Author Archive for Douglas Moore
To let everyone know–I’m not giving up blogging.
I’ll be posting on my other blog (which has grown lonely and cold):
I appreciate everyone that has been a fan over the last two years. I learned a lot and learned to think in new ways. That’s what my writing is all about for me: Learning. Right now, I’m very focused on my military career. Soldier-Citizen promises to further enable me to understand the world around us and the emergent threats that America will face in the future.
I would be honored if the people who have followed this blog took a trip over to my new one. Soldier-Citizen began a few months ago, but with my work-load at 66 MI BDE HHC, I was unable to maintain up-to -date entries in both The Political Realist and Soldier-Citizen.
I’m staying away from domestic policy unless it has a relationship to national defense. Soldier-Citizen will focus on all matters military, including new and emergent technology, open source strategic analysis, and issues within the military community. Virtually anything to do with the military community will be a “Go” at Soldier-Citizen. The Ad Homonyms will be gone, too, unless they’re very warranted.
The blog will take a while to build to the quality that I’d like to have it at.
I’ve thought about this for quite a while. But now it’s over.
This blog, that is. Mostly. It’s for personal reasons. My mind’s energies are better expended in other ways. This just isn’t fun for me anymore. I’m wondering what all the libs will do when they have no one to spar with. It’ll be like the Emmy Awards, with a bunch of people handing awards back and forth telling themselves what a great job they’ve done.
Frankly, I think we’re going nuts. I knew this blog was done when Rush Limbaugh made a speech at the recent Conservative convention, and said nothing that was offensive, no jibes, no banter; only a solid treatise on what conservatism means. He even said that Barack Obama was one of the most talented politicians he had ever seen, but the way Obama was using his talent was not for the best of this country.
But the Libs still went nuts… They’re never happy.
I agree with Rush. Of course, only time will tell what Obama’s policies will do to us. We are going places we’ve never been. It’s the Great Experiment, and we’re experimenting with the greatest machine this planet has even seen.
In only 7 years, we’ve gone from the Unipolar Moment, to the End of the Unipolar Moment. Ok–I don’t buy that it’s ended. It’s only what the Liberals believed so their guy would occupy the oval office.
Looking over the last 20 years, I see we were uncomfortable with Pax Americana. We denied our own power. We hated ourselves for our strength. Is this the sign of a sick society? What would happen if a man hated his own body? I think his body would begin to wither. If the Unipolar Moment is waning it hasn’t ended. And if it is waning, it is because of us, not foreign enemies.
The Soviets pulled one over on us when they seeded our most prestigious universities with Communist sympathizers in the 50s. They created a culture that has proven to weaken our spirit by bending the minds of the elite to Bolshevik will. That culture continues virtually unabated on every college campus. That culture teaches that what made America strong was selfish imperialism and slavery. And greedy capitalists out to squash the poor.
Pericles–to the Athenians as they prepare for war against the Spartans: (Sorry for the text issues)
“I will speak first of our ancestors, for it is right and becoming that now, when We are lamenting the dead, a tribute should be paid to their memory. There has never been a time when they did not inhabit this land, which by their valour they have handed down from generation to generation, and we have received from them a free state. But if they were worthy of praise, still more were our fathers, who added to their inheritance, and after many a struggle transmitted to us their sons this great empire. And we ourselves assembled here to-day, who are still most .of us in the vigour of life, have chiefly done the work of improvement, and have richly endowed our city with all things, so that she is sufficient for herself both in peace and war. Of the military exploits by which our various possessions were acquired, or of the energy with which we or our fathers drove back the tide of war, Hellenic or barbarian, I will not speak; for the tale would be long and is familiar to you. But before I praise the dead, I should like to point out by what principles of action we rose to power, and under what institutions and through what manner of life our empire became great. For I conceive that such thoughts are not unsuited to the occasion, and that this numerous assembly of citizens and strangers may profitably listen to them.”
“Our form of government does not enter into rivalry with the institutions of others. We do not copy our neighbours, but are an example to them. It is true that we are called a democracy, for the administration is in the hands of the many and not of the few. But while the law secures equal justice to all alike in their private disputes, the claim of excellence is also recognised; and when a citizen is in any way distinguished, he is preferred to the public service, not as a matter of privilege, but as the reward of merit. Neither is poverty a bar, but a man may benefit his country whatever be the obscurity of his condition. There is no exclusiveness in our public life, and in our private intercourse we are not suspicious of one another, nor angry with our neighbour if he does what he likes; we do not put on sour looks at him which, though harmless, are not pleasant. While we are thus unconstrained in our private intercourse, a spirit of reverence pervades our public acts; we are prevented from doing wrong by respect for authority and for the laws, having an especial regard to those which are ordained for the protection of the injured as well as to those unwritten laws which bring upon the transgressor of them the reprobation of the general sentiment.
38. “And we have not forgotten to provide for our weary spirits many relaxations from toil; we have regular games and sacrifices throughout the year; at home the style of our life is refined; and the delight which we daily feel in all these things helps to banish melancholy. Because of the greatness of our city the fruits of the whole earth flow in upon us; so that we enjoy the goods of other countries as freely as of our own.
39. “Then, again, our military training is in many respects superior to that of our adversaries. Our city is thrown open to the world, and we never expel a foreigner or prevent him from seeing or learning anything of which the secret if revealed to an enemy might profit him. We rely not upon management or trickery, but upon our own hearts and hands. And in the matter of education, whereas they from early youth are always undergoing laborious exercises which are to make them brave, we live at ease, and yet are equally ready to face the perils which they face. And here is the proof. The Lacedaemonians come into Attica not by themselves, but with their whole confederacy following; we go alone into a neighbour’s country; and although our opponents are fighting for their homes and we on a foreign soil, we have seldom any difficulty in overcoming them. Our enemies have never yet felt our united strength; the care of a navy divides our attention, and on land we are obliged to send our own citizens everywhere. But they, if they meet and defeat a part of our army, are as proud as if they had routed us all, and when defeated they pretend to have been vanquished by us all.”
“For we are lovers of the beautiful, yet with economy, and we cultivate the mind without loss of manliness. Wealth we employ, not for talk and ostentation, but when there is a real use for it. To avow poverty with us is no disgrace; the true disgrace is in doing nothing to avoid it. An Athenian citizen does not neglect the status because he takes care of his own household; and even those of us who are engaged in business have a very fair idea of politics. We alone regard a man who takes no interest in public affairs, not as a harmless, but as a useless character; and if few of us are originators, we are all sound judges of a policy. The great impediment to action is, in our opinion, not discussion, but the want of that knowledge which is gained by discussion preparatory to action, For we have a peculiar power of thinking before we act and of acting too, whereas other men are courageous from ignorance but hesitate upon reflection. And they are surely to be esteemed the bravest spirits who, having the clearest sense both of the pains and pleasures of life, do not on that account shrink from danger. In doing good, again, we are unlike others; we make our friends by conferring, not by receiving favours. NOW he who confers a favour is the firmer friend, because he would fain by kindness keep alive the memory of an obligation; but the recipient is colder in his feelings, because he knows that in requiting another’s generosity he will not be winning gratitude but only paying a debt. We alone do good to our neighbours not upon a calculation of interest, but in the confidence of freedom and in a frank and fearless spirit.”
This is us.
And remember–this country’s backbone is still the blue-collar worker. Not the intellectual.
This is the last entry on this blog. Good night, and God bless.
Apparently, this man didn’t get the memo. He stuffed his cat into a homemade bong in an attempt to get it to calm down.
Reports have the cat, named Shadow, eating all of the man’s Doritoes and Ho Hos while its owner made bail.
I’m going to start a Leftist blog. I won’t post the blog’s name here, because I want to test my hypothesis.
Hypothesis: The blogosphere is primarily inhabited by people agreeing with the Left’s ideology.
I want to show people how easy it is to get a massive amount of hits if one just walks to the beat of a college student’s drum. I’ll give the experiment about 6 months and then post the blog’s address and stats.