O’er The Ramparts We Watch

When they turn the pages of history
When these days have passed long ago
Will they read of us with sadness
For the seeds that we let grow
We turned our gaze
From the castles in the distance
Eyes cast down
On the path of least resistance

Rush, A Farewell to Kings


The quoted words above speak as from my heart.  The Iraq war is now concluded, this over far too late Iraq war, this most expensive and unnecessary Iraq war, this war we were lied to about.  Happily concluded.

Soon enough there will be an end to the corpses of Americans coming home from that hellhole, that place where we did not belong, that place where the sun burns too hot on the sons and daughters of America because they were ordered, wrongly, to stand and fight in it.

Soon enough there will be no Americans in Iraq, unless they actually wanted to go, for reasons other than militaristic ones.

If you are a fan of freedom and liberty around the world, Americans leaving Iraq is a reason to celebrate.  For now, without the influence of Americans, the Iraqi people will be able to find their own path to freedom, in whatever form it should take, of their own free will.  Even if it be what some in the west would consider the slavery of Sharia law, that is their choice.  And it is a grand thing to let them make that choice themselves.


Viddy of the day:   The President, speaking to the American people, about Afghanistan.  Note the gaff at the 37 second mark.  The pullout in Afghanistan will begin next July, not next August.


I watched the Presidents speech today, about the end of hostilities in Iraq.  It was also about finances, about the fiscal toll as well as the psychological toll that the Iraq war has wrought upon our great people.  He also spoke of the war in Afghanistan, and the need to finish this war properly.  He spoke of reviving the economy being our most urgent task.

This was the speech that we needed the President to give, the speech America needed to hear.  His critics will disagree of course, but that is what critics do, disagree.  He needed to reassure the people that everything is being done to make sure that everything that has to be done is in fact being done.  From financial issues to the conclusion of the Iraq war, and the proper prosecution of the war in Afghanistan.  He touched all the bases here, and did it well.

Thank you, mister President.  I said it when the last stryker battalion left Iraq, and I will say it again tonight.  Well done, Mr. President, well done.


We are in a strange period of history in which a revolutionary has to be a patriot and a patriot has to be a revolutionary.

George Orwell


There is so much news about how the Democrats are doomed.  About how things are so bad for us.  I want those who are loving that to remember one thing.  It was not too long ago that the exact same thing was said about you.  Think on it.  The conservative brand was almost fatally wounded in 2008, or so it was said.

Now look at it.  Look at how strong it feels and seems now.  How tables have turned in the past is how they will turn again in the future.  These things happen in cycles, in waves.  When America sees what it has wrought in a year or so, they will begin to openly wonder what they have done.

And the pendulum will swing back again.   Like it always does, no party, no ideology, stays on top, or bottom, for too long, or falls nearly so far that it cannot return to prominence.

While the Democrats, the centrists, hold power, their star is ebbing, and the radical agenda of the right is rising.  That cannot last, cannot hold.  The dems will lose power, and in turn re-energize the base, in time for 2012.

The Republicans will in time return to power, fail in some manner, and hand it again to the Democrats.  That’s just how the game works.

All victory is fleeting.


That’s it from here, America.  I’ll write to you again tomorrow, another 12 notes piece methinks.  G’night.


2 thoughts on “O’er The Ramparts We Watch

  1. “The Iraq war is now concluded,”

    Uh, no it’s not.

    “While the Democrats, the centrists…”

    Democrats the WHAT ????


  2. Combat operations are over. The war is concluded, son. Get over it.

    The dems, if you paid any attention to politics and not just propaganda, are political centrists. It isn’t my fault you don’t know what a centrist looks like.

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