Bringing a brother home
I recently attended the funeral services for SFC. Larry Gene Kiers, a US Soldier killed in action while serving our country. The services were held in his home town Owensville, Kentucky.
The scene was one we have seen far too often, one we will never get used to, one which rips at our hearts, automatically brings tears to our eyes, brings back memories long forgotten--- but always a part of us. A scene which brings a terrible sense of loss, as we once again say goodbye to one of our nation’s finest. We as a free people can never ask nor expect any more noble and selfless act from one of our own.
The Prayer of a Nation
Few are they that remember this prayer offered up in the name of the American people by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on D Day, June 6th 1944, for all our armed forces as they began the mightiest invasion in history.
Almighty God: our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.
- Two years later, family of Price has questions
Help me understand the PCHS dilemma
A recent Commonwealth Journal article put my brain in a tail spin. The article; PCHS Grade: Needs Improvement. I'm sure the writer was attempting to relay to the general public the condition of the Pulaski County High School and the attempts being made to improve it. Buried within the article was one paragraph describing what needs to be done to start addressing the problem, I think. Please allow me to quote it here:
Jack Abramoff, he of the perpetual five-o-clock shadow, has a new book out on how to end the influence of lobbyists and their clients on our political system. Mr. Abramoff was sentenced to prison in 2006 for mail fraud and conspiracy related to his lobbying activities for which he received tens of millions of dollars for work that was either not done or poorly done. He headed up one of the most effective lobbying organizations in Washington DC and contributed fortunes to the legislators he was hired to influence. He said that he spent hours walking and thinking while in prison on how to clean up government and has come to some conclusions. Being who he is led me to think that he may have some insight into the cancer that eats at our political process.
In a recent article I wrote about some regimes of the past and present that have miserably failed or on the decline; Hitler, Mussolini, Mao Tse-tung, Che Guevara, Castro and Hugo Chavez, describing their political ambitions and social philosophies.
Exit: Stage Left (or is it right?)
Before President Bush left office his administration negotiated terms with the Iraqi government that called for removal of our forces from Iraq by the end of December of this year. It was always assumed that we would leave some residual forces there indefinitely for training and logistical support if needed but the terms of that agreement were never negotiated.
I’m a simple guy. I don’t know, maybe that makes me simple-minded. I always have to narrow things down to a point that makes situations understandable. However, with all of us being bombarded from all directions by news and social media, all with their own agendas, I don’t believe I’m alone with this affliction. And sometimes certain situations are just beyond making sense.
The Battle Continues
There are a lot of people out there who shout against the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress last year. Those in opposition are fond of quoting a statistic that 83 percent of the people with insurance are satisfied with it. Many of them fear losing it but lose it they will, or at least a large number of them will.
Fool me once...
When putting pen to paper (or fingers to keypad), it is so easy to fall into the trap of wanting to denigrate those with opposing views relating to political beliefs and social issues. I try hard to constantly remind myself that there are two sides to every argument, and each side can be as passionate about their viewpoint as the other. It is tempting to accuse someone of being an idiot if we passionately disagree with them. The term “idiot” is used to describe someone who is weak minded, of low IQ, or incapable of learning. Anyone who reaches the hallowed halls of Congress or the Whitehouse is definitely not an idiot, but they can be misguided. George W. Bush, Yale graduate with a Texas size ego, and Barak Obama, Harvard graduate with a Chicago thug style political background, are two such men.
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