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I didn’t blog today. I actually had work to do so I’ll try to do an extra good article for tomorrow, okay?

I kinda thought most people considered me an old battleax or something worse,  😉 

Christi at Common Sense America has nominated me for a Nice Matters Blog Award.

     Nice Matters Blog Award

Considering I had no idea what it was before this nomination I’ll plug Christi’s description here:

The Nice Matters Blog Award is for ladies who have not only great blogs, but also who have more to them, there is caring, friendship and inspiration too:

This award will be awarded to those that are just nice people, good blog friends and those that inspire good feelings and inspiration! Those that care about others that are there to lend support or those that are just a positive influence in our blogging world!

And so, in the spirit of the Award, here are my 7 nominations:

Christi at Common Sense America

Kathy at Hang Right Politics

Amy at Bottom Line Up Front

Maggie at Maggie’s Notebook

Dymphna at Gates of Vienna (she probably doesn’t think I read her blog because I very rarely post)

Spree at Wake Up America

Kimbo at Curmudgeon Critic

I hope we find a similar one for the guys out there. There are still some nice guys left in the world: Goat, Dub in Dallas, Matt at Rethink Illinois, and Phil who has several blogs going. You’re all the best!

President Bush’s speech comparing the Iraq War not only with the Vietnam War but World War II and the Korean War sent ripples through the political landscape. Those ripples prompted one newspaper to dedicate a whole web page to a comparison of the Vietnam and Iraq Wars, much to the chagrin of the Democratic Party which has long looked at Vietnam as their exclusive territory for their anti-war policies. The page is a compilation of articles written over time and well worth spending an entire day reading. However, there is part of one I’d like to highlight here (emphases mine):

Timeline of Defeat

Here’s a pop quiz about Vietnam. When the 94th United States Congress finally pulled the plug on American support, how many of our GIs were still fighting in Vietnam? The question was posed to us the other evening by Secretary of State Kissinger, full of sagacity and wisdom 30 years after the events in question. We guessed somewhere on the order of 100,000, down from the more than half a million American military personnel who had been in Vietnam at the height of the fighting. But Mr. Kissinger had us.

It turns out that when the Congress pulled the plug on Vietnam, the number of our U.S. troops in Vietnam was zero. When, in the 1974 elections, the Democrats widened their majority in the Congress and then, in the spring of 1975, finally defied President Ford and ended support for the free Vietnamese government in the South, the number of GIs was something on the order of two or three dozen, mostly embassy guards.

This is something to think about as the Democrats maneuver against a war-time president over funding for our GIs and our ally in a free Iraq. It turns out that when one looks at the time-line of the betrayal of South Vietnam, one of the lessons is that, in the end, it was not about our GIs and the loss of American lives, great though that treasure was. Our GIs had long since been drawn down, as President Nixon fulfilled his campaign promise of Vietnamization of the war.

By the time the Congress forsook free Vietnam, there was no prospect of more American combat deaths at places like Hamburger Hill and the Ashau Valley. On October 26, two weeks before the 1972 election, Mr. Kissinger, then national security adviser, appeared at a press conference and gave his famous “peace is at hand” remark. Nor was it without reason. After our bombings of North Vietnam in December 1972, a cease-fire among all the parties to the war was signed shortly thereafter, in January of 1973. The last of our combat soldiers left in March of 1973.

On June 19, the Congress passed the Case-Church Amendment that forbade what Vietnamresearch.com, which issued one of the many timelines on the Web, called “any further U.S. military involvement in Southeast Asia, effective August 15, 1973.” The law led to an end to American bombing and the de-mining of North Vietnam’s harbors. The majority was veto proof, Vietnamresearch.com reminded us. It characterized the amendment as one that paved “the way for North Vietnam to wage yet another invasion of the South, this time without fear of U.S. bombing.”

In January 1974, according to a timeline at PBS.org, the North Vietnamese were then “still too weak to launch a full-scale offensive,” but had “rebuilt their divisions in the South” and “captured key areas.” Watergate was gathering, and on August 9, 1974, President Nixon resigned. At this point, there was only a doughty little government in South Vietnam that was standing alone against the combined might of the Soviet Union and the Communist Chinese. And it was prepared to fight on for another generation.

The Congress, however, wasn’t prepared to stake them, despite the fact that South Vietnam was our ally in the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization. In October 1974, the 93rd Congress voted to end foreign aid to Vietnam. President Ford vetoed the measure. Congress, after an election that expanded the Democratic majority by 48 seats in the House and five in the Senate, overrode the veto. In the Spring, the 94th Congress blocked military appropriations for the South Vietnamese. It was not about our GIs. They had long since gone. A country of 50 million individuals who had sided with America and yearned for freedom was cast into the dark night of communist tyranny.

Is it any wonder, then, that the terrorist we fight are praying for a Democratic victory in Washington? Is it any wonder they also invoke memories of Vietnam to demoralize American soldiers?

I’d like to revisit the president’s speech. Granted he gave us a great reminders of history and looking back into history to not repeat the same mistakes but he also said some things I believe is just as important for us to remember, as well as those Democrats who seek to order humanity to their liking:

The American military graveyards across Europe attest to the terrible human cost in the fight against Nazism. They also attest to the triumph of a continent that today is whole, free, and at peace. The advance of freedom in these lands should give us confidence that the hard work we are doing in the Middle East can have the same results we’ve seen in Asia and elsewhere — if we show the same perseverance and the same sense of purpose.

In a world where the terrorists are willing to act on their twisted beliefs with sickening acts of barbarism, we must put faith in the timeless truths about human nature that have made us free.

I highly recommend reading the compilation of articles at the NYSun.

I guess she didn’t learn from history. They tried something like that with alcohol (18th Amendment, 1920s) and all it did was create fertile ground for illegal activities and sales. Some people just never learn. While she’s at it, why doesn’t she just ban the growth of tobacco altogether and put some poor tobacco farmers out of business?

 And she’s the Democrats’ great white hope? I believe they’re in trouble if that’s so. All this woman is going to do is start a civil war. Mark my words, if she gets elected and there’s a Democratic majority in Congress, we will have civil war. It’s not something I’m threatening, it’s just something I feel in my bones.

However, I can see her using nukes on her own people.

My last post before taken suddenly and intensely ill talked about what is wrong with the United States. This morning, I’d like to link to an old but still useful article: 10 things to Celebrate.

I have to admit, along with being quite ill with a disease I managed to escape while raising my own children that I’ve grown rather pessimistic about this country’s future if any of the declared and most of the so far undeclared presidential candidates get elected. Every campaign speech revels in the negative. This is the most negative campaign season I can remember or have found searching through history and it’s only the primaries. How much worse will it become when the general election campaigns start rolling toward the White House?

Yes, I know this country is facing some really tough challenges and quite a few hardships but there should be hope mixed in with those messages. Where’s the candidate who will point out our strengths and what will help us face these challenges? Where’s the hope that if we elect “____________”, he or she will lead us toward meeting the challenges for the betterment of the country? Instead, all the candidates talk about what’s wrong and nothing of what’s right nor the fact that the United States’ true strength is her citizens, those Americans who have shaped this country to be unlike any other country in the world.

The problem is: We’re in danger of losing our uniqueness in the world as our politicians pander to communist countries and religious fanatics. They talk of our standing in the world as anti-Americanism runs amok and the solution to changing it is to become like everyone else.

It’s really funny when I think about it. There was a time when if someone said something meant to be insulting to an American, the American would thank the person instead because it brought to the forefront that, no, I’m not like you. I’m me and I’m glad to be me.

I’ve never seen such interest taken in American politics from countries in Europe as well as the Middle East. Yes, they purport to want to see us change to become more like them but secretly, I believe what they really want is for us to stand up proud of who we are and what we’ve accomplished as a nation… which is more than many who have been nations much longer. Sometimes, just a certain turn of a phrase in an article seems to hint at such.

If we are true to our roots and our country, this wouldn’t be a problem. From my vantage point, I wonder why anyone cares what Mexico thinks about our immigration policies. Are we or are we not a sovereign nation and have the right to say who and who doesn’t get invited into this country?

So, when do we start celebrating being American again? For myself, I believe it’s past time.

 

Aside: I did a little work on the blog this morning. Changed the header, added some plugins, that sort of thing. Let me know what ya think. I can change it back,  😉 

To hear the rest of the world plus a sizable number of Democrats, everything is wrong with us. We’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t.

During my first marriage, I had that problem. No matter how hard I tried to do as my husband expected of me, the rules always changed in the middle, and all my effort was for nothing. Arguments netted me the label spiteful, while during the argument I would ask my husband why he did something he knew was going to hurt me, and he would say, “Because you did….” I’d find myself endlessly apologizing for things I’d never done… just to keep the marriage together because I believed that’s how it should be. No matter what he did it was always my fault because he did it because I did… although I never did the thing he was saying I did. He did them but somehow I always ended up with the responsibility for his actions. When I’d finally had enough was when he tried to shame me for going to my dying mother for her last bit of time on this earth. He not only put himself in the way of me going… after having promised my mother I could come… he moved his current girlfriend in the house while I was gone. He told the children I said not to call me when I had done no such thing. Oh there were a lot of behaviors he engaged in during that time all with the aim of reeling me back into his control. Later, much later, after the anger and hurt and defeat, I came to realize that I was everything he wasn’t so he tried to destroy me and remake me in his image so he didn’t feel so inferior. I suppose it never occurred to him that he had the choice of his own actions as much as I had control of mine.

However, his way kept him with the power in the relationship whereas I had none, or perceived I had none and I willingly took responsibility for his actions… because he said it was my fault and he had all the power. At that point, I could no longer see any good in myself although I tried to be very very good in attempt to be “his perfect wife” little realizing it was the attempt to be as perfect as humanly possible that was my downfall. Or perhaps it was his.

I think about these micros and apply them to the macro of the world. In Iowa, Thompson “campaigned” and said:

“I am unabashedly pro-life,” he told the crowd by way of introduction from the fair’s political soapbox, where Mr. Romney, Mr. Giuliani and Mrs. Clinton had all tried to reach Iowa voters in recent days. “I am pro-Second Amendment. And I don’t apologize for the United States of America.”

While most people might focus on the first sentences, it was the last sentence which stuck with me because of the epiphany that accompanied it. For the last few decades we have spent an inordinate amount of time apologizing for existing. No matter how hard we try, no matter what we do, the world hates us for existing… because we are a reminder of what they are not. We have the left trying to remake the United States in the image of socialist Europe without ever realizing we’ll never be able to achieve that goal. The rules will change somewhere in the middle and all we’re doing is delaying the inevitable power shifts until we have “given away” the power we have as we continue accepting responsibility for the rest of the world’s imperfections along with our own.

When we give credence to other countries’ criticisms of us because they don’t like how we act, how we think, or how we look why are we apologizing? If they don’t like us, they can move along and associate with people they like better, right? However, that’s not the point of the criticism. They want to crook their fingers and have us come running to bail them out of whatever crisis is occurring at the time while maintaining the power. So, they criticize us and whatever we do to help as not good enough or not the right thing to do and call us arrogant and rude and crude and on and on… hence, they direct the show and maintain power while we accept responsibility for their stupidity. Yes, I call it stupidity because it’s a childish way to live as an individual or a country… any country, just pick one and you’ll find innumerable criticisms of the United States… the ones most capable of accomplishing the job are usually the ones who do accept responsibility. We’re not a superpower. We never have been, except for a few fleeting moments in history. But we are a power unto ourselves and it is this power that scares other nations.

Are we a perfect nation? No. Are we any less perfect than other nations? No. Are we more perfect? Depends on whose perspective you use.  I love the United States of America, imperfections and all. Others don’t. Still others are envious of the freedoms we take for granted. But instead of trying to be like us, they try to make us like them… much as my ex-husband wanted to remake me in his image.

The harder we try to make them like and accept us as we are the harsher will become their criticism. They show contempt to cover their envy and it’s time we stopped apologizing for being us. It’s time we stopped apologizing and accepting blame for the world’s ills because those ills are not of our making, no matter what they try to say.

When Ron Paul gives credence to the claim, they’re over here because we’re over there, he’s accepting responsibility for the Middle East’s actions of allowing us in. We didn’t fight a war to be there, they let us in because they saw money and power in allowing it. We fought only when their excesses against us were so great we had to fight or suffer the slow death of oppression, including Iraq because Saddam Hussein thumbed his nose at us many many times since the Gulf War with the United Nations’ complicity. Yes, we have some responsibility for this but we are not totally responsible. We didn’t attend to our needs but tried to please everyone else and we have apologized endlessly for being: us, just as I endlessly apologized to my ex-husband for being: me… until it was either commit suicide for being such a worthless person or giving back to my ex-husband ownership of his own responsibilities instead of taking them on my shoulders.

The world is not our responsibility alone. Other countries, their leaders, have to take ownership of their responsibilities and leave us to ours. It’s time to stop apologizing for being the United States of America, take care of our problems despite what the rest of the world thinks, and let the rest of the world deal with its problems in the same way.

The best day of my life was the day I realized I no longer had to apologize for being me and not having to accept responsibility for my ex-husband. It wasn’t immediately after the divorce. He didn’t recognize the fact that I was no longer responsible for his bad choices and continued to try to push them off onto me. Eventually, he did get the message and promptly married someone else onto whom to push them.

It might take awhile to get the message understood by the rest of the world, too, but it’s time to stop letting them off the hook with their choices by accepting responsibility for them. We have enough to do dealing with our own. I, for one, am tired of apologizing to an imperfect world for not attaining unattainable perfection while they revel in their own imperfect superiority.

Update: As a prime example of what I’m talking about: Bush Seeks Neighborly Agenda

At the end of article there is this stated:

Bush stepped off Air Force One and onto a red carpet at an airport in Ottawa where he was greeted by a bagpiper and a ceremonial honor guard dressed in red jackets and tall, black fur hats. Bush flew to the resort on the Marine One presidential helicopter, which landed in a grassy clearing along the water.A few hundred protesters amassed at the gate of the resort. Police in riot gear used tear gas to hold back about 50 of them, who responded by flinging rocks, branches and plastic bottles. A line of police in riot gear jostled with about 50 demonstrators. A few hundred marched on the front gate of the summit compound shouting taunts.

Had it been me, I would have turned around and reboarded the helicopter.  It sounds, to me, as if it was geared to put us at a disadvantage before negotiations start. That’s okay with me. I’d take my aid and trade negotiations elsewhere, where they might be appreciated. Let them fend for themselves for awhile.

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