Happy VE Day

May 8, 2009

Today is the 64th anniversary of the surrender of Germany: the "thousand year Reich" had lasted for only a dozen miserable years, but those years cost Humanity tens of millions of dead and left a wrecked continent behind them. In the end, the Hitler’s nightmare state was crushed between the armies of the free democracies of the West and the forces of another obscene dictatorship from the East.

The day Nazi Germany cried "enough!" was a day to celebrate:

VE Day

You can listen to President Truman announce our victory here.

More than six decades later, we find ourselves at war with another implacable foe. It’s hard for many to recognize this war or the mortal threat posed by jihadist Islam, for the enemy clothes themselves in religion, rather than national socialism. Their weapons are those of the terrorist, not a regular army. They hope to wear us down, rather than crush us beneath their heels.

And yet it is no less a fight to the death than the struggle with Germany, for the promise of Paradise that drives the jihadi requires the destruction of every value we hold dear: individual liberty; equality of all before the law; law made by the people themselves through their representatives; religious toleration and the freedom to practice one’s faith — or to have no faith at all; and so much more.

There’s no telling when this new war will end: I suspect it will go on for at least a generation or two, with hot and cold phases, more like the Cold War than World War II. I doubt that there will be an end so sudden and so dramatic that it sparks spontaneous celebrations in the streets.

But it’s just as important we win now as it was then.

 


Speaker Pelosi’s final word on torture and what she knew and when she knew it

May 8, 2009

Courtesy of Iowahawk.

Rolling on the floor

 


Was Reagan a better friend to gays than Obama is?

May 8, 2009

John T. Simpson gives a resounding "yes:"

As Prop 6 appeared to be gaining steam as the vote neared, with State Senator John Briggs stoking fears of gay teachers in the classroom with the full backing of California’s right wing, gays and lesbians were terrified that Prop 6 might actually become law. In their darkest hour, they turned to a most unlikely hero and savior: former California governor and conservative Republican Ronald Reagan, then gearing up for his 1980 presidential run.

After hearing the group’s concerns, candidate Reagan not only agreed with them, but became the bill’s most public detractor, even penning a scathing op-ed against it in the now-defunct Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, in which he said the following:

  • “Whatever else it is, homosexuality is not a contagious disease like the measles. Prevailing scientific opinion is that an individual’s sexuality is determined at a very early age and that a child’s teachers do not really influence this.”

Ronnie also stated that the same laws regarding the safety of schoolchildren applied to ALL teachers in the state. How’s THAT for progressive thinking from a conservative Republican, in an America not eight years removed from the Stonewall Riots? With former two-time Governor Reagan’s stern and vocal opposition, Prop 6 lost by a million votes. And John Briggs lost his race for governor in the primaries.

In taking the bold stand he did, candidate Reagan completely alienated the right wing in California, which blamed him for both the Prop 6 defeat and John Briggs’ primary loss. It was an act of political courage on Reagan’s part that might not only have cost him electoral vote-rich California, but the Presidency itself.

Read the whole thing, and compare Reagan’s stand to the silence of President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, and the "liberals" to the ongoing pogrom against gays in Iraq.

Now answer the question.