The Maine went asunder on the 15th of February 1898. She was protecting United States interests during the Cuban revolt against Spain when she succumbed to her injuries. Of the 165 souls from her crew whom were buried at Arlington, only 62 were identified. 19 more rest in Key West and the sea kept nine for herself.
Anti-war, pop-culture leftists will tell you that this was an inside job. Rather than believe that the United States should respond to an attack on The Maine, leftists insisted that there was a conspiracy to influence popular opinion by the likes of William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer against Spain. These leftist narratives were created in usual leftist fashion: after the fact. The American leftist will tell you that, “Remember the Maine, to Hell with Spain!” was the slogan that took us into the Spanish-American war. It wasn’t. It was the attack and sinking of The Maine, and a Republican President McKinley that took us to war against our aggressors.
Give Peace A Chance
Alas, I digress … following The Atomic Bomb Dropping War Monger President Truman, a Republican named Eisenhower had Americans giving their lives in service to a war effort in Korea. We were fighting the Communist horde from China, and anti-war, pop-culture leftists wondered aloud why we would fight this battle. Their complaining brought us to what has been brazenly called a “draw”, and the Korean Peninsula causes us problems to this day due to the lack of testicular fortitude to complete the job.
If you believe anti-war, pop-culture leftists, the Vietnam conflict didn’t exist prior to Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, or Apocalypse Now. I’ll spare the history lesson, but suffice it to say that well before Oliver Stone’s memory, communist China was engaging the French before the United States engaged in World War I. The French quit fighting before 1955.
After Truman, there was Kennedy – who cannot be faulted for being a war monger because a leftist nutbag killed him (see Oliver Stone for a myriad of theories of why it had to have been a right-wing conspiracy instead of a crazed leftist). After Kennedy, it was Lyndon Johnson and the war effort in Vietnam was significantly escalated. Breaking character, leftists actually turned on Johnson, who decided not to even bother running for re-election.
Enter Nixon, for whom all blame rests prior to George W. Bush.
Bush Lied, People Died
War slogans are part of our national existence. They have been used for reasons both honorable and otherwise. While I could cite President Obama’s semi-slogan, “War of Necessity” when describing the debacle in Afghanistan, it doesn’t carry the weight of its predecessors as he hasn’t the interest or idea of why we were there – only that it was a political distinction he could utilize to ascend to power.
Tuesday next week, we can throw a miserable failure out of office. The reasons to pink-slip Obama are long and growing longer by the day. What I have yet to see is the war slogan to seal the deal. We need one. “Fire the bum” works fine for me, but I doubt that it works in the context we seek.
Sure, I could easily exit with something kitschy and used like, “Keep The Change”, but I know that a slogan today needs to be more. Whether conservative, libertarian or liberal, we must all come to our senses and recognize that we, as Americans, reject what equates to Soviet socialism. Never again should we allow ourselves to be consumed with the cult of personality. We stand united and proclaim:
“We are strong; we are resilient; we are American”
No complacency: get your butts out to your polling place on November 6. We generously gave the leftist ideology an opportunity to prove their worth. Honestly, do you really feel that they have? If not, vote against every democrat on your ticket. If there is no candidate in opposition, write yourself (or anyone else) in. Those in the democrat party require a message from Americans. Without lube.
Tuesday, we begin to set things right. I’m confident of this because we are Americans. We are strong. We are resilient.
Article updated to correct error
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