The Lost Culture

Can any culture raise ‘rough men’ ready to defend it against a ruthless enemy when it cannot even fix in the minds of its developing youth what their sex is?

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Our social media indoctrinated culture is so consumed with being offended when the ‘opposition’ is mean to their secular idol, that they are completely out oblivious to the fact that our society will soon be unable to withstand the slightest hardship.

We are fat, dumb and unhappy.

 

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Chaos 6: A Class Act

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I am confident that each of you remains undistracted from our sworn mission to support and defend the Constitution while protecting our way of life. Our Department is proven to be at its best when the times are most difficult. So keep the faith in our country and hold fast, alongside our allies, aligned against our foes.

It has been my high honor to serve at your side. May God hold you safe in the air, on land, and at sea.

My respect for General Mattis was already high; a little puzzled at him accepting a position in this Administration…but know he did it for the right reasons….our Armed Forces.

My respect has only grown.

Infantrymen: Pride & Arrogance

Infantrymen: Pride & Arrogance

Infantrymen: Pride & Arrogance
— Read on mywarjournals.com/2018/11/12/infantrymen-pride-arrogance/

Infantrymen have a pride and arrogance that most Americans don’t understand and don’t like.

Even soldiers who aren’t infantrymen don’t understand. The pride doesn’t exist because we have a job that’s physically impressive.

It certainly doesn’t exist because it takes a higher level of intelligence to perform our duties.

It’s sad and I hate to admit it, but any college student or high school grad can physically do what we do.

It’s not THAT demanding and doesn’t take a physical anomaly.

Nobody will ever be able to compare us to professional athletes or fitness models.

And it doesn’t take a very high IQ to read off serial numbers, pack bags according to a packing list, or know that incoming bullets have the right of way.

The pride of the infantryman comes not from knowing that he’s doing a job that others can’t, but that he’s doing a job that others simply won’t.

On Veterans Day

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Another year gone by, and our longest war still carries on….with no end, or solution in sight. And crass patriotism continues to be consumed like pornographic pablum by a society that knows this day, as a day off from work and mattress sales….

This Veterans Day, remember not only those who wore the uniform…but also those with a fur coat. No truer comrade than ‘man’s best friend’.

If you have the opportunity, find a WWII veteran, and introduce yourself and especially your children. As we commemorate the 11th hour of the 11th day of 1918…we do so with no living witness to that carnage. The day will come very soon, where we say the same when we observe V-E and V-J days.

 

photo h/t: https://maddmedic.wordpress.com/2018/11/10/dog-days-766/

 

On Willful Blindness

https://ravensrook.wordpress.com/2018/10/28/on-willful-blindness/

Our current President has a bad habit. He shares this habit with other, prior presidents and many, many other politicians.

He believes (and to all appearances, this is truly a belief he holds, not something he says for ratings) that anyone who dares to disagree with him is his enemy. Anyone who says anything against him is a traitor. And anyone who actively works against his policies is worse.

How else are we to view his diatribes, when he claims that anyone who points out his lies is presenting ‘fake news’, and is ‘out to get him’?

Now, he could be that cynical, but I’ve not seen enough indications that he’s able to plan ahead to view him as some kind of Machiavellian politician.

I think he’s willfully blind to his own lies. Out of habit more than anything else.

But this isn’t really about him.

This is about the idea that people are out to get him specifically.

I’m sure there are people out there with just as much of an ideological axe to grind against him as he has against them.

However, there are also people – like myself – who have also tried to hold other politicians’ feet to the fire, regardless of party affiliation.

I made little secret that I was not a fan of President Obama. Nor was I a fan of Clinton, Bush (either one) or many of the others who’ve held that office.

With most of them, however, I had little to work with as far as their personalities were concerned. They were friendly, they were able to maintain a neutral or even friendly attitude even if they didn’t like someone – in short, they were professional.

With them, I was able to focus on their policies, and why I considered them to be inappropriate or even bad for the country.

The current president makes so many individual faux pas’ that they obscure many of his policies. I would worry – being rather cynical myself – that he was doing that on purpose, but as so many of those lies and outbursts and tantrums are tied to his policies, it’s obvious that he’s not being clever, he’s just throwing tantrums.

Look, whether you agree with his administration’s policies or not (I don’t, and I would happily debate anyone who could remain rational about it) the issue with Donald Trump is less those policies and more the damage he’s doing, acting like a toddler in the seat of the President.

That’s not behavior we want or need in that office. That wouldn’t change if he was Democrat, Libertarian, Green or something else.

Pining a bit for the ‘before times’…..

Used to be that the blogosphere was a rough and tumble, yet intellectually fulfilling arena; where (not always) rational folks could spar over policy and values…….at least walking away with an understanding of how the ‘other side’ thought about issues of the day.

I’ve seen that largely dispensed with over the past few years……with once interesting blogs devolving into shallow echo chambers, bereft of political independence……and saturated with base ideological fealty. With the requisite unwelcoming rudeness expected from self righteous blowhards, content only with seeing their own screeds in print, even when (or especially when?) on others blogs.

No hard feelings though. Since turning my precious time away from political theater, and towards a continuing self sufficient and family oriented pursuits……I haven’t been happier.

I’ve been saddened as a human being….at how I’ve witnessed adult citizens act on these monochromatic forums; not their age certainly……possibly their IQ though.

A smug satisfaction exists knowing that these myrmidons and sycophants will likely be the first to meet their end when the inevitable crash comes. Because if these subjects represent “real Americans” (their opinion)…….we truly no longer deserve to exist as a society.

I’ll probably still be somewhat active on the policy focused sites and military community forums that still values reason and ration…….but aside from some rare exceptions, the general ‘blogosphere‘ has lost any appeal it once had.

Much like critical thinking and intellectual curiosity……..blogs have largely passed their ‘sell by’ date.