Friday, November 02, 2007

Patriotism

Patriotism: Yes, we're an imperfect country...and some of the media delights in that, pointing it out to us repeatedly. But here's a pleasant read about America and our unselfish motives around the world. Enjoy.

When in England at a large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building' by George Bush.

He answered by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return." It became very quiet in the room.

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Then there was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break one of the French engineers came back into the room saying "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them. A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: "Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck.. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have? Once again, dead silence.

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A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of Officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, 'whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English.' He then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?'

Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied 'Maybe its because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German.'

You could have heard a pin drop!



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19 comments:

SNAKE HUNTERS said...

Perhaps It's Time For Us To Print
This Patriotism Post...

And send it out to the doubters,
the nay-sayers, and the hate-mongers that continue to spread their negative messages at every opportunity!
>>
Bloggers are welcome to verbatim
duplication for their weblogs! reb
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Donald Douglas said...

Hi Ralph: Thank you for the excellent post.

I particularly like the example of American goodness provided by the Boeing engineer.

I'll pass this along. Keep up your good work!

American Power

Tom the Redhunter said...

Indeed it is good to be reminded of these stories from time to time. They remind me of the words of General Douglas MacArthur as he accepted the Thayer Award at West Point in 1962:

"Duty, Honor, Country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points: to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn....

The unbelievers will say they are but words, but a slogan, but a flamboyant phrase. Every pedant, every demagogue, every cynic, every hypocrite, every troublemaker, and I am sorry to say, some others of an entirely different character, will try to downgrade them even to the extent of mockery and ridicule.

But these are some of the things they do. They build your basic character. They mold you for your future roles as the custodians of the nation's defense. They make you strong enough to know when you are weak, and brave enough to face yourself when you are afraid. They teach you to be proud and unbending in honest failure, but humble and gentle in success; not to substitute words for actions, not to seek the path of comfort, but to face the stress and spur of difficulty and challenge; to learn to stand up in the storm but to have compassion on those who fall; to master yourself before you seek to master others; to have a heart that is clean, a goal that is high; to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; to reach into the future yet never neglect the past; to be serious yet never to take yourself too seriously; to be modest so that you will remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength. They give you a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a freshness of the deep springs of life, a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, of an appetite for adventure over love of ease. They create in your heart the sense of wonder, the unfailing hope of what next, and the joy and inspiration of life. They teach you in this way to be an officer and a gentleman."


They don't make them like MacArthur anymore.

Yankee Doodle said...

There are some who've forgotten why we have a military. It's not to promote war; it's to be prepared for peace. There's a sign over the entrance to Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington State, and that sign says it all: “Peace is our profession." ---R. Reagan

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Gayle said...

Thanks for stopping by Dragon Lady's Den, Snake, and you're right... it's a "grabber." :)

SNAKE HUNTERS said...

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An Eye-Opener! reb

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Wow. That was POWERFUL.

BZ

Tom the Redhunter said...

Not to be a nitpicker, but "Peace is our Profession" was actually the motto of Strategic Air Command, having been officially adopted in 1958.

The motto is satarized in Stanley Kubrick's Dr Strangelove. Despite this, Dr Strangelove is still one of my favorite films.

If I had ever worked for SAC, I'd certainly have prayed for peace.

SNAKE HUNTERS said...

THE U.S.S.R. DIED when the Berlin Wall came down during Ronald Reagan/Mikhail Gorbachev tenure...

But 'Activist Communism' Did Not!

Awake Bloggers!

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See: "A Hate America Peace Rally" by John Perazzo in FRONTPAGEMAG.COM
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All The Names you've learned to love to distrust are there at so-called "Peace Rallies" sponsored by
U.F.P.J.s Leslie Cagan, a great pal of Fidel Castro!

'Hanoi Jane' Fonda, Maxine Waters,
Jesse Jackson, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Kevin Martin, Khalidah Shabra of the Muslim American Society, Raed Jarrar & Medea Benjamin, co-founders of Global Exchange, Ramsey Clark, Tom Hayden, etc
>>
Ah Schucks, just print it yourself;
grab a yellow marker, score the names for easy reference; They All
Hate the USA, and everything you are for, they'll oppose; Bet on It!

(Print & File) reb
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reb

Gayle said...

I loved the one about the aircraft carriers best, Reb, but they are all good! LOL!

SNAKE HUNTERS said...

A NEW 'AXIS Of CHAOS' COMING?
__________________________________

It's only a rumor at this point, but here it is...

Rosie O'Donnell Is Set To Join
Keith Olberman on MSNBC! Wowee!
That should revitalize a dying network! Damn That Fox Channel !

Just Imagine it. These Two Patriots joining forces to Impeach Bush/Cheney...

revving up the faltering hate merchants for another assault on Halliburton, Abu Garaib, Guantanimo, Illegal & Inhumane treatment of al Queda Terrorists, that Patroit Act Thingee, Homeland Security, and the unfair spying on suspicious phone & emails from Saudi Arabia & Iran. That's Illegal! And, harrassing those six
Imams, the pilot kicking them off
that commercial jet...We're losing our freedoms, folks. Write to your
congressmen!

'Big Government' wants to Wire-Tap your phone, folks. 'They' want you to believe that it's all in your own interest, good people!

They don't want you to hear the truth; that 7th building was actually an "inside job", just like the Twin Towers...and how about that 'Water-boarding'?
Want the Truth? Count on Keith & Rosie!

The Keith & Rosie Show! No, sorry; sorry...it's the ROSIE & Keith Show. We do hope she'll hang up-side down,

One More Time, for her fans. She's so Aaawwesome!

Stay tuned in. reb
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WomanHonorThyself said...

Booyah!..Blessings to you and the vets who risk thier lives for our freedoms!

Frieda said...

I loved these stores and I am an American by CHOICE and what a great choice I made to become the citizen of this greatest nation on earth.

When I talk to my kids friends' parents, who are mostly liberals, they automatically assume that I must be anti-Bush or anti-American, they go DEAD SILENCE when I start talking about how proud I am to be part this country.

It's just too sad that a foreign born must tell this to an American born.

Tom the Redhunter said...

Hope everyone here had a Happy Thanksgiving! We have a lot to be thankful for.

John Washburn said...

Bravo, Reb. How quickly the French forget.

Here's one more for your archives. A quote from the great George Patton:

"I'd rather have a German division in front of me than a French division behind me."

General Patton, where are you now?

Anonymous said...

Patton? Wherever he is, he's raising hell with the Maggots,
peaceniks, and no-nothings, and kicking the butts of arm-chair
neo-libs. Right On!

Danny & Gayle, Orlando

SNAKE HUNTERS said...

END OF NOVEMBER, breaking news

11/25 Bush/Maliki Iraq Deal!
11/27 Bush/Olmert/Abbas
Annapolis, Md Accord

Dec 1st: Exposing Vast Left-Wing!

Stay tuned, folks! reb
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Anonymous said...

Smitty Says,

This will remain the Land of the
Free, only as long as it is also
The Land Of The Brave!

Thank you, Snake Hunter!

Smitty, Ft Lewis, Washington