Monday, December 7, 2009

Above the Fray?

So I'm having dinner with one of my best friends at one of my favorite restaurants, and we've just ordered our usual. And my friend, who has had his own blog since before Al Gore even invented the Internet, wanted more info about the type of topics I would be addressing on my own bit of Internet real estate. He'd read my post about George W., which apparently either whet his appetite for more, or made him wonder if something better was coming down the pike.

I don't think my response filled him with anticipation. I rambled on about Republicans seemingly refuting Scripture by balking at healthcare reform, how people still revere the Kennedy men after just about all of them proved to be such duplicitous morons, and some other political axes I tend to grind.

"So, it's going to be about politics," my friend summarized, somewhat nonplussed.

"Well, no, um, I want to cover other topics as well..." I stammered back, without much of a clue as to what those topics would be. In an instant, my friend had presented me with a platter of deserts to try, and all of them were political. Yuck.

So, doing one of the things I do best, I spent the weekend stewing over what else I could talk about. Any yahoo can talk about politics, as Michael Moore and Rush Limbaugh have made careers proving.

But here again, I'm getting bogged down in politics, a subset of our culture that is, in fact, taking such a toll on America that the general electorate doesn't think straight anymore.

Maybe it's elitist of me to hope, but I'd like to be above the fray. Hopefully, by the time my friend and I dine at Uncle Julio's again, I will have made some headway in crafting a better position for this blog.

Day of Infamy

Before I log off for now, I'd like to at least mention the historical significance of this day, December 7. On this date several decades ago, Japanese pilots unleashed a horiffic strike against United States forces stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. At the time, the attack was considered a surprise, and for its victims, a surprise it surely was. However, history has unraveled clues that point to the possibility that our government may have at least been aware of the potential for a Japanese attack. While it would be easy to debate who knew what and when, the undisputable fact is that the attack on Pearl Harbor cost America a shocking loss of life and forced our country into the Pacific Theater of World War Two. Let us never forget the significance of December 7.

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