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50 Years Ago

Just read an essay in the WSJ by Patrick Buchanan, entitled With Nixon In ’68: The Year America Came Apart.

I am a Baby Boomer, having come into the world in 1950. In fact, I arrived supposedly 3-4 weeks early as my father got called up for Korea and according to my mother, she was so upset – it was chaotic – she went into labor early.

Personally I delineate the 1950s era and the 1960s era with the Kennedy assassination. That was one of those dates where you could say there was a “before” and an “after”. With all of the scares of the Cold War, America seemed to have lost her innocence November 22, 1963.

There was the “Free Speech Movement”  at Berkeley starting in 1964. With riots, which became familiar in the 60s.

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James Madison vs. Mark Zuckerberg

Madison vs Zuckerberg

Having programmed computers for 25 years, I came to the conclusion that there is very little “new” under the sun. I can remember working for a boss, Gene Bishop – now long gone – who told me about the heady days of working in IT at Aerojet General, when they were building rockets to go to the moon.

He was referring then to what we came to know as spreadsheets and saying that with their giant mainframes, they had designed the equivalent of a spreadsheet. Without CRTs – terminal screens –  – first as “dumb” terminals dependent on all of their information from the mainframe – 100s – 1000s of feet or even miles away, it took some human effort to think with 2 or 3 dimensions  and read a printout on the old mainframe paper.

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Useful Fools or Rose Colored Glasses?

I had an idea for a post peculating in my head, and my friend Robert Avrech pretty much said everything I wanted to say today. It is one thing to be idealistic – in fact, I would say without idealism the world wouldn’t change much for the better. It’s another to filter the facts to fit your weltanschaung.

Always thought it was Vladimir Lenin who coined the term “Useful Fools” but alas, his term was slightly different.

Interesting thing I learned about our modern Olympics: It was the 1936 Berlin Olympics when a dictatorial government first used the modern Olympics to extol their virtue.

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Thought Provoking Op-Ed?

Those who read the Wall Street Journal know that over time they have been no friend of Donald Trump. Personally, I had some reservations about him but voted for him.  Even in this young country’s lifespan, it is difficult for people today to get some political perspective.

But at least twice in our history, politics were pretty polarized. Hard to believe today that during the Revolutionary War, only a third of the population supported independence, while another third supported the Crown. Do I have to mention that people were also polarized during the 1850s?

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I certainly can’t speak for Lex for….

who might have been his Presidential preference in this last election. 

But I can say he would like this potential Secretary of Defense.

Some more Mattis quotes: 

I love this guy…


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Seems an appropriate post today….

I can’t remember in recent history a Presidential campaign that had so much acrimony. I think I’d have to go back to Goldwater-Johnson in 1964.

I’d have loved to know what Lex would have had to say today. I suspect that like most of us, he would have found flaws in all their positions and in the end voted for the one he believed best for the country. At least that was my motivation.

But I believe this post of his is just as suited for today as it was 12 years ago.

“People are looking at politics as dogma. And they’re looking for heretics to burn, and devils to fight against. And they’re making it a very personal struggle.” 

I would hope that as Americans we can all come together now….

I’ll post some more of my road trip pictures tonight…


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Patriot’s Day

Concord Hymn
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set today a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.

Patriots’ Day is a state holiday in Massachusetts and Maine, where state, county, and municipal offices are closed. This day commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord, which were fought near Boston in 1775 on the 19th of April. Patriot’s Day is annually held on the third Monday of April.

US Navy Jeep has a nice article here concerning this very New England holiday. In that article the author, Bob Reed, poses the following:

The Declaration of Independence would not be written for more than a year, but the mistreatment of the colonists by the British crown had led them to desperation. Actions like this embody the patriotism and resolve of our early forebears. And they lead one to wonder how Americans of today would react to conditions similar to those of the colonists.

The British Army is not marching on Concord to seize our powder and shot. It is not the British Crown demanding that we pay ever increasing taxes on everything. It is not the British Parliament proposing new laws and restrictions on our freedoms. No, it is Progressive Elements within our own state legislatures and the Federal Government doing these things. And we put them there!

What do we do now America?


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