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Why the Right Fears Transforming America – and the Left Seeks It

Posted on September 11, 2010. Filed under: America is Awesome!, Conservatives, Liberal Idiots, Politics, Socialism/Communism |

What a great article!!

Why the Right Fears Transforming America — and the Left Seeks It

Dennis Prager

The giveaway regarding presidential candidate Barack Obama’s plans for America was his repeated use of the words “fundamentally transform.”

Some of us instinctively reacted negatively — in fact, with horror — at the thought of fundamentally transforming America.

The “us” are conservatives.

One unbridgeable divide between left and right is how each views alternatives to present-day America.

LIBERAL VIEW:

Those on the left imagine an ideal society that has never existed, and therefore seek to “fundamentally transform” America. When liberals imagine an America fundamentally transformed, they envision it becoming a nearly utopian society in which there is no greed, no racism, no sexism, no inequality, no poverty and ultimately no unhappiness.

CONSERVATIVE VIEW:

Conservatives, on the other hand, look around at other societies and history and are certain that if America were fundamentally transformed, it would become just like those other societies. America would become a society of far less liberty, of ethically and morally inferior citizens and of much more unhappiness. And cruelty would increase exponentially around the world.

Conservatives believe that America is an aberration in human history; that, with all the problems that a society made up of flawed human beings will inevitably have, America has been and remains a uniquely decent society. Therefore, conservatives worry that fundamentally transforming America — making America less exceptional — will mean that America gets much worse.

Liberals worry over the opposite possibility — that America will remain more or less as it is.

Two famous statements encapsulate the operative liberal worldview.

The first was attributed to Robert F. Kennedy by his brother Sen. Edward M. Kennedy:

“There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask, ‘Why?’ I dream of things that never were, and ask, ‘Why not?'”

The other is one of the most popular songs of the last 50 years, John Lennon’s “Imagine”:

“Imagine there’s no heaven. It’s easy if you try. No hell below us, above us only sky. Imagine all the people, living for today.

“Imagine there’s no countries. It isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion, too, Imagine all the people, living life in peace.

“You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.

“Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can. No need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man. Imagine all the people, sharing all the world.

“You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will live as one.”

Regarding the Kennedy quote, a conservative would respond something like this:

We conservatives look at America and ask, how did something so decent, so different from other societies, ever get created and last over 200 years? Of course, we always seek to improve it. But more than anything else, we seek to preserve it and its core values. We do not “dream of things that never were.” We dream the same dream as our American forefathers did — to maintain a society committed to the values of E Pluribus Unum, Liberty and In God We Trust. As for utopian dreams, we believe they are more likely to result in nightmares — horrors that would engulf America and the world if America were to be transformed.

To Lennon’s song, a conservative would respond:

Lennon’s utopia is our dystopia. A world without God to give people some certitude that all their suffering is not meaningless is a nightmare. A world without religion means a world without any systematic way of ennobling people. A world without countries is a world without the United States of America, and it is a world governed by the morally imbecilic United Nations, where mass murderers sit on its “human rights” councils. A world without heaven or hell is a world without any ultimate justice, where torturers and their victims have identical fates — oblivion. A world without possessions is a world in which some enormous state possesses everything, and the individual is reduced to the status of a serf.

Liberals frequently criticize conservatives for fearing change. That is not correct. We fear transforming that which is already good. The moral record of humanity does not fill us with optimism about “fundamentally transforming” something as rare as America. Evil is normal. America is not.

LINK: http://townhall.com/columnists/DennisPrager/2010/09/07/why_the_right_fears_transforming_america_–_and_the_left_seeks_it/page/full/

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Question to Left: If You Love America, Why ‘Transform’ It?

Posted on May 6, 2009. Filed under: America is Awesome!, Liberal Idiots, Obama, Politicians, Politics, Socialism/Communism |

Very well said!

Question to Left: If You Love America, Why “Transform” It?

By: Dennis Prager

FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, May 06, 2009

If you met a man who said he would like to “transform” or “remake” his wife, would you conclude that he: a) thought very highly of his wife and loved her? Or b) held his wife in rather low esteem and therefore found living her rather difficult?

The answer is obvious: Those who wish to remake anything (or anyone) do not think highly of the person or thing they wish to remake.

Little is as revealing of Barack Obama’s and the left’s view of America than their use of the words “transform” and “remake” when applied to what they most want to do to America.

I among others pointed this out during the presidential campaign when Obama frequently promised he would “transform America.” That is why those of us attuned to the importance of words and who hold America in high esteem were so worried about an Obama election.

Americans on the left frequently attack critics for labeling them “unpatriotic” and/or accusing them of not loving America. The first charge is false to the best of my knowledge. I have searched in vain for an instance of a normative conservative or Republican spokesman calling Democrats or liberals “unpatriotic.”

The second, however, is a more complex question.

It is not an attack on the left to say that their own rhetoric suggests that they love a vision of America considerably more than they love the reality of America; that they love what America could be rather than what it is. Otherwise, how to explain this liberal vocabulary of “remaking” and “transforming” America. You don’t yearn to transform or remake that which you love.

Many years ago, the prominent Jewish writer, my friend since childhood, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, helped to clarify — in a non-partisan way — a major difference between liberals and conservatives. “Conservatives,” he said, “romanticize the past; liberals romanticize the future.”

The romanticizing of the future has been a distinguishing characteristic of the left since Karl Marx. Leftist ideologies have secular eschatologies. The further left one goes the greater the belief in revolution, the need to overthrow the contemporary order. That is why Marx so hated religion — he and Engels saw it as the “opiate of the masses” because religion, in their view, taught people how to deal with their (abject) condition rather than to become revolutionaries. But one day — one great day – “all men will be brothers” in the stirring words of the revolutionary song that ends Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

The problem is that compared with such a future utopia, no actual society could possibly compete. Certainly not racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, unequal America.

In light of those frequently made criticisms of America, I have often asked representatives of the left why they criticize America so much if they love it so much. “Precisely because we love America, we criticize it. You criticize that which you love,” is the nearly universal response.

But, of course, it isn’t true. If you constantly criticize your spouse, for example, it is difficult to imagine that you really do love him or her. And perhaps more important, it is very unlikely that your spouse feels loved. That is why after being routinely described as racist, sexist, imperialist, etc., it is difficult to be able to tell that America is loved by the left.

This is not written in order to indict the left, let alone the president, for not loving America. No one can measure an other’s feelings. Furthermore I do not question the sincerity of anyone who says he loves America. What I question are the actions and rhetoric of those who claim to love America yet want to transform and remake it.

LINK: http://www.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=34708

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Obama vs. America

Posted on March 6, 2009. Filed under: America is Awesome!, Obama, Socialism/Communism |

WE MUST FIGHT TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY from the very person in charge of it!!!!!

Obama Vs. America

by Scott Wheeler

Obama has declared war on America. He says he is gearing up to fight anyone who disagrees with him. He has singled some of us out by name: Joe the Plumber, Rick Santelli and of course the mightiest voice among us, Rush Limbaugh. Rush, according to the latest Democrat strategy of marginalizing anyone who disagrees with them, is the leader of the Republicans. The Democrats say this because they need a face to represent the patriotic Americans that they are planning to attack.

The Obama administration and the Democrats keep repeating Rush’s line that he wants Obama to fail, and they say that nothing could be more un-American than to root for Obama to fail. I can think of many things more un-American than wanting Obama to fail; Democrats rooting for the United States to fail in the war on terrorism, for example. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in April 2007, “This war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything”; and the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, announcing to the world that we had lost in Iraq and we should bring the troops home in defeat, empowering our enemies to kill more American soldiers. And they did it for selfish reasons, undermining the war effort with abject lies, divided the nation and provided them an opportunity to win more seats in the House, Senate and win back the White House. That is far more un-American than anything anyone has said about Obama.

The truth is that nobody hopes Obama fails, but many of us are rooting for America’s survival as a free and prosperous nation and that means blocking Obama’s agenda everywhere we can.

What is striking about this is that while Obama has declared war on his fellow Americans at home, he is attempting to establish friendly relations with some of the worst people in the world, anti-American dictators and self proclaimed enemies of the United States. Perhaps voters should have noticed when so many of our nations’ enemies were supporting Obama during the presidential campaign. Hamas leaders endorsed him, so did Ahmadinejad the Iranian dictator, Castro, Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez and others. Obama says he wants to talk to the Iranian leader and to the terrorist group Hamas, while savaging patriotic Americans.

“I know these steps won’t sit well with the special interests and lobbyists who are invested in the old way of doing business, and I know they’re gearing up for a fight as we speak,” Obama said in his weekly radio address. You’re damn right we are gearing up for a fight. I am not ready to surrender the greatest nation in the history of the world to a tin horn tyrant who never outgrew his adolescent communist stage. “The old way of doing business” as Obama puts it, is the American way and it has lead to more prosperity than any other “way” and provided more opportunity and economic freedom than the world has ever seen. That “old way” of limited government and free enterprise, however, is an impediment to Obama’s aggressive socialist agenda, and so he declares that he is going to fight us. Obama is fine with burning the bridge of prosperity behind him because he has his wealth, but he didn’t earn it the “old way”– he got his the easy way, by trading favors from his public office for private ones and using his elected office to sell books about himself. If he had gotten it the hard way, like many of the people he plans to take from, he would have too much respect for their work ethic to take from them their resources to buy votes that increase his power and his lot.

Mr. Obama, why don’t you take your “new way” over to some of the former Soviet Republics, who in the 1990s broke free from the chains of tyranny, and see if you can talk them into trading their new economic freedom for your promises of government sponsored security. You wouldn’t get very far because they have been down that road before.

Obama has fired a shot at those of us who oppose his onerous socialistic policies by characterizing our dissent as preparing for battle and warns us, “My message to them is this: So am I.”

My message to Obama is this — Mr. President, why don’t you stand up to those who hate America instead of declaring war on those of us who love it?

LINK: http://townhall.com/Columnists/ScottWheeler/2009/03/05/obama_vs_america

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The Sad American Shift: Ungrateful, Spoiled Americans Become Willing Freeloaders

Posted on March 3, 2009. Filed under: America is Awesome!, Culture, Liberal Idiots, Nanny State, Obama, Politics, Socialism/Communism |

This is such a good article. I totally agree with it and it saddens me that so many people have forgotten the sacrifices that were made in order for us to have this great country. People have gotten spoiled and lazy and are expecting the gov’t to support them, which will lead to our demise. America was built on a good work ethic, not on a bunch of lazy bums who think they are entitled!!

“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation… You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”     

                                                        
Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931-2005

 

 

                                                        

Stealing the Baby’s Milk Money to Pay for Viagra
by John Hawkins

“There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.” — FDR

We Americans, complain though we may, are a generation to which much has been given. We have enjoyed a level of power and prosperity that has exceeded anything known by human beings in world history.

Our military has been impossible to defeat in conventional battle and our industry has been the engine of the world economy. Not only do we feed the world, we make much of its medicine and entertainment as well. Because of our trade policies that have allowed in cheap goods from all around the planet, even the poor in this country usually have cars, TVs, and air conditioning.

Inventions we take for granted — like the computer, cell phone, DVR, Mp3 player, and microwave — have helped make our lives considerably richer than they were even in 1980, when none of those marvelous advances were widely available to the public and we were gripped in the throes of a recession far worse than the one we’re in today.

If we could go further back in time 75 years ago and give the richest men in America the opportunity to trade all their wealth for the lifestyle available to a middle-class American today, the overwhelming majority of them would jump at the opportunity.

But, do Americans today appreciate what they have?

  • Do they understand how much blood, sweat, tears, and sacrifice it took to get us to this point?
  • Do they still have that sense of connection to the Christians who were willing to cross an ocean and settle an untamed continent so they could freely practice their religious beliefs?
  • Do they feel tied to the Founding Fathers who wanted to see this become a great nation?
  • Do they admire the courage of American pioneers and settlers who tamed this country one wagon train and settlement at a time? When they think of the men who have died fighting to defend this country and its citizens, do they appreciate it or even understand their motives? How many Americans would still agree with Tom Paine’s immortal words,

“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace?”

Now, there have always been shameless freeloaders in this country and politicians that have had no qualms about pandering to them in order to get their votes. Happily, because of this country’s Christian work ethic, a steady stream of hard working immigrants, and the innovation, drive, and determined spirit of the American people, the number of “takers” in our country has always remained relatively small.

That being said, a rather colossal shift seems to have taken place not just in our government, but in our culture. People no longer seem ashamed to take welfare or food stamps. They expect their neighbors to pay their mortgages. They think the government should keep their failing businesses afloat. In short, they seem to believe they have a “right” to have their fellow Americans pay their bills.

In the past, there have always been politicians who were happy to loot the productive members of our society to buy votes from those sort of n’er-do-wells. However, what is unusual about the situation that we now find ourselves in is that so many Americans seem to be willing not just to rob the producers of today, but to rob their own children.

In an environment, where armies of activists steadfastly fight the tiniest of spending decreases for the most hidebound of government agencies and the most Byzantine of bureaucracies, we’re running deficits in the trillions and openly pledging to spend even more. Moreover, the nearly measureless amounts of money we’re spending are not being put towards great accomplishments. We’re not paying out these mastodonic sums to build an interstate highway system or get to the moon; we’re spending it on giveaways to bankers, interest group boondoggles, and make-work government programs.

In twenty years, when our children have 20-30 trillion dollars of debt to deal with, massive deficits, an economy that is barely crawling along because of sky high tax rates, and their own personal senior citizen to support out of their wages courtesy of welfare and Medicare, how do we expect them to have the same sort of opportunities we’ve had? Are they going to inherit a “shining city on a hill” or a shotgun shack on the backside of a mountain?

What is being done to future generations of Americans today in Congress is one of the most shameful acts in our country’s history. It’s the equivalent of stealing the baby’s milk money to buy Viagra and it is selfish, contemptible, and unworthy of the proud legacy we’ve been left by previous generations of Americans.
LINK: http://townhall.com/Columnists/JohnHawkins/2009/03/03/stealing_the_babys_milk_money_to_pay_for_viagra

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The Day America Lost the War on Terror

Posted on January 27, 2009. Filed under: America is Awesome!, Liberal Idiots, Muslim Invasion, Obama, Politics, Religion, Terrorism |

AMEN!!! Obama sickens me when he apologizes for America!!! Isn’t he supposed to be OUR president, not theirs??? He needs to be concerned with OUR best interest, not the Muslim world’s feelings. What a socialist pansy we have for a president!!

The Day America Lost the War on Terror
by Ben ShapiroOn Nov. 4, 2008, America lost the war on terror. President Barack Obama’s feckless, pathetically apologetic perspective on foreign policy spells the end of the quest for liberty in the Middle East. It spells the end of America’s moral leadership in the global war for freedom. And it spells the end of a hard-fought campaign to protect America. Our enemies must be happily celebrating their great good fortune in America’s election of this platitudinous, morally relativistic, Jimmy Carter carbon copy in the midst of battle.
On Jan. 26, 2009, Obama granted his first television interview as president of the United States to Al Arabiya, the Dubai-based television network part-owned by the Saudi government. In the interview, he demonstrated with the utmost clarity that his understanding is inversely proportional to his arrogance.

He started by humbling America before the world. “(A)ll too often the United States starts by dictating,” Obama said, shame for his country dripping from his lips. “So let’s listen.” There was no call for the Muslim world, which has sponsored genocide after genocide, terrorist group upon terrorist group, to listen.

Obama apologized for President Bush’s “Islamic fascism” terminology, equating Muslim terrorism with nonexistent terrorism by Jews and Christians: “the language we use matters. And what we need to understand is, is that there are extremist organizations — whether Muslim or any other faith in the past — that will use faith as a justification for violence. We cannot paint with a broad brush a faith as a consequence of the violence that is done in that faith’s name.” There was no call for the Muslim world to actively fight terrorism — honesty is not the Obama administration’s policy.

Obama repeated the Clintonian line that the Palestinian Arab-Israeli conflict could be solved by pressing Israel into negotiations with terrorists — a foolish conceit that has cost Israeli and Palestinian lives. He talked about getting rid of “preconceptions” regarding the Israeli-Arab conflict — code for embracing negotiations with Hamas. He pledged to talk with Iran — on the same day that Iran’s government spokesman branded the Holocaust “a big lie.” He bought into the Muslim-sponsored notion that the Palestinian Arab-Israeli conflict lies at the heart of all trouble in the Middle East. He praised the one-sided Saudi peace plan as an act of “great courage.”

Most sickeningly, Obama openly jettisoned his constitutional role as the caretaker for America’s national interest. Instead, Obama posed himself as an honest broker between America and the Muslim world. “(T)he United States has a stake in the well-being of the Muslim world, that the language we use has to be a language of respect,” he said. “I have Muslim members of my family. I have lived in Muslim countries.” Obama didn’t stop there. He stated that his job is to speak for the Muslim world, defending them from Americans’ negative perceptions: “And my job is to communicate to the American people that the Muslim world is filled with extraordinary people who simply want to live their lives and see their children live better lives.”

No, Mr. President. Your job is not to communicate to the American people that the Muslim world harbors us no ill will. That is their job. The Muslim world must demonstrate with its words and actions that they do not wish America replaced with an Islamic state. They must demonstrate that they do not support terrorism against America and our allies.

Your job is to protect and defend the United States of America. That is your sworn duty.

And you abrogate your sworn duty every time you go on Arab television stations and apologize for America’s foreign policy. You abrogate your sworn duty every time you force American allies to negotiate with terrorists. You abrogate your sworn duty every time you pledge to protect the interests “not just of the United States, but also ordinary people who right now are suffering from poverty and a lack of opportunity” — the same ordinary people who elect Hamas, prop up the Ayatollahs, supported the Taliban, recruit for al-Qaida, and live off of the beneficence of Hezbollah. Not all Muslims are “extraordinary people,” and the interests of suffering Muslims do not always align with American interests.

On Nov. 4, 2008, Americans elected their first international president. They elected a man who does not seek to preserve American values. Leftists perceived George W. Bush as an imperialist for American interests; by the same token, Obama is an imperialist for “global interests.” In a war to save America from implacable foes, Obama’s Global Interest Imperialism dooms American exceptionalism to the ash heap of history. With it may go the last, best hope of Earth.
LINK: http://townhall.com/Columnists/BenShapiro/2009/01/28/the_day_america_lost_the_war_on_terror

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American Troops in Afghanistan Through the Eyes of a French Infrantryman

Posted on November 24, 2008. Filed under: America is Awesome!, Heroes, Military, Terrorism |

This is great!! We know what great guys we have fighting in our military, but it’s nice to hear it from a French infantryman.

American troops in Afghanistan through the eyes of a French OMLT infantryman

The US often hears echoes of worldwide hostility against the application of its foreign policy, but seldom are they reached by the voices of those who experience first hand how close we are to the USA. In spite of contextual political differences and conflicting interests that generate friction, we do share the same fundamental values – and when push comes to shove that is what really counts. Through the eyes of that French OMLT (Operational Mentoring Liaison Teams) infantryman you can see how strong the bond is on the ground. In contrast with the Americans, the French soldiers don’t seem to write much online – or maybe the proportion is the same but we just have less people deployed. Whatever the reason, this is a rare and moving testimony which is why I decided to translate it into English, so that American people can catch a glimpse of the way European soldiers see them. Not much high philosophy here, just the first hand impressions of a soldier in contact – but that only makes it more authentic.

Here is my translation :

“We have shared our daily life with two US units for quite a while – they are the first and fourth companies of a prestigious infantry battalion whose name I will withhold for the sake of military secrecy. To the common man it is a unit just like any other. But we live with them and got to know them, and we henceforth know that we have the honor to live with one of the most renowned units of the US Army – one that the movies brought to the public as series showing “ordinary soldiers thrust into extraordinary events”. Who are they, those soldiers from abroad, how is their daily life, and what support do they bring to the men of our OMLT every day ? Few of them belong to the Easy Company, the one the TV series focuses on. This one nowadays is named Echo Company, and it has become the support company.

They have a terribly strong American accent – from our point of view the language they speak is not even English. How many times did I have to write down what I wanted to say rather than waste precious minutes trying various pronunciations of a seemingly common word? Whatever state they are from, no two accents are alike and they even admit that in some crisis situations they have difficulties understanding each other.

Heavily built, fed at the earliest age with Gatorade, proteins and creatine – they are all heads and shoulders taller than us and their muscles remind us of Rambo. Our frames are amusingly skinny to them – we are wimps, even the strongest of us – and because of that they often mistake us for Afghans.

Here we discover America as it is often depicted : their values are taken to their paroxysm, often amplified by promiscuity lack of privacy and the loneliness of this outpost in the middle of that Afghan valley. Honor, motherland – everything here reminds of that : the American flag floating in the wind above the outpost, just like the one on the post parcels. Even if recruits often originate from the hearth of American cities and gang territory, no one here has any goal other than to hold high and proud the star spangled banner. Each man knows he can count on the support of a whole people who provides them through the mail all that an American could miss in such a remote front-line location : books, chewing gums, razorblades, Gatorade, toothpaste etc. in such way that every man is aware of how much the American people backs him in his difficult mission. And that is a first shock to our preconceptions : the American soldier is no individualist. The team, the group, the combat team are the focus of all his attention.

And they are impressive warriors ! We have not come across bad ones, as strange at it may seem to you when you know how critical French people can be. Even if some of them are a bit on the heavy side, all of them provide us everyday with lessons in infantry know-how. Beyond the wearing of a combat kit that never seem to discomfort them (helmet strap, helmet, combat goggles, rifles etc.) the long hours of watch at the outpost never seem to annoy them in the slightest. On the one square meter wooden tower above the perimeter wall they stand the five consecutive hours in full battle rattle and night vision goggles on top, their sight unmoving in the directions of likely danger. No distractions, no pauses, they are like statues nights and days. At night, all movements are performed in the dark – only a handful of subdued red lights indicate the occasional presence of a soldier on the move. Same with the vehicles whose lights are covered – everything happens in pitch dark even filling the fuel tanks with the Japy pump.

And combat ? If you have seen Rambo you have seen it all – always coming to the rescue when one of our teams gets in trouble, and always in the shortest delay. That is one of their tricks : they switch from T-shirt and sandals to combat ready in three minutes. Arriving in contact with the ennemy, the way they fight is simple and disconcerting : they just charge ! They disembark and assault in stride, they bomb first and ask questions later – which cuts any pussyfooting short.

We seldom hear any harsh word, and from 5 AM onwards the camp chores are performed in beautiful order and always with excellent spirit. A passing American helicopter stops near a stranded vehicle just to check that everything is alright; an American combat team will rush to support ours before even knowing how dangerous the mission is – from what we have been given to witness, the American soldier is a beautiful and worthy heir to those who liberated France and Europe.

To those who bestow us with the honor of sharing their combat outposts and who everyday give proof of their military excellence, to those who pay the daily tribute of America’s army’s deployment on Afghan soil, to those we owned this article, ourselves hoping that we will always remain worthy of them and to always continue hearing them say that we are all the same band of brothers”.

LINK: http://serendipity.ruwenzori.net/index.php/2008/09/21/american-troops-in-afghanistan-through-the-eyes-of-a-french-omlt-infantryman

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Outnumbered Nearly 10:1, Marines Make ‘Em Pay

Posted on November 24, 2008. Filed under: America is Awesome!, Heroes, Military, Terrorism |

HERO ALERT! HERO ALERT! Now, THESE are real men and I’m so proud of what they do for us!!! They do what they have to while others cower in their beds back here at home and have the audacity to criticize them. Go get ’em marines!! We love you!

Outnumbered Nearly 10:1, Marines Make ‘Em Pay
by Bill Dupray

Looks like 250 terrorists picked the wrong day to screw with 30 U.S. Marines in Afghanistan. Frankly, is there ever a good day to screw with the Marines?

In the city of Shewan, approximately 250 insurgents ambushed 30 Marines and paid a heavy price for it. . . .

“The day started out with a 10-kilometer patrol with elements mounted and dismounted, so by the time we got to Shewan, we were pretty beat,” said a designated marksman who requested to remain unidentified. “Our vehicles came under a barrage of enemy RPGs (rocket propelled grenades) and machine gun fire. One of our ‘humvees’ was disabled from RPG fire, and the Marines inside dismounted and laid down suppression fire so they could evacuate a Marine who was knocked unconscious from the blast.”

The vicious attack that left the humvee destroyed and several of the Marines pinned down in the kill zone sparked an intense eight-hour battle as the platoon desperately fought to recover their comrades. After recovering the Marines trapped in the kill zone, another platoon sergeant personally led numerous attacks on enemy fortified positions while the platoon fought house to house and trench to trench in order to clear through the enemy ambush site.

“The biggest thing to take from that day is what Marines can accomplish when they’re given the opportunity to fight,” the sniper said. “A small group of Marines met a numerically superior force and embarrassed them in their own backyard. The insurgents told the townspeople that they were stronger than the Americans, and that day we showed them they were wrong.”

And of all mistakes the terrorists made that day, the worst one was picking the patrol with this guy in it.

“During the battle, the designated marksman single handedly thwarted a company-sized enemy RPG and machinegun ambush by reportedly killing 20 enemy fighters with his devastatingly accurate precision fire. He selflessly exposed himself time and again to intense enemy fire during a critical point in the eight-hour battle for Shewan in order to kill any enemy combatants who attempted to engage or maneuver on the Marines in the kill zone. What made his actions even more impressive was the fact that he didn’t miss any shots, despite the enemies’ rounds impacting within a foot of his fighting position.

“I was in my own little world,” the young corporal said. “I wasn’t even aware of a lot of the rounds impacting near my position, because I was concentrating so hard on making sure my rounds were on target.”

The most amazing thing about the battle: Not a single Marine was seriously hurt.

Hoo-rah!
LINK: http://patriotroom.com/outnumbered-nearly-101-marines-make-em-pay/

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Iraqi Cabinet Votes to Keep US Troops

Posted on November 16, 2008. Filed under: America is Awesome!, Military, Politics, Terrorism |

Well, well, well, imagine that!!! They want us to stay. I guess all those folks who say we are ‘occupying’ Iraq and killing innocent people might want to ask Iraq what they want. Unfortunately, those folks get their slanted, biased, fake news from the MSM who keeps spouting off this anti-US garbage and making people believe we are not doing any good over there.

Iraqi cabinet votes to keep US troops
A new pact that faces final approval from parliament will keep US troops in Iraq for up to three more years. By June 2009 US forces will pull back to major bases.

By Scott Peterson | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

from the November 17, 2008 edition

BAGHDAD – Iraq’s cabinet overwhelmingly approved a security pact on Sunday that will enable a continued American military presence in Iraq for up to three more years, overcoming protests from hard-line Shiite nationalists and pressure from Iran to block the deal. It is expected to go before the parliament for final approval by the end of this month.

Key revisions on sovereignty issues, demanded by Iraq and accepted by the US during months of fractious negotiations, led Iraq’s highest-ranking Shiite religious figure, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, to indicate over the weekend he would not object to the sweeping deal. Although the pact has experienced pockets of resistance, many Iraqis say the victory of US President-elect Barack Obama was a factor because of his promise to withdraw troops within 16 months of taking office.

The pact specifies that US units are to withdraw from Iraqi cities by June 2009, with a final countrywide pullout by the end of 2011. US diplomats have grown increasingly desperate to conclude the deal before a United Nations mandate, under which US forces currently operate, expires at the end of this year.

Passage through parliament is expected, since the cabinet vote showed that key political blocs support the deal, said government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh.

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LINK: http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1117/p06s02-wome.html

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Video: Why I am a Conservative Republican

Posted on October 30, 2008. Filed under: America is Awesome!, Conservatives |

Watch this great video!!

Why I am a Conservative Republican

Link to video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acQluy7nymw&feature=related

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An American Creed

Posted on October 24, 2008. Filed under: America is Awesome!, Conservatives, Socialism/Communism |

I’m sure this creed is something that socialists and those who love handouts won’t get.

An American Creed

I Do Not Choose to Be a Common Man

It is my right to be uncommon-if I can.

I seek opportunity-not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.

I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.

I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia.

I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat.

It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, “This I have done.”

By Dean Alfange
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*Originally published in This Week Magazine.
Later printed in The Reader’s Digest, October 1952 and January 1954.

The Honorable Dean Alfange was an American statesman born December 2, 1899, in Constantinople (now Istanbul). He was raised in upstate New York. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I and attended Hamilton College, graduating in the class of 1922.

Link: http://www.daveramsey.com/etc/cms/index.cf…3&ictid=sml

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