Thursday, November 25, 2004

From the blogosphere, I give thanks ...

... for being endowed by a loving, personal Creator with such inalienable rights as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness ... and placing me in a nation where the most fundamental principle of its government is the preservation of these rights.

... that people like me can exercise those rights "because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf" -- by land, by sea and from above -- both at present, and in the past -- and that even these "rough" men have within them a great compassion that simultaneously tempers that roughness, and motivates their willingness to be rough when called for.

... that I have the right to question, and even challenge the government, its leaders, and our social elites of my nation, in both word and deed.

... that even those who stridently disagree with me still have the same voice in the affairs of this nation that I do. I am thankful that we all have the right to say even idiotic things ... and both the authority and responsibility to declare them idiotic, when the facts support that conclusion.

... that the free flow of information ... and the analysis of same ... through multiple media systems is structurally protected by our nation as vital to maintaining our freedom -- and that the blogosphere itself has taken its place as an essential tool for the maintainence of integrity within that flow.

... that, even in time of crisis, we can still "dream big", soar like eagles, and reach for the stars.

... that there are others in our world -- indivduals and nations -- who share our values, stand by us, and could even serve as our refuge if our nation ever goes bad.

... that there are even people who, working with us, are turning bad places in this world into good ones ... even as they realize what it meant to our own Founders to pledge "their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor" to the effort.

... that even those who care for the smallest Gnat can be recognized for their greatness ... and maintian a realism and humility about them that makes them reluctant to acquire greater power.

.... and, that, finally, all these virtues are shared by a multitude that is almost impossible to number.

Enjoy the holiday ... and do remember the reasons for this season.


I just want to say that I admire the way you annotate your posts with the links. If I were only that industrious. I can't find one point in your post here that I'd find fault or disagree with.

I especially like the "because rough men (and women) stand ready to do violence on their behalf" quotation. While I tend to believe we've done some damage to the "rough" part of the equation due to the rise of political correctness, I still marvel at the "gung-ho and hoo-ah" attitudes of these young warriors. Each and every one of them deserves our gratitude and respect. For someone that's been there and done that, it really does make a difference. I recall the reception received when we returned from Desert Storm in March of 1991. Walking through airports in our desert "chocolate chip" camoflage uniforms people came up to us in much larger numbers than I expected...and just said thanks.

If any of you happen to be walking through the airports in the coming months...and you happen to run across one of these young men and women, just give them a pat on the back and say thanks. If you have the means and might even want to buy them a beer, a lunch or a cup of coffee. Even though we've had 13 years to improve all of the above in an austere theater of's never going to be the same as getting something in the good ole USA.

Ask them about the good things they've seen...avoid the questions about the bad things. You can really make a difference in their attitudes and let them know that despite what they might see or read in the news, that we are behind them 110% and wish them the best of luck in their mission to assist the Iraqi government stand on their own two fee. Sacrificing so that others may live free is indeed the most noble cause a man or woman can imbark on.

In this coming holiday season, try and remember it's because of these "rough" men and women and those that came before them, that we can enjoy a society with the bounty almost unimaginable in many nations around the world. Also remember that we have not stolen from the less fortunate to pad our bank accounts, fill our store shelves, or enjoy the successes we have in the past and definitely will in the future.

May God bless you all...and continue to bless the United States of America.

See you all on the high ground...

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