Rockaway Park NY 11694 * July 4 2011 * * in the 40th year of the Society "For God Republic and Society
Good versus Evil
The Ceremony of Surrender at Yorktown
The Battle of Yorktown pretty-well ended The War of Independence. There followed a couple of years` skirmishing in the south before the Treaty of Paris but essentially all was lost for the British forces. They held on to Canada and the Caribbean. The Commander of the British Army at Yorktown was Lieutenant General Cornwallis, already a distinguished soldier and later to be Viceroy of India. On the day of the surrender, he pleaded illness and elected to stay in camp. We have no way of knowing, of course, if he was ill or merely ashamed to surrender to a colonial army. In any case, he kept to his bed and sent his second-in-command, General O`Hara, later to be Earl of Connaught, Ireland, and also for a period, Governor-General of Gibraltar, to offer the surrender.
James Thatcher served with the Americans and published his account of the ceremony some years later. At around twelve o`clock, the American and French army was arranged and drawn up in two parallel lines, the French to one side extending more than a mile, and the Americans to the other. A little group of commanders on horseback were in the middle. At about two o`clock, the captive army advanced. It is said that many of the British troops displayed a sullen spirit when told to ground arms and threw their muskets away violently onto a heap with the intention of breaking them.
O`Hara, on horseback, joined the allied generals, also mounted, namely the Comte (Count) de Rochambeau, George Washington and Benjamin Lincoln. O`Hara proffered Cornwallis` sword first to the Comte de Rochambeau. O`Hara must have seen him as the senior of the trio since he was a nobleman. However, Monsieur le Comte from the outset had pledged himself to serve loyally under Washington. He therefore indicated the man whom he saw as his commander-in-chief to receive the surrende5r. O`Hara now approached Washington and proffered the sword again. It may be that Washington was piqued that Cornwallis had not come or angered at O`Hara`s gesture in offering the sword to Rochambeau. In any case, Washington indicated that the sword and thereby the surrender should be made to his own second-in-command i.e. Benjamin Lincoln. Lincoln was an honorable officer, who had been forced to surrender at Charleston, South Carolina, quite recently in May 1780 to the British commander in America, General Sir Henry Clinton, while General Cornwallis was serving as his second-in-command.
During the ceremony, the British were not allowed to play French or American marching tunes. They probably played, ‘The World Turned Upside Down`, which was a popular refrain and a wry reflection on how a backwoods army could defeat a regular British mercenary army.
The song goes:-
If ponies rode men and grass ate cows
It was indeed, that fateful day. According to the negotiated terms, the soldiers marched out with colors folded and departed to a place of detention. British officers were allowed to keep their side-arms and were deported to Britain or a British occupied port. Cornwallis proposed an amnesty for Tories or loyalist supporters of the British Crown but Washington struck this out of the document of surrender because he considered it best left to Congress. Otherwise he accepted almost all Cornwallis` proposals.
The surrender of Yorktown really marked the end of The War of Independence. Prior to Yorktown, there was a threat of mutiny and secession so the victory was timely. If fighting had simply continued, the Continental army might have dropped apart. As it was, the crushing defeat inflicted on British forces ensured the survival of the new Republic and the birth of the American nation.
~ Geoff Jackson
Dr Charles Fredrickson:
Things I never quite said
Voiceless thoughts haunt troubled anima
Gnawing at decalcified bone skullduggery
Pleading for mercy too late
Begging forgiveness penitent unanswered Amens
Tarnished silence gilt eaten away
Less is more or less
Said the better almost forgotten
No Holds Bard
= Robert L. Martin:
The pipers played the proud battle songs of all warriors,
and the sound shook through my veins as I rose up to meet my enemy.
Through the night we fought in your honor
even though the rising sun had lifted up the darkness and cast it aside.
We were still holding onto the last thread of life,
but at the same time,
we fought as if death was our refuge and life was our prison.
If one of our limbs were severed,
we still fought with the remaining ones
until the white wings of death cradled us to its bosom.
We share our testimony to you in your kingdom
where all winners and losers commune together at your table,
and taste the wine made sweeter by your sacred tears.
All glory be to thee, oh Lord, Prince of Peace.
David Lawrence :
THE OBAMA-NATION IN FOCUS
OBAMA`S BRAND OF LIBERALISM DOESN`T WORK
Obama is the revisited ghost of the sixties. He is as liberal as liberal was in 1969. His extreme liberalism has taught us all a lesson—that liberalism is useful as a mollifying protest against the administration but that it is unworkable as an American form of government. Since Obama has driven liberalism from a form of simpleminded protest to governmental status quo, America has become a third rate power. He has driven the national debt into the stratosphere, exacerbated racial antagonism, reinvented class warfare and decimated peace in the Middle East. Hallucinating that he is an anti-war president, he has been involved in three wars --Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya -- in under two years. Oh, he has also driven taxes up and quasi-nationalized medicine and the auto industry. In medicine he favors the poor who don`t contribute to Medicare over the seniors who do and in the auto industry he favors the union workers over the bond holders. Instead of a legislative, judicial and executive government, Obama has hired a bunch of dictatorial czars to do his bidding. It seems that Obama is our best weapon against liberalism. His administration proves that it doesn`t work. We should thank him for bearing witness to his folly.
OBAMA: THE ILL-ADVISED WAR MONGER
If you don`t know how to fight you pick the wrong fights. There is no reason to bomb Libya except misplaced liberalism and ill-afforded humanitarianism. Before Obama came to office he showed himself to be cowardly. He was afraid to take positions in his state senatorial votes in Illinois. In the US senate he was against invading Iraq even when Sadam Hussein announced that there were WMD`s there. A couple of years ago I wrote in Fullosia Press that Obama would one day start wars not out of courage but out of cowardice. He praises negotiation but doesn`t know when to negotiate. Having an itchy trigger finger, Obama has now dropped bombs on Libya. The support of England and France has allowed him to muster up the courage to kill. Obama mocked Bush bombing Iraq after 9-11 but doesn`t see that Libya has far less reason to be attacked. No Libyan has ever attacked us like Osama bin Laden`s clan. We didn`t fight Desert Storm against the Libyans and Libya is no longer a nuclear threat, considering that George Bush got them to give up their nuclear program. Of course, like all simpleminded liberals, Obama bases his attack on humanitarian grounds. Did it ever occur to him that Sadam was a far more ruthless dictator than Khadafy and that it was more humanitarian to execute him? Furthermore, Obama has chosen to shoot Tomahawk missiles at about $500,000 each when we are fourteen trillion dollars in debt. He can`t wait to bankrupt us. It seems that Obama`s fear of war has made him into an ill-advised war monger. He sanctimoniously views himself as a peaceful man while he revs up deaths in Afghanistan and Libya.
THE SELF-PROMOTION OF UNIONS
THE SELF-PROMOTION OF UNIONS
David Lawrence, Ph.D.|
AWESOME HONOR KILLINGS USING OUR TECHNOLOGY
Faleh Almaleki honor killed his daughter, Noor, with an American Jeep in 2009. Suicide-freaks killed three thousand Americans with our planes on 9/11, 2001. The real problem is not the death and suicide instincts of Moslems but our allowing primitive barbarians the use of modern technology. If these killers had restricted licenses to only use camels, the World Trade Towers would still be standing above a pile of camel dung and Noor would have outrun her imbecile father. For self-protection we should not give Moslems access to modern transportation. Let them ride their camels. I suppose we could also allow them to use their own technological achievements, seeing that they have none.
I`m surprised no female libbers have come out against Almaleki. I guess they are too busy pushing for twenty-five cent raises to achieve parity with men. Why bother with a misogynist, male-chauvinist daughter?s murder?
Doctor Nietzsche for one tried to kill God, as if He were an addiction like he himself plowing his sister in the dark like a deranged father knocking up his daughter in a cell in his big house, saying religions were going to be slave masters out to control the poor inhabitants of "Aqua" by perpetuating their fear of death and the unknown to making minds become so warped that little or no thinking would go on to any depth; then, he added vehemently that greed would slaughter God in attempts to find a self worth and indeed become their mad-off god. The experiment would begin.
The man was countered by Professor Gilgamesh who said the womb was more powerful than the brain and wanted an "un-chosen" people to write a book of their beginnings—hanging gardens and all— to see if it would be stolen and then other fictions added—just for fun. Philosopher Pessimistic Shaupenhauer could not agree more saying Nietzsche was a mad man off his rocker trying to create supermen among self-haters who smelled of sulfer!
At this point others on the panel begin to interject some of their ideas like Benny Zoroaster insisting a Son of Light should be introduced with twelve apostles to see where that would lead while Doctor Agnostic said that since even they themselves did not know their origins it would be a sadistic game to play on inhabitants still living in caves or not very far from the ones they recently left conquering to some extent their fear of lightning and thunder.
Professor Heron, the machine guy genius, said he could make one thing that would have people visiting "holy places", his voice indicated the sarcasm of it all, to inject a coin into the machine and that weight would make a lever go down to produce just enough "holy water" to cleanse them of the dirt they felt which to their minds would become a miracle and then overwhelm them with huge doors opening to the tune of thunder—making the business of religion flourish until a real cure came along if indeed they had it in them to find real cures and not pseudo panaceas to lessen the fear in their hearts and take away the stain on their souls.
Doctor Shrub and his father Mister Cheeeny suggested to make many of the inhabitants be very very poor like children dying of hunger yet able to work for the super rich like one percent and then see if they could survive in tents which could be called Shrubcheeeny Tent Towns. Mister Hoover Damn agreed vehemently by slamming his GOP on the table sighting a compassionate way that that would indeed test their mettle and make sure a great war could happen between a great leader wearing a mustache and doing a little freaky dance while a great city called Paris was burning with fire emanating from her genitalia and his pupil Mister Boner Sobeit and Mister Turtle put their little Gops up on the table standing on their tip-toes to show agreement, compliance and followship.
And so the experiment on a new discovered planet began and all the scientists and super elite of the planet called Control — a galaxy away — awaited excitedly like little children being presented with a new toy on the morning they called The New Fourth Order. But human beings would one day protest;bringing back the days of the forty eight when kings trembled eating cake. END 2-22-11
THE CHAOS IN EGYPT AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Politics used to stop at the water`s edge. Republicans and Democrats understood that a unified foreign policy best served America`s interests. That approach was abandoned in the 1960`s. I am extending an open hand to President Barack Obama to create a bipartisan foreign policy task force that can advise the White House how to avoid looking stupid in the Middle East and around the world.
The current chaos in Egypt is a replay of the events which led to the fall of the Shah of Iran over thirty years ago. The Shah`s fall was the result of systemic failures in U. S. foreign policy. Instead of freeing the Iranian people, the "Islamic Revolution" has now enslaved Iranians for decades in a malignant theocracy.
American media still do not understand our interests in the Arab world, or why our interests are suddenly threatened. I had hoped to do a column last week on the "First Domino," Tunisia, which has fallen, suggesting there would be other dominos that would also collapse. But Egypt is falling faster than I can write.
The Mubarek dictatorship is over. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton`s continuing mealy-mouthed support for Mubarek confirms in my mind that the United States lacks any foreign policy in the Middle East.
U. S. interests are often submerged or ignored. Nowhere in the media has it ever been reported, for example, that the U. S. State Department has a critical foreign language facility in Tunisia that could be endangered. Or that if Jordan were to fall, the CIA`s Middle East headquarters would be eliminated. Our media have largely towed the "party line" and that party line is now collapsing.
There are hundreds of millions of people in the Arab world who have never known freedom, who have never known democracy, who have been hostages in their own homelands and who are enslaved by their corrupt regimes. Most of these governments unfortunately enjoy the support of the United States. Some of these repressed people turn to militant Islam as an outlet for their frustration at being denied basic human rights.
The U. S. response to foreign abuses is generally to pretend there is "no problem," and to plan as though a perpetual "business as usual" approach will suffice. President Barack Obama went to Egypt and visited the vile Mubarek dictatorship in 2009, to deliver a speech calling for "freedom." What an insult to the intelligence of Egyptians, and to America itself.
Clinton`s remarks in the past few days have been complete nonsense. She "views with concern" and "condemns violence" while the Egyptian regime we have dealt with is fast disappearing and while the instruments of the Egyptian police state are murdering demonstrators.
Who lost Egypt? Republicans and Democrats did.
The ill-fated invasion of Iraq, which strengthened Iran and weakened democratic forces across the Arab world, postponed the upheaval we are now witnessing.
Is Egypt irretrievably lost? Not at all. Egyptians are not radicals, and few Egyptians would vote to enslave themselves under another Islamic regime. So there is great potential in Egypt if only Clinton and Obama would stop mouthing platitudes and start talking sense to people in the Arab world.
So where do we go from here? In a few lines, here is my advice to both Republicans and Democrats. First, President Obama should create and convene a bipartisan crisis council to deal with developments the Middle East. What we are witnessing today, and will be witnessing in the days ahead, is a generational shift. Young people in the Arab world, who live without hope and without a future, and who yet are connected to the endlessly alluring outside world, are about to overthrow the old order and overthrow America`s God-forsaken foreign policy.
Second, we need to stop living in a "pretend" world and start living in the real world. Obama has discredited the word "change," but change is coming to the Middle East. We need to "flood the zone" with Americans committed to freedom and democracy, not with mealy-mouthed bureaucrats that use meaningless expressions such as "viewing with concern" the slaughter of innocent civilians by Mubarek`s praetorian guard. It`s time for straight talk and plain talk. The controversial Wikileaks controversy has released documents that show American diplomats often talk one way in public and entirely the opposite in private. With appropriate politeness, our private views must become public policy.
Third, especially as regards Egypt, we need to announce that we are prepared to assist in a transitional government if free elections and democracy are respected. There will be no Mubarek "coronation election" in the fall. That approach is dead. There will be no generational transfer of power to Mubarek`s son, Gamal Mubarek. The "Mubarek Dynasty," like Iran`s "Pahlavi Dynasty" before it, is kaput.
Fourth, we need to stop thinking of Arabs as being beneath us, and start thinking of them as what they are: ordinary people who in the words of the Statute of Liberty are "yearning to breathe free." At the same time we need to stop toadying to Arab dictators and potentates. We should adopt rigid criteria for freedom and democracy as the standards by which we allocate any foreign aid. No more game playing. We have only been fooling ourselves by closing our eyes to the obvious abuses of our "allies."
There is currently a vacuum in the Middle East. History and politics never allow a vacuum to exist for very long. Whether Egypt becomes a democratic nation, and continues to partner with the United States in an association of free nations, or whether Egypt falls behind the Iron Curtain of Militant Islam, depends on our response and reaction to current events. Both Obama and Clinton have added to our problems, not guided us to reasonable solutions. They may have traveled overseas as U. S. politicians in diplomatic cocoons; neither has any real foreign policy experience. (The extent of Obama`s foreign travels before the presidency remain, of course, a source of controversy and mystery.)
Dr. Charles Frederickson:
At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day in countries where income level and urban-rural gap discrepancies are ever-widening. According to UNICEF, each year 22,000 children die due to poverty and malnutrition – 1 in 3 youthful survivors are without adequate shelter; 1 in 5 have no access to sanitation and safe drinking water; and 1 in 7 lack reasonable availability to health services. Nearly a billion people are unable to read books or sign their names. In our interconnected, rapidly shrinking wwworld, we must learn to love other people`s children as our very own. Changing cosmic priorities demand compassionate non-judgmental perspectives which respect tolerant multiversity, say “No” to greed, fraud, political corruption and uncivil wrongs, and prize cooperation over competition. Easy solutions seldom are, but we must re-think alternative options and re-learn all-too-hasty quick fixes to complex confrontations depending on use of bullyrag imposed force. With global military expenditures exceeding $1 trillion dollars annually, reducing such spending in poor developing countries as well as overdeveloped rich ones can and must be a central component of the battle to eradicate extreme poverty, alleviate hunger, improve educational opportunities and enhance child survival. Renewable energy is essential to modern society – slashing high carbon emissions from dirty fossil fuels, reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, switching to cleaner renewable energy sources like solar and water and making each of us more self sufficient while simultaneously creating millions of new jobs. The fresh water crisis, sanitation and conservation represent the planet`s major environmental problems, roiled by fierce water shortages, access wars, fecal contamination, industrial pollution and outmoded infrastructure that too often fails. The threat of nuclear weapons proliferation, the overreach of industrialization and the destruction of valuable natural eco-environmental resources are other shared concerns to be mutually addressed. The rich superpowers must stop denying the lonely planet`s poorest and most vulnerable inhabitants their legitimate fair and equal just rights to brighter prospects for future generations, seeking to ensure human security that reaches beyond military might.
Dr. Charles Frederickson