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Bloviating Zeppelin: USMC: Happy Birthday & Thank a Veteran!

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

USMC: Happy Birthday & Thank a Veteran!

God Bless America.

The finest, most powerful, most beneficial, most reviled political experiment any group of mongrels, misfits, rejects and risk-takers ever assembled into a nation.

And let's please say Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps, celebrating its 230th year -- the few, the proud, the Marines -- and once a Marine, always a Marine. Semper Fidelis.

After several attempts by the American colonies reconcile the Crown and the American people, the Colonial Congress decided to assume a more serious attitude. A congressional committee drafted a resolution that created a new unit: the Continental Marines. The entire legislative body approved the resolution on November 10, 1775, the celebrated birthday of the US Marines. Robert Mullan (owner of Tun Tavern, the Philadelphia inn where the original resolution was drafted) was named a Marine Captain, and Samuel Nicholas (owner of another local tavern) was designated commandant of the Continental Marines.

By the time you read this, it will be Friday, November 11th, Veteran's Day. I wrote this post three times; the first was a lengthy missive detailing the history of the US military. Too long. I wrote a second piece; still too long and too over-the-top.

I'm making the newest post much shorter, and it gets down to this: 652,000 + Americans have given up their lives for this country, with almost 1.5 million wounded. The United States is an honorable and good country, no matter what anyone says. And our soldier have been, are, and always will be the best of the best.

Without a strong military, without men and women willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, without secure borders, everything else we do is secondary and, truly, of little consequence. How quickly we seem to forget this, even on Veteran's Day.

If you see a soldier today, walk up to them, shake their hand and thank them for their service. Go to Soldier's Angels and support a young soldier in Iraq. And take a moment, if you will, to reflect on what it means to be an American -- and ask yourself why it is that so many people, if we are such a bad country, still die trying to reach our shores.

Yes, God Bless America, and God Bless the American soldiers, for they keep us safe and secure.


Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

11 11 05

Right on Blo Zep! And thx for the comment on the blog earlier:) I will call Grandpa Butch the bleeding heart liberal grandpa. He fought in WWII. Didn't you say your dad did too? How cool that they are alive after that stuff! Great post!

Fri Nov 11, 01:07:00 AM PST  
Blogger Eddie said...


Fri Nov 11, 06:24:00 AM PST  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Semper Fi!! (Am I allowed to say that not being a marine?)

Fri Nov 11, 09:39:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Yes, my 85-year-old dad served in WWII. Thank your Grandpa Butch for serving his country with such honor. Hoo-rah back at'cha, Eddie! And LMC, you bet, you can say Semper Fi as that honors those who serve!

Fri Nov 11, 02:57:00 PM PST  

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