Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mort Sahl

87 years old.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Insane for Ukraine

NATO and Ukraine is the refrain for the insane who prate about war.  What fools govern us.

Message to Messers McCain, Graham, and Obama: 

I summon up the memory of Robert A. Taft, the son of President William Howard Taft, a Senator from Ohio, and a true conservative known as "Mr. Republican."

Senator Taft opposed the creation of NATO.  He did not believe that the US needed the alliance and he did not believe that Russia was an imminent threat to Western Europe.

Senator Taft opposed the internment of American citizens of Japanese descent during World War II.

Senator Taft opposed the Nuremberg trials, calling them "a victor's revenge.'  He believed that an international tribunal of neutral parties was the correct and just way to prosecute.

In 1957, the United States Senate created a special committee to select the five greatest Senators in American history to that point.  The selections were Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, John C. Calhoun, Robert LaFollette, and Robert Taft.

John Kennedy cited the positions of Senator Robert Taft in his book "Profiles of Courage."

For a comprehensive review of Senator Taft's history, please check out this link called The Republican Road Not Taken.  Taft's vision  is describes ad "a way to defend the country without destroying it, a way to be part of the world without running it."


Isn't this a lovely thought?

"I'm grateful this is still a very beautiful world, and you don't have to pay anything to know it.  The world is still full of decent pleasures that also don't cost anything.  So use up what's free first.  Then go buy something if you have to"

Wendell Berry