It's time to revisit the troop ship loading dockside on Manhattan's bank of the Hudson River in mid-1943. Thousands of American GIs were hugging and kissing their loved ones. The band was playing one patriotic song after another. Red, white, and blue bunting flapped in the breeze coming off the river. Soldiers would hoist their duffle bags and stop halfway up the gangway to turn around and smile and wave one more goodbye kiss into the crowd. There were fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, wives, girlfriends, close buddies, and at least one philosopher.
He took in the enthralling audio and visual tableau and said to his friend, "You know, if only nobody ever got killed or hurt, war would be more fun than anything else in the world."
America is engaged in three wars right now: the two bad ones in Iraq and Afghanistan, and one of those lots-of-fun good ones here at home. Make no mistake; America is embroiled in the domestic battle of its life for the very shape and soul of what this country will become. And so far, thank God, nobody is being killed or wounded.
A word I haven't heard since high school football in North Carolina came bounding back to me as I was trying to decide how the "fun" was going. The word is "ginegar”, the first "g" soft as in "ginger" and the second one hard as in "vinegar." It was considered important to "talk it up" as the next play was about to begin. The idea was to build morale; get the spirits rising. Players on both sides would yell, "Come on, Fellows. Lots of life. Lots of pep. Lots of ginegar." Ginegar is vital in all kinds of sports and war. The North Carolina locals may have derived the word from a mix of gin and vinegar which, when applied under the tail, is said to get lazy horses and cattle moving. The professionals call it "motivation."
Military experts tell us the British didn't have more ginegar than the French at the Battle of Waterloo. They just had it five minutes longer. How do you explain the victory of George Washington's rag-tag army over the most powerful empire on earth at a time when fully two-thirds of Washington's countrymen were not behind him? Ginegar, Man! Endocrinologists call it the hormone adrenaline splashing down over the liver, enabling feats that verge on the superhuman.
Military experts also teach us an interesting fact of war. Twenty-five men who are highly motivated, they explain, can defend a position better than 100 men, 75 of whom are not motivated. Finland, with a population half that of Chicago, repelled wave after wave of Stalin's Soviet Red Army. Little Greece not only stopped Mussolini's troops cold, but counterattacked and took half of Albania, Italy's base for the attack on Greece.
Poor Italy. Everybody thought the Italian troops were cowards, and they were ridiculed by all sides clear through the war. Not true. To Italy's everlasting credit, her men simply could not arouse the ginegar to fight as allies with the likes of Adolf Hitler.
Israel is probably the world-champion distiller of raw ginegar. Outnumbered better than 100-1 by the Arab world, Israel nonetheless survives.
Who's got the ginegar in today's United States? President Barack Obama and those pile-driving his agenda, or those at the tea parties and elsewhere who are determined to smash that agenda? I fear that question lacks suspense. The ginegar is so overwhelmingly on the side of the president's opposition it makes every day's headlines a palliative for those who voted against Obama and are still distressed at the outcome of the vote.
In World War I, it was learned that one big problem with launching a poison gas attack is that an abrupt shift in wind direction means you're gassing your own troops. And that's the result of the left's use of the "nerve gas" that was supposed to silence negative comments by pretending they could be motivated only by racism. Silly and counterproductive. America is not a racist country. On the contrary, America is a country that bends over backwards to avoid the appearance of racism. And everybody knows it.
The best sign spotted at any tea party so far was probably the one carried by a rather mature woman that said, "Menopause is enough change for me." But the second-best was the one that said, "Hey, ACORN. WE didn't have to be bused here!" That's ginegar in action, and the clumsy effort of the president's team to pretend the Sept. 12 crowd in Washington was insignificant simply breaks open the seal on new tankards of ginegar for the opposition.
The rise of Glenn Beck's TV show can't be called "meteoric." Meteorites go down. Beck's ratings are more like a space shot; straight up. The first that most of us knew about ACORN's enthusiastic willingness to help get young girls illegally into the country for the sex trade was when Beck ran the series secretly filmed by James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, who posed as pimp and prostitute. They openly solicited help from various ACORN offices across the country. Beck's growing following is a kind of successful tea party every single day. And wasn't “green jobs Czar’ Van Jones supposed to be leading the campaign to get "idiot" Beck thrown off the air? Not even a nice try. Beck's simple repeating of Jones's proclamations of his belief in communism and Black nationalism reduced Jones’s intended radicalizing role in the administration to soap-bubble duration.
The only reason the opposition to the president's agenda isn't hip-deep in bubbling ginegar is because Obama's wholly-owned mainstream media keeps the scoreboard well-draped. They don't want it known how effective we are. If our side knew how well it was really doing on all fronts, our side would be doing better still.
I think it's time we awarded the president's spokespeople, spin-meisters, and agenda-crats the "Ludwig" prize. Ludwig Sertorius was Adolf Hitler's favorite newscaster. In Oct. 1942, when British General Bernard Montgomery's Eighth Army broke through Nazi General Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps at El Alamein in Egypt, it sent the Germans into the longest and fastest retreat in military history. And how did Ludwig report it to the German people? I quote: "All British attempts to interfere with our systematic advance to the rear have been utterly and completely smashed."
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