Who and What is the Happy Warrior

The Happy Warrior is the title of a poem... and yes, I love this poem. I do not wish to be mischaracterized, for the most part poetry is not my bag. I am not an afficionado of literature nor am I a metro-sexual (I despise that term) but a dear friend introduced me to this masterpiece of prose several years ago... it has provided no end of inspiration. The Happy Warrior by William Wordsworth outlines the qualities of a magnificent soul. I aspire to possess even one or two characteristics that "every man in arms should wish to be."

This blog is a representation, in conversational form, of my voyage to wrap my arms around the world in which Mr. Worsdworth's warrior finds happiness.

(Standing disclaimer: Luckily tests of spelling accuracy ended in 4th grade otherwise I would still be in Elementary School. Be forewarned, spelling errors ahead. I subscribe to the wisdom of a great man who said, "I have utmost disdain for a man who can only spell a word one way." -Benjamin Franklin)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Priority #1: Marriage and the Family

I have a theory that I call, "The Middle Toe Theory".   Apologies in advance... I am working on a better name.  Essentially my theory is that none of us gives conscious thought to the existence of our middle toe.  Give it a try right now:  think about it down there at the other end of your body... can you identify it in isolation from your foot, independent of your other toes?  Try to wiggle it and it alone.  How did that work for you?  See, it is very much a forgotten appendage.  Most likely you have not thought about it for many years... AND YET, if it were to be severed in some sort of freak accident you would certainly be aware of its absense.  The pain of its injury or its removal would affect your walk, your posture, your entire body's mobility.  It would have a signficant impact on your life. 
Our middle toe is not unlike many of the things we have taken for granted or assumed in life.  We live in a world that is challenging many of those beliefs and values.  The importance of an intact, "traditional" family is one of them.  This includes the importance of marriage and the definition of marriage.  In the political realm it includes the idea of American exceptionalism, of limited government and of individual rights endowed by a soverign Creator (i.e. God).  Now, I am all for questioning the world around us just as I am for considering the reality, function, limitation, evolution and feminist perspective of my middle toe.   BUT I am very pensive and hesitant to lop off my middle toe -a convention that has been around for a very long time- in the name of 'change'.  My point is, certain conditions and values have been extremely positive in the long march of human history and research (as well as common sense) continues to show their essential contribution. 
The vitality of a functional family unit -the ideal of which is a man and a wife bound by a socially and spirituall recognized committment- is essential to the continuity of the human race and to civil society.  Don't agree?  The evidence is overwhelming.  Subscribe to whichever source of truth you will, this evidence comes from science, from common sense, from God, from history.  Here is a document establishing the necessity of marriage and the family from a scientific perspective (click here to read entire report):

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wacky Wednesday: Some political fun

Time for a little meaningless levity.  In a world where every decision seems to be politcally charged it is good to devote two seconds to a debate that has very little true consequence.  I think it is safe to say that our republic will not rise or fall based on the stance you take:

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Government Run Healthcare: One man's view

I taught a sociology course at the local community college and assigned my students a project where they could interview someone on a variety of topics.  One young lady wanted to explore ageing so she interviewed a neighbor of hers who as 65+ years old.  In the course of their interview she asked about the contemporary healthcare issue.  Here is the transcript of his answer:As far as national healthcare...  what have I ever seen in my 69 years on this ball of mud that the government has gotten involved in that they didn't screw up?  You know what my answer to that is: nothing!

... just one man's humble observation stated with resolution and clarity.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

America the Exceptional

Is America exceptional?  By this I mean, different from the rest of the world... better than the rest of the world.  Is it?  Our ability to answer this question may be the most telling indication of the future viability of the United States of America.  My answer is "yes", without reservation or hesitation.  Now let me be clear.  It is not that we are better people than those who live in other countries.  There are many Americans who are dispicable and MANY good and amazing people in other countries.  In fact I wish American's as a whole had many of the qualities exhibited by those living in countries with far fewer freedoms, wealth and opportunty than we do.  America is great because of the values it maintains:  freedom, individual responsibility, equality, committment to the rule of law, no kings or aristocracy.  In short because of three great principles: 
1.  an ingenius political heritage that is largely founded on these words, "we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
2.  principles of capitalism including private ownership or property, limited government involvement in the commercial sphere, and the promise that bad ideas, inferior products and malicious companies will die because the public will not support them.
3.  the Judeo-Christian value system (which includes specific cultural concepts like the Protestant work ethic, etc.).

The US became the leading world power  -defending this planet multiple times from tyrants and oppressive systems- BECAUSE of these principles.  This is why America is exceptional, better than any other country on the face of the planet.  Is America perfect?  No.  Have there been blemishes in her past?  Yes.  But practices and beliefs like slavery, racism, poverty and isolated travesties (like the WWII Japanese camps, like the Trail of Tears, like Jim Crow, like the Extermination Order... yes, I recognize that these took place while our great country went through some growing pains) do not negate that exceptionalism.  The fact that these wrongs have largely been righted (and yes, we are still a work in progress) is a testament that this country is exceptional.

There is, however, a concerted effort to say we are no different than anyone else.  There is also a concurrent effort to transform us into a country following a European or global citizen model.  In this effort we are to abandon things American and adopt other foundations including financial, legal and cultural systems from other countries.  Global legal theory are challenging Constitutional principles.  A large government welfare state is being posited as an attractive alternative to personal responsibility and local decision making.  Many of these changes are promoted in the name of "good intentions" or "inclusivity and tolerance".  Entire books exist that illustrate this transformation much better than I can.  Here, however, is a link to a speech that is well worth the time and consideration of anyone who thinks the United States should be, is or was exceptional:
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