29 June 2018

Trump Compared to Lincoln?

Dinesh D'souza goes there in his new documentary being produced by Gerald Molen, an Oscar-winning producer of Schindler's List and Jurassic Park.

27 June 2018

1/3 of Americans Fear Another Civil War?

According to Rasmussen Reports:
Thirty-one percent (31%) of Likely U.S. Voters say it’s likely that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years, with 11% who say it’s Very Likely.
And this is interesting . . .
But 59% of all voters are concerned that those opposed to President Trump’s policies will resort to violence, with 33% who are Very Concerned.
I don't see that perspective reflected in most media reports though. Interesting, yet very troubling. More here

I certainly pray not. 

And the fact much of the media is so out of touch with most Americans is taking its toll.
Across the board, trust in traditional news outlets continues to sink, with the overwhelming majority of Americans (70%) saying that "traditional major news sources report news they know to be fake, false, or purposely misleading." 
Sadly, that mistrust extends to a number of other American institutions as well. But, this is simply the result of cause and effect. You reap what you sow. I fear it will get worse before it gets better.

06 June 2018

Somethin' I Saw Today - Life in Rural Western Virginia

My view this morning. This is looking east, toward my home which is near the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in these photos. I've never lived more than 10 miles from where I was born here in the Shenandoah Valley. Why would I want to? Bruce Catton said it best:

"There may be a lovelier country somewhere . . . but when the sunlight lies upon it and the wind puts white clouds racing their shadows the Shenandoah Valley is as good as anything America can show." ~ Bruce Catton

05 June 2018

Colonial Offense

I really don't know what to say, other than I told you so . . . 

We, as students of the George Washington University, believe it is of great exigence that the University changes its official mascot. The use of “Colonials,” no matter how innocent the intention, is received as extremely offensive by not only students of the University, but the nation [Really?] and world at large. The historically, negatively-charged figure of Colonials has too deep a connection to colonization and glorifies the act of systemic oppression. Alternative nickname recommendations are “Hippos,” "Revolutionaries", or “Riverhorses.”
Story here

I assume Colonial Williamsburg will soon form a panel and address the question of whether or not they should change their name. 😏

03 June 2018

01 June 2018

Sense of Place Reboot

What do these things have in common?
  • Tearing down old buildings and/or "revitalizing" old urban neighborhoods for the purpose of gentrification? (This also occurs in rural areas as well).
  • Tearing down old buildings for monied commercial interests?
  • Paving over farm land for urbanization and strip malls?
  • Removing monuments because they're "offensive"?
Answer: They all ignore the importance and significance of historic preservation and traditions.

Admittedly, there are circumstances where these actions might be warranted. But our sense of place and ties to physical locations are an important part of who we are and that concept should be paramount and respected whenever possible. With that in mind, I'd like to recommend the following video. Of course, there are some ironies and contradictions with some of my thoughts, i.e., many of the locations we now wish to preserve themselves displaced older locations. It is a paradox and a struggle to balance, but one that is worth the effort.

Courtesy National Trust For Historic Preservation.