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Today’s Generation of Children Needs to Be Taught that It is Okay to be Proud of America

This was referred to me through Blackfive, and Mr. Nolan Finley is spot-on in his analysis of the problem with our school system and the attitudes of today’s youth: Students need grounding in patriotism

At a recent conference on the future of the military, an Army major was asked what subject should be emphasized in high school to better prepare young people for military service and encourage them to join up.

I guessed either math, because of the increased complexity and computerization of weapons systems, or physical education, because of the flabby condition of America’s youth.

The major’s answer: “Government.”

“I’m not surprised,” says Oakland Circuit Judge Michael Warren, author of “America’s Survival Guide,” which decries the failure of schools to teach the nation’s founding principles. “The lack of understanding about what makes America exceptional in the world has a great impact on the willingness of people to defend America.”

That was the major’s point. The U.S. military is scrambling to fill its ranks, increasing bonuses 300 percent and, in the case of the Army, allowing 30 percent of recruits to enlist without meeting quality standards.

An unpopular war is only part of the explanation for the lack of interest in the military. Warren says patriotism has gone out of fashion largely because the schools fail to instill in students a love of country and, worse, overemphasize America’s flaws.

“We do not teach the triumphs of America as well as we should,” says Warren, a former State Board of Education member. “There is a contingent in our classrooms that is all anti-American and emphasizes the blotches and warts. A lot of American history is horrible. But it has to be counter-balanced by all of the wonderful things America has done.

“There’s a battle going on in American schools about which approach is going to dominate.”

It’s not just the schools. The post-World War II generation — mine — grew up immersed in John Wayne heroism, certain of America’s right and might.

Today’s children don’t even have a Rambo to idolize. Most of the recent movies with a military theme cast America as the villain.

“If you look at the television shows, movies and music, and actually much of the political class, there are people out there who seem to want America to fail,” Warren says. “That gets echoed in the media and trickles down to the schools.”

The solution he recommends in his book is a vigorous civics curriculum that has at its core the nation’s founding principles. Currently, Michigan requires just one high school civics course. Warren would mandate government be taught every year, and that the courses always circle back to the Founders.

The purpose is not just to create willing soldiers, but to drill into students the rights guaranteed them by the Constitution, build an understanding of why the rights make America unique and encourage them to fiercely defend their rights against threats from inside and outside the country.

Warren isn’t advocating a propaganda campaign. He wants to restore the balance that has tilted too sharply toward a cynical, blame-America lesson plan.

American children should grow up knowing that although their country has its faults, it’s built on a foundation of the purest principles. And it’s OK to be proud of that.

Exactly correct. Too many people nowadays, young and old alike, go around with absolutely no perspective about how amazingly prosperous we have it in this country. What is considered “poor” here is considered Middle-Class or “rich” in most other countries. Yet, you will never hear that talked about by most people. The majority of people just seem to bitch and bitch and cry and moan about everything, blaming everything on the government and President Bush or whomever. People don’t stop to think just how amazingly good are things.

It is a sad state of affairs.

I am also posting this excellent rebuttal comment by “Deltabravo”, left at the Blackfive post:

Steve, with all due respect, America is unique and amazing because we are built on the idea that the people ARE the government! This is a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

We make our laws, and we enforce our laws and defend them as citizens. Our government is not imposed upon us from above with a king or a shah or a mullah. It is not a government of insurrectionists or military juntas or revolutionaries pulled from dissenters within our midst and inflicted on us against our will by force of violence. It is a government based on our free choice as citizens which we ratify and elect and re-elect and vote out of office on a regular basis.

People in other countries have died to have what we have. And many of them still don’t have it. Some have a farce or a mere shadow of what we have. Some dare never hope to have it at all.

I agree our students should be taught better why our government is one that has allowed so much liberty to exist in this country, kept in check only by the virtue of our own people. And that, my friend, is where we are in trouble. Without virtue as a nation, we will descend into something we would not be proud of. Our government will follow its people down whatever path they go.

Someone asked Ben Franklin after the Constitutional Convention, “What kind of government have you given us, sir?” He replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

I agree wholeheartedly with the article posted here. But I disagree with one item: Our young people do have a “Rambo” who is wildly and enthusiastically praised, especially by the teenage guys. Anyone ever heard of a fellow named Chuck Norris? Yeah. He’s very popular.

Posted by: Deltabravo | May 19, 2008 at 12:14 PM

The following comment by “Caleb” is equally good:

Steve, the plain fact is that BOTH “government” and “values” need to be thoroughly instilled in youngsters on the road to adulthood. Without a thorough grounding in the structure, principles, and functioning of the American government, the pre-adult gets a distorted view of what his/her rights AND responsibilities are, how to get them, and how to maintain them. Without a thorough grounding in the things that the government has done right, as well as the things done wrong, the citizen gets a one-sided view of the country, and that by definition is a false view.

Now you overlay that with the courses on “values”, and western thought, and such like, and you have the kind of well rounded and grounded citizen that we used to try to produce.

There is plenty of time to teach both bodies of knowledge. You simply have to have the cajones to throw all the feel good and PC courses in the dumpster. For instance, I remember when “Band” was a subject taught after school for those that wanted to stay. I remember when the classes on anti-discrimination, and gender issues, and all PC indoctrination were handled within the general school day. It was called insisting on discipline and manners. You can have larger classes and more substantive classes if the students observe discipline and order, and if they are forced to observe the strictures of manners, a lot of the other “problems” seem to disappear.

So Steve, bottom line is that the article is not wrong, and neither are you wrong in the subject areas that you call for. Both are desperately needed in our schools today, and neither will be seen in the schools in the near term. The school unions and various other denizens of the education industry and bureaucracy won’t stand for it.

Posted by: Caleb | May 19, 2008 at 12:23 PM

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May 19, 2008 , 6:51PM Posted by | American History, Class Warfare, Hollywood, Leftist Groups, Liberalism, Marxism, Media Bias, Military, Military History, Patriotism, Public Education | Comments Off on Today’s Generation of Children Needs to Be Taught that It is Okay to be Proud of America

Today’s Generation of Children Needs to Be Taught that It is Okay to be Proud of America

This was referred to me through Blackfive, and Mr. Nolan Finley is spot-on in his analysis of the problem with our school system and the attitudes of today’s youth: Students need grounding in patriotism

At a recent conference on the future of the military, an Army major was asked what subject should be emphasized in high school to better prepare young people for military service and encourage them to join up.

I guessed either math, because of the increased complexity and computerization of weapons systems, or physical education, because of the flabby condition of America’s youth.

The major’s answer: “Government.”

“I’m not surprised,” says Oakland Circuit Judge Michael Warren, author of “America’s Survival Guide,” which decries the failure of schools to teach the nation’s founding principles. “The lack of understanding about what makes America exceptional in the world has a great impact on the willingness of people to defend America.”

That was the major’s point. The U.S. military is scrambling to fill its ranks, increasing bonuses 300 percent and, in the case of the Army, allowing 30 percent of recruits to enlist without meeting quality standards.

An unpopular war is only part of the explanation for the lack of interest in the military. Warren says patriotism has gone out of fashion largely because the schools fail to instill in students a love of country and, worse, overemphasize America’s flaws.

“We do not teach the triumphs of America as well as we should,” says Warren, a former State Board of Education member. “There is a contingent in our classrooms that is all anti-American and emphasizes the blotches and warts. A lot of American history is horrible. But it has to be counter-balanced by all of the wonderful things America has done.

“There’s a battle going on in American schools about which approach is going to dominate.”

It’s not just the schools. The post-World War II generation — mine — grew up immersed in John Wayne heroism, certain of America’s right and might.

Today’s children don’t even have a Rambo to idolize. Most of the recent movies with a military theme cast America as the villain.

“If you look at the television shows, movies and music, and actually much of the political class, there are people out there who seem to want America to fail,” Warren says. “That gets echoed in the media and trickles down to the schools.”

The solution he recommends in his book is a vigorous civics curriculum that has at its core the nation’s founding principles. Currently, Michigan requires just one high school civics course. Warren would mandate government be taught every year, and that the courses always circle back to the Founders.

The purpose is not just to create willing soldiers, but to drill into students the rights guaranteed them by the Constitution, build an understanding of why the rights make America unique and encourage them to fiercely defend their rights against threats from inside and outside the country.

Warren isn’t advocating a propaganda campaign. He wants to restore the balance that has tilted too sharply toward a cynical, blame-America lesson plan.

American children should grow up knowing that although their country has its faults, it’s built on a foundation of the purest principles. And it’s OK to be proud of that.

Exactly correct. Too many people nowadays, young and old alike, go around with absolutely no perspective about how amazingly prosperous we have it in this country. What is considered “poor” here is considered Middle-Class or “rich” in most other countries. Yet, you will never hear that talked about by most people. The majority of people just seem to bitch and bitch and cry and moan about everything, blaming everything on the government and President Bush or whomever. People don’t stop to think just how amazingly good are things.

It is a sad state of affairs.

I am also posting this excellent rebuttal comment by “Deltabravo”, left at the Blackfive post:

Steve, with all due respect, America is unique and amazing because we are built on the idea that the people ARE the government! This is a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

We make our laws, and we enforce our laws and defend them as citizens. Our government is not imposed upon us from above with a king or a shah or a mullah. It is not a government of insurrectionists or military juntas or revolutionaries pulled from dissenters within our midst and inflicted on us against our will by force of violence. It is a government based on our free choice as citizens which we ratify and elect and re-elect and vote out of office on a regular basis.

People in other countries have died to have what we have. And many of them still don’t have it. Some have a farce or a mere shadow of what we have. Some dare never hope to have it at all.

I agree our students should be taught better why our government is one that has allowed so much liberty to exist in this country, kept in check only by the virtue of our own people. And that, my friend, is where we are in trouble. Without virtue as a nation, we will descend into something we would not be proud of. Our government will follow its people down whatever path they go.

Someone asked Ben Franklin after the Constitutional Convention, “What kind of government have you given us, sir?” He replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

I agree wholeheartedly with the article posted here. But I disagree with one item: Our young people do have a “Rambo” who is wildly and enthusiastically praised, especially by the teenage guys. Anyone ever heard of a fellow named Chuck Norris? Yeah. He’s very popular.

Posted by: Deltabravo | May 19, 2008 at 12:14 PM

The following comment by “Caleb” is equally good:

Steve, the plain fact is that BOTH “government” and “values” need to be thoroughly instilled in youngsters on the road to adulthood. Without a thorough grounding in the structure, principles, and functioning of the American government, the pre-adult gets a distorted view of what his/her rights AND responsibilities are, how to get them, and how to maintain them. Without a thorough grounding in the things that the government has done right, as well as the things done wrong, the citizen gets a one-sided view of the country, and that by definition is a false view.

Now you overlay that with the courses on “values”, and western thought, and such like, and you have the kind of well rounded and grounded citizen that we used to try to produce.

There is plenty of time to teach both bodies of knowledge. You simply have to have the cajones to throw all the feel good and PC courses in the dumpster. For instance, I remember when “Band” was a subject taught after school for those that wanted to stay. I remember when the classes on anti-discrimination, and gender issues, and all PC indoctrination were handled within the general school day. It was called insisting on discipline and manners. You can have larger classes and more substantive classes if the students observe discipline and order, and if they are forced to observe the strictures of manners, a lot of the other “problems” seem to disappear.

So Steve, bottom line is that the article is not wrong, and neither are you wrong in the subject areas that you call for. Both are desperately needed in our schools today, and neither will be seen in the schools in the near term. The school unions and various other denizens of the education industry and bureaucracy won’t stand for it.

Posted by: Caleb | May 19, 2008 at 12:23 PM

May 18, 2008 , 1:42PM Posted by | American History, Liberalism, Patriotism, Public Education | Comments Off on Today’s Generation of Children Needs to Be Taught that It is Okay to be Proud of America

Unless We Can Change This, We are Doomed to Fail

Wow. I wish I could express myself this forcefully and eloquently as I have shared these opinions for years now.

For the record, I don’t watch TV beyond Heroes, Chuck, movie channels and sports. I don’t watch mass media news. None. And I have never seen even one minute of one episode of American Idol and have no desire to do so.

Anyway, I cede the floor (blog) to Chuck of the military blog TCOverride: We, as a Society, are Failures

So, I’ve had to sit through another episode of the odious Idol program that Carren likes. (I watch, I comment, she rolls her eyes, claims I love it, but fun ends for me after try outs.)

They did a retrospective where the 16-year-old David Archuletta returns home to Utidaho (either Utah or Idaho, I don’t remember). He goes to his high school, his local mall, and a couple other local places where people come out of the woodwork to squeal his name and get frenzied up in the best post-modern-beatle-esque prepubescent panty twisting since the British invasion.

Syesha was next, and turnout was somewhat less pre-egg dropping female, but still, plenty of folks lining the streets, police escorts, screams, cheers, and roses. of course, the obligatory high school pep-rally, which ended with her name being chanted over and over.

David Cook (the only one I think has any redeeming merit as an entertainer) is even referred to as his hometown’s “favorite son” on the local news–Kansas City. There’s the sobbing teens, the radio and TV interviews. To his credit, he did return to his elementary school and surprise his music teacher, and thank her. Then he threw a pitch at a royals game, had a miles-long parade, and cried from being overwhelmed.

All three were lauded by their local elected representatives and each was Proclaimed “insert entertainer’s name here day” in their hometowns. They were given “heroes welcomes.” Hero refers to people that, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self-sacrifice, that is, heroism, for some greater good, originally of martial courage or excellence but extended to more general moral excellence.

Here’s my point (and I do have one):

The American Public, represented by the general public in these three towns, are so hopelessly out of touch with what deserves adulation and exaltation that they choose these individuals to put up on pedestals and give heroes (or prodigal children’s) welcomes. As a society, unless we can change this, we are doomed to fail.

How many of those same people show up for Veterans or Memorial Day parades? How many of these towns have their real local heroes–who wear them funny multicolored uniforms–come in to their radio and TV stations to ask them about the “ground truth” over there? How many hail these boys and girls as heroes, beyond a magnet on the car? How many have had their local mayor come and welcome them home when they return, healthy or otherwise? How many have been invited to return to their high schools for a pep rally, and had their principals and students chant their names?

This country has seriously screwed up where it places value. Name recognition takes precedence over competence. Being on TV is more desired than doing something that has global importance. Singing, singing, for mohamed’s sake, is more praiseworthy than soldiering.

There was a time when actors and other entertainers were seen, as good as they may have been, as little more than scoundrels. With few exceptions, I’ve seen precious little to change that opinion. Why are schools letting these entertainers return, not to offer encouragement for the students to pay attention and learn as much as they can from their teachers, but to be held in esteem as people who’ve achieved “success” — even though their success has little, if anything to do with what they learned in school.

Why aren’t our schools having monthly hero visits from soldiers returning from theater, who can tell them how they applied what they learned in civics, social studies, history, ethics, or even the lessons on the fields of friendly strife–athletic fields–were applied in the house of an Iraqi family, or a meeting with an Afghan tribesman? Why aren’t our schools holding rallies on Veterans day, where students are exposed to GENERATIONS of Veterans who can tell them about sacrificing for more than themselves. Why aren’t our streets lined for miles with cheering citizens when we have a parade on Veterans day? And why are those parades full of everything BUT veterans? Car dealerships “donate” their latest-model convertibles (with the company name prominently displayed) carting around the local Ms. Elk Snout Festival amid a host of other local sycophants. What is usually curiously absent from these parades, are the veterans.

Local politicians and usually the local celebrities–newsies, radio “personalities,” and maybe a generous contributor or two make up the “Grand Marshall” and Grandstand committee. Why isn’t the Grand marshal the highest ranking area veteran, or perhaps the oldest surviving veteran? Why aren’t their words of wisdom for the crowds gathered to see the units marching past them good enough for future generations?

We place value, as a society, where there is none. We hold in high esteem those who have achieved little, sacrificed nothing, and cast aside those who have sacrificed everything, and achieved more in 12 months than most will in their lives. We, as a society, have succeeded in passing on to our young the value of a dollar, but failed to impress on our youth what to value in life.

My indictment: the greatest generation failed to impress means for respectful disagreement on their young. This led to the Boomers being unable to impress simple courtesy and respect for others on their young These kids became the “X”ers, who, lacking the social skills necessary to behave around others, led increasingly techno-centric lives. Surrounded by televisions with 200 channels (and nothing on) an Internet where anonymity prevails and allows people to interact without any real repercussions for their actions, these “X”ers are now raising children who, seeing their parent’s reliance on all things electronic, find their heroes and value systems on the giant plasma screens and world wide web.

The Brittany Spears Trainwreck is just as newsworthy to them as is Paris Hilton’s twat lady business. Of course, Kobe (not the excellent beef) is even more important, as he has a shoe, a sports drink, a video game, and he plays some sport, too. Even more important is American Idol, because millions of people voted for them, and they are on TV, and they get to meet other famous people, like Ryan Seacrest (by the way, before Idol, who was this guy? Kato Kaelin’s dirty pillow biter?) Xers are unfamiliar with the military, as the war that defined their parent’s lives (Vietnam) was either a “you protested it” or “you fought in it but didn’t talk about it” kind of war, and the military suffered heavily until The Great Reagan restored its funding and prestige.

Xers watched Desert Storm from their living rooms, 24-7 on CNN. Their kids play Army: The video game. Not a real big leap from CNN to Entertainment tonight (since both are mostly mindless drek, puff pieces, and manufactured news/entertainment) or from America’s Army: the video game to Grand Theft Auto 4. This isn’t real, this isn’t hard, this is just a game and not important.

We are either sliding gleefully down the slippery slope, or spinning down the spiral, in a society which places entertainment value above all other values. We are disconnected from personal relationships, from each other, from anything outside our own individual spheres of influence, and are so horrified at the lives we live that we delve into entertainment as a means of escape. We try so often to escape that our lives become the pursuit of not happiness, but of fantasy. We emulate our entertainers, we call them our heroes, we keep a hawk’s eye on them day and night, while those who serve a greater purpose (except by a very few, who are in their own right, heroes) go unrecognized, unappreciated, and forgotten (until gas hits $5/gallon.)

–Chuck

May 15, 2008 , 7:10PM Posted by | American History, Hollywood, Liberalism, Military, Military Veterans, Morals, Public Education | Comments Off on Unless We Can Change This, We are Doomed to Fail

Unless We Can Change This, We are Doomed to Fail

Wow. I wish I could express myself this forcefully and eloquently as I have shared these opinions for years now.

For the record, I don’t watch TV beyond Heroes, Chuck, movie channels and sports. I don’t watch mass media news. None. And I have never seen even one minute of one episode of American Idol and have no desire to do so.

Anyway, I cede the floor (blog) to Chuck of the military blog TCOverride: We, as a Society, are Failures

So, I’ve had to sit through another episode of the odious Idol program that Carren likes.  (I watch, I comment, she rolls her eyes, claims I love it, but fun ends for me after try outs.)

They did a retrospective where the 16-year-old David Archuletta returns home to Utidaho (either Utah or Idaho, I don’t remember).  He goes to his high school, his local mall, and a couple other local places where people come out of the woodwork to squeal his name and get frenzied up in the best post-modern-beatle-esque prepubescent panty twisting since the British invasion.

Syesha was next, and turnout was somewhat less pre-egg dropping female, but still, plenty of folks lining the streets, police escorts, screams, cheers, and roses.  Of course, the obligatory high school pep-rally, which ended with her name being chanted over and over.

David Cook (the only one I think has any redeeming merit as an entertainer) is even referred to as his hometown’s “favorite son” on the local news — Kansas City.  There’s the sobbing teens, the radio and TV interviews.  To his credit, he did return to his elementary school and surprise his music teacher, and thank her.  Then he threw a pitch at a Royals game, had a miles-long parade, and cried from being overwhelmed.

All three were lauded by their local elected representatives and each was Proclaimed “insert entertainer’s name here day” in their hometowns.  They were given “heroes welcomes.”  Hero refers to people that, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self-sacrifice, that is, heroism, for some greater good, originally of martial courage or excellence but extended to more general moral excellence.

Here’s my point (and I do have one):

The American Public, represented by the general public in these three towns, are so hopelessly out of touch with what deserves adulation and exaltation that they choose these individuals to put up on pedestals and give heroes (or prodigal children’s) welcomes.  As a society, unless we can change this, we are doomed to fail.

How many of those same people show up for Veterans or Memorial Day parades?  How many of these towns have their real local heroes — who wear them funny multicolored uniforms — come in to their radio and TV stations to ask them about the “ground truth” over there?  How many hail these boys and girls as heroes, beyond a magnet on the car?  How many have had their local mayor come and welcome them home when they return, healthy or otherwise?  How many have been invited to return to their high schools for a pep rally, and had their principals and students chant their names?

This country has seriously screwed up where it places value.  Name recognition takes precedence over competence.  Being on TV is more desired than doing something that has global importance.  Singing, singing, for mohamed’s sake, is more praiseworthy than soldiering.

There was a time when actors and other entertainers were seen, as good as they may have been, as little more than scoundrels.  With few exceptions, I’ve seen precious little to change that opinion.  Why are schools letting these entertainers return, not to offer encouragement for the students to pay attention and learn as much as they can from their teachers, but to be held in esteem as people who’ve achieved “success” — even though their success has little, if anything to do with what they learned in school.

Why aren’t our schools having monthly hero visits from soldiers returning from theater, who can tell them how they applied what they learned in civics, social studies, history, ethics, or even the lessons on the fields of friendly strife — athletic fields — were applied in the house of an Iraqi family, or a meeting with an Afghan tribesman?  Why aren’t our schools holding rallies on Veterans day, where students are exposed to GENERATIONS of Veterans who can tell them about sacrificing for more than themselves.  Why aren’t our streets lined for miles with cheering citizens when we have a parade on Veterans day?  And why are those parades full of everything BUT veterans?  Car dealerships “donate” their latest-model convertibles (with the company name prominently displayed) carting around the local Ms. Elk Snout Festival amid a host of other local sycophants.  What is usually curiously absent from these parades, are the veterans.

Local politicians and usually the local celebrities — newsies, radio “personalities,” and maybe a generous contributor or two —  make up the “Grand Marshall” and Grandstand committee.  Why isn’t the Grand marshal the highest ranking area veteran, or perhaps the oldest surviving veteran?  Why aren’t their words of wisdom for the crowds gathered to see the units marching past them good enough for future generations?

We place value, as a society, where there is none.  We hold in high esteem those who have achieved little, sacrificed nothing, and cast aside those who have sacrificed everything, and achieved more in 12 months than most will in their lives.  We, as a society, have succeeded in passing on to our young the value of a dollar, but failed to impress on our youth what to value in life.

My indictment: the greatest generation failed to impress means for respectful disagreement on their young.  This led to the Boomers being unable to impress simple courtesy and respect for others on their young These kids became the “X”ers, who, lacking the social skills necessary to behave around others, led increasingly techno-centric lives.  Surrounded by televisions with 200 channels (and nothing on) an Internet where anonymity prevails and allows people to interact without any real repercussions for their actions, these “X”ers are now raising children who, seeing their parent’s reliance on all things electronic, find their heroes and value systems on the giant plasma screens and world wide web.

The Brittany Spears Trainwreck is just as newsworthy to them as is Paris Hilton’s twat lady business.  Of course, Kobe (not the excellent beef) is even more important, as he has a shoe, a sports drink, a video game, and he plays some sport, too.  Even more important is American Idol, because millions of people voted for them, and they are on TV, and they get to meet other famous people, like Ryan Seacrest (by the way, before Idol, who was this guy?  Kato Kaelin’s dirty pillow biter?).  Xers are unfamiliar with the military, as the war that defined their parent’s lives (Vietnam) was either a “you protested it” or “you fought in it but didn’t talk about it” kind of war, and the military suffered heavily until The Great Reagan restored its funding and prestige.

Xers watched Desert Storm from their living rooms, 24-7 on CNN.  Their kids play Army: The video game.  Not a real big leap from CNN to Entertainment tonight (since both are mostly mindless drek, puff pieces, and manufactured news/entertainment) or from America’s Army: the video game to Grand Theft Auto 4.  This isn’t real, this isn’t hard, this is just a game and not important.

We are either sliding gleefully down the slippery slope, or spinning down the spiral, in a society which places entertainment value above all other values.  We are disconnected from personal relationships, from each other, from anything outside our own individual spheres of influence, and are so horrified at the lives we live that we delve into entertainment as a means of escape.  We try so often to escape that our lives become the pursuit of not happiness, but of fantasy.  We emulate our entertainers, we call them our heroes, we keep a hawk’s eye on them day and night, while those who serve a greater purpose (except by a very few, who are in their own right, heroes) go unrecognized, unappreciated, and forgotten (until gas hits $5/gallon.)

–Chuck

May 15, 2008 , 2:49PM Posted by | Hollywood, Liberalism, Military | Comments Off on Unless We Can Change This, We are Doomed to Fail

*UPDATE* – Why “Peace” Thugs Attack

In my last update post on the so-called peace activists’ attack of the OIF veteran and his wife and teenage son, Paula asked the following in the comments:

“…what have we become as a nation? What is wrong with people??????”

I do not have a good answer to this, but I do know why we have become what we have as a nation: because those who commit these acts against their fellow Americans are not forced to deal with the consequences of their actions. Thus, we embolden these assholes to go even further.

First they protested. Then they called them ‘babykillers’. Then they spit on them. And Americans did not bat an eye. We, as a society, considered this acceptable behavior for American citizens to have towards its military members.

So now these people are emboldened to go even further. Now, they are attacking not only military members, but their wives and children as well. And, once again, our society is considering this acceptable behavior.

CJ at A Soldier’s Perspective has posted an update from Gathering of Eagles-NY: [Update] Swartout Update

You want to know why the “peace” movement is emboldened to attack America’s military members and their families? Because our society deems it acceptable and because we do not punish them for their actions. In a better time in this nation, this kind of behavior was considered treason and punished with either prison time or death. Now, it is praised. Now, it is encouraged. Now, it is deemed ‘free speech’ and ‘dissent’ and… “harrassment”.

Update – 3 May 08:

EDINBORO – A peace group that meets in Edinboro will receive training in nonviolent conflict resolution — a result of two members being charged for their parts in an April 22 brawl.

Two members of the group — Alyssa Stelmack, 21, and her sister, Andria Stelmack, 23, both of Erie — were charged with harassment after they fought with a Townville couple that crossed the street to challenge their anti-war rhetoric.

The Townville couple — Jason Swartout, 33, and his wife, Carrie Swartout, 30 — also were charged with harassment, a summary offense. They have not responded to requests for comment.

Interestingly, no one was charged with assault. It’s good to know that in Pennsylvania I can walk up to someone I don’t agree with, commence to beating and kicking them, and only be charged with “harrassment”. As you can see in BOTH videos above, the first blows were dealt by the “peace thugs” and they should be charged with assault accordingly. Hopefully, these people will learn something from their conflict resolution classes.

Naturally, the article makes it look as if the peaceniks were simply victims in all this and that it all started with Jason Swartout intimidating a man in a wheelchair. One could easily question that if not for the overwhelming evidence above.

“They were wrong,” said Richard McVay, a Penn Action activist who met with the sisters after the fight. “They were wrong to react violently to a violent provocation. But I can see how it could happen.”

There was nothing violent about a 14-year old filming the displays the “peace thugs” obviously wanted people to see. However, THEY turned it into a violent confrontation. It doesn’t surprise me that Richard McVay, socialist moron, would be quoted that way.

This is absolutely despicable. There are no words to describe my anger.

Also, you notice the tone of the article, as CJ mentions. There was no “violent provocation” done by the military veteran and his family. The sole action of the family was the son crossing the street to capture the “anti-war” protest on video. They consider *that* to be “violent provocation”.

Not to mention that these assholes were supposed to be protesting for “peace”, yet when a teenage boy video tapes them, to them, that justifies violence. Not Saddam killing and oppressing his own people. Not Islamic terrorists mass murdering people around the world. That does not stir up the ire of the “peace” movement. No, a teenage boy video taping them, *that* is what justifies violence in their demented world.

I can’t even find the words to express my anger and disgust with this situation and with the “peace” movement in general.

Also, here is a comment left at A Soldier’s Perspective that angers me even more:

From what I saw on O’Reilly, it looks like the DA in Edinboro is anti-military and wants to hang the pro-troop people. He strongly suggested that Carrie [wife of OIF veteran Jason Swartout] get a good attorney.

I did not see the O’Reilly segment on this, since I don’t watch any mass media news, but, if this is true, this is even more angering. There is absolutely NO equivalence between what the “peace” thugs did and what this military member and his family did. None whatsoever. Video taping a protest is not a “violent provocation”. Yet, what did the law enforcement do in this case? Charged both groups with the same offense. It is now considered “harassment” to beat the shit out of people. It is also considered “harrassment” to video tape a protest and defend oneself from assholes who beat on your family.

It is because of this that the “peace” movement is no longer about peace, but about fascism and suppressing and attacking anyone who opposes them. And this is why I have nothing but contempt for the so-called peace movement. I despise the whole lot of them. Go join the Peace Corps and protest in Communist and oppressed countries and then you will earn my respect and I will honor you. Until then, FUCK YOU all.

May 3, 2008 , 3:42PM Posted by | Anti-War Groups, Bill O'Reilly, Liberalism, Military | 1 Comment