The Fear Of Victory
There isn’t a good way to say this and I’ve never been really good at nuance so I’m just going to say it. There are those in this country who have a deep seeded fear that America just might find a way to achieve a military victory over the Islamofascist Murdering Thug Caucus in Iraq. In their view, this is the worst possible outcome because it goes contrary to a world view they have held since the end of the Vietnam War – a world view that paints any American success as a failure for the rest of the world.
In order for these people to feel good about themselves, America must fail or – even better – be humiliated and defeated by a numerically and ideologically inferior enemy. For the better part of the last year, the MSM has willing ignored positive information coming out of Iraq and obfuscated what information they did see fit to publish. Recently, the New Republic saw fit to publish a fire breathing account of outlandish behavior by American troops. While it may have been written by an active-duty soldier, it took all of about eight seconds for anyone with a brain stem to poke so many holes in his story it can’t even be used to strain spaghetti. Never mind the fact the enemy is made up of guys willing to strap C-4 to their chests and blow up soccer matches – people on this side of the globe are willing to believe even the most outlandish claims about US soldiers. Why? Its an accepted part of the left-wing playbook thanks to John “Lurch” Kerry and his “Winter Soldier” fantasy.
The left is so intent on losing the Iraq War – and by proxy the Global War on Terror – they are indignant to the point of embarrassing behavior whenever somebody with actual knowledge dares to challenge their defeatist world view. Case and point is Kansas freshman Congresswoman Nancy Boyda. So upset was Nancy at a briefing given by retired General Jack Keane – where he dared to express optimism about Iraq’s improving security conditions – that she got up and stormed out of the briefing room. For the record, General Keane is a top adviser to General Petraeus. Though retired, I feel confident in saying Keane has forgotten more about Iraq than Nancy Boyda will ever learn.
What did General Keane say that so infuriated the freshman Kansan? Well, since you asked:
Almost all of the Iraqis I have spoken to -- and there are hundreds across the full socioeconomic spectrum, including Sunnis and Shiites -- almost to a person believe that security has improved and we do not want the Americans and the Iraqi forces to leave.To which Boyda responded - after General Keane had left the room:
Those kinds of comments will, in fact, show up in the media and further divide this country.Yes, Congresswoman, these kind of comments will further divide this country. They will turn more people against your defeatist worldview and maybe, just maybe the American people will realize this isn’t a war we have to lose.
There is a lot of good news coming out of Iraq lately. Even people who were harshly critical of W’s handling of Iraq over the past three years believe this is a war America just might win. This possibility scares the hell out of people like Dusty Harry, The Pelosi, Chuck Shumer, Hillary Clinton, Mad Jack Murtha and the rest of the “Lose At All Costs” Congressional Jackass Caucus. If America wins, they lose. That’s a strategy I just don’t understand.
When given the resources, support, and time required, the Armed Forces of the United States will always prevail in any conflict in any theater. The only way they can be defeated is if the Congress cuts their legs out from beneath them and orders them to come home before their mission is complete.
War, by its very definition, is an uncontrollable beast. As John Cougar Mellencamp once crooned, “there are winners and there’s losers” and there are consequences for both parties. Most people understand that winning is much more preferable than losing. Evidently the Congressional Jackass Caucus and the better part of the MSM never learned that lesson.
This isn’t dodge ball and the consequences of losing in Iraq far outweigh any benefit that could be construed from a loss. If you read people like Michael Yon, you just might come to the conclusion that a corner has been turned in Iraq. The battles are being won on the streets of Baghdad and throughout Iraq. America cannot afford for the war to be lost in the halls of Congress.
Here endeth the lesson.
CU To Show Ward Churchill The Door
It's been so long since I bothered to waste keystrokes on Ward Churchill that I can't remember exactly where I placed him on the sliding scale of humanity. I'm pretty sure he ranked someplace between MVM (Miserable Vomitous Mass) and WOSABA (Waste Of Skin And Breathable Air). Either way, it – and he – really doesn't matter.
To refresh your memory, Churchill is the "professor" who gloried in the attacks of September 11, 2001 – declaring "the chickens had come home to roost" for the "little Eichmanns" whose high crimes against humanity consisted of going to work on a Tuesday morning. Yes, Churchill did his best to personify the academic establishment.
What he did not learn, however, was the time worn parable about the dangers of hurling boulders around when you live in a glass house. Turns out "Professor" Churchill fabricated most of his resume, including his Native American heritage, several academic works, and one or two advanced degrees. Add to that his penchant for embellishing – sometimes to the point of outright fictionalizing – historical events and you have a festering dung pile not even the most enlightened academic mind can ignore.
So today, the University of Colorado's Board of Regents will take the better part of the day to close out Churchill's CU career. I'm sure "Professor" Churchill will be picked up by some other wanna-be leftist excuse for an institution of higher learning which will indulge his "unique" take on academics. Personally, I hope he finds work at an agricultural school where he'd be required to shovel actual excrement rather than force it down the throats of students.
At least the real excrement would have some actual value.
Here endeth the lesson.
One Giant Leap…To Where?
This past Friday an anniversary came and went without much fanfare. 38 years ago most of the world was riveted to television screens as something never before attempted by man was broadcast around the world. The United States of America, personified by Neil Armstrong, made good on a challenge put forth by an American president to send a man to the moon. Armstrong stepped off the ladder and into history with words remembered by most Americans and a good portion of the world’s population.
That’s one small step for man…one giant leap for man kind.
Man has always looked to the stars as the Final Frontier. Armstrong’s leap was supposed to be a stepping stone into the exciting exploration of space. Several men followed in his boot prints. The Apollo astronauts walked as Gods among men in America’s pop culture. Far off places like Mars were within our reach – or so it seemed.
Then, as best as I can tell, America got bored. Spaceflight became routine to the point that the ill-fated Apollo XIII mission (immortalized by a the movie with the same name) wasn’t even broadcast on television. The networks evidently said NASA had made going to the moon about as exciting as “driving to Pittsburgh”.
Roughly four years later, Eugene Cernan gained the infamous notoriety of being the last man to walk on the surface of the moon.
So, what has NASA done since? It still attracts America’s bravest and brightest minds, but nobody has left orbit since Cernan’s capsule splashed down in December of 1972. Much was made of the America’s Shuttle fleet – the first reusable spacecraft – but those vehicles have far outlasted their original designed lifetime and mission not to mention far exceeded the cost they were supposed to bring down.
I don’t mean to deride the accomplishments of today’s astronauts. They go places and do things guys like me only dream about – but something tells me they’d rather have a far off destination than endlessly circling the globe at an altitude of 200+ miles. The question remains: When will we go back to the Moon?
Eric Jones attempts to answer this question. He’s got the facts and figures to back up his statements but the basic answer to the question above is pretty simple: We’ll go back when it becomes a national priority to do so. In short, Jones says:
…we might hasten our return to the Moon if we become a bit less cynical, a bit more mindful of the old maxims about preparing for tomorrow, and, in the process, manage to rediscover our old fascination with the frontier. We shall see.I believe there is an instinct deep in the soul of mankind which requires us to reach beyond what we have already accomplished and go beyond where we have already been. I wonder how long it will be before the need to explore again permeates the American psyche and compels us again to reach for the stars and take our place among them.
Not too long, I hope. I’d like to be around when man again walks on the Moon and planets beyond.
Here endeth the lesson.
Al “Chicken Little” Gore – “The Sulfuric Sky Is Falling”
One great thing about Al Gore – he say’s stuff so hilarious I couldn’t make it up if I tried. I’ve heard and read many dire predictions about what will happen if the Earth’s temperature continues to rise, but Al’s latest prognostication takes the proverbial cake (one that would not be baked lest it contribute to Global Warming).
In Aspen, Colorado at the Benedict Music Tent yesterday, Al Gore declared a “planetary emergency” only avoidable if
a 90-percent decrease in carbon emissions from developed fossil fuel guzzlers like the U.S. and a 50-percent decrease worldwide to get a handle on the problem.What, pray tell will happen unless such draconian carbon cuts are made immediately? Again, I give you the Global Warming Prophet Al Gore:
Gore advised the audience to compare the blue orb of the Earth to Venus, where daytime temperatures reach 867 degrees Fahrenheit and it rains sulfuric acid. The two planets have the same amount of carbon, Gore explained, but Venus' just happens to be in the atmosphere, while most of the Earth's is still locked underground. "The habitability of this planet for human beings really is at risk," he said.Yes, dear reader, unless you give up your SUV and turn off your air-conditioner, the sulfuric acid rains are gong to come and wipe humanity from the planet.
Al Gore throws environmental numbers around with the hope of instilling fear in people so they will turn to him for solutions. Is he actually even able to fathom what a 90% cut in US carbon emissions would entail? Of course not. He’s too busy flying around the world in private jets to understand the outrageousness emanating from his pie hole.
Do us all a favor, Al. Practice what you preach. Till then, I’m going to enjoy my freedom to drive what I want while I still can.
Here endeth the lesson.
John “Breck Girl” Edwards – “They Like Me…Really, They Like Me!”
John “Breck Girl” Edwards has a huge base of popular support. It outstrips Hillary, Obama, and the rest of the Democratic presidential candidate field. While this may come as a surprise to most anybody capable of reading polls – be they national or local – it has to be true.
Well, Breck Girl’s biggest fan – himself – says so. In what might be termed as a stand up comic schtick, Edwards declared the following:
It’s not enough for you to like a candidate. It’s not even enough for you to agree with a candidate. We must—my party, the Democratic Party—we must nominate a candidate who will win the general election.There’s only one problem with Breck Girl’s recollection of this surprising poll.
All the empirical evidence shows that I am the strongest general election candidate.
Well, this is not even close—who’s the strongest general election candidate. Every piece of empirical evidence shows you exactly the same thing that your gut will tell you anyway.
I saw a poll a week and a half ago, done by an independent polling firm, testing each of us against the top four Republicans, in about, I want to say, this isn’t going to be exactly right, but in about 20 states, mostly swing states. And I beat every Republican in 20 states. All of ‘em. Hillary won in about half the states roughly, close to half, and Obama, I think, won nowhere, if I remember correctly.
It doesn’t exist. His campaign, when pressed for the numbers, could not produce a copy of the heretofore unpublished poll. No press release. No news report. Zip. Zero. Nada.
In short, Breck Girl suffers from the same memory ailment that plagued Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and a host of other (mainly Democratic) politicians – Virtual Memory Syndrome. They take what they wish was true, transcribe it into their recollection of history, and pass it off as the actual record.
Sorry, John. I don’t think even the most gullible democratic voter will buy that story. I believe the legal eagle objection to your statement would be “facts not in evidence”. By the way, reports of your "blowing operatic kisses" to your "adoring" fans could result in the confiscation, shredding, and burning of your Guy Card - if you even have one.
Good luck with that strategy.
Here endeth the lesson.
Dusty Harry's Whine-A-Thon
Last night, Senate Majority Leader Dusty Harry Reid (D-Circus Circus) held the US Senate for an all-night "debate" on Iraq. I won't go into the antics of the Senate Jackass Caucus. I believe it was a waste of time, bandwidth, and energy which could have been used elsewhere. That said, I'm not holding my breath waiting for Al Gore to slam the all-nighter for contributing to Global Warming.
If you want a blow by blow report, check out Michelle . She took one for the team and watched most – if not all – of Dusty Harry's Whine-A-Thon and live blogged it.
Dusty Harry's stunt will be seen for what it is – a stunt. During his time in the minority, he used faux-filibusters to stop whatever legislation he didn't like – which was most of it – yet now he has the nerve to stand and whine about the "tyranny of the minority". The irony of this complaint is not lost on me, nor the rest of the American people. Dusty Harry will refer to endless MSM polls about how America feels about the Iraq war, but don't you dare bring up Congress' approval rating – hovering someplace in the low teens – that would be a partisan attack.
What Dusty Harry has to say about Iraq matters not. He's unwilling to go the final mile and pull funding for the war – therefore he is just grandstanding on thin ice. I prefer to listen to people who are, or have been, on the front lines of the Global War on Terror.
To that end, I point you to Blackfive's transcript of a speech given by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James T. Conway. Conway has forgotten more about military strategy than Dusty Harry will ever learn.
Go. Read. Learn.
Here endeth the lesson.
In The Sand He Drew A Line...
Somebody really needs to teach Senate Majority Leader Dusty Harry Reid (D-Circus Circus) a lesson on the perils of believing his own press releases. Dusty Harry is hell bent (and I say that with no due respect what so ever) in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq that he’s decided to throw a Pajama Party tonight on the Senate Floor.
One can only hope we don’t have to endure the sight of Dusty Harry, Scotch Kennedy, and (Little) Dick Durbin in silk night shirts and fuzzy bunny slippers. I’d venture a guess as to what Babs Boxer would wear, but I realize some of my readers may have just finished eating breakfast.
There is today a line being drawn between those who understand the need for victory over the Islamofacist Murdering Thugs and those who would rather revisit the Chamberlain-esque strategy of appeasement, retreat, and ultimately surrender. Those who would invoke Uncle Neville must say to themselves, “well, it worked so well for the French.”
Photo HT - Military Motivator
The ultimate folly of Dusty Harry’s incompetent strategy is that he forgets one very important fact about the American people. General George S. Patton, Jr. once very eloquently stated that
Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in Hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. Because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.Way back in 1836 a group of 185 men gathered in a crumbling Spanish mission near San Antonio. They were charged with stalling the armies of Santa Ana long enough to allow Sam Houston’s Texicans to stand up a force capable of fighting for Texas’ independence from Mexico. When word reached Colonel Travis that no re-enforcements would be coming and he would be facing a far superior enemy, he gave his men a choice. Leave and live, or stay, fight, and quite likely die for the cause of freedom.
The Ballad of the Alamo states that, “In the sand he drew a line with his Army saber. Out of 185, not a soldier crossed the line." They believed what they were fighting for and despite the lack of support from the rear echelons, they stood their ground.
W has chosen, despite fierce and vitriolic rhetoric from the Congressional Jackass Caucus and the leftmost wing of the Democratic Party, to stand in the gap and fight. He has drawn a line in the proverbial sand. He believes this man – General David Petraeus is America’s best hope for victory.
W has given Petraeus everything he’s asked for – including time. Dusty Harry, The Pelosi and Company are dead set on cutting Petraeus’ legs out from under him. Why? Because they are scared The Surge just might work. They want America to see Iraq through the hazy filter of the MSM rather than the crystal clear unfiltered lens of people like Michael Yon. In short, dear reader, guys like Dusty Harry are terrified of victory.
So, you have to ask yourself – who do you stand with? Do you stand with withered spineless politicians like Dusty Harry – a man who rants and raves almost incessantly for America’s self-inflicted defeat? Or will you put two months worth of faith into America’s General – a man whose only mission is victory?
There is no substance to Dusty Harry. There isn’t enough foam padding to make that suit look like a real man is filling it. Petraeus, on the other hand, has a record of proven combat leadership and strategic know-how – not to mention a chest full of medals that sets off airport metal detectors in Los Angeles even though the man himself is in Iraq.
So, Harry, have fun at your Pajama Party. The MSM will no doubt tout your “courage” in perpetrating this PR stunt. They’ll most likely ignore the Veterans for Freedom who’ve come to give you a piece of their mid. You’ll forgive me if I don’t bother to watch – I’m sure there’s a more interesting re-run of Gunsmoke or similar riveting television.
Here endeth the lesson.
Yet Another Smackdown of Senator Jim Webb (D-Washington Post)
Let me first state for the record that I’m not a big fan of Senator Lindsay Graham (r-SC). I think his recent support for the Immigration Amnesty legislation coupled with his participation in the infamous Gang of 14 call into question his qualifications and temperament as a US Senator. If he were representing my state, I’d support whatever primary challenger ran against him. In short, Lindsay Graham is not on my Christmas Card list.
Sadly, and I say that with no due respect, my state is currently represented by the Accidental Senator Jim Webb. By using the term “accidental” I mean that without the assistance of the Washington Post’s Macaca Squad, Jim Webb would be just another “also-ran” relegated to the D-List Lecture Circuit. Since his election to the Senate, Webb has been no stranger to the headlines. That said, those headlines have been anything but flattering to Webb and by proxy the Commonwealth of Virginia.
First he rudely and defiantly disrespected the President of the United States at the White House. Not much later he handed a briefcase containing a loaded handgun to a staffer who then tried to get it past Capitol Hill security. There is more, but I don’t have the time to list the embarrassing litany.
Yesterday Senators Graham and Webb appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press. This means it was a two-on-one against Graham. Knowing Graham’s wobbly history, I thought it would be a quick and ugly duel ending with Graham in shreds. I was gladly disappointed with the outcome and I give props to Senator Graham for sticking to his guns.
All things considered, Webb didn’t exactly make it hard for Graham to lay in the smackdown. Check out the video here. Newsbusters has the transcript. Two highlights I’d like to include:
SEN. WEBB: The traditional operational policy has been if you’ve been gone for a year, you get two years back. We’re now in a situation where the soldiers and the Marines are having less than a one to one ratio, and somebody needs to speak up for them rather than simply defending what this president’s been doing.Yes, dear reader, Senator Webb objects to the use of actual figures. He prefers to quote New York Times opinion polls as factual evidence. Problem is, he construes the polling data to support his conclusion which it does not. Don’t take my word for it. Dan Riehl crunched the actual numbers.
SEN. GRAHAM: When they re-enlist in the highest numbers anywhere else in the military, they’re speaking...
SEN. WEBB: You know, this is one thing I really—this is one thing I really take objection to...
SEN. GRAHAM: ...the soldiers are speaking, my friend. Let them win.
Second highlight: Senator Webb isn’t a detail man. He thinks the rest of his Senate colleagues get their information from the same sources he does (ie the MSM).
SEN. WEBB: Less than half of the military believes that we should be in Iraq in the first place.That’s gonna leave a mark. Emphasis added to show Webb doesn’t bother to listen to what’s being said. He’s got his mind made up and doesn’t want to be confused with facts. For the record, Senator Graham holds the rank of Colonel and serves as a JAG officer in the United States Air Force Reserves.
SEN. GRAHAM: Have you been to Iraq? Have you ever been and talked to them? I’ve been seven times.
SEN. WEBB: You know, have you ever been to these—I’ve been—I’ve covered two wars as a correspondent...
SEN. GRAHAM: Have you been to Iraq?
SEN. WEBB: I have been to Afghanistan as a journalist.
SEN. GRAHAM: Have you been to Iraq and—have you been to Iraq and talked to the soldiers?
SEN. WEBB: You know, you haven’t been to Iraq.
SEN. GRAHAM: I’ve been to—I’ve been there seven times.
SEN. WEBB: You know, you go see the dog and pony shows.
SEN. GRAHAM: I’ve been there as a reservist, I have been there and I’m going back in August.
As Senator Graham said at the end of the interview, it was good television. It showed the utter cluelessness of the Democratic majority in calling the Surge a failure even though the full force of said Surge has only been in place for two weeks. It shows the folly of a Senator willing to confirm General Petraeus and then cut his funding just as he’s getting started.
Like most Americans I honor the service rendered by Senator Webb to his country in time of war. The Vietnam War was not lost on the battlefields of Southeast Asia. It was lost in the halls of Congress where left-leaning politicians sought to dictate war policy from half a world away. Vietnam was a war American politicians chose to lose.
One would think American politicians would have learned the folly of trying to conduct a politically correct war from Washington – especially those who had fought and bled in a similar conflict. Though he may claim to have the best interests of the military at heart, Jim Webb has learned no such lesson.
He would do well to heed the advice of someone like Lindsay Graham – who still wears the uniform – and let the military do what is best for the military.
Senator Webb, listen to the General you sent into battle. Let them win.
Here endeth the lesson.
Be Afraid Of W, Not Terrorists – Wil Wheaton’s Worldview
I'm not exactly sure how I happened upon Wil Wheaton's blog, and even less certain why I bothered to bookmark it. Maybe it's the erstwhile Trekkie in me. Wheaton had a starring role as Wesley Crusher in <i>Star Trek – The Next Generation</i>. He's had some roles since then – nothing I've actually seen – and written a few books and made more than a few appearances on the World Series of Poker. Most of his blog posts deal with subjects other than terrorism, and his behind the scenes reflections on TNG are downright hilarious.
Yesterday, however, he decided to give the world his two cents on DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff's " gut feeling" about a possible terrorist attack sometime this summer. I'd quote Wheaton's commentary word for word, but I'm doing my best to keep this a PG rated blog.
Guys like Wheaton really have it made. They sit from the September 10th Balcony cheap seats and throw stones at guys with real jobs that really matter and then pat themselves on the back for having the "courage" to do so. They quote endless public opinion polls and Drive-By Media reports to bolster their claims that W, Big Time Cheney, and the rest of the Administration sit up nights trying to find new ways to scare the American people into submission.
Submission to what? Wheaton doesn't actually define that. He's just mad as hell about the fact he has to take his shoes off every time he goes through an airport on his way to Vegas to play poker. Yes, dear reader, that's really the crux of his argument. Its somewhat carefully couched behind his denunciations of Antonio Gonzales and the US Attorney (non) scandal – but I'm not going to question his understanding of those concepts. That would require too many keystrokes and I have better things to do.
Memo to Wil Wheaton:
Have you ever had a truly thankless job – other than that of Wesley Crusher? If you have than perhaps you can relate just a little to the difficult position of Secretary Chertoff. Here's a guy charged with securing this nation. He no doubt receives a truck load of intelligence data on a daily basis. What's in this intelligence dump? Good question. Perhaps if you read books like Patrick Radden Keefe's Chatter instead of all those public opinion polls and MSM tripe you'd have a better idea. Of course then you'd be convinced the NSA is taping your phone calls.
Knowledge is a double-edged sword. Chertoff can't give the American people a Daily Intelligence Briefing. Why is that? The short answer is that doing so would compromise sources and methods that are needed in the War on Terror. Yes, Wil, this nation is at war. We're at war with a ruthless and determined enemy. Just how ruthless and determined? May I recommend to you Lawrence Wright's The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 and Mark Steyn's America Alone.
Frankly, Wil, your ad-hominem insults accusing W Administration of drumming up terrorist attack warnings to deflect criticism is disgraceful. You owe an apology to the thousands of men and women working tirelessly and thanklessly behind the scenes to makes sure the only inconvenience you have to deal with during your travels is the removal of your shoes and the disposal of your water bottle. Off the top of my head I can think of 2,996 people who would've traded that inconvenience for their actual fate.
An alert, informed, and wary public is probably the best weapon this or any nation has against the Islamofacist Murdering Thugs who want to turn your neighborhood Ralph's Market into a smoldering hole in the ground. Michael Chertoff's gut is influenced by the reports and briefings he receives every day. Perhaps the best he can do (without compromising sources or methods) is tell the American people about his gut feeling. If that leads to only one foiled terrorist attack – even one never reported – than his efforts will not have been in vain.
So, yes, Wil, we are better, stronger, and smarter than this. Your cheap shots from the September 10 th Balcony only prove that point. The goal here is vigilance, not fear. Maybe when you've finished your reading assignment you'll have figured that out. Until you do, stick to writing science fiction.
Here endeth the lesson.
What Happens If AlGore Threw A World Wide Concert….And Nobody Cared?
If you're like me, you probably had other things to do this past Saturday than watch or listen to Algore's Live Earth concerts. And, like most Americans, and Brits for that matter, you probably did those other things.
What was billed as an environmental wake up call to the world went largely unnoticed by the target audience. According to the Daily Mail report, about 900,000 Brits watched the concert during the day, picking up to 1.2 million for the evening and topping out at 4.5 million when Madonna took the stage.
Let's put it this way – the esteemed Mark Steyn was left hoping for an inspired Cat Stevens performance.
And in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro, despite perfect weather and free admission, less than 100,000 people made it to Copacabana to see the show. To put this in perspective, an inter-city soccer game gets more attention than the Live Earth show did – and people actually pay to see the soccer game. On any given Saturday night in Rio, more than 100,000 people can be found on the beaches of Copacaba and Ipanema – so the actual number of cariocas who purposefully went to see the concert is probably far less than what was actually reported.
As a musical event, Live Earth turned out to be a good show – at least by those who took the time to watch or attend it. Will it lead to a seismic shift in global environmental policies or a sudden widespread demand for nations to start living by Kyoto standards? Most likely – in fact definitely not. People went to see a show, and entertainment was exactly what they got. Some people liked it. Others did not.
Personally, I did my part to ignore the hypocritical environmentalists who flew a combined total of over 200,000 miles to participate in the concerts. By so doing I believe I've done my little part to save the planet.
Here endeth the lesson.
No, I'm not talking about W's commutation of Scooter Libby's prison sentence.
I'm talking about what 56 men committed when they put their names to a document which would forever change the way people looked upon the institutions of government and thought about a strange new concept called "freedom".
Had Washington's fortunes been a little different at Valley Forge - or any number of other Revolutionary War battles, these men would have paid for their audacity with their lives and quite possibly the lives of their families.
with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providencemutually pledged to each other their lives, fortunes, and their Sacred Honor to the cause for which we today celebrate.
So, Dear Reader, have a great Fourth of July. Enjoy the fireworks, but remember that the first fireworks were real.
Here endeth the lesson.