Remembering America -- Gettysburg at 150

This week is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, a singularly important engagement in a war that had many memorable clashes. It’s worth reflecting on the history of that time, the dedication to preserving the American nation and ridding it of slavery, a cause for which many gave their lives.

These days, elites in [...]

Independence Day Considered

For a remembrance of what July 4 is about, below is a reading of the Declaration of Independence. The readers are serving members of the armed services, who have a particular enthusiasm.

Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration is both soaring and mundane. Noble principles frame the list of more ordinary problems felt by the colonists in their complaints.

(For [...]

Veterans' Day Thoughts

Patriotic holidays always lead me to reflect on the sacrifices made by members of our armed forces to protect American freedoms.

In 2011, the scorecard shows we civilians have not done very well in protecting the nation that so many thousands died to defend. The borders remain largely open, allowing hostile persons to enter at will, [...]

Statue of Liberty Lies Perpetuated in Upcoming Events

I love webcams, so the idea of cams to be set up next week on the Statue of Liberty’s torch to view New York Harbor sounds great.

However, the events celebrating the new technology are disappointing because they further the myth that the great icon symbolizes a welcome mat for immigrants. Movie star Sigourney Weaver will [...]

Pat Buchanan Discusses American Decline

Pat Buchanan’s new book Suicide of a Superpower has been released, and he is beginning to do interviews. He talked with Sean Hannity on Monday.

Grand Rapids Is Not in Decline (the Musical)

I’ve never been a big fan of the song American Pie (with its nonsensical lyrics), but it provides the soundtrack for an exuberant celebration of Grand Rapids by 3000 loyal residents, after the city was dissed by Newsweek magazine.

Guitars abound! Plus American flags, gymnasts, firemen, kayaks and a marching band.

The Daily Mail provides more details:

Fireworks, [...]

Obama Apology Tour to Visit Hiroshima

No American success is safe from BHO’s history rewrite team. Now the event that brought a rapid end to WWII — rather than a bloodbath invasion of Japan — is about to receive the special Obama Sorry treatment.

The late Captain Paul Tibbets (pictured), who piloted the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb, remained unconvinced [...]

“You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade”

On June 6, 1944, Supreme Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower sent a message to the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force about what they faced in the invasion of Normandy and their prospects for victory.

Back then, American military leaders didn’t have to mince words or worry about offending Muslims. (Unlike these twisted times, [...]