Unified Patriots by Vassarbushmills
ITEM: The University of Maryland marching band has only this week dispensed with playing the state song, which they say is pro-confederacy and openly racist. This according to The Hill. Only no one there actually bothered to find out what those lyrics were, or note that Maryland was never a part of the confederacy. Adopted as the state song in 1939, it is from an 1861 poem by an ex-pat Marylander living in New Orleans at the outbreak of the Civil War. This means that since 1939 school children had sung this song in classrooms, and sports fans stood and sang the lyrics at sporting events, all the way into the modern era, long after Maryland schools and colleges had been desegregated, beginning as early as 1951. 80 years.
|Above: Image one to Maryland My Maryland Civil War song written by A Baltimorean in Louisiana. Published by Miller and Beacham, Baltimore 1861. Source: Part of Civil War Sheet Music Collection – Library of Congress|
I don’t know if the Maryland lyrics were altered after 1951. In Kentucky “My Old Kentucky Home” – a famous Stephen Collins Foster song, had one line most would consider to be offensive that had to be culled and changed, to “this summer the people are gay” – sometime in the late 1960s. (Not sure if they ever had to fix that “gay” part later on.)
Oh, the song should go, no doubt about it, but it should have been gone in 1951, when the University first admitted black students, not just as a university band song, but as the state song.
Why it wasn’t gone is the topic of this discussion, for it defines, and has defined at least since the 1930s, what purports to be state and university officials tone deafness to the zeitgeist of the time, not to mention their prime directive. The University of Maryland, like so many others since the 1970s, had morphed into the paragon of liberal elitism, political correctness growing on them like acne on a 13-year old in a candy store, yet was indifferent to the incongruities that lay at their feet in the offices they had inherited.
They missed it because they never actually cared. Indifference.
If they actually cared about the liberal sensitivities of the student body, and wanted to prevent the curvature of the spine that accompanies conservative thinking, or moral certainties associated with religion, that song would have found the dustbin by 1954.
Still, here it is, 63 years later, still the state song, and how many university chancellors, how many band directors, how many Department of Political Correctness administrators since 1993, how many sports fans, or black kids in Baltimore, had stood and sung that song without ever once paying attention to the offensive words?
Well, we all know why now. But why not over the past 40 years when the liberal guardians of public morality were still young and zealous about the race-righteous mission?
The lesson to be learned is this: Imagine if a 1000 Maryland citizens dressed in their finest business suits and dresses, then marched up to the doors of the president of the University, then stopped, and reached inside a pocket and pulled forth a black bandana, then tied it on, then marched inside the administration building with a list of demands, among them, that the state song be preserved. What would the university do right now, in 2017?
In all likelihood they would do the same had 1000 citizens marched on the same office in 1951 demanding the state song be banished. They would have bent to the mob.
This tells us much about both the native cowardice and the native laziness of certain types of officials in the public sector. They are called “bureaucrats.” Had John Cleese taken this simple theme and turned it into a comedy, he’d be in his 35th year as the number one show on Public Television[…]
Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s Question: What Do you think of Trump’s handling Of North Korea ?
Don Surber: The United Nations (at our urging) has been at war with North Korea since 1950. This is a sign of failure by the politicians. Enter the amateur, Trump, to cut a deal.
China is using North Korea as a cudgel to beat us with over trade. China will rein in North Korea for a price. China – through North Korea — is aiding Iran in building its bomb.
The American elite are cool with this. But the American people are not.
Trump had Chairman Xi in for a meal at Mar a Lago in April. Between courses of the meal, he matter of factly bombed Syria.
Thus, China knows he’s no pushover. Look for Trump to prevail where the politicians could not.
Rob Miller: President Trump was left to deal with a great many problems created by his predecessor, especially when it comes to foreign policy and national security. North Korea is only one of them.One of the things about this that makes me really angry is the way the press, particularly the WAPO has exploited this situation, misrepresenting it as a brand new development (perhaps to get the bogus Trump Russia story off the front opages for awhile). The intelligence showing that the Norks had warheads small enough to fit on their ICBMs was first received by the White House in 2013, when a certain Barack Hussein Obama was president. He ignored it in favor of cranking out a few more vacations, improving his golf game, giving Iran a clear path to nuclear weapons on the American people’s dime and weaponizing US intel against his political enemies.
The rhetoric that has the press wetting their footy pajamas as well as Rex Tillerson and General Mattis’s more measured language aren’t addressed to Kim Jong-un. They’re addressed to China, and are classic ‘good cop/bad cop.
China created the Kim regime with the idea of having an aggressive pitbull on its borders they would control as a border guard and most importantly, as a distraction for the US when needed. They probably laughed and shook their heads in disbelief when Bill Clinton actually ended up financing North Korea’s nuclear program with money that was supposed to bribe them to end it! And the Russians, seeing how well it worked with China decided to do it themselves with Iran. Especially since Iran and North Korea were already trading illegal nuclear technology.
What the Chinese want is quiet and a return to the status quo. That’s exactly why they voted for the increased sanctions in the UN instead of vetoing them as a gesture, especially since they could always violate the sanctions anyway later if they need to.
What the President is telling them in no uncertain terms is that this scenario is inadequate, and if the Chinese don’t put this vicious junkyard dog to sleep, America will. An unsaid aside is that China’s economy being as vulnerable an intertwined with America’s as it is, both parties know that the China can’t afford a war, especially over Kim Jong-on
The central issue here is quite a simple one. Kim Jong-on, is a rogue actor like the Iranian regime. Both have dangerous toys they only were able to obtain because of three weak and dysfunctional presidents who allowed this to metastasize on their watch. Both regimes would happily sell nuclear weaponry to terrorist groups and the world’s bad actors without a qualm. Any solution that would allow them to hang on to nuclear weapons is no solution at all.
The short answer? President Trump, so far, is doing exactly what he should be doing in my opinion.
Patrick O’Hannigan: I don’t have a standard against which to measure President Trump’s handling of the situation in North Korea, but as a general rule, I think it’s better and more effective than the breathless reporting of crisis might suggest. Trump has talked tougher than Deep State operatives prefer, as Don Surber alluded to in his own answer to this question. Most of the U.S. media seems bent on a reporting ethos that amounts to “Let’s you and him fight,” and one side effect of that attitude is that it makes both Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump seem like a pair of crazies who deserve each other. That clumsy attempt at moral equivalence won’t withstand even a moment’s worth of fair-minded scrutiny, not least because Donald Trump, despite his outsize ego, was not raised to believe in his own divinity, whereas Kim Jong-un was. It’s also worth remembering that missile programs don’t bear fruit overnight, and Kim Jong-un has run North Korea since 2011.
All I have to back my own opinion is anecdotal evidence. But a caller to a local talk show early this week mentioned that his wife and daughter are both in South Korea, and they’ve told him that the South Korean press is not sounding apocalyptic. A local (North Carolina) TV station also carried network footage of an interview with some residents of Guam, including its governor, and found that Guamanians allegedly in the crosshairs of North Korean missiles do not seem to blame President Trump for “escalating tensions.” It’s only hard-left ideologues and “Status Quovians” who fault our president for what’s going on, deliberately forgetting what Barack Obama and Bill Clinton before him did to make the North Korean regime think it would only ever face sanctions from the United Nations. President Trump’s words (and simultaneous outreach to China) have at least as good a chance of curbing “Nork” saber-rattling as anything we’ve tried before.
Mike McDaniel: In any discussion of North Korea we have to keep in mind we have been at war with them for the last 64 years. The Korean War never ended, and we’ve been proceeding, haphazardly, under an armistice ever since, an armistice the North Koreans declared nullified in 2013. During those 64 years, we have honored the terms of the armistice. North Korea has not.
Some would suggest the armistice has been a success in that it has deterred a hot–all-out hostilities, shooting–war. By that limited measure, deterrence has worked, but it was based on three legs of a very wobbly stool: (1) We have been willing to accept unlimited covert and overt acts of war by the Norks, including: kidnapping, espionage, the murder of our, and our allie’s, soldiers and citizens, ransom schemes, counterfeiting, drug dealing, arms sales to terrorists and terror states, cybercrime, sinking of ships and the more or less constant shelling by artillery of other military and civilian assets. (2) The idea that deterrence works as long as the Norks have only conventional weapons, and old and rapidly aging conventional weapons at that. (3) Our willingness to do anything to avoid a hot war, including: allowing all of the acts of war mentioned in #1 with no meaningful reprisals, giving the Norks diplomatic cover for their aggressions, allowing them to build a vast communist gulag where their citizens are reduced to eating grass and tree bark for mere survival, and providing the Nork regime with the food, fuel, and money necessary to survive.
But we’ve imposed sanctions! Not enough, not of sufficient ferocity, and we’ve consistently mitigated any effects of sanctions by giving North Korea the goods and cash it needed to laugh at our sanctions. And now, our decades of appeasement and handing over billions have produced nuclear weapons, weapons we paid for. The North Koreans have proved, for 64 years, they cannot be deterred. With nukes in hand, the idea of deterrence is a dangerous, sick joke.
In Donald Trump we have a canny negotiator, and a man utterly result oriented. He determines what he wants, and does what is necessary to get it. His rhetoric is a refreshing change from the mealy-mouthed platitudes of Barack Obama. However, the danger is greater than most realize.
Ballistic missiles and gravity bombs are not the only way to deliver a nuclear weapon. Even a large, clumsy, WWII-tech weapon can be easily, covertly transported in a truck or ship, a danger we are not remotely prepared to defend against. There is every reason to believe they also have EMP weapons and are equally willing to use them. They are no less dangerous than nuclear weapons. In addition, the North Koreans have close ties with Iran and other terrorist states and organizations. They will sell them weapons of mass destruction. I’m sure, particularly with General Mattis as an advisor, Mr. Trump is aware of this, and of far more blood-curdling intelligence than we know.
Appeasement never worked, and it is now profoundly dangerous and unacceptable. All of our kicking the can down the road has brought us to the status quo. We have a simple choice: take out North Korea, or be willing to allow them to use nuclear weapons at times and places of their choosing. President Trump is willing to make that kind of hard choice, and the American public is behind him. The AINO press, Democrats and self-imagined elites never will be. One should never make the mistake of thinking they speak for anyone but themselves.
War is terrible, but there are worse things. Peace is not merely the absence of overt military conflict. Donald Trump understands this too. I pray when the time comes, Barack Obama has not so enervated our military we’ll suffer far more casualties than necessary.
Laura Rambeau Lee : The American policy towards North Korea has been one of “strategic patience” for decades, which brings us to the threat we face today. Reports are that Kim Jong Un has up to sixty nuclear weapons and now has the capability to launch long range missiles possibly containing miniaturized nukes which could hit our allies and even our west coast. He is threatening to launch four missiles to hit within twenty miles off the coast of Guam this week. What we have been doing has not worked and has only emboldened Kim Jong Un. His bullying and saber rattling is escalating. President Trump is meeting Kim Jong Un’s words with the same tough language. He must understand this new administration will be tougher than previous ones. He has seen that President Trump is willing to strike if necessary to send a message as he did with Syria in April after Bashar al-Assad launched a nerve gas attack on the rebel held town of Khan Sheikhoun.
We know for sure our policies in the past have not worked. We will soon see what happens with President Trump’s approach and if Kim Jong Un backs down on his threats. Dear Leader is crazy but I doubt he is suicidal.
Well, there it is!
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Unified Patriots by Vassarbushmills
Pat Buchanan is a little more dark, and less optimistic than I am about America’s chances if an impeachment process is begun.
Pat and I and separated by 7 years. We are also divided by perspective, he spending most of his professional life looking at American life and the world from the top down, while I’ve spent my life looking at the world from the bottom up. My view of the Constitution is also from the bottom-up, “life, liberty and happiness” as being written for the common man and woman. In Pat’s rarefied air those sorts of thoughts may only rarely cross a man’s mind, but which, even for a man of his age and experience, seems to be a common disability among conservatives.
More surprisingly, for a staunch Roman Catholic, Pat never says publicly whether God has a stake in America. I’m not sure Pat thinks about this very much, either. After all, the link between God, Jesus and the common folk was how it all got started, and the case can be made, in Darwin terms even, that God caused America to happen, and as a result, chose sides in the 2016 election. Franklin Graham believes so, and Pat will have to go back to the heady days of Reagan to note the many happy Christians walking around these days, shaking hands and slapping backs with millions of people they don’t know.
Of course, I believe God has a huge stake in America and its restoration, and just as He selected the most unlikely band of English religious wingnuts to first settle America in 1607, he picked the most unlikely character to begin its Reformation in 2016.
But Pat is right, there is a coup attempt in progress. Only what do we do about it? Or even think about it?.
Again, because of the God-factor, I’m optimistic.
Andy McCarthy, one of the surviving good guys at “National Review” since WFB passed away, penned an article a few days ago asking the question whether the Mueller investigation is a first step in the impeachment of Donald Trump?
There is simply no excuse other than to say that after seven years of lying to the American people about the repeal and replace of the failed Affordable Care Act, that for a legislative body refused to express and act on the will of the voter, it is business as usual.
Because of their disdain for President Trump which reflects their disdain for we, the People and the fact that their hearts until this day was never into repealing and replacing Obamacare, the so-called Skinny Bill. Republicans and their Marxist counterparts on the left failed the nation AGAIN.
So yeah, damned right, President Trump is angry, damned right and he is not alone.
Washington Free Beacon by David Rutz
Three Republicans and all 48 Democrats and Independents voted down the stripped-down repeal measure of Obamacare that some Republican senators didn’t even want to become law, but rather wanted to continue the legislative process to improve the bill. The unusual scene played out around 1:30 A.M. on Capitol Hill.
Trump had called via Twitter over recent weeks for Republicans to “step up to the plate” and keep their promise to repeal Obamacare, writing repeatedly that it was up to them to get it done.
After another setback to this agenda Friday, Trump wrote, “3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!”
3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017
RINO Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) along with the comrades on the left did not disappoint when they voted NO.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 28, 2017
Taking into account that Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell never intended to repeal Obamacare from the start, the decision to hold out until the return of McCain makes perfect sense. For the GOPe, last night was mission accomplished so now let’s move on.
Cross-posted on Grumpy Opinions.
Unified Patriots by Vassarbushmills
Some years ago an old friend, now passed, told me how his mother had been his religious mentor for most his life. There wasn’t a spiritual lesson that he had studied that had not been annotated by his mom.
He told me this to explain one of his crucibles later in life, for it seems that when his parents were in their late 60s, his father had undergone major surgery, but when he came home to recuperate, Mom refused to allow him to get totally well again. Possibly in some spiritual pact with God she had turned her life over to caring for him, and care for him she would, whether he wanted it or not. God had put him in her care, and she was going to keep him there.
I’ve read of such things. So in hearing this story I could imagine either a comedy or a tragedy unfolding. And tragedy it was. His parents argued about his driving the car to MacDonald’s for coffee with his buddies, or, heaven forbid, play golf. He couldn’t leave the room without telling her where or why. She even stood by the bathroom door when he had to go. He confided to his kids that every day was a combat.
After about two years of this, his dad left and lived alone the last few years of his life.
The purpose of my friend’s story was to tell me of his re-visiting his own relationship with God because of these events. Without elaborating, he said his mother did many things to blight his father’s path; sneaky things, dishonest things, even mean things. And when the children would bring those things up to her, she would alternately cry, or deflect, or invoke God in what my friend, at least, believed to be an unholy defense.
His confession to me was that everything his mother had ever told him about God, every annotation in his Bible, every underlined passage, he said he had to go back and revisit, rethink and relearn all over again, just to make sure it could stand alone. He had to learn God all over again without his mother’s fingerprints.
Something like that needs to happen in America now. More of our personal history has been annotated by the American Media than we know.
An AP analysis only this weekend (7/15/17) stated that “the day-after-day drip-drip-drip of revelations over the past week about Donald Trump Jr.’s contact with the Russian lawyer in 2016 underscores the White House’s inability to shake off the Russia story and close the book on a narrative that casts a shadow over Trump’s presidency.” (Jonathan Lemire)
Jonathan Lemire’s function at AP, it seems, is to paint a narrative of an isolated Donald Trump, beginning when he first took office. So the drip-drip of the Russia story merely feeds into an already established profile of a man standing alone, which, if things work out, will also be a tragic figure. It’s not yet clear what part of Trump’s portraiture the Associated Press is supposed to paint, perhaps his furtive eyes, or maybe the dark office corner in which he’s crouched, or perhaps the thumb he will be sucking, but what is seeming to become clear is that various members of the Media have accepted this assignment to paint one part of Trump into an official media composite that will someday be made public…should be ever actually fall[…]