Saturday, June 03, 2006

Vacation Thought

Here's a post from the Fast Squirrel about Memorial Day. Funny thing here: "Some of my earliest memories were of Memorial Day. I grew up on a farm five miles outside of a very small town in Iowa. Every year, that small town would have a memorial service at the Baptist church. Following an opening prayer, a student from the elementary school would recite the Gettysburg Address... from memory. It was an honor to be chosen for the recitation. We sang patriotic hymns, including the Battle Hymn of the Republic."

The recent blogging hiatus was to attend my niece's graduation in Des Moines. Indeed, even now the Battle Hymn of the Republic is standard fare for public gatherings in that city. I imagine that the ACLU and others of that ilk would be apopleptic if they knew what was being sung. The choral group even sang the verse about Jesus dying to make men holy. And not a hint of irony or sarcasm in the group. In fact, contrary to what many so called sophisticate coasters believe, the people of that area come from many ethnic groups. There's no monolithic white society there. No one objected to the playing of the piece.

The whole episode just re-inforces the feelings that those out of touch with reality are not those in America who have a faith and act on it, but those who claim to be reality based. Their reality is based on the lie that America is evil, that supporting the troops means denigrating their service, that church going people are bigots while those who would destroy the church are heroes, that any immoral act, perversion, and criminality is good if it would ruin our common Judeo-Christian culture. No, sadly, they are wrong, but they will keep at it until they apparently will need to be forcibly stopped. Unfortunately for them, they don't have the guns....