Washington, DC – From a Different Point of View

19 05 2014

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From a high point on the western banks of the Potomac River, there is a view of Washington, D.C. that includes The United States Capitol, The White House, and many historic landmarks. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers, in precise formation share that view, as they symbolically stand eternal watch over the leadership of the country they sacrificed their lives to preserve. Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for soldiers who fought in every American war dating back to the Revolution.

Every American is obligated to spend a quiet moment walking a portion of the 624 acres.  Listen in the serene quiet to songbirds celebrating the beauty of the landscape as the hollow, somber sound of a horse-drawn, flag-draped caisson making its way on a cobblestone road announces in muted tones that another soldier is joining his comrades in arms.

Our debt to these brave men must be paid in patriotic celebration of the values upon which our country was founded and which they upheld with their supreme sacrifice.  Let us all make this Memorial Day special.  Ask our congressmen and senators to cast their eyes upon the rolling sea of white gravestones; to consider in that moment their obligation to the silent sentinels who watch over every step they take, every word they speak.  Ask our president to honor those brave soldiers through words and deeds that recognize their role in the history of our country.

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“Loyalty to country ALWAYS, loyalty to government when it deserves it.” – Mark Twain

14 10 2013

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When Mark Twain expressed that thought, was it in response to a Congressional legislative conflict of a magnitude that caused the government offices and services to shut down; that led the US Treasury to the brink of default on its debt?  Was he possibly reacting to out-of-control egos that were blinded by visions of supreme authority?

The current state of affairs in Washington, DC is an embarrassment.  The world watches incredulously as Senator Reid puffs and poses.  This conflict shines a bright light on one man whose obstinacy cannot be justified by either moral principle or patriotic obligation. At three score and 13 years, Reid’s vision is clouded by an elitist mentality that drove Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity to utter, “What a twisted old – I’m sorry.”  That was after learning that a CNN congressional correspondent asked Reid, “If you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?”

“Why would we want to do that?” Reid shot back.  Hannity went on, “What a sick, twisted old man to say, why would we — why would we want to do that? And help a kid with cancer? Pretty heartless. I got to tell you. Pretty sick.”1

Harry Reid stopped serving our country long ago.  Harry Reid stopped serving the Democratic Party long ago.  Harry Reid has stopped serving the people who elected him long ago.  Harry Reid is not worthy of our loyalty.

1 http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/03/hannity-harry-reid-a-sick-twisted-old-man-video/