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A New Meaning for Citizen-Soldiers

For years, like lots of people, I’ve driven up-and-down Virginia’s highways glancing at roadsigns acknowledging the famed 29th Division Infantry Division. I’ve seen a movie or two about the Fighting 29th. I know about the national memorial in Bedford, Virginia. I’ve even known men who fought in the unit. I’ve heard stories of those who died on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.

Nothing has been as riveting as reading Christian Davenport’s book, As You Were, To War and Back with the Black Hawk Battalion of the Virginia National Guard. This is a well-written, powerful book of a one-year experience of this Washington Post reporter embedded with the Virginia National Guard.… Read More

Out of the Past, Mencken Still Up-to-Date

     The more I read, hear and see about today’s political and media society, the more I return to the writings of H. L. Mencken, the Sage of Baltimore.  
 
     He said, at various times:
 
     “As the arteries grow hard, the heart grows soft.”
 
     “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”
 
     “Democracy is only a dream:  it should be put in the same category as Santa Claus and Heaven.” 

     And, “Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.”

Everybody who loves politics, should take time to read the wit and wisdom of the great journalist of yonder years. 

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