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America is Great because America is Good


Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

With the except of a few tweets or Facebook comments I have kept relatively silent about politics, but even though I have been relatively quiet I have been listening, watching, and reading. I have been watching parts of the Democratic National Convention and following what people from all parts of the political spectrum have been saying about it. While some diehard Trump supporters and former Bernie supporters who are pissed off that Bernie is more of a realist than them, I can only say that what has transpired in Philadelphia was 180 degrees different than that of the Dark Lord Trump in Cleveland. It was inspiring, it was the belief in the America that I grew up believing. As the son of a Navy Chief won served in Vietnam, as well an Iraq war and Enduring Freedom veteran, as a man who began his service during the height of the Cold War, I appreciated tonight. 

Let me say as a veteran and currently serving Navy man I was proud of what I saw and heard tonight. Instead of a convention that tore down the very ideals of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Gettysburg Address and painted an apocalyptic and fearful vision of fear, there was something to be proud about. There was hope, there was real passion and love for the country. There were the words of Khazr Kahn the father of Captain Humayun Khan who was killed serving in Iraq, which were so moving. As a combat veteran the the words of Medal of Honor winner Captain Florent Groberg, and the words of retired Marine Corps General John Allen meant a great deal to me. To see most delegates shouting USA as these men spoke was so different than the way that that same chant was done in Cleveland, instead of a chant of exclusion, it was a celebration of who were are as Americans. Last week that chant was frightening because it accompanied a message that threatened our allies, encouraged our enemies, and demonized other Americans. This week it made me proud. 

Those who really know me know that for me party politics has never been an obsession. I was a Republican for 32 years. Before I could vote I worked for the Ford campaign as a volunteer. I voted for Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bob Dole, and George W. Bush. But that was before Iraq and when I came home I was different, and in spite of everything that was , I came to believe in the promise of America again, and remembering the men and women who I knew who gave the last full measure of devotion to duty, I re-embraced the challenge of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the face of the earth.” 

I was pleased to see the Democratic Party return to a being party of liberal progressivism, as well as values, faith, and patriotism. It was a convention that reflected hope and realism. 

I honestly don’t ask people to agree with me as I believe that all Americans have a right to their political beliefs, and as I have for nearly 35 years I still pledge my life and my sacred honor to do that. But I was proud tonight, I was proud of another child of a Navy Chief, Hillary Clinton. 

I head up to Gettysburg again today with yet another class, and I am glad to be doing so. Every time I go I am inspired and rededicate myself to serving. 

So have a great day. 

Peace,

Padre Steve+

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Un-American Activities and Such…

Note: I always recommend that anyone who writes anything look at it before they go final. I took Molly for a walk after I wrote and i realized that this post is pretty much a throw away that decided to keep.  I meant to write something serious tonight but got sidetracked on the way to doing it. This is the result. 

I am engaged in un-American subversive behavior tonight. That’s right, I am not being a patriotic American. I am neither watching the NFL opener between the New York Non-Baseball Giants and the Dallas Cowboys nor the Democratic National Convention. No I was watching South Park. I won’t be watching most of the DNC for the same reasons that I didn’t watch the RNC last week, unless I decide to tune in to watch former President Bill Clinton.  However, even in non-election years I have a hard time watching football, while I observe the high holy days of the MLB pennant race. If that makes me un-American I will wear the label with pride but this does not make me a Commie.

Now I didn’t plan this, I simply forgot to switch the channel from John Stewart to the MLB channel and got sucked into a really funny South Park episode. It is the one where the South Park boys meet Jared Fogel of Subway Sandwich fame and that Stan makes the astute observation that “Yeah, it’s only in America that somebody can become famous just because they go from being a big fatass to not being a big fatass.”

Now as soon as the episode was over I switched to watch baseball on the MLB channel. Maybe later I will turn the channel to watch Bill Clinton speak at the DNC. People love my Clinton impersonation, and some find it scary.  During the 2000 election fiasco I tormented my battalion’s intelligence officer by doing my Clinton impersonation while we were deployed in Okinawa. Besides I could use some new Clinton material.

While I was stuck in traffic leaving work today I was doing my own Clinton DNC speech writing, except it was in my head because I had nothing to write with. I realized then that I need to become more sophisticated and learn to do You Tube comedy videos. However if I do the video thing I will have to get a Clinton wig since my bald scalp won’t do the trick.

That being said what Stan of South Park said is dead on right. Whether it is someone becoming famous because they were once a fatass and now are not a fatass, or because they are some other kind of uncouth reality TV slob with no redeeming qualities whatsoever there is no place like the good old USA. The South Park kids may be among the most foul on television but their satire of American culture is often more spot on than the perfidious political pundits, politicians and preachers that prostitute themselves for the big bucks by pontificating on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and countless “news” organizations. But I digress…

Back to the baseball games and my other un-American activities. But before I go I have to say that I am not a Commie and if your mommy is a Commie you’ve got a Commie mommy and you better turn your Commie mommy in.

That my friends is how one can take a throw away post and turn it into patriotic jibber-jabber. Don’t forget it. God bless America.

Peace

Padre Steve+

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Orioles Tie Yankees for First in the AL East: There is a Political Convention Going On?

Zach Britton pitches against the Blue Jays  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Aaron Vincent Elkaim)

“With those who don’t give a damn about baseball, I can only sympathize.  I do not resent them.  I am even willing to concede that many of them are physically clean, good to their mothers and in favor of world peace.  But while the game is on, I can’t think of anything to say to them.” Art Hill

Thank God for baseball, especially the Baltimore Orioles because I have pretty had my fill of the 2012 Presidential campaign.  But then since the campaign started the day after Barak Obama defeated John McCain in 2008 I guess I have good reason to feel this way. You see I like politics and I follow politics, sometimes if for no other reason than I find it interesting. Because of this I have been paying attention to the antics of both the Republicans and the Democrats and I think I am finally worn out by it.

So tonight with the Democratic National Convention going on in Charlotte I am tuned in to the Major League Baseball channel. I did the same last week with the Republican Convention and even though I agree more with the Democrats on many issues now than I do the Republicans I just cannot stomach night after night of partisan politics even if I agree more with some of these partisans the the partisans of the other side.

The really big important thing that happened tonight was the not the DNC. The big story was that Baltimore Orioles are are now tied for first place with the New York Yankees in the American League East. The Orioles have been coming on strong and are making believers out of baseball experts. Tonight they crushed the Toronto Blue Jays 12-0 with Zach Britton, who I know from his time at Norfolk won his fourth straight start, pitching 7 innings allowing no runs on 4 hits. Mark Reynolds went 3-4 with four RBI. The Orioles, who have one of the worst run differentials in the league pounded out 18 hits, a season high. Meanwhile in Tampa the Yankees lost again to Tampa after the Orioles took two of three in the Bronx. I find this much more  interesting and probably more important than anything that any political candidate or surrogate can say this week because it symbolizes the America that I believe in. That is the America were the scrappy journeymen can give the big guys a run for their money. I believe in the America of Field of Dreams, where deep inside, the good in baseball inspires people to better things.

“The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good, and what could be again.”

I guess that is why tonight on the opening night of the DNC I am watching baseball.

Peace

Padre Steve+

 

 

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