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Our president’s policy of poltroonishness

February 29, 2012

Our president’s policy of poltroonishness marches on. | Busy, busy, queen bee at State Dept.

But maybe she was keeping busy to avoid the fact that no one knows what to do about Syria. And about the Middle East. And about Afghanistan. A fine mess you have got us into, as Oliver Hardy used to say to his sidekick Stan Laurel. Though who the you is in this story remains less easy to define than you might think. Does anyone recall how, or even why, we have got involved in, evidently, a series of savage wars of peace? The phrase comes from Kipling, and if you look it up, you will see he was in favor, but somewhat skeptical of the concomitant nation-building. Nation-building is scarcely an American invention. The Victorians were bullish on this. It was the responsibility that came with Empire. Kipling shared the ethos, but he knew too much about the lands of the Empire — he grew up in India — to think it was just a matter of a few well-designed USAID boondoggles, excuse me infrastructure development projects. Actually, Karl Marx credited the Raj with the only serious progress the subcontinent experienced in centuries, if not millennia: railroads, abolition (at least on paper) of suttee (burning widows), among other improvements, were not to be scoffed.

Let us remember Kipling’s “Recessional” ( ) but move forward while life remains. (The baton has only been passed to the United Nations in the imaginations of our president and his fellow lefties. A real world-wide dominion given to the United States of America by Providence continues. Through a superior history of charity and justice. And the greatest effective arsenal of our century’s awesome weapons.)

GOD of our fathers, known of old–
Lord of our far-flung battle-line–
Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine–
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget, lest we forget!

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One Comment
  1. The well-known n-word precedent has established my right to use the word “leftie” when referring to ideologically challenged. It does denigrate (“denigrate” is derived from “niggardly” which has no relation to the n-word being derived from a Norwegian word meaning “cheap” and unrelated to any word referring to skin color) left-hander people unfairly. But being left-handed I have a right to denigrate my own under the doctrines of political correctness. And being sane and reasonably responsible, I aim for less unfair rather than fairness and I attempt to call a spade (In a non-skin-color sense) a spade, while showing proper respect for the politically correct despite their fetishes.

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