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Imperial Grunts

Posted by Mark on October 1, 2005

If you havent’ read Imperial Grunts : The American Military on the Ground by Robert D. Kaplan, you are missing the book of the year. There have been military books before, but no book has taken the individual stories of military men and women from around the world to such heights. Order a copy today.

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Imperial Grunts

Posted by Mark on October 1, 2005

If you havent’ read Imperial Grunts : The American Military on the Ground by Robert D. Kaplan, you are missing the book of the year. There have been military books before, but no book has taken the individual stories of military men and women from around the world to such heights. Order a copy today.

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A long and winding post…

Posted by zaphriel on October 1, 2005

Irritated and Dissatisfied.

I have been feeling very disgruntled lately (was I ever gruntled?) and it has causes me to be both introspective and outwardly explorative. Ever since Katrina and the events (both related and unrelated) that occurred around that time, I have felt uneasy. My instincts have been screaming, “Something is wrong here�.

There have been some obvious reasons for this, but most of them I can see and would normally ease my tension a bit. However I have still been very pensive. I’m watching as the country I love becomes more and more divided. A natural tragedy, or any tragedy for that matter usually tends to pull us together, but somehow amidst the fervent Anti-Military protests, and concerted efforts to drive a wedge between people in this country, we are spreading further and further apart.

When did we become a blame first society? When did it become OK to blame America first? When did personal responsibility become passé? Or better yet, why?

There is a trend I have been noticing lately, over the past few years, that I find somewhat disturbing. I personally know of former Hippies, fine classic liberals that have become so disenfranchised by the Democratic Party that they simply redefined themselves, and allied their loyalties to their former adversaries. Their views didn’t change that much mind you, but the people they so formerly aligned themselves with continued to drift, or rather sail full steam, away from the moderate left to the loony communist fringe. When and why did this both become not just acceptable, but even mildly popular?

Why now, when we need it the least does it seem that this type of lunacy is gaining momentum? How does a single woman using a thin veil of grief get so much attention, when she is outnumbered several times over by similarly grieving mothers who feel exactly opposite?

After a bit of reflection, I have come up with a few things to consider. First, one blaring item that I see is that the Far left is being well financed, and well orchestrated, better I think than the much-vilified Karl Rove could have.

Second, I think in times of crisis, people want to place the blame as far from themselves as possible, it comforts them. In this case, doing so meant placing the blame furthest from its source, which the aforementioned orchestrators took complete advantage of by manipulating a willing cohort in the MSM.

Third, and this one is going to sting a little, the party that supposedly caters to a conservative base, has lost sight of what that base wants from it’s government.

Conservatives are generally for a smaller government that spends less. This has not been happening for a myriad of reasons, many out of the control of those being blamed for it.

Conservatives tend to be for Law and Order. The recent indictments and investigations, whether true or false in their focus, are eroding confidence in the party. I personally am most disturbed by this one. If any of these allegations are true, shame on them, and please step aside for the good of not just the party, but also the country. If these allegations are false I say the exact same to those who would allege these things for political gain.

Does no-one see the unity and strength of this country as being more important than partisan politics, or are these individuals so confident in our superiority that they think that they cannot possibly permanently damage the country by getting their own way at any cost. Worse, do they even care?

Forth and this is most crucial, Conservatives tend to be Pro-Troop and Pro-Victory, and I myself have been frustrated at the lackadaisical attitude that both our country’s very vocal minority and our leadership has had towards these conflicts. Unlike the loony left, I have often wondered behind closed doors why we have not committed MORE troops, materials, and effort towards victory? Why have we been allowing the PC police and public opinion run this war? Any war that is run by public opinion, or by political forces is doomed to fail. Failure here my friend, given the current situation, is a very real possibility, if things don’t change soon. Does this mean we should just give up? HELL NO. Much like marital coitus, pulling out prematurely just leaves you with a bigger mess. Such action is counter-productive and absolutely defeats the purpose.

I am disturbed by these questions. Why have the leftists become so loony? Why has the Republican Party somewhat lost sight of true conservatism? And most of all, why have the only two viable parties available lost touch with the reality that the rest of us live in? Why are so many people willing to throw the baby out with the bathwater?

These are all questions that should disturb all of you, lefty and righty alike.

Tell me am I the only one here? Is it just me? Or am I loosing sleep for no reason?

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