Thursday, April 22, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
The hours from tonight through tomorrow morning mark the 235th anniversary of Paul Revere’s “midnight ride” and the battles that ensued. It is one of the most significant anniversaries in American history -- perhaps the most significant, because it can be argued that if not for the events that took place on April 18 and 19, 1775, the
Tensions between American colonists and their British rulers were running high in those days, and while this was true in all of the colonies that would become our first 13 states, it was especially true in
It was believed that
When British forces were detected sneaking from
The next morning,
The British then marched on to their primary goal of
Positioned on Punkatasset Hill some 300 yards from the bridge,
Disoriented, the redcoats fled back toward
It was an indisputable defeat for the world’s most powerful military, delivered by ordinary people seeking simply to defend themselves against royal oppression. The example set by those people ignited the fuse of the American Revolution in such a way that it would not be extinguished. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Monday, April 12, 2010
My previous post opened with a mention of Barack Obama’s “tendency to stab our allies in the back,” and proceeded to deal with the innate dangers of his nuclear policy. It so happens that Charles Krauthammer has applied his sharp intellect to those issues, and I highly recommend his pieces about them. Here is his piece about the first issue, and here is his one about the second.
There are two things I have believed for a long time but never written into a single, concise post. One of those beliefs is that
My final post from last month talked about our trip to the Suwannee Springfest Music Festival, but failed to mention how many independent artists and artisans were on hand selling their wares. They were all following the American dream of doing what you want in your own way, and I want to take a moment to recognize two of them. Based in
I know this et ceteras sounds like a litany of recommendations, and I guess that’s what it is, so I will close it by revisiting the charity suggestion I made on March 24th. As you may recall, one of my fellow St. Pete High Class of 89’ers is participating in Revlon’s Annual Run/Walk for Women, which raises funds for women’s cancer research. It will take place on May 1st and you can rest assured that any money you donate will be put to good use. To help that worthy cause, go here.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Last night I started writing a post about Barack Obama’s recent bellicosity toward
I went to bed planning to finish that post tonight. But before I even made it to work this morning, it was announced that Obama has agreed to the most foolish, reckless, and life-threatening foreign policy in American history, and how can I let that pass without comment?
I am talking about the changes Obama is making when it comes to nuclear arms. By now you have probably heard the most immediately alarming thing about the changes -- namely, that he is going on record saying we will not use our nuclear weapons, even in self defense and even in response to being attacked with biological weapons or other weapons of mass destruction. It is obvious that such a policy would amount to national suicide by inviting our enemies to attack us without fear of serious repercussions.
Looking for a silver lining, we should note that as of right now it is not entirely clear that Obama has agreed to that, as evidenced by this post on National Review. But that is no reason to applaud, because the policy change does include something else that is every bit as frightening and foolish, and is not in question: It explicitly renounces any development of new nuclear weaponry by
No doubt, many people will think that is not a big deal, and those people are sure to be found dusting off 1980’s talking points claiming we already have enough nukes to destroy the entire planet. Unfortunately, the reality is that our nuclear weaponry (which includes not only the warheads, but also the delivery systems for those warheads) is outdated and poorly suited to current purposes. Much of our weaponry has not been tested for years, and thus there is no guarantee how much of it would work if we did use it. And while our stockpiles have been aging and our development of new ones stagnating, our enemies have been rapidly designing advanced nukes that are newer and more agile.
In this environment, the president of the
Obama has put the entire world at greater risk than it was 24 hours ago, and endangered future generations’ chances for freedom and prosperity. Even I, who have been critical of him since before he was elected, find this morning’s news to be so unfathomable that I can not find words to adequately describe what is going on. But then again, his actions scream so loudly that descriptive words may not be necessary.