The Emasculation Of History

The recent outrage at the Islamo-friendly memorial for Flight 93 is just a continuence of the trend. Hell, look at the other ‘finalists’, if you have the stomach. Any of those designs bring to mind the glory and strength of those wonderful souls who so bravely fought back against the bastards in the cockpit, knowing full well that they were in all likelyhood doomed? Or do they bring to mind the kind of posters one can buy in a catalogue on an airplane, the blurry-pictured ones that say things like ‘vision’? How does staring wistfully out across a meadow show any respect or appreciation of the valor shown by those wonderful folks? Why are we so ashamed of acts of valor that we have to tone the story of them down for future generations?
And it’s not just here in the States. How the hell did England go from this to this? I just read Seize the Fire : Heroism, Duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar over the weekend, which, in addition to merely reciting the order of the battle, goes into great detail on the state of British society at the time to show how they were able to produce men with the fire in their bellies needed to sail at 2 knots across the French and Spanish battle lines to close and attack? My god, and now we ‘honor’ their sacrifice by talking timidly about “Red” and “Blue” fleets? We ‘honor’ the memory of the poor souls slaughtered in the WTC by having a “Freedom Center” that equates horrors from around the world?
Where has our society’s courage gone? Where is the fire in our bellies? What kind of memorial is worthy of what they accomplished? A quiet glade with rustling leaves…or a world free of the bastards that murdered them?

20 Responses to “The Emasculation Of History”

  1. Damn good post Bingley. Your anger is shared down here in Georgia. Trust me, I have lost count of the number of times I have broken out in a fit of rage induced cursing, in front of the kids, because of the news.
    Sometimes I just think we are doomed. Doomed I tell ya. And there is no hope.
    This is going to sound terrible, but we need a good war. Like a WWII type war. I know we are in Iraq and I know I have never served, but a good knock down drag out war every now and then keeps people from getting soft. They remember sacrifice, duty, honor, courage. But we have had peace for so long that we no longer value the things that matter. Having an entire generation of 18 to 25 year olds fighting an evil enemy in a vicious war will remind them that freedom is not free.
    But now I sound like a crusty old fart.
    We are doomed. 🙁

  2. Crusader says:

    We are to the point, that as a society, we are afraid to offend anyone, even those who seek to kill /do kill us. We have also gotten to where we can no longer recognize that there is in fact a hierarchy with regards to societies. Not all are equal, nor should they be regarded as such. If a system is not perfect, it is regarded as a failure, even if it is still leagues ahead of other systems.

  3. Cullen says:

    If Crusader hadn’t said it, I would have. It’s one of my reoccuring soapbox rhetorical questions, “When did it become illegal to offend someone?”
    No one does anything, anywhere anymore out of a sense of honor or pride or righteousness. You do it because you’re frightened of being sued.
    Kill the lawyers (no offense DaveJ). Seriously though, we really need to take a harsh, harsh look at our civil law. It sucks.

  4. Crusader says:

    Now Cullen, give the lawyers some slack. Don’t let the crooked 99% make the decent 1% look bad…..

  5. The Nightfly says:

    It’s never time to go all wobbly

    Mr. Bingley fires a welcome broadside into the ridiculous Crescent of Embrace proposal to mark the final resting place of Flight 93…

  6. Nightfly says:

    Totally sweet, Mr. B. You have been tracked back here. It was worth my lunch hour for this.

  7. Bill McCabe says:

    Seriously, what happened to majestic memorials? How about a circle of statues of every single passenger, with a pool in the middle surrounding a larger statue of five passengers beating a terrorist with makeshift clubs?
    I’d drive out there to see that.

  8. Per the battle of Trafalgar and the men of the time, is why I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Patrick O’Brian novels so much. REAL men characterized there, with no blush at all towards feminism,.
    I dont know where the fire has gone. Because I am one female who would gladly fight along side some Real Men in a Real Battle (but knows she can’t because she is not trained nor made for such things), I rather think that its because for too long, people have been happy to accept the idea that there is no such thing as evil. I don’t know why this is so, except that perhaps maybe the “nuanced” rejection of all things spiritual, and a stultified acceptance of ‘gray areas’.
    My best wishes to those at the Coalition!!

  9. Mr. Bingley says:

    Bill, that is friggin’ inspired.

  10. Crusader says:

    A second vote for Bills design!

  11. Bills design: Thirded!
    None of the old Roosevlet in his wheel chair serenity. Beating the ever loving hell out of the hijackers. Classic. If anyone knows someone who can draw, they need to have them make up a drawing of your idea.

  12. WunderKraut says:

    Why the heck did I type in my email address for my name…..? It has been a LONG day. 🙁

  13. Nightfly says:

    Fourthed, Bill! I’d pony up some dough for that.

  14. (old Roosevlet in his wheel chair serenity
    Hey! Back OFF, you! If you’d take the time to notice, he has a Scottie ~ motto here ~ guarding him. ‘No quarter given’ the message there, my friend.)

  15. WunderKraut says:

    I stand corrected. 🙂

  16. The Real JeffS says:

    I like Bill’s design, too!

  17. red says:

    I actually like the Disturbed Harmony one. It seems to have the most gravitas – which I think is appropriate for the memorial.

  18. red says:

    Hey look!! I can comment again, Bingley! Whoo-hoo!! Whatever fix you made obviously worked.

  19. Mr. Bingley says:

    I’ve been fixed for years.
    Whoops! I mean Great to see you back, red!

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