October 15th, 2010


A Real Patriot Speaks Out About Patriotism

Sorry, Too Many People Are Doing It Wrong

Political discourse is getting rather ragged lately. There was a time when I could listen to Republicans and Democrats discuss things in the marketplace of ideas and then they'd get together and hammer out a compromise, shaded one way or another depending on who was in the White House or had majorities in the House and Senate.

Reasonable people have reasonable differences and disagreements, and coming to a reasonable conclusion.

Now it's scorched Earth, Hell No We Won't Compromise and You're Wrong So Go Home / Go To Canada or France or Hell.

Back Up And Think About What Some Of These People Are Saying

I don't do too much politics on this blog. But every once in a while there's a voice of sanity who isn't afraid to call the idiots out and tell them that they're idiots.

One such person is my friend, retired U.S. Navy Chief Warrant Officer Jim Wright, who I've mentioned before.

Today he posted on Patriots. And I urge you to read both his post and the comments.

Full Disclosure

Of course, I've never served in the military. My cohort was the first age group that did not have to register for the draft post-Vietnam, and the first to be ruled "too old" to restart registering for the draft, I think when I was 26. I've always been a fat, out of shape person, with a nagging back injury from high school. I did talk to an Air Force recruiter once, but my weight continued to go in the wrong direction.

Nevertheless, I count myself definitely on Jim's side on this issue.

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