We recognize the despotism that the Progressive Movement has produced and we all nod our heads in agreement with my prosaicisms which do wonders for singing to the choir but nothing else. The problem with this kind of generalization is that it does little to improve the political climate other than ignite a week's worth of opposition posting from the internet's conservative blogosphere before we move on to the next outrage. The fact that there is a next outrage shows us that we are whistling in the wind and such reality promotes despair within the ranks of conservative reformers ~tangled web - part one.
This week we celebrate the 26th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's perhaps most famous speech at Brandenburg Gate in what was then West Berlin, Germany. For those of us who are old enough to remember that stirring address, it's good that we take the time to explain to those who are young the relevance of the era that we refer to as the Cold War.
The Cold War – a term coined by George Orwell in 1945 in reference to the dawning of the nuclear age. The term was adopted by US presidential advisor Bernard Baruch in 1947 to express the beginning of the never ending conflict between the US and the Soviet Union that was a "peace that is no peace."
We well remember Ronald Reagan – the man who used the job as president to do whatever he could to free future generations from the grips of Soviet aggression. Sadly, Soviet aggression is now the least of our children's worries. They have their own bogeymen with which to contend. They go to school and perform safety drills to protect them from homegrown terrorists and other likeminded whack jobs with perhaps a tad less futility than huddling under one's desk to protect oneself from the imminent nuclear holocaust, but the truth is that, in the grand scheme of things, we have just supplemented one evil empire with another.