Thanks, Octo...February 5 2007 at 11:44 PM
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I'm 60; old enough to recognize the animus between services as normal, and the cooperative love of country as overwhelming all animus. There is nothing more daunting for an old musician than to blow taps at the funeral of someone they knew, way back when... I've done it eight times, mostly as a younger man when the conflict in Viet Nam was still raging; a couple of times a bit later, when only the family and I knew where he had been and what he had endured. I tear up a little easier than when I was in my 20's; this one created a little moisture -
In order to survive, a country must have the warriors - without them, others who would do us harm have nothing to fear. As usual, America has proven she can provide the warriors; she also provides the weaklings, concerned more about personal power than the fate of the nation. They don't want America to lose - rather, they don't understand she could lose. We've been so strong, for so long, they can't imagine losing... so what's the worry?
The paramount army of the middle ages might very well have been the Muslum hoardes who nearly consumed Europe. Only the crusades stopped them. One of the first forays into international battle for our fledgling nation was against the Barbary Pirates. Jefferson knew, if we were weak, we would lose.
Another - the legions of Rome; conquest was the goal and they were good at it. The eventually lost sight of the original goal and became a nation of weak, prideful men... and were left in history's dust.
The tree of liberty requires... you know the rest.