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The Type of Man We Honor Today

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:40 am - May 25, 2009.
Filed under: Freedom,Great Men,Holidays

Today, Memorial Day, we honor those “who have died in our nation’s service.”  They gave their lives that we might be free.

Regretting that we do not remember military heroes as much as we once did, Peggy Noonan (showing once again her relationship to the goddess Athena who inspired courage and appreciated valor in Greek warriors) believes a correction is in order:

It’s good to remember war is hell. But when we removed the warrior, we removed something intensely human, something ancestral and stirring, something celebrated naturally throughout the long history of man. Also it was ungrateful: They put themselves in harm’s way for us.

She then detailed the deeds of three of the bravest of the brave.  Alvin York, a hero of World War I (and later, the subject of the Hollywood movie Sergeant York), Audie Murphy who served in World War II (and later a Hollywood star) and Chuck Boyd, who fought in Vietnam (“the only former POW of the era to go on to become a four-star general.“)  Those brave men, like many noble warriors, don’t talk much about their deeds or their sufferings.  For them, the doing is their duty.  And victory their reward.

Those we honor today could not savor that victory, even as they anticipated it through their accomplishments.  We who did not sacrifice as did as they, or even as much as those who return, enjoy the fruits of those accomplishments.

They cannot speak from beyond the grave, but perhaps if they could, they might sound a bit like this man, Frank Buckles, the last survivor of the supposed “War to End All Wars,” World War I:

Cassy Fiano who drew my attention to this video observes that Buckle “served because his country needed him. He didn’t want or expect anything back.” Many men fell who served as Buckles did:  because our country needed them.  Is is those great men we remember today.

Books I Want to Read (but have yet to be written):
Memoirs of Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:12 am - May 25, 2009.
Filed under: Literature & Ideas,Noble Republicans

After a week in which Dick Cheney, “an unpopular former vice president” (as the Washington Times styled him) faced of in a type of debate with “a popular sitting president” (as the same paper styled Barack Obama), the less popular and more maligned (at least in the MSM) man “won, hands down.”  Even media commentators, not kindly disposed to the man they’ve dubbed “Darth  Vader,” concede the laurels to the Republican.

Cheney has increased his stature the right, with his approval rating surging.  Conservatives are looking to him again for inspiration.  If he writes a book, it is certain to sell as well as Mark Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny, now in its Tenth Printing, only two months after its pubilcation.  (That manifesto has spent 97 days in the amazon.com top 100, most of time in one of the top positions.)

Seeing the success of conservative books in the Obama age, publishers should be eager to snap up the memoir Cheney’s shopping around.

Cheney isn’t the only former Bush Administration official at work on a book.  Others scribbling away include the former President himself, his wife, the former first lady, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, and Karl Rove.  I think I may pass on most of those memoirs, but in addition to Cheney’s book, I’ll definitely buy Rumsfeld’s and Rove’s.  I doubt those three good men will mince words when they talk about the last eight years.

Frankly, I expect Rumsfeld to be candid about the mistakes he made; he may offer some insight into why the President delayed so long in shifiting strategies in Iraq.  It would be interesting to see if Rove explains how such a politically savvy White House could tap a tone-deaf man as Press Secretary just as the media was becoming increasingly aggressive and the President’s poll numbers were starting to tumble.