sake. They don't know who Churchill was!!"
Ditto Sissy...As a retired Marine I can tell you with confidence that one reason the USMC is the best fighting organization in the world is that they know their history. Every Marine whether in boot camp or officer's candidate school will be steeped in Marine Corps history. They will learn and remember the great battles, Marines who shaped the corps, lore and tradition. Marines of today know where they come from...Hence their love of Corps and country.