These are a matched set, and you must read them, one after the other:
Janet Napolitano, the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, having thought long and hard, decides that the real victims of the Fort Hood massacre are . . . wait for it . . . Muslims.
On the flip side, Cassandra, at Villainous Company, talks about the solid courage and real values that characterize the American military.
Just to get things laid out nicely and neatly: our current administration coddles our enemies, fears and denigrates our own military, and is actively seeking to destroy our economy. Can anyone here remind me why we have this administration?
The only sort-of solace I have right now is the 2010 election, but even that doesn’t inspire great hope. The Republican Party is so inept and out of tune, being neither Democratic fish nor Republical fowl, that I am not sanguine about its ability to provide voters with an exciting, or even viable, alternative to the Democratic march into the Marxist ocean. Really, the only hope is that these trials are sent to us for a purpose, as the Anchoress, in a very uplifting way, believes.
UPDATE: Rick, himself a religious man, has taken the Anchoress’ message and run with it. As I told my mother (who, like me, can best be described as an atheist), those of my blog friends who are religious have a serenity we lack. Even when things are bad, they feel that there is a purpose, although they might not be able to see it. They can be upset, but they still feel they’re in God’s hands. I mentioned that they manage to have this attitude without being condescending, antisemitic (which is what my Mom so fears in religious Christians), or fatuous. They are very, very lucky in their faith.
As for me, while I can’t seem to beg, borrow or steal spirituality, I find comfort knowing that those I respect see a bigger, more important picture than I do.
I’ll add here as a random aside, given Cassandra’s point about the military, that I find it a good thing, not a bad, that our military has so many religious people in it. Aside from the fact that my experiences with American Christians have been uniformly good, I also find it wonderful that those who are willing to put their life on the line for the preservation of my life and liberty, have a faith that they can turn to as they take the risks that go with their jobs.