Saturday, February 24, 2007


Someone once said that every form of government has one characteristic peculiar to it, and if that characteristic is lost, the government will fail. In a monarchy, it is affection and respect for the royal family. If that is lost, the monarch is lost. In a dictatorship, it is fear. If the people stop fearing the dictator he'll lose his power. In a representative government such as ours, it is virtue. If virtue goes, the government fails. Are we choosing paths that are politically expedient and morally questionable? Are we in truth losing our virtue? ... If so, we may be nearer the dustbin of history than we realize.
--Ronald Reagan, 40th President

The office of president is a bastardized thing, half royalty and half democracy, that nobody knows whether to genuflect or spit
--Jimmy Breslin

I'm glad we've been bombed. It makes me feel I can look the East End in the face
--The Queen Mother, WW II

The Queen Mum was quite a woman.

Britain's Prince Harry will serve a six-month tour in Iraq. Harry, a Second Lieutenant, will command a four vehicle, 12-man unit of armor-type activities. The Royals will once again look the East End in the face.

Terrorism is a symbolic activity that is aimed at an audience beyond the immediate target. This move by the Royal family and Prince Harry is sublime, since it addresses issues beyond 2LT Harry's actual duties and responsibilities. The message is: the Royal family will share in the same burden as do other families in Great Britain.

The Brits are pulling in the colors and bringing along 1,500 soldiers. In effect, they are admitting the whole campaign was not successful. But at the same time, they're sending their eligible Prince. This is an admission that it was an error, but that the Queen's household is willing to have the last man out be a prince of a fellow.

My best wishes go out to this young man, who supposedly was a wild one on the party scene. His maturity exceeds anything seen in the Bush household.


Blogger spiiderwebâ„¢ said...

This is my take on it.

Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 7:53:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Killer Whale said...

Hey Ranger and Lisa,

This is off topic.

There are reports that 4 or 5 generals/admirals will resign if Bush orders an attack on Iran. My concern is that I remember reading that there are some religous crazies waiting in the wings.

Interested in your opinion on this. Seems like these are the reasonable people we want to lead the military. Any way they can keep us out of Iran and avoid resigning?

Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 11:38:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Right on, Spiider. Great minds think alike...

Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 3:01:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


In 1969, Harold K, Johnson resigned as Army Chief of Staff in protest vs. administration war policy. We cannot know its impact. Only Congress can stop this.

I do believe in the power of protest, but I also believe we are living under an incredibly recalcitrant administration which seems to be divorced from the will of the people.

Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 4:32:00 PM GMT-5  

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