"The world is not a lodging-house at Brighton, which we are to leave because it is miserable. It is the fortress of our family, with the flag flying on the turret, and the more miserable it is the less we should leave it."
-G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
This here blog is a glimpse or two or three at the condition of the 'fortress of our family' through the eyes Timothy Goddard, a Christian writer with an unhealthy interest in politics living in the Puget Sound area.
Who's a son-of-a-gun? Who's a barrel of fun? Who's a hick with a brick for a brain?
Who's a yuk? Who's a stitch? Who's a riot? Who's rich? It's Saddam the Madman Hussein.
Oh, the zany Khomeini would seem almost brainy, And daffy Qaddafi seem sane
Next to lunacy's lackey, that wacky Iraqi, Saddam the Madman Hussein.
His jokes are all funny, his outlook is Sunni; He's a hoot, he's a flute of champagne.
He's the Butcher of Baghdad;he loves to cut up: Saddam the Madman Hussein.
And a small padded cell
is waiting in Hell
The problem with Saddam, of course, is that we don't know if he's dead or alive. But it's nice to see that's he's still meeting with his sons, whether or not they also are, technically, alive.
And, speaking of defunct regimes...
Ah, the South
Don't get me wrong, I think the South is great, but when the unveiling of an Abraham Lincoln statue in Richmond, Virginia drew the usual gathering of antebellum idiots, I was forced to wonder, "Why do these people even care?" Does anyone actually think that the South would have been better off if they had won the Civil War? By 1865, the Confederate government was so deeply sunk in debt that it is doubtful they would have survived another year. The common footsoldier hadn't been paid in three months, and desertion was rampant. Even the ideals of states' rights and free trade championed by the Confederacy could not have bound together a government so fragmentary and a people so impoverished. The unindustrialized South lacked the economic chutzpah to support an independent nation, and the Confederacy would have dissolved into a collection of squabbling states writhing in penury. It would only have been a matter of time before they would have had to turn to the North or an industrialized European nation to pull them out of the mire. I won't say the North did a bang-up job of repatriating the South, but it was better than the alternative.
So get a life, people. Nobody cares that you don't like Old Abe. He was a great guy no matter how you look at him, so give up on the statue. It's going to stay there, and I, for one, am glad. You should be, too. He stood up for freedom and won. Let's hope we can do the same.