Honor the Fallen

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. The holiday that grew out of a Civil War veterans organization’s commitment to honor their fallen comrades. Initially called “Decoration Day,” Union veterans picked May 30 to place flowers on the graves of soldiers in a somber ceremony. This continued for over a century until Congress declared Memorial Day an official holiday to take place on the last Monday of May.

Like many holidays, Memorial Day has lost some of its meaning to the general public. It is widely regarded as the unofficial start to summer, with greetings such as “happy Memorial Day” that are a bit incongruous with the solemnity of the occasion. This, in turn, has led to some dedicated people (often veterans) who scold those who forget the seriousness of the day.

I propose a middle ground. Enjoy your day off. Have friends over for a BBQ. Spend some time outside in the nice weather and look forward to the summer. But at some point during your long weekend, take a moment to remember the 33 Americans who, since the last Memorial Day, have sacrificed their lives for our way of life.

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The Best Defense

The Manchester Arena seats 21,000 people and is home to sporting events, concerts, and other spectacles that gather large amounts of people into an enclosed space. As such, it has defensive security measures in place including guards and metal detectors. To defeat these precautions, a 22 year old suicide bomber who was known to the British security services simply waited outside the arena where he managed to murder 22 innocent people and maim dozens more.

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Britain is Great

In the early 1940’s, Britain stood virtually alone against the might of the Nazi Reich. France had surrendered, America was not yet in the war, and the Soviets were working with the enemy. Unable to invade the British isle protected by what at the time was the world’s most powerful navy, Hitler tried to bomb Britain into submission.

For months upon months, Great Britain endured nightly bombing raids that directly targeted civilians, but her people never broke. My favorite story of the Blitz is of an elderly woman whose home was nearly destroyed by Nazi bombs. When the rescuers came, they found a bottle of brandy in the one part of the house that was still standing and opened it to comfort her. The elderly woman, whose home and worldly possessions were ruined, chastised the rescuers because the brandy “was for emergencies.
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Demand More From Trump

In the last week, the news has been dominated first by Trump firing FBI Director Comey, then by reports that Trump gave classified information to Russia that could harm a US ally. These are both very important stories, but while the media has been focused almost entirely on these two events, we should consider what else has and has not happened.

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The Immorality of Taxes

Sally Kohn is a very liberal woman who gets paid to talk about politics on TV. She also has a history of making ridiculously false statements. Most are not worth taking the time to refute, but she recently wrote something that includes so much ignorance it is actually a useful demonstration in what not to do.

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A World of Bubbles

“If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.” – John Stuart Mill

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On April 28th, conservative columnist Bret Stephens published his debut opinion editorial in the New York Times. The article, partially about climate change, has led to many liberals canceling their subscription to the liberal New York Times.

Did Stephens argue that global warming is fake? No. In the article he wrote that “warming of the Northern Hemisphere since 1880 is indisputable.” Is it because he said this warming is entirely natural and we have nothing to do with it? No. He also wrote that “the human influence on that warming” is indisputable as well. What he questioned was the abundance of certainty about exactly what will happen a century from now and the tendency to say anyone who disagrees with policy proposals to slow climate change is denying science instead of opposing a political agenda.

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In Defense of Sanders… Did I Really Just Write That?

I am going to do something I never would have imagined. Less than a week after calling Senator Bernie Sanders a proto-tyrant, I now feel compelled to defend him. Yeah, I’m surprised too.

Some members of the Democrat Party have decided to attack Sanders, an admitted socialist who honeymooned in the Soviet Union, as not being far enough to the left. You read that right. It seems like this is the kind of blog post where I am going to have to periodically clarify that I am not just making this all up.

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