Saturday, July 18, 2009

Erma Bombeck

"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think that you have overeaten, but it is patriotism."


Paul Gordon said...

This is a STRENGTH of ours.

On the day after 9/11, Leonard Pitts (normally a very angry liberal who seldom has anything good to say about us) published an article in the Miami Herold (here's a copy: We'll Go Forward From this Moment), saying among other things...

"We are fundamentally decent, though -- peace-loving and compassionate. We struggle to know the right thing and to do it. And we are, the overwhelming majority of us, people of faith, believers in a just and loving God.

Some people -- you, perhaps -- think that any or all of this makes us weak. You're mistaken. We are not weak. Indeed, we are strong in ways that cannot be measured by arsenals.

And concluding with...

"So I ask again: What was it you hoped to teach us? It occurs to me that maybe you just wanted us to know the depths of your hatred. If that's the case, consider the message received. And take this message in exchange:

You don't know my people. You don't know what we're capable of. You don't know what you just started.

But you're about to learn.


gcotharn said...

Good point, Paul. And I had forgotten the Pitts article. It's nice to read those words again.