Monday, December 8, 2014

yesterday's gratitude

Yesterday was the day seventy-three years ago that Japan attacked us. You could probably look back now and say we needed to be in that war. You just have to hate the way we were brought into it.

American policy at the time could have been to focus on domestic issues and allow France and Russia and Great Britain and what was left of Poland by that time to have enough knowledge and power and troops and gumption to handle Germany backed by Japan and Italy.

I don't think anyone suspected the power Hitler had, the efficiency of the German troops, or the human death toll which would eventually be uncovered as jaw dropping numbers. Because sometimes human deaths reach quantities where we begin to call them a toll, like a price we pay to get somewhere else.

We get somewhere else by learning.

"That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all lessons of history."  Aldous Huxley

I am going to go ahead and propose that Huxley was having a bad day that day and Easter Island, of course. What I would like for you to know, children, because we can't forget.

Because we always need some super smart, really great, awesome people at the helm

Because at our core the majority of us believe that this country at it's very best allows you to believe what you want to believe, be who you want to be, thrive or not, vote or write a blog or argue or make peace. It doesn't matter as long as you don't hurt anybody in the process.

And if anyone tries to hurt us or if, surely not, we try to hurt each other then some of our best and brightest people are here or there to protect us.

Absolute gems, they are.

This guy is a gem as well.

Today I am grateful for them because they are us.

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