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On Memorial Day, the President has asked all Americans to take a moment of silence at 12:01 p.m. and remember our fallen heroes who died while protecting our nation.
If you find yourself at a loss as to whom you should be saying a silent prayer for, perhaps the list below will give you some ideas.
REMEMBER Casmir Pulaski, a Polish immigrant who came to the New World in 1771 at the behest of Benjamin Franklin. Pulaski was a renowned cavalryman who fought against the Russians in his home country before coming to America to offer his services in the cause of freedom.
In 1777,... (more)
Since the issue of race has been raised with regard to Barack Obama I’ve been thinking more widely about the American obsession with ‘roots’ and labels of all kinds, in particular the label ‘African American.’ It’s one that Obama himself leans on, even though his mother was white.
I simply don’t understand the point of this; I simply don’t understand why the label American is not sufficient in itself. I know it was devised to escape terms like ‘negro’, to give black people an identity and heritage specific to themselves, just as white people were in the habit of describing themselves... (more)
...outlook of the Chinese. This is likely to be their century not simply because of their economic power but because they play the game carefully, looking always to their own interests.
What a sense of humour Clio, the goddess of history, has, what an acute love of irony. There was America at the end of the Cold War, the only great power left in the world. There was Francis Fukuyama saying that history itself had come to an end, a humourless plagiarism of Sellar and Yeatman’s contention in 1066 and All That, published in the 1930s, that America was clearly Top Nation and... (more)
In an article I wrote about the infamous prosecution of John T Scopes http://anatheimp.blogspot.com/2009/10/monkey-trial.html, an American teacher put on trial in 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee for teaching the Darwinian view of evolution, contrary to local law, I made the point that Clarence Darrow, Scope’s defence attorney, was an enthusiast for the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, as well as the biology of Charles Darwin.
He was influenced here by H. L. Mencken, a leading American journalist. It was Mencken who introduced the German thinker to America in his 1908 book The Philosophy... (more)
...in the past, making the effort to get their monthly payments into card issuers on time.
However, should current trends continue unaltered, consumers in the United States alone are forecast to accumulate $54 billion more debt than in 2010.
It seems that it’s the attitude that Americans have towards carrying debt that is the problem.
As writer Brian Hampel aptly puts it in an article he penned for the website the Kansas State Collegiate:
“Debt is essentially financial procrastination, akin to saying, ‘I'll pay for it later.’"
Although the... (more)
...fortunate and joyous we should feel to live in the nation whose birth was announced 235 years ago today. As Julian says, "Some will reflect on the actual meaning of what today is supposed to represent and know how fortunate they are that they were born and raised here in the United States of America and not Afghanistan, Iran or any other nation that is now a cauldron of violence and oppression." This observation is in harmony with Adams comment that "through all the Gloom" he can see "ravishing Light and Glory." Right now America is far from perfect. By the choice of too many private... (more)
Based on ideals so dear and long held to be true
Can the Republic, now so much imperiled, rise and live anew?
Will a government of the people with powers fine and just
Triumph o’er the cabal of greed, conceit, and ruinous lust?
Will we give our full effort and bestow our due consent?
Or from the struggle for the future will we ignobly shrink and timidly relent?
In this time, that so sternly tries the soul
Will we work tirelessly with true purpose to make the nation whole?
As all, have the rights to liberty and life,
Why do we far... (more)
O beautiful for glorious themes Our history’s refrain, Despite so many tragedies, We strive ever to attain. America! America! Truth shed Its grace on thee, And seed your lands with helping hands From sea to shining sea.
O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved, And mercy more than life. America! America! May Truth thy goals refine Until all success be nobleness, And every gain sublime.
O beautiful for heroic deeds Where stunning valor shines, A testament to freedom’s needs, That stirs our hearts and minds. America! America!... (more)
My country bears malice toward none
My country shows charity for the weak and the small
My country fervently hopes that all will give some
My country genuinely thanks those who gave all.
My country strives to create true freedom from fear
My country seeks to be the real land of the free
My country welcomes many from far and from near
My country belongs to you and to me.
My country is known as the home of the brave
My country’s flag waves and may it never fall
My country once housed both master and slave... (more)
On bumper stickers and t-shirts, the slogan “Proud to be an American” appears. This is a sentiment shared by many and voiced by some in diverse venues.
When people display, say or write “Proud to be an American”, one may ask why? Even if one asks this only of oneself.
Does pride arise from the payment of huge bonuses to Wall Street executives after they drove their firms into the ground and our economy over a cliff? Perhaps, it arises from the impunity with which oil companies demand the right to resume offshore drilling and sternly warn that moratoriums are job killers. Another... (more)