Burch: “And a little child shall lead them ...”

Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 10:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

It continues to be a banner year for Tennessee athletes. Congratulations and kudos are in order for the Goodlettsville little leaguers who finished first in the U.S. and second in the world, to the Kitasuna all-star team from Tokyo, Japan.

Goodlettsville has a population of around 16,000 while Tokyo’s is closer to 16 million (including suburbs) so the young Tennesseans had an uphill climb against the best talent from Japan’s largest city, losing 12-2 in the finale.

The American and Japanese players displayed remarkable sportsmanship. In the bottom of the first, Goodlettsville’s Justin Smith hit Rintaro Hirano with a pitch. After Hirano made it to first, Smith walked over to make sure he was OK. When Brock Myers homered off Kotaro Kiyomiya, the pitcher congratulated Myers after he crossed home.

“Tennessee was our best friends in the U.S. division,” Kiyomiya said.

After the game was called due to the little league 10-run rule, in a symbolic gesture of friendship and goodwill, the Japanese players jogged the traditional post-game victory lap carrying the flags of both countries.

There was no need for the Americans to hang their heads or mope, nor did they plan to. “When we get home, it’s going to be a carnival,” Goodlettsville manager Joey Hale said.

The Americans were gracious in defeat, although there were really no losers, only winners. Hale called Japan “the best team in the tournament.” Goodlettsville star Brock Myers said, “We’re the second-best team in the world. That’s pretty good, I guess. I’m all right with that.”

But it’s hard to find such grace in American politics these days. Not only are many American politicians bad winners and worse losers, but they constantly puff up their chests and brag about American “exceptionalism,” which suggests that earth’s other nations are at best second-rate.

Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee is one of the ringleaders and rising stars of a Republican Party that increasingly lacks grace. And yet she praised the GOP’s updated anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-minority, anti-union, anti-anyone-who-isn’t-a-rich-white-Christian-man-in-picture-perfect-health platform. In her speech at the Republican National Convention, Blackburn told the wildly cheering throng that this platform would help the GOP be known as the “Great Opportunity Party.”

Like the RNC’s keynote speaker, Chris Christie, Blackburn referred to the “American Century.” What do Republicans mean when they talk about an “American Century”?

And here are enlightening excerpts from a speech made at the Citadel by the GOP’s new main man, Willard Mitt Romney, in which he evangelizes American exceptionalism.

“I am guided by one overwhelming conviction and passion: This century must be an American Century. In an American Century, America leads the free world and the free world leads the entire world. God did not create this country to be a nation of followers.

I believe we are an exceptional country with a unique destiny and role in the world. America is not destined to be one of several equally balanced global powers. America must lead the world, or someone else will. If we do not have the strength or vision to lead, then other powers will take our place.

The world is dangerous, destructive, chaotic. Like a watchman in the night, we must remain at our post and keep guard of the freedom that defines and ennobles us, and our friends.

The United States will apply the full spectrum of hard and soft power to influence events before they erupt into conflict [i.e., preemptive military strikes and covert operations.]

As president of the United States, I will devote myself to an American Century. And I will never, ever apologize for America.

I pledge to you that if I become commander-in-chief, the United States of America will fulfill its duty, and its destiny.

It is only American power — conceived in the broadest terms — that can provide the foundation of an international system that ensures the security and prosperity of the United States and our friends and allies around the world.”

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

124 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 8/31/12 at 2:36

Communism is a godless, secular, political ideology..

Islam, the Muslim religion, is an Abrahamic faith whose millions of followers are very devout, by Western standards.

The idea that our US President is actually a closeted Muslim and a Communist is beyond absurd...it's whacky hate speech.....regurgitated by white supremacists.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/31/12 at 2:37

He is a liar and a coward bfra. I'm leaving Hess after this less than a man.

By: Loner on 8/31/12 at 2:40

"Less than a man."???..what did you leave behind, at the gas pumps, Captain? Did you forget to extract your hose before driving off? OUCH!

By: dargent7 on 8/31/12 at 2:45

These Birther Nutz like to quote Obama when he says, "The United States, it's territories and commonwealths"....which is 57 in total.
Even when you explain to the same nutz's that includes the US Virgin Islands (3), America Samoa, Puerto Rico, Guam, Marshall Islands add in another "7" to the 50, they will not budge.
These same, staring at Obama's Birth Cert. on the internet, proclaim, "It's an obvious forgery..."
I say, f*** 'em.

By: Loner on 8/31/12 at 2:50

Beer Nutz? Yes. Birther Nutz? No.

We seem to agree on that, D7.

By: bfra on 8/31/12 at 2:50

yogi - Your comment wasn't funny, it was just the same old dumb BS you always put on the board. You are in no way funny, just patheticlly DUMB! Don't you get tired of being stupid?

By: yogiman on 8/31/12 at 4:15

Call it what you wish, bfra, but facts are facts, whether you like them or not.

By: yogiman on 8/31/12 at 4:20

dargent7,

When Obama made the remark about having been in 57 states when on his campaign in 2008, he wasn't talking about territories. He made the statement about being tired, he had been in 57 states and thought he had one more to go.

Did he make it to all 58 states?

By: yogiman on 8/31/12 at 4:27

I'm amazed, Loner. You all seem to be experts on all the issues and know everything even though you haven't read it or heard it on an issue.

Yet I'm ignorant because I only heard or read the issue I'm commenting on.

Yep, I'm amazed.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/31/12 at 5:06

Sure you are amazed yogi, you still don't understand electricity, running water, the internet. You are just a liar and a coward.

By: yogiman on 8/31/12 at 5:25

You're right, dumbo. I'm scared to death of you. That's why I didn't come over to Hess today. I was afraid you would whip my a$$ for being there.

Wanna sign up for a fight? We can charge your co-posting buddies on this site a good fee and make a few bucks.

We can sign a contract, whoever gets knocked down just lays there and goes to sleep. No getting up mad.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/31/12 at 5:31

Liar and a coward.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/31/12 at 5:34

You always want to fight someone who disagrees with you, but the moment you get the chance you hide behind your lies.

Next you come to me yogi.

By: yogiman on 8/31/12 at 9:49

dumba$$,

You're as full of that stuff as a Christmas turkey, and I'm not referring to dressing.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/1/12 at 7:38

What are you trying to say yogi?

By: yogiman on 9/1/12 at 8:14

If you so stupid you don't understand that remark, you should ask one of your co-posters.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/1/12 at 8:39

I'm asking you yogi.

By: Loner on 9/1/12 at 9:12

Mornin' Nashville....y'all usurp on yer flapjacks?

Slack's one-liner still resonates a day later...and the gunfight at the OK Corral drama continues between the Captain and the Troll....Clint Eastwood, look out, you got competition.

Speaking of the 82-year-old Hollywood icon, here's a link to a video of his performance at the GOP circle jerk in Tampa:

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2012/08/30/us/politics/100000001752472/clint-eastwoods-rnc-speech.html?WT.mc_id=VI-D-E-TAB-AD-VAR-VIDEO-ROS-0412-NA&WT.mc_ev=click

They claim that Eastwood does not trust teleprompters....so he "winged it"....."improv"...."ad lib"....check out the rather bizarre result.

By: yogiman on 9/1/12 at 9:19

I believe you know what that statement meant and are ashamed for your co-posters to know your mentality.

By: Mike Burch on 9/1/12 at 9:34

Loner,

It's good to have you back again.

It's not just President Obama who bows and scrapes to King Bibi, it's our entire political system, as evidenced by HR 4133 passing by a vote of 411 to 2.

Ron Paul remains the lone voice of reason, crying in the wilderness that we have better things to do with our money than give it to Israel, so that Bibi the Butcher can use it to steal land and water from Palestinians, causing acts of terrorism like 911 and the resulting wars.

But like King Bibi, our warmongering politicians are never really happy unless they are spending trillions of dollars to mind someone else's business.

By: Mike Burch on 9/1/12 at 9:36

Loner,

Eastwood "winging it" seems like an act best performed at the funny farm.

By: Mike Burch on 9/1/12 at 9:56

Eastwood’s the new Charlton Heston
shilling for God (Smith & Wesson):
“Make straight the path of the LORD!
A real man should die by the SWORD
and if he takes poor children with’im,
still, that’s no reason for a schism!
God gave US rich bigots our billions;
the doves are all fairies — let’s kill’em!

By: Mike Burch on 9/1/12 at 9:58

Opps, left out the closing quotation mark ...

Eastwood’s the new Charlton Heston
shilling for God (Smith & Wesson):
“Make straight the path of the LORD!
A real man should die by the SWORD
and if he takes poor children with’im,
still, that’s no reason for a schism!
God gave US warmongers our billions;
the doves are all fairies — let’s kill’em!”

By: Mike Burch on 9/1/12 at 10:07

Loner, I like your hypocrisy song, although not its source of inspiration.

You said,

"Junior Bush and Dick Cheney are persona non grata in the GOP...but Willard wants to emulate their foreign policy disasters.....go figure."

I think the same holds true on Akin and abortion. Romney and the Romulans act as if Akin is nuts, but in reality their position is even more extreme. Romney has made it clear in the past that he WANTS to ban all abortions, but the US public is not "ready" for such "progress." Even though Akin is as nutty as a fruitcake, Romney and the Romulans are infinitely more cold-blooded, as they would sentence all girls and women who become pregnant to bear children, even if they were raped, victims of incest, or their lives were endangered.

But even if such exemptions were allowed, what about the working mother with three kids who forgets to take a pill, or whose pills are defective? Should she be forced to bear a child she doesn't want or can't afford?

Romney and the Romulans want to own the universe, and to own it they need the votes of people with Stone Age beliefs. So they will sell women down the river, along with gays, Muslims, union workers, and anyone else the bigoted religious fanatics hate.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/1/12 at 10:34

This is a picture of me and Clint Eastwood. wink wink

By: yogiman on 9/1/12 at 10:38

Mike,

I believe you've got Romney and Obama mixed up a little bit. I believe it's Obama who wants to own the universe, not Romney.

What is Obama's reason for asking Putin to "hold up" until after the election?

You and your fellow posters should listen to retired General Boykin and Dick Morris on the issues coming up on this election.

And I'm still amazed that a person with just minimum common sense can so willingly vote for someone whose legal name they don't know and who refuses to identify themselves.

It's even more amazing that a number of those voters are basically intelligent... I think.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/1/12 at 10:42

yogi you are the one writing in code. Are you ashamed to say of what you posted?

By: Mike Burch on 9/1/12 at 10:48

Yogi,

I think President Obama was letting Putin know that in his second term he will have more flexibility to pursue PEACE, rather than war. That would be a good thing, except to right-wing warmongers like Romney and the Romulans, who want more wars in order to prove how "exceptional" the United States is. Of course, war was how Hitler and the Nazis tried to prove how exceptional the Third Reich was.

As I have pointed out before:

If you love your mama,
vote for Obama!

By: Captain Nemo on 9/1/12 at 10:51

Loner slacker is the best for one liners, I suppose that makes him a slack-liner.

There is no competition Loner, yogi wins hands down as being the crazies.

By: yogiman on 9/1/12 at 10:57

Sorry Mike, but as a man of obvious normally reasonable intelligence, you're proving your stupidity in supporting a man whom you don't even know his legal name.

Why did Obama's attorney (Alexandra Hill) state Obama's birth certificate was a forgery? If he was paying her for legal aid, why would she lie about his birth certificate?

By: Captain Nemo on 9/1/12 at 10:58

I don’t think he ever had a family Mike, I read somewhere that he was a test-tube baby that went terribly wrong and escaped the lab before the mad scientist could destroy the botched experiment.

By: yogiman on 9/1/12 at 12:25

Well, who do you have with you, dumbo? Your writing is too good compared to your daily goofs.

By: yogiman on 9/1/12 at 12:35

Question, Mike.

If Obama is getting Putin to wait until after the election... for what? You say peace. What do you think Obama is building his personal army for?

What do you think he meant when he made that statement about forming an "inside" army that would be as powerful or more powerful than the regular army?

If you and your fellow posters aren't communists, and don't think Obama is either, you, and your fellow posters had better wake up, Mike.

The day he went in office, Obama has been running for re-election. He has been campaigning in more sites it the same time frame than any president before him.

By: Loner on 9/1/12 at 1:12

Thank you, Mike Burch, for the personal response.

I like the phrase, "Romney and the Romulans"....this is the season for alliteration e.g. Romney & Ryan....Willard & Wieners.....etc. It's part of the game.

If I ever get the opportunity to put a question or two to Willard & Wieners, I'd ask them about Israeli exceptionalism. I'd like to know how and why Israel is given an exception to the standing rules about giving US foreign aid to nations that provide state-sponsored abortion services.

According to Friends of Israel Efrat, an Israeli right to life group, some 50,000 abortions are performed in Israel every year....most are free or at reduced rates...according to Friends of Efrat, government-approved and funded clinics perform the procedures. With a pop. of about 6 million, the abortion rate in Israel is one of the highest in the world....so, where is your outrage over this situation?

"Mr. Romney," I would ask, "why does the state of Israel have a right to exist, but the Israeli fetus has no such right? How do you reconcile those two views, sir?"

I would continue with: "Would you sir, as POTUS, suspend the US aid which functionally funds these abortion clinics in Israel? If not, why not?"

Here is a link to Friends of Efrat:

http://www.friendsofefrat.org/

The US media do not mention the Israeli abortion mills....bad for business to do so....Helen Thomas explained why that is so.

The Democrats and the Republicans do not to want to talk about Israel's free-wheeling abortion policies....bad for campaign donations.

American right to life groups never mention the Israeli abortion mills....I can only venture a guess as to why.....most US right to lifers are born-again Christians or Catholics and both groups believe that Israel can do no wrong and that we are obliged to stand by them, no matter what....it's a priorities thing, I suppose.....for those zealots, expediting Armageddon comes first.

So, the job of stirring up the muck on this issue has been left to the lone one....it's a lonely and thankless task, but somebody has got to do it.

Any feedback on that, Mike?

By: Loner on 9/1/12 at 1:25

Mike, I like your poem about Heston and Eastwood....it's a sad commentary....but truthful.

Be careful with using quotation marks in a tune...Dire Straits found out the hard way...the line "that little ******" has been excised from the on-the-air version of, " Money for Nuthin' ", both here and in Canada....although the songwriter was quoting two knuckleheads, the thought police cried, "FOUL!!".....the line(s) have been removed.....maybe there is something to the "gay agenda" allegation?.....just sayin'.

By: Loner on 9/1/12 at 1:30

Hmmmm....I see that the supposedly non-existent gay agenda agents have been here too....the other forbidden "F" word...it actually means a small stick, as in a piece of kindling wood....and it rhymes with maggot.....the NCP word filters kicked in....it's Orwellian....but hey, it's the hand that feeds us, I suppose.

By: Loner on 9/1/12 at 1:40

One more related question for Willard: "Sir, do you believe that Israeli women have the right to choose, but American women have no such right.? You can't have it both ways, sir; please clarify your position on this vital issue."

By: yogiman on 9/1/12 at 2:10

Mike,

I have to admit, I'm no expert when it comes to operating a computer. I wasn't taught on a computer in my childhood, we had to read the books.

But I have made a few advances by learning from others and teaching myself through "try, try and try again" and much "argument" has been flowing back and forth on Obama and your fellow posters have made every effort to make me look like the damn fool they think I am, but there is a point that have been brought out on Obama. I urge you to check it out.

Go on Bing and type in "was obamas real father running a sex club in Hawaii". It's about a 30 minute conversation with a man that has done a research on Obama. Let me know what you think of his findings.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/1/12 at 2:56

You are an idiot yogi.

I read on the internet that you are a liar and coward, plus being ill....

By: yogiman on 9/1/12 at 4:33

I've heard you're a bad bully, dumba$$. That's why I wouldn't come over to Hess' yesterday. I didn't want you to whip my ass in front of my neighbors.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/1/12 at 5:17

We have another cowardly lie, from yogi. Go sleep on it yogi, maybe you can come up with something more convincing.

By: yogiman on 9/1/12 at 6:27

Damn dumbo, can't I convince you I'm scared of you? I'm shaking right now. I doubt if I'll be able to get any sleep tonight worrying about you.

By: yogiman on 9/1/12 at 6:50

Of course its only my opinion, but to me its interesting: The Obamacare medical bill was passed by congress in March 2010 even without any of the congressmen reading it. Really? Consider: that bill was presented with the following facts.

1. It was written by a committee whose head said he didn't understand it.., really?
2. It was voted on by a congress that hadn't read it..., really?
3. It was signed by a president who smokes..., really? (and had he read it?)
4. It was to be funded by a treasury secretary who did not pay his taxes..., really?
5. It is to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese..., really?
6. It is to be financed by a nation that is nearly bankrupt..., really?

Is this really what we need for our nation to take care of us... or do we need to take care of ourselves?

Consider; the national legislature adopted this medical program for the common citizen because it was going to be such a great program, but they did not place congress in the program also. Is it really such a great program?

If congress refuses to accept this "great" program for their benefits, does that mean our employees (elected officials (servants)) consider themselves superior to the common citizen who placed them on their jobs (positions)? If so, they need to be fired.

By: yogiman on 9/1/12 at 7:12

Mike,

You and your playmates are condemning Mitt Romney even before he's elected to office. I'm curious, how can you know what kind of job anyone is going to do before they go in the office?

How did you come to the conclusion Barry was going to be a great president before he went in the office when you didn't even know his legal name?

What do you think of his job now that he's almost bankrupt our nation? Re-elect him and let him finish the job?

Was you just making your judgments by the name he gave? His race, perhaps? Or could it be because the said he was a democrat?

I seriously recommend you go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MBk4Xn6QIk/ and listen to that man. There's two parts to that program and unless you're a socialist or marxist, you won't like it.

By: bfra on 9/1/12 at 7:26

By: yogiman on 9/1/12 at 5:33

I've heard you're a bad bully, dumba$$. That's why I wouldn't come over to Hess' yesterday. I didn't want you to whip my ass in front of my neighbors.
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The only TRUE comment this yellowbelly has EVER put on this board!

By: Mike Burch on 9/1/12 at 7:50

Yogi,

Even if Barack Obama's father was running a sex club ... what of it? Are children suddenly responsible for their parents' actions?

By: Mike Burch on 9/1/12 at 7:53

Loner,

Good point on abortions in Israel.

Also, Romney praised the UK, Israel and Poland for their superior culture, thriving economies, etc. But all three countries have universal healthcare. And one might suggest that the US is funding or subsidizing free healthcare in Israel, as we have given Israel something like 130 billion dollars over the years.

Why is Romney praising other nations for their advanced culture and economies, if socialized medicine is the next thing to communism?

By: yogiman on 9/1/12 at 8:56

An interesting article I read not long ago. Its the most interesting article I've read in a long time and the sad part is you can see it coming.

Since my childhood, I've read, and heard, about a democracy countdown. It's interesting to see it written. I'm not a democrat nor a republican, I'm just repeating what I've read and the question that was raised was: How long do we have?

About the time of the original 13 states adopting their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, has this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier.

"A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that the voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.

"From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promises the most benefits from the public treasury, with the results that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy which is always followed by a dictatorship.

"The average of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years.

"During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

1. from bondage to spiritual faith;
2. from spiritual faith to great courage;
3. from courage to liberty;
4. from liberty to abundance;
5, from abundance to complacency;
6. from complacency to apathy;
7. from apathy to dependence;
8. from dependence back into bondage"

Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law of Saint Minnesota, pointed out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:

The number of states won by Democrats: 19, Republicans: 29. Square miles of land won by Democrats: 580,000, Republicans: 2,427,000. Population of Counties won by Democrats: 127 million, Republicans: 143 million. Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2, Republicans: 2.1.

Professor Olson adds: "in aggregate, the map of the territory Republicans won was mostly the land owned by the tax paying citizens of this Great Country, Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of Government welfare...' Professor Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the 'complacency and apathy' phrase of Professor Tylor's definition of democracy, with some 40 percent of the nation's population already having reached the 'government dependency phrase'.

If congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal aliens, and they vote, then we can say good bye to the United states of America in less than 5 years.

Apathy is now the greatest danger to our freedom.

"We live in the land of the free only because of the brave. - Gene Hutson

We recently celebrated the 236th birthday of the USA. Where do we stand now? How many more birthdays will the USA have?

By: Loner on 9/2/12 at 4:47

Yogi schlepped in a piece of plagiarized material in his 9:56 post....I Googled it and yes, the whole thing is an internet hoax...apparently, Yogi is the last to find out.

Here is a credible refutation of the purloined prose:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/ballot/athenian.asp

Yogi ought to banned for repeatedly posting material as his own, when it is actually ripped off from the internet....isn't that a violation of the Terms Of Service? Throw this clown out!

By: Loner on 9/2/12 at 4:55

Here's more light to shine on the hoax:

http://www.lorencollins.net/tytler.html

Seems like racist conservatives are passing the hoax around the internet in spite of the fraudulent nature of the thing....Yogi is probably part of some network of like-minded knuckleheads who share these phony pieces of "evidence".

Yogi's probably got a white muslin sheet and matching pointy hood stashed in his closet...along with the Stars and Bars....he's keeping the faith.