Archive for Patriotism
A younger friend approached me last week and asked me what I thought about the Scott McClellen book. My response was, “not much”. This was information that I already had. What was the hype about?
There were those who thought it quite grandiose that we were observing someone in this administration acting as a true patriot and placing loyalty to the country above loyalty to the President. Unfortunately I was not one of those high minded individuals. To me it looked like an opportunistic individual publicly stating the obvious and risking nothing from an embarrassed, incompetent, and impotent administration.
With that said, I want to take the opportunity to THANK the people and institutions that did risk the title of “people who lacked patriotism”, but demonstrated the sound judgment, wisdom and true PATRIOTISM to stand against the authorization of war. We need to take a look at these people and question our past stand and our current stand.
HOW MUCH DO WE REALLY LOVE OUR COUNTRY AND THE IDEALS THAT WE WERE FOUNDED ON??????????
WE WERE NOT LISTENING OR PAYING ATTENTION THE FIRST TIME. WHAT WILL WE DO NOW??????
DNay votes in the Senate (21 Democrats, 1 Republican, and 1 Independent):aniel Akaka (D-HI)
Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Robert Byrd (D-WV),
Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) Kent Conrad (D-ND) Jon Corzine (D-NJ)
Mark Dayton (D-MN) Richard Durbin (D-IL) Russ Feingold (D-WI)
Bob Graham (D-FL) Daniel Inouye (D-HI) James Jeffords (I-VT)
Edward Kennedy (D-MA) Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Carl Levin (D-MI)
Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Patty Murray (D-WA) Jack Reed (D-RI)
Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Paul Wellstone (D-MN) Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Nay votes in the House of Representatives (126 Democrats, 6 Republicans, and 1 Independent):
Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) Thomas Allen (D-ME) Joe Baca (D-CA)
Brian Baird (D-WA) John Baldacci (D-ME) Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Gresham Barrett (R-SC) Xavier Becerra (D-CA) Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
David Bonior (D-MI) Robert Brady (D-PA) Corinne Brown (D-FL)
Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Lois Capps (D-CA) Michael Capuano (D-MA)
Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) Julia Carson (D-IN) William Clay Jr. (D-MO)
Eva Clayton (D-NC) James Clyburn (D-SC) Gary Condit (D-CA)
John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) Jerry Costello (D-IL) William Coyne (D-PA)
Elijah Cummings (D-MD) Susan Davis (D-CA) Danny Davis (D-IL)
Peter DeFazio (D-OR) Diana DeGette (D-CO) Bill Delahunt (D-MA)
Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) John Dingell (D-MI) Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
Mike Doyle (D-PA) John Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) Anna Eshoo (D-CA)
Lane Evans (D-IL) Sam Farr (D-CA) Chaka Fattah (D-PA)
Bob Filner (D-CA) Barney Frank (D-MA) Charles Gonzalez (D-TX)
Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) Alcee Hastings (D-FL) Earl Hilliard (D-AL)
Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX) Rush Holt (D-NJ)
Mike Honda (D-CA) Darlene Hooley (D-OR) John Hostettler (R-IN)
Amo Houghton (R-NY) Jay Inslee (D-WA) Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL)
Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
Dale Kildee (D-MI) Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-MI)
Jerry Kleczka (D-WI) Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) John LaFalce (D-NY)
James Langevin (D-RI) Rick Larsen (D-WA) John Larson (D-CT)
Jim Leach (R-IA) Barbara Lee (D-CA) Sandy Levin (D-MI)
John Lewis (D-GA) Bill Lipinski (D-IL) Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
James Maloney (D-CT) Robert Matsui (D-CA) Karen McCarthy (D-MO)
Betty McCollum (D-MN) Jim McDermott-D-WA) Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) Carrie Meek (D-FL) Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
Robert Menendez (D-NJ) Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-CA)
George Miller (D-CA) Alan Mollohan (D-WV) Jim Moran (D-VA)
Connie Morella (R-MD)* Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) Grace Napolitano (D-CA)
Richard Neal (D-MA) Jim Oberstar (D-MN) David Obey (D-WI)
John Olver (D-MA) Major Owens (D-NY) Frank Pallone Jr.(D-NJ)
Ed Pastor (D-AZ) Ron Paul (R-TX) Donald Payne (D-NJ)
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) David Price (D-NC) Nick Rahall (D-WV)
Charles Rangel (D-NY) Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) Lynn Rivers (D-MI)
Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX) Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
Bobby Rush (D-IL) Martin Olav Sabo (D-MN) Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)
Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Thomas Sawyer (D-OH) Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
Bobby Scott (D-Virginia) Jose Serrano (D-NY) Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
Vic Snyder (D-AR) Hilda Solis (D-CA) Pete Stark (D-CA)
Ted Strickland (D-OH) Burt Stupak (D–MI) Mike Thompson (D-CA)
Bennie Thompson (D-MS) John Tierney (D-MA) Edolphus Towns (D-NY)
Mark Udall (D-CO) Tom Udall (D-NM) Nydia Velaquez (D-NY)
Pete Visclosky (D-IN) Maxine Waters (D-CA) Diane Watson (D-CA)
Melvin Watt (D-NC) Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) David Wu (D-OR)
Then there were people like Scott Ritter and Brent Scowcroft who voiced loudly the warning against a pre-emptive road to war.
The only news organization that we have left besides NPR and PBS, the McClatchy News Organization.
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
“We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”
“Down the long lane of the history yet to be written America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
“Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.”—
Eisenhower, Farewell Address, 17 January 1961.
The choices that were made during this administration will have consequences that will out live most of us who are currently here on the planet. So many of us are quick to move to the next topic and do not want to dwell in the past. Even if the past is the last eight years. It is imperative that we thoroughly look at how we arrived at this point in time. How did an entire nation of people allow a few individuals to convince us to go invade another sovereign state. Just a little common sense tells us that this was not because the leader of the country was a dangerous and unstable individual who had killed his own people and invaded another country. We have several people on the world stage that fit that description and several countries that are committing genocide, engaging in nuclear weapons testing, and in reality are a much greater threat to our country.
It will take soldiers, strategist, diplomats and a leader who understands that there can be no victory when there has been bloodshed, there can only be rebuilding and healing.
We as Americans must decide what definition of PATRIOTISM we will take into the election booth in November and select another individual to make decisions and act in our name on the world stage.
Will we utilize a patriotism that we wear on our sleeve or will we utilize a PATRIOTISM that we carry in our hearts.