Category: Patriotism

“Can’t We All Just Get Along?”

2004 vacation 095It is increasingly evident that the American people are becoming disenchanted with our political system and politics in general. I’ve heard from many people who are equally disappointed with both of the major parties yet recognize that third party candidates accomplish nothing more than remove votes from one of the two major monopolies… I mean parties.

There seems to be more concern for the the party than for the good of the American people. There also seems to be greater effort among politicians in maintaining a “job” than achieving progress in the governing process.

Each party and the candidates therein appear to do little more than disparage opponents with acerbic rhetoric, half-truths and out right lies.

What concerns me the most is that the parties and candidates and delegates seem to be mired in a culture of mean-spirited hostility and are either unable or unwilling to make drastic changes to a system that is honest, respectful and bi-partisan. They drank either red Kool-Aid or blue-Kool-Aid and they are thus inextricably fused to their party platforms.


There is a reason that we have different political parties; we have different opinions and values but just “hocking phlegm-balls” all over people who disagree with us or who embrace different priorities conflicts with the purpose of a democratic republic where everyone has a voice, everyone’s opinions are valued and considered and where solutions for the common good of ALL citizens is the supreme priority. It’s as if we are trapped on George Jetson’s conveyor belt, unable to get off and all I want to do is cry out, “Jane, stop this crazy thing!”

I was inspired to write this post because in one day, two different people voiced there independent frustrations on Facebook both saying essentially the same thing, we are tired of childish rants and raves by idiotic politicians who only do what serves and suits them with no respect for the needs, feelings or opinions of others.


“In Support of Gun Control”

2004 vacation 095As a moderate conservative, I am not going to make many friends with the insight shared in this post but I can’t ignore the information.

The following is the transcript of a recent conversation I had regarding gun control with my friend, Tom who is a British national.

Tom:   Following the school shooting in Scotland in 1996 a law was passed prohibiting private ownership of handguns throughout the United Kingdom.

Me:      How many school shootings have there been in the UK since that law was implemented?

Tom:   None.

I really like Tom; he is a fine upstanding young man. However, I have been around long enough to know that one should check facts before going public. Here is what I found.

On March 13, 1996 Thomas Watt Hamilton killed 16 students and one teacher at Dunblane Primary School in Dunblane, Scotland. 10 others were also wounded in the attack before Hamilton took his own life.

Following this tragedy public outcry resulted in the implementation of the Firearms Act of 1997 (Amendment No. 2) that prohibits private ownership of handguns with the exception of muzzle loaded and historic handguns. In the 17 years since the implementation of the Firearms Act of 1997 in the United Kingdom there have been no school shootings in that nation.


Meanwhile, since 1996 there have been 64 school shootings within the United States.

I love America and support the constitution and the right to bear arms. I also support the right of parents and students to rest easy with some assurance of their safety.



Read more: Timeline of Worldwide School Shootings |

“We Need A New Anthem!”

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In light of tomorrow’s Independence Day celebrations and after listening to several national anthems during the 2014 World Cup my resolve to see our national anthem replaced has been galvanized.  The “Star Spangled Banner” is one of the worst national anthems in the world.  It is a narrative of an obscure battle fought in a relatively obscure war that praises a flag rather than a nation.  Moreover, it is difficult to sing.  We need a new song!

We need an anthem that celebrates the diverse beauty and splendor of our country and affirms our present and future hope.

Permit me to make some comparisons with other anthems.  The Russian national anthem is musically moving and portrays the beauty and immensity of that vast nation while petitioning for divine blessing and favor.

Even the musically martial “Song of Germany” promotes hope and encouragement for the German people citing positive German attributes –  “German women, German loyalty, German wine and German song”.   It also sounds a call for unity, justice and freedom.

“Oh Canada” is arguably the best national anthem on the planet boldly praising everything that is good and unique about the Great White North while proclaiming national devotion and it achieves this with musical appeal.

“The Star Spangled Banner” derives its wartime lyrics from a poem written in 1814 by an amateur poet after witnessing a battle against the British.  Ironically, it was an English composer who wrote the music and somehow the song became our national anthem in 1931.

Please people; do we really want our global identity to be distinguished for winning a relatively insignificant battle?  Are the words “bombs bursting in air” what we want sung in front of the rest of the world when our Olympic gold medalists stand proudly on a pedestal?  Is the line “rockets red glare” really an appropriate precursor to the celebrated cry to “Play Ball”?

In America, we enjoy a selection of songs from which a more appropriate anthem can be chosen including “America The Beautiful” and “God Bless America”.  “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” would serve as an acceptable replacement except for sharing a musical score with “God Save The Queen”, the National Anthem of England.

In any case, our current anthem is severely wanting and a change is long overdue.  Let us introduce a new anthem for our beloved United States of America.

In future posts I will address the case in favor of  “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America”.  This campaign will be a long process but “The Star Spangled Banner” is a lousy national anthem and, since our national repertoire includes significantly more suitable songs, let us employ one of them.

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