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.
I'm down now; the barn is tight, and the peace is preserved. It is the ugliest peace the earth has ever received for a Christmas present. Old England eating swastika for breakfast instead of kipper is a sight I had as lief not lived to see. And though I am no warrior, I would gladly fight for the things Nazism seeks to destroy. (Living in a sanitary age, we are getting so we place too high a value on human life - which rightfully must always come second to human ideas.)
I say "Old England eating Islam instead of kippers." (I love kippers for breakfast.) The New Yorker has always had an anglophilic streak. But AVI asks:
Does anyone at the New Yorker think that today?
Read his whole piece, which I have been thinking about for a week. AVI rightly observes that today's anti-war folks would probably renounce pacifism, but claim that Iraq is not a place for Americans to die. That is debatable, but it seems that the bad guys need to be killed somewhere. Why not there?
But on to the bigger issues: Do we, today, tend to place too high a value on human life? Are there ideas we will die for, or communities we will die for, or will we only die for family? Is our precious selfhood, which some might term narcissism, more important than anything else to us and, if it is, what changed between 1938 (before the US was in the war) and today?
Photos: Yes, we are E.B. White fans. Below is the Maine boathouse in which he wrote Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little. A favorite E.B. White quote:
"I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have a hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult."
Strong stuff, BD. Especially as next to the post on Sgt. Jeffers.
Saddam openly & often voiced his admiration for Stalin, and now we have an open Hitlerite winging his way to receive the barely-disguised (if that) fawning of the UN-centric left in our country (heck, a million died in the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran version of the Hitler/Stalin war of 1941-45).
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce?
If today is farce, then what is farcical about it?
Could the farce be in the distance that American liberalism has traveled since EB White wrote for the New Yorker ?
(suggestion: in keeping like-with-like, perhaps "eating swastika" would now be not "eating Islam" but "eating crescent moon" ?)
What is really interesting is that the Left doesn't realize how whacked out they have become having flip-flopped on beliefs and now becoming exactly what they hated. There was a time that the old-style liberal of the National bent would understand that tyranny and despotism that breaks its word to the US and threatens us would need to be confronted. But no longer!
That form of liberalism decided to become anti-american and abandon supporting the Nation or even the concept of Nations. So many on the Right and business side have seen the upside to that, and now they are hard put to say exactly what their grounds of thought stand upon. Present them with Teddy Roosevelt's autobiography and they will think a leftist wrote it... not being able to understand the view of social and industrial needs that Roosevelt used to guide his thinking and the Nation.
Leaves those of us actually standing for the Nation and to hold trade accountable to supporting liberty and freedom, and for the rights of the individual to be individual and have little interference from government feeling a bit out in the cold, these days. Can't say that I have seen a political party that supports those things, nor a Presidential candidate that does, and means it. That includes whoever your favorite may be... I have looked at them all, and found much that I disagree with in their views and only a couple that might be able to even understand that we are in a war.
The times are no longer creating the man, it appears. And that spells deep trouble for the republic.
More blather along those lines here: http://ajacksonian.blogspot.com/2007/09/worst-wars-of-all.html