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The Flag on the Lapel, Continued


In reply to my post on The Corner Wednesday, several interesting emails arrived. Here are two of my favorites, which I think readers may also enjoy.

The first one understands the contrast between the sweet liberal vision and the reality-based vision of earth and land and historical struggle and ambiguity and evil:

Gone with the Wind begins with Scarlett’s father foreshadowing the end of the story…

Gerald O’Hara: “It will come to you, this love of the land.”

What did Scarlett say at the end of the book? After Rhett left her? After being ravaged by the war?

Scarlett: “Tara! Home. I’ll go home.”

There is a reason that a story lives forever….because it touches our hearts.

The second email proposes an admirable list of everything that can be done for our heroes in Iraq — everything except the one important thing. The writer does not recognize the justice of their cause and the great victory they are in the process of winning. Denied these, they are denied everything noble and moral. The inherent aim of soldiering, Aristotle writes, is victory.

…We Liberals live in the real world…not a world of symbolism. Wearing a flag pin since September 11, 2001 does absolutely nothing for the troops in harm’s way. Not one of our soldiers, seaman, or Marines can see your flag pin or your “Support Our Troops” bumper sticker. [Except during the long periods when they are at home.] If you truly want to send a message of support to the troops, send a donation to “Operation Helmet,” sign up to send care packages, make sure our troops are supported when they come home with injuries or PTSD. And, finally, do everything possible to get them out of harm’s way as soon as possible.

Most of these are very generous recommendations. Whether soldiers in the field judge that liberals “live in the real world” is a question worth pondering.


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