Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on August 6, 2009
Some mornings, while you sip that lovely steaming java, you read an online political commentary that so resonates with your own core principles and pride in America and our selfless, brave troops, that you think, “Golly, I wish I’d written that.”
With this current Gestapo-mentality, “Chicago thuggery” oozing from Washington, power-hungry elected Democrats attacking regular Americans for opposing socialized health care at town hall protests and tea parties, an article like this reminds me of why America is so great. America is bigger and shinier and greater than mere mortals… bigger than the likes of Obama, of Pelosi, of Frank, of Reid, of Sebelius, of Emanuel… much bigger than any of those miscreants.
America is us. You and me, our military, our parents, our religious leaders, our kids… America is us.
Michael, your commentary is spot-on and inspiring. Golly, I wish I’d written it.
Here’s a portion of Michael Barone’s thoughtful, fact-driven piece on what is good and right about America… finally.
We Americans tend to take the great strengths of our country for granted. In the hubbub of political debate, we concentrate on things that are allegedly wrong with America and lose sight of our great achievements.
We make up only 4 percent of the world’s population. Yet we lead the world in many ways, and the rest of the world — or that part of it not in the thrall of evil regimes — depends on us for many of the things necessary to the good life.
Cases in point: Most people in the rest of the world are free riders on the productivity and ingenuity of the American military and American medicine. They get the benefits of American military protection and American medical innovation without paying, or without paying in full, for them.
This has been the case all through the six decades after the Second World War. The American military has protected democracies from Communist expansion and today protects people all over the world from Islamist extremists. They get this service, if not free of charge, then at reduced rates. American taxpayers have been spending 4 percent of gross domestic product on our military and during the Cold War paid twice that share. NATO and most other allies spend significantly less.
American administrations of both parties have tried to get others to spend. But this is Sisyphus’ work. We are entitled to take pride in the fact that, in the spirit of “From those to whom much is given much is asked,” we are able to do so much for others.
Unfortunately, the Obama administration wants to do less.
Defense has been scheduled for spending cuts. We are halting at lower than scheduled levels production of the F-22 fighter, whose brilliant advanced design is intended to assure American control of the skies for decades to come. The administration also seems to be scaling back missile defense, which could protect friends and allies from nuclear attack and over time might discourage nuclear proliferation…
Frankly, I’m sick to death of hearing how so-called “celebrities” like Sean Penn or Janeane Garofalo or Gwyneth Paltrow or Bill Maher or Rosie O’Donnell embrace socialism, despise most core principles of millions of Americans, and pretty much are indifferent to the valorous protection given by our military in hostile lands. They continue to bash Bush… heads up, guys, Bush has been gone for months. They claim they are anti-war, but no longer protest against it. Bush’s war, protest… Obama’s war, be silent. Allegiance or non-allegiance to military defense shouldn’t be contingent upon who is in Oval Office in the White House. Again, left-wing deceit and hypocrisy. Rather than be sincere (pro or con) about the war effort and our men and women engaged in it, it boils down to shallow political agenda.
Left-wing extremists who screamed for seven years about our war in Iraq (which Congress approved… it wasn’t just Bush, you dolts) being immoral and unjust and maligned Pres. Bush every single day have been strangely (hypocritically) quiet about Obama’s expansion in Afghanistan and his lack of support for Israel.
Believe me, anyone saying “I support the troops, but I don’t support their mission” is akin to saying “I don’t support the troops.” I correspond with many brave folks in the war zones, and that is precisely how the majority feel. It’s like a kick in the stomach to them and their selfless loved ones who miss them and fear for them as they battle tyranny and terrorism. They want America safe, asking for so little in return for their many sacrifices.
They are weary and disheartened of hearing in the MSM about the crappy, spoiled-brat rantings of wealthy entertainers who produce nothing of real substantive value.
Not all are this self-absorbed and ungrateful. Read about one celebrity who is a true troop supporter: actor Gary Sinise, star of the TV drama CSI: New York.
To all you Americans who embrace our nation, who love it despite its flaws and applaud it for all its greatness, to those of you “in the theater” and “in the sandbox” who are valiantly fighting for freedom, I’ll quote talk radio show host Sean Hannity’s daily mantra: Let not your heart be troubled.
We salute America’s REAL celebrities: our military, as well as our nation’s police forces and our fire fighters.
Here’s another hero of a different sort. Excellent essay at Big Hollywood on a former actor turned animal saint:
Robert Davi, Big Hollywood: Burnt Offering: Leo Grillo Defines What Makes America Great
Myriad links to other military support articles and posts:
Gateway Pundit: Shhh… US Marines Wrap Up Mission in Iraq– Victorious and Awesome… FOX Sports NFL Crew Broadcasts From Afghanistan
Greg Gutfeld, The Daily Gut: TUESDAY’S GREGALOGUE: AMERICA’S GIFT TO THE WORLD
Joseph C. Phillips, Big Hollywood: Why Do You Love America?
The B.S. Report: Salute To Our Military…
Ztower: AP’s Kathleen Carroll says “We don’t distribute content that is known to be offensive, with rare exceptions.” But wait…that was about the Muhammad cartoons. Dying US Marines are actually the exception we were talking about.
Larry Rohter, New York Times: Dear Donna: A Pinup So Swell She Kept G.I. Mail
MJ’s Blog: David Cook performs at Freedom, Iraq (video included)
Robert Davi, Big Hollywood: Burnt Offerings: Teaching Our Children — Pride in Going Red, White and Blue
Road 2 Recovery, Big Hollywood: Chance of a Lifetime Experience with Governor Sarah Palin Highlights Ride 2 Recovery eBay Charity Auction
Robert Davi, Big Hollywood: Burnt Offering: Leo Grillo Defines What Makes America Great
Flopping Aces: Flopping Aces Writer Major Chris Galloway Dead at 36
The Patriot’s Mind: A True American Hero – Navy Petty Officer Mike Monsoor
Andrew Breitbart, Big Hollywood: I Pledge to Ridicule Celebrities Who Refuse to Recognize We Are At War With People Who Want to Kill Them, Too and How Sean Penn Won the War
Jason Killian Meath, Big Hollywood: Bill and Kim’s Bogus Journey
Get Clued: American Heroes: Sorry, MJ, You Don’t Measure Up!
Michelle Malkin: Maj. Chris Galloway, R.I.P. and Remains of Scott Speicher ID’d and Let’s mourn the real American heroes and “I have the heart of a 21-year-old Army Ranger war hero beating in me.” and Sebelius calls her SEIU “brothers and sisters” to battle; Dennis Rivera decries “terrorist tactics” and “We really are just focused on what lies ahead” and GoDaddy.com celebrates America and A tribute to our Navy SEAL snipers and Scarlett Johansson visits the troops and Strike of the Sword and Thank you, Aaron: A U.S. soldier’s sacrifice on Independence Day and Analysts to Obama: There are no Taliban “moderates,” you nitwit and Obama administration seeks to deny habeas-corpus for Afghan detainees and Memorial Day 2009: Giving thanks for those who made the ultimate sacrifice
Big Hollywood: Michael Yon Dispatch: The Kopp-Etchells Effect
Iflove News: Gary Sinise defends the military against ‘one-sided’ filmmakers
Frugal Café Blog Zone: Bravo, Lt. Dan Band: Gary Sinise on USO Tour, Headlines Free Concerts for US Troops, Park Renovation Project and Joe Biden vs. John Hancock and Theodore Roosevelt on True American Patriotism and Hollywood Angst: Country Music’s Toby Keith Claims Celebrities Fear Peer Backlash for Support of Military and ‘Star Trek’ Cast Meets Our Real Heroes: US Military Deployed in Kuwait, Iraq and Patriotism, Flag Burning, Right to Bear Arms: Penn & Teller (Video)
Below The Beltway: This Veterans Day, Donate $ 11 To Help Our Troops
Christian Toto, Big Hollywood: GI Film Festival: Where Hollywood Fears to Tread
Leigh Scott, Big Hollywood: Leadership: If Barack Obama is Spock, Sarah Palin is Kirk
Clinging to G & G: A reminder of what’s important and John Nolte on The Extinction of the Movie Star
Scared Monkeys: The Mystery of Missing Gulf War Navy Pilot Michael “Scott” Speicher Shot Down in 1991 is Over … Remains Identified in Iraq
Big Hollywood: Gratitude Campaign: Saying Thank You
The Loud Talker: Was Obama’s Iraq Visit Staged?
Pam Meister, Big Hollywood: and Apocalypse Near? Liberal Actresses Line Up to Star in ‘Atlas Shrugged’ and Bono’s Classless Act – Endorsed by ‘The Won’
Rovingpatrol’s Blog: Cheering Troops in Iraq a Fake
Road2Recovery, Big Hollywood: Profiles in Courage: Army Spouse Edition
Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata, Big Hollywood: Hollywood Heroes: Boots On the Ground Report
Pundit & Pundette: Brian Bradshaw: ‘A Soldier’s Worthy Life, Overlooked’
J.R. Head, Big Hollywood: Interview: ‘Getting it Right’ with Captain Dale Dye
Doug Powers, Michelle Malkin: Obama dismantles Bush/Cheney shadow government plan… just kidding
Robert J. Avrech, Big Hollywood: Hollywood Celebrates American Military Resolve – Flashback and Extra! Hebrew Hollywood Hottie Risks Life for U.S. Troops
Vets on the Watch: Welcome Home and
I Miss Back When and Terrorism On The Homefront
Leo Grin, Big Hollywood: NBC: National Broadcasters Against Conservatives
Jim Blaszik: The Obama Moment: What Iran, Golf, Ice Cream and Hungarians have in common
ABC News: Colbert Goes Commando in Iraq
Just Americans Making Ethical Statements Weblog: Honoring Our Heroes
Jeremy D. Boering, Big Hollywood: USO: How Hollywood Serves
Chicago Tribune: Gary Sinise speaks out in defense of military with ‘Brothers at War’
Pronk Palisades: Navy Seals Lead The Way–Threes Shots Three Killed Pirate Terrorists
Hot Air: ‘Is There Anything More Pathetic Than An Aging Hipster?’ — Jane Fonda Edition and Obama vindicates Bush, again and What happened to flying the flag on Memorial Day?
Gary Graham, Big Hollywood: All-American Girl and Troopathon 2009: Because They Serve and Janet – Put on the Coffee
GayPatriot: Liberals Who Insist on Politicizing Everything and Outing Republicans: Formula for Hollywood Success
Melanie Morgan, Big Hollywood: Is Miss California the New Leo Penn?
THR.com: Sinise on Patrol: One helping thousands
Infidels Are Cool: Latest in Afghanistan: Operation “Strike of the Sword”
Fire Andrea Mitchell!: Freedom is NOT Free and Joe Biden thinks its “corny” to be proud to be an American abd I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. – The Warrior Legacy foundation
Big Hollywood: James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Slams America
Federal Way Conservative: They Hate All that is Good, Beautiful
Right Minded Online: And the beat goes on…MTV trashes the Palin family, America, Bush, Christians, etc.
Matt Sanchez, FOX News: In a Class By Themselves
EagleRockTalks: Afghanistan War – Strike of the Sword
Orson Bean, Big Hollywood: Troopathon 2009: Heroism Was Expected
Burt Prelutsky, Big Hollywood: Where Are Liberals Hatched?
Un-Liberaled Woman: Maher Continues to Defend Jackass of the World Title
Ben Shapiro, Big Hollywood: ‘Humanly Impotent’: The Musings of Sean Penn and What Would the Media Say if Obama’s Frequent Hollywood Guests Were Oil Execs?
Eject Eject Eject, PajamasMedia: What Media Bias Really Costs the Republic