As someone who spends a lot of time on the roads of West Texas, I often turn to right wing talk radio to get my hate on in order to stay awake for the long drive. I find it invigorating.
The other day, I heard Rush Limbaugh explaining to his audience for at least the thousandth time what American Exceptionalism really means.
I'm sure that many of us have received emails from our angry friends on the other side of the aisle about the disrespect President Obama has shown the troops who prevailed at Normandy 70 years ago. The most common form of the rant looks something like this. Ironically, President Obama has observed the Anniversary of D-Day at the Memorial in Normandy more often than any other President since the practice began in 1984. While there is no possible way to completely eradicate this untruth, I've compiled the daily schedules for June 6th for all the Presidents we've had since the memorial was first observed in 1984 to demonstrate that not only is Obama in line with precedent, he is ahead of the curve. Not that it's going to matter at all. But it makes me feel better at least.
The recent spate of idiots openly carrying assault rifles in public places made me think of other things that are legal for us to do, yet we don't. I think I remember reading somewhere that, “All things are lawful, but not all things build up. Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other."
There are many things that we can do in this world, but don't. There are many other things that we probably ought to do, but don't. After the manner of David Letterman, here are some things that are legal to do in public in Texas, but that doesn’t mean you have to:
On Friday morning a couple of days ago, Rush was giving a brief history lesson on the collapse of great empires, and when he got to Germany, he noted that it was "divided into East Germany and West Germany. Then it gets united again into its current state, thanks largely to the Western powers of United States, Great Britain, and Canada." (from the Rush Limbaugh Show Transcript, April 4, 2014)
If memory serves, I believe the traditional Western Allied Powers were U.S. Great Britain and France. But maybe Rush is planning a new children's history book, "Rush Reagan: The Day I Huffed and Puffed, and Blew the Wall Down All By Myself." I'm sure it will be a best seller.
When I was in Berlin, Germany in the early 90's, I had the rare pleasure of seeing Dave Brubeck in a live one-on-one 'duel' with German jazz pianist Horst Jankowski, composer of a lot of 80's easy-listening music, including, "A Walk in the Black Forest."
Tea Party hack and Radio talker David Webb made a fool of himself on Fox News a couple of days ago.
Ripples of alarm are making their way through members of the Republican base now that Gov. Mitt Romney has become the presumptive GOP nominee for president.
But I would like to encourage the base to think positive. I want to help them see it’s found the person they've been looking for all their life.