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Self-Defense for Americans

Friday, 01 February 2002 12:00 AM

Our media present us with pre-chewed directives for our busy minds. Many maintain that 'politically correct' guidance is still alive and well.

Our attention spans, under the influence of information technology and meager education, seem to become shorter as each year goes by.

We are told that we live in a two-party system, Democrats and Republicans. Elsewhere these are called socialists and conservatives. Reminds us of 'black hats and white hats,' an oversimplification which, in history, has often proven fatal. Human rights is another dangerous label of overgeneralization.

Let us look at politics. What represents being a socialist, both at home and in France, Germany, Scandinavia and so forth? When applying today's catchwords, I would call him or her a 'half and half', a half-communist and a half-capitalist. Someone who takes the 'meaningful' from either side, depending on what fits the issue at hand.

Personally, I prefer a communist to a socialist. With communists, we know where we are, what we can expect. The socialists present the larger danger to our country, to the American way of life.

The let's-keep-the-cake-and-eat-it socialist, to me, is too unpredictable to be counted on as a solid citizen. We know well that he or she costs the taxpayer much more money than he or she will ever contribute.

This is an entirely undefined label, a ready-to-drive vehicle to dispense more taxpayer money than will be returned. Lee Pong, the Chinese who nearly became president of China but was outmaneuvered by Jang Tze Min, gave his opinion on human rights after having been harried by the State Department.

"What human rights?" He asked. "It's hard to talk about that when a person does not want to work, does not want to stand up for his family, does not wish to support his country. How can such people deserve human rights?"

My white American hat is off to this black-hatted member of China's Politburo.

Let's not overdo it. Recentlly, MSNBC, at prime time, interrupted its regular news program with an announcement: LATEST NEWS ALERT IN AMERICA'S WAR ON TERROR.

I expected something about terrorist threats, or perhaps the capture of a leading al-Qaeda figure. No, it was not that, although it did concern our forces in Afghanistan. One soldier had been seriously injured in a forklift accident, four others slightly injured.

While I always feel for soldiers, please, what is becoming of America? Was that even newsworthy?

These thoughts come to mind here in Florida. I have a 77-year-old neighbor, a former European who volunteered for the U.S. Army in World War II. He told me a different story about heroes.

"In that war," he said, "I met different heroes." I am told that his American buddies nicknamed him "Grenade Beethoven" since he liked to take German soldiers prisoner in his fashion: dressed in an old civilian suit, two grenades in his pants pockets.

Walking into the midst of his German targets, looking like a German and speaking the dialect of the day, he would take out the two pineapple grenades, pull the pin from the first, then from the second, and then courteously suggest peaceful surrender.

It seems to have worked, since I swam with him in the ocean only yesterday. If I were to insinuate to him that he is a hero, he would probably say that I am nuts.

I would like to explain more about this "hero" label, which is now all over the TV screen, but I would have to name names to make my point, and I will not do that.

Well, enough. Looking back to WWII, most heroes were PFCs, corporals and sergeants. There were lieutenants and captains also, but the former outnumbered the officers. To throw the hero label around loosely, as we now do in politics, is not worthy of our country.

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