While Christmas is officially a celebration of the birth of Jesus, for much of the Western world December 25 has come to be a celebration of family and community. No other time of the year is so thoroughly saturated with images pointing to our highest hopes for such relationships - and no other time of the year so effectively highlights the difference between our ideals and the world as it really is. Jesus came to Earth to bridge not only the chasm between humanity and God, but also that rift that separates people from each other. Christmas reminds us that we live in a broken world, and it seeks to encourage us by showing us through religious and even many secular trappings how that brokenness can be fixed.
His modest proposal: "Idea for Republican operatives: Create a union — say, the Organization Of Campaign Workers And Volunteers — and send it to “organize” Democratic campaigns. Unlikely to succeed, sure. But fun to watch!"
We know a little about the assailant's background, and it goes without saying that anyone who engages in a mass shooting has deep psychological problems. But investigators may never know the motive behind the shooting that took the lives of 20 children, six school officials, and the one person who could tell us the most about Adam Lanza - his mother.
NRO contributor D. J. Jaffe has suggestions on what Federal and state governments can do to improve policy regarding those with mental disorders.
Michelle Malkin reports on the recent union thuggery in Michigan.
Anybody remember Kenneth Gladney?
Never travel alone to a protest. If possible, bring a martial artist with you. And a first aid kit. And a video camera.
There's a cash reward for turning in the guy who assaulted Steve Crowder.
I remember a Mad Magazine item from some time back in the '80s. In the first frame, an early-elementary-age boy plays with a toy gun, yelling "Bang! Bang! Bang!" Mommy gives him a doll, hoping to breed some pacifism into the boy. But in the final panel he wields the doll yelling "Bang! Bang! Bang!"
A reprint of my original 2002 post, with specific time references edited, and with a new closing paragraph.
Today is the anniversary of the Japanese strike against Pearl Harbor. After many years, there is still division over that historical event between Japan and the United States and within each of the two countries. Books claiming that FDR intentionally provoked Japan into starting a war and that he had advance knowledge of the attack, notably Robert W. Stinnett's Day of Deceit and John Toland's Infamy: Pearl Harbor and Its Aftermath, have attracted considerable attention. On the other side of the Pacific, Japanese remain divided over their nation's role in the war. (At the moment I am unable to find examples of this on the Internet.)
When I was in hospice training, I was taught that no one ever recovers fully from grief. There will always be times when memories of a loss, whether over someone's death or some other tragic event, will trigger feelings of remorse. What one who has suffered a loss must do is to recover to the point that the loss is manageable, when it no longer interferes with everyday normal life. Pearl Harbor, and WWII in general, provoke strong feelings - and strong disagreements - in both the United States and Japan, even among those who have no conscious memory of December 7, 1941. But this day has scarcely any effect whatsoever on relations between our governments or our citizens. The vast majority of us refuse to blame events of the past on those who weren't there.
Wars do not always end with such peaceful results. In many cases, virulent bitterness is passed from generation to generation. Such lies at the root of the current war we fight against terrorism. Afghanistan and Iraq in 2002 were only the beginning. Terrorism will never go away completely, but if we fight this war right we will fight every government that willingly aids and abets our enemies and we will be victorious, and if we do our postwar job right as we did in Japan, today's enemies will be tomorrow's allies.
Everybody knows the day of infamy. The day of hope is every December 7 of Japanese-American alliance and friendship. Remember what brought our nations to war, and what we built together after the conclusion of that war.