Comments: Barely Smarter Than a 5th Grader

I played the pipes today at Barrancas National Cemetery where a small group of Pearl Harbor Survivors were dedicating a memorial stone. Their chapter started with 188 members. It's now down to 15. They were bright, articulate, knowledgeable old men. I felt like I was standing among giants.

Posted by Angus of Fife at December 8, 2007 11:33 PM

I was thinking when I pulled up behind that car the other day, I don't know any Pearl Harbor Survivors. I want to correct that. I want to meet one and talk to them. I want to hear from them everything. I've known a survivor of the Bataan Death March, who was absolutely amazingly articulate and with a memory that was astounding. (I still miss him.) I know a man who was a tank commander under Patton... he is 92 now and if my brain was half as sharp as his, I'd be lucky. I know holocaust survivors that are the same. And Pop remembers his ship being hit as if it were yesterday. He may be a mess in other ways, but his memory of WWII is absolutely intact.

But not one Pearl Harbor Survivor. I think that is my mission this year is to find one and thank them and hold their hand. I can't even imagine.

Posted by Bou at December 8, 2007 11:41 PM

"WWII was a time I often wonder if our country could stand behind and deal with now… as we are."

Short answer: No.

We could, but many of those who could, won't. Americans simply do not stand behind their country the way they used to against common enemies. The Japanese and the Nazis are no different from al Qaeda, and the infestation in the gazillion billions of Islamofascists, in that they all wanted and currently want to destroy us.

In 1941-1945 we banded together as a country and defeated the enemy. Today, we acquiesce. The left-leaning citizens of this country absolutely perplex me with the choices they make, who they choose to defend, and decide that the civil liberties of illegal immigrant Muslims are of greater importance to protect more so than the safety of Americans.

A twist on what Edith Bunker once said: '...we can use a man like Harry Truman again.'

Posted by Erica at December 9, 2007 11:08 AM

I don't mean to nitpick, but thought you'd want to correct the child's thinking before a paper was turned in on the war. He spoke of the Arch Duke of Ferdinand, but he was really Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, whose death was the catalyst which started WWI.

Posted by Denise at December 10, 2007 02:46 AM

Denise- Ahhh, that was my bad, duly corrected. I get to typing so fast sometimes I add words and then when I proof, I don't catch it all. Happens A LOT. If you reread my posts days later, you'll find little things changed at times. ;-) Usually though, I'll hit post, having proofed it 3X over, and then reread it on my blog and think, 'Crap', and then change again, adding and subtracting words. I wonder sometimes if people notice. ;-)

Thanks for the catch!

Posted by Bou at December 10, 2007 09:40 AM

I agree with Erica, no we wouldn't, but for very different reasons.

The reasons we won't today, are based on the fact that we are far too selfish. All parties and positions are inherently flawed, because they all answer to a "constituent base" that is born of greed.

They were the Greatest Generation, not simply because they reacted militarily, but rather, because EVERYONE Sacraficed. It didn't matter what your last name was, where you were enrolled in school, who you were kin to. You packed up and shipped off and if you weren't physically able, then you served in some capacity here at home.

Back home the costs of the war were extreme as well. Everybody was pitching in, paying whatever it took to fight the war, while mom worked extra hours to make ends meet.

That sort of commitment just is not in the fiber of this country today and it has nothing to do with liberal or conservative, left or right, it has to do with guts, something that both parties lack worse than Atlanta needs water....

PT

Posted by P'cola Titan at December 11, 2007 02:40 PM