First a note of thanks for all the flowers, cards, prayers and other good thoughts that have come our way for my convalescing wife. Ann is doing just fine; better every day. She has grown to like being treated as the "Queen" with her every whim being cheerfully met. A friend informed her though that "This too shall pass."
In just a few days we will mark the ninth anniversary of the destruction of the two skyscraping towers that was the World Trade Center. The Pentagon was of course the second target on that day that also "shall live in infamy." Nearly 3000 innocent Americans were killed. It was the worst enemy inflicted disaster our country has ever experienced. It was also one of those life milestone marking events for each of us that experienced it happening if only on TV. I will never forget being about 20 miles from my destination in Kansas City and hearing the business jet ahead of me being ordered to land at Kansas City Downtown airport "due do a national emergency." I proceeded to my filed destination and when I strode into the FBO office I watched on TV as the second commercial jet hit the second tower. I knew instantly that we were again at war and who the enemy was!
Now 10 years later a group of Muslims, practitioners of the faith that spawned those homicidal jihadists that did the deed, along with fuzzy thinking encouragers, are planning on creating a victory Mosque right on ground zero. I don't think so!
Last week I heard a caller on talk radio suggest that the American response to 9-11 should have been to build the towers back exactly as they were before only just one story taller! I like that idea and the message that it would send! It should have been done nine years ago but doing so today would still make the same statement that we are here to stay!
Somehow yours truly managed to become the class representative for the McCook High School Class of 1955. You know the one that stays home, attempts to keep in touch with all the other grads, forwarding congrats and concerns, the one that organizes reunions, the job from which one has to die to get relief. Yeah, that guy or gal. Well this is the year of our 55th graduation anniversary and we celebrated the first half of the reunion during the all school event the Fourth of July. Now we are celebrating our second half during Heritage Days. Any excuse for a party. A bonus of the job is hearing from old friends living all across our great country as they respond to the invitation. About half the members of my class are computer literate which makes the job much easier but snail mail still works, too.
One classmate who lives afar and whose husband retired from teaching at a major university wrote that she has to use care in speaking ill of our president when she attends parties and other social events.
"We live in such a liberal community that we are rare ducks. Went to a barbecue yesterday, one couple was new to this group and several times he spouted out damning words about Obama and you would not believe the silence. We decided on the way home that we needed to get ahold of those folks and warn them that Obama is adored here! At one point, I was discussing something with one of the women and don't remember how it came into discussion, but she stated that people just refuse to believe that Obama is doing a wonderful job just because he is a black man. I said, "Well, I don't think it is that, but rather that they've realized that he lacks experience.' She jumped right back at me, 'No it isn't, it is only because he is black.' I quickly changed the subject. Fighting at a party is not a good idea. Otherwise they are fun and interesting people."
Methinks that Jeanne lives in a far different world than I find in Southwest Nebraska. It is my experience that folks here care not what color a socialist-leaning big government, debt-loving president happens to be, we are simply against his failing vision to reshape our country into something we don't like. Fortunately we will have a chance to make some changes to his party's ability to continue to make unwanted policy come November. Then in a couple more years we can vote to send him back to his corrupt buddies in Chicago from whence he came.
Still I find it unsettling to think how such liberal-leaning academics of which Jeanne spoke are influencing the young people we send off to college. We send them to learn to think for themselves but I fear that they are being force fed a liberal/progressive line. Hopefully this too shall pass.
That is the way I saw it.