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Founding Father Calls To Us Today

Last September, I reflected upon the need we have for a “modern day Thomas Paine.”  

Perhaps we don’t need a new Thomas Paine….we just need to recall and reflect on the man who even today represents the soul and conscience of the American experience.  (Inspiration to reprint these words come from Tom Delay’s post at Redstate.com tonight following the President’s speech.)

The Crisis by Thomas Paine – December 23, 1776

THESE are the times that try men’s souls.  The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.   Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.   What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.   Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.

The future of America is at hand.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Previewing the President’s Speech

I’m on the road and not sure I’ll have time to “live blog” the speech tonight.   So let me offer the wise thoughts of long-time GP commenter, V the K, who emailed me earlier today.

First, there is something deviously Rovian about the surge strategy.

The Surge strategy boxes in the Democrats, since they have only three alternatives: 1. They can reluctantly fund the surge, thus betraying their anti-war base. 2. They can oppose the Surge, but fund current levels, in which case critics can legitimately accuse the Democrats of leaving our troops in Iraq without giving them the resources to win. 3. The Democrats can force a withdrawal, and be rightfully blamed for losing the war.

Of course, there is a fourth option, the Democrats can put forth a strategy for winning the war. But this will not happen because Victory is not in the Democrat vocabulary.

Second, the Pentagon should re-think US military strategy in the aftermath of Iraq, with the understanding that due to media opposition to all US military action, and the opportunism of whatever political party is out of power in wartime, the US military must be prepared to win every war decisively within two years of the start of conflict: two years being the maximum amount of time public support can be relied upon.

If Bush had gone into Iraq in 2003 knowing that he had to do as much as he could and get out by 2005, the war would have been conducted in a very different way. Muqtada al Sadr, for example, would have been killed when he was still a small problem instead of allowed to metastasize into a big one. Iraqi military control would have been more quickly stood up, as another example.

I absolutely, completely, wholeheartedly agree with everything VdaK wrote.  That’s why I took the lazy way out and copied/pasted rather than write something original.   Joe Biden I’m not…. I give credit where its due!

[Related Stories:  What IS the Democrats’ Plan to Win the War on Terror?   Jules Crittenden and Sister Toldjah have separate thoughts.]

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Yale Singing Group Victims of Hate Crime… in San Fran!

Ah, those tolerant liberals strike (literally) again.   (h/t – Drudge)

Members of the Baker’s Dozen, the renowned, all-male a cappella singing group from Yale, are pummeled outside a New Year’s Eve party after singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The attackers allegedly include graduates from Sacred Heart Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest and best-known private schools.

Of course, I naturally assumed the attack on these boys was because they dared sing our National Anthem in the City by the Bay.

Ah, but no…. it appears those tolerant folks in the Bluest of Blue America… went after the guys in a gay-bashing rage…. in San Francisco!  *shocked*

The 16 singers showed up late to the party wearing preppy sport jackets and ties, and launched into “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

A couple of uninvited guests started mocking them, and allegedly the words “faggot” and “homo” were tossed — and so were a couple of punches.

According to [Reno] Rapagnani [host of the party] and others, the Yale kids barely made it around the corner when they were intercepted by a van full of young men.

“They were surrounded, then tripped — and when they were on the ground, they were kicked,” Rapagnani said.

To the police, who were out in force to keep a lid on New Year’s, it looked like just another drunken brawl.   But according to Rapagnani, “This was not a fight — it was an attack.”

Meanwhile, Sharyar Aziz Jr. was taken by paramedics to San Francisco General Hospital, and later had to undergo reconstructive surgery in New York for a broken jaw that will remain wired shut for eight weeks.  Another unidentified Yale student sought treatment for a concussion, and a third for a swollen ankle and other abrasions.

Great, just great.! I actually have to be in San Fran in less than two weeks for work.  I guess I better not wear a tie, look cleaned up, or sing the National Anthem.  Maybe I’ll attend all of my business functions dressed as a homeless bum.  Heck, I might get a San Fran taxpayer-funded stipend out of it!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)