'87 Sir

Thirty years of service ----USNA Class of 1987 '87 Sir

Thursday, November 29, 2012

MORE Brain Candy--The Best Yet

I have to say, like many of his fans, that I was very distressed to hear that Vince was fighting cancer the last year or so.  Fortunately for us, he is doing much better and has written a fantastic new Mitch Rapp book.  It was delayed many months but well worth the wait. 

I have been waiting for the next book in the sequence, as it were.  The last two Mitch Rapp novels were "prequels" and although I liked them a lot, there was not as much tension as his other books, since you knew clearly that no major characters could die since they had to show up in the later books.  Although from a story line perspective it was interesting to see how Mitch developed as a varmint killing bad-ass, there wasn't as much suspense or mystery to them.

THIS book, of course, meets all those needs.  From the very first page, Vince takes you on a ride that lasts until the very end.   He opens with an outstanding first line--"The four dead men were lined up on the living room floor of the safe house.  Mitch Rapp started with the one on the left."  Oh yea, it's game on from there baby! No spoilers here, just be assured you will be asking yourself- who are the good guys, who are the bad guys, do things seem straightforward or is there duplicity and double dealing?  (DUH). 

And most important--how is Mitch going to smite those evil terrorists and do-gooder knuckleheads that get in his way?  Needless to say, there is a very satisfying ending to all those who would stand in Mitch's path.

In my humble opinion, of the Brad, JD and Vince brain candy books I recently read, this is by far the best.  Vince's characters are a little less invincible than Brad Thor's and a little more bad-ass than JD Robb's.  I have to say that Vince doesn't have quite the secondary characters that either Brad or JD does, and there is no witty banter between Mitch and his co-workers or enemies, but then again I think Mitch would rather shoot you than talk to you--must be a guy thing.  Needless to say, if Mitch Rapp had been in Benghazi, there would be quite a few more dead terrorists laying around....

I sincerely hope Vince is able to stay healthy...I hope to have many more Mitch Rapp novels in the future.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

A singular part of American history has been the Thanksgiving proclamation of U.S. Presidents.  These have been particularly poignant during times of war.  

Here are some of the finest in American history, starting with Abraham Lincoln in November 1863, a particularly bloody year of war with over 100,000....yes 100,000 casualties from the titanic battles of Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and dozens of other battlefields, great and small. I have taken the liberty of highlight some particularly interesting phrases I doubt you would hear a modern President use.

By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

And of course, you can go further back to our 1st and greatest President George Washington as well.

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be-- That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks--for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation--for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war--for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed--for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted--for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions-- to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually--to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed--to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord--To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us--and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
Go: Washington
 Hmmm, I can only imagine the apoplectic frothing rage if one of these were issued today.

Our current President makes a nice, fluffy proclamation...but to me, it seems to lack the vigor of our forefathers...
On Thanksgiving Day, Americans everywhere gather with family and friends to recount the joys and blessings of the past year. This day is a time to take stock of the fortune we have known and the kindnesses we have shared, grateful for the God-given bounty that enriches our lives. As many pause to lend a hand to those in need, we are also reminded of the indelible spirit of compassion and mutual responsibility that has distinguished our Nation since its earliest days.
Many Thanksgivings have offered opportunities to celebrate community during times of hardship. When the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony gave thanks for a bountiful harvest nearly four centuries ago, they enjoyed the fruits of their labor with the Wampanoag tribe -- a people who had shared vital knowledge of the land in the difficult months before. When President George Washington marked our democracy's first Thanksgiving, he prayed to our Creator for peace, union, and plenty through the trials that would surely come. And when our Nation was torn by bitterness and civil war, President Abraham Lincoln reminded us that we were, at heart, one Nation, sharing a bond as Americans that could bend but would not break. Those expressions of unity still echo today, whether in the contributions that generations of Native Americans have made to our country, the Union our forebears fought so hard to preserve, or the providence that draws our families together this season.
As we reflect on our proud heritage, let us also give thanks to those who honor it by giving back. This Thanksgiving, thousands of our men and women in uniform will sit down for a meal far from their loved ones and the comforts of home. We honor their service and sacrifice. We also show our appreciation to Americans who are serving in their communities, ensuring their neighbors have a hot meal and a place to stay. Their actions reflect our age-old belief that we are our brothers' and sisters' keepers, and they affirm once more that we are a people who draw our deepest strength not from might or wealth, but from our bonds to each other.
On Thanksgiving Day, individuals from all walks of life come together to celebrate this most American tradition, grateful for the blessings of family, community, and country. Let us spend this day by lifting up those we love, mindful of the grace bestowed upon us by God and by all who have made our lives richer with their presence.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 22, 2012, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage the people of the United States to join together -- whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place of fellowship for friends and neighbors -- and give thanks for all we have received in the past year, express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own, and share our bounty with others.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

I mean sure, it talks about community, sharing, caring, and thankfulness, but it seems a little uninspiring to me...much like most recent political speeches from whatever party and candidate...

Sighhhhhh, I guess there's only one thing to do...drown my sorrows in turkey gravy, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Another Brain Break...JD ROBB

These books, are, of course, my ultimate guilty pleasure...I mean really, what kind of Grouchy Historian reads {gasp}...romantic suspense?  ME, and if you don't like it....tough.

Ahh, well, 35 or so books later, the crack addiction continues.  Yes, I loved this book, yes I waited very impatiently at the library for my copy.  SAY, here's an awesome idea...how about JD (AKA Nora Roberts, queen of the romances) put ALLLLLL the JD Robb books together as a hugemongous Kindle download....THAT would be totally AWESOME...

But I digress.  This book had a wonderful twist, really interesting science and the outstanding secondary character byplay, witty dialogue and mystery I love.  As an aside, I have to say, as an author writing a futuristic series, Nora really is becoming, in my opinion, an accomplished science fiction writer....why do I say this?  Well the futuristic technology is seamlessly molded into the story, without taking over the story, if you know what I mean.  The characters are "ordinary" people, who live in a future with interesting technologies, but face the same human conflicts Homer would write about...THAT is good science fiction--the science facilitates, but does not take over the story.  In this volume in particular, I really enjoyed some of the back story of the "Urban Wars" that figure some prominently in the background of all of these volumes.  In my opinion, there are a couple of books just WAITING to be written about Summerset or even a young Roarke in the aftermath of those wars (hint, hint).  Kinda of like the really outstanding Remember When crossover book...(hint, hint, wink, wink)

So, here's what was maddening, and yet enticing about this book...I was reading the mystery, which our hero babe, Eve Dallas seemed to have solved with an interesting story line and investigation, but I was saying to myself..."wow, there still seem to be a lot of pages left."  Then, BAM, plot twist, the HOLY SH-- where did that come from angle... and another satisfied read completed.  Just  goes to show, Nora (JD) is still at the top of her craft and can pull off the plot twist with seaming effortless ease.

Well played, Miss Nora....now for the next six month wait....

Oh, by the way....35 volumes...how freakin' incredible is that.....I am muy impressed....and hooked....argh....

Friday, November 16, 2012

Another Brain Candy Break- BRAD THOR...

Ahhh, the library wait list....anticipation at its finest.  At last I got the new Brad Thor and enjoyed it a lot.  I will be honest, it took me a while to get into the book, and I was kinda wondering where it was going, but once Thor gets you...he keeps you...turning pages....into the night...until your eyelids droop...just .....one....more...chapter...

To be honest, I think Brad is going to have to really come up with some new material for his next book...not because this one was bad...but a LOT of plot occurrences happen...which I won't tell you about because that would spoil the book...but I can safely say that his main character Scott Harvath doesn't have a lot of friends left at the end of this book.

Brad creates another really, really scary and plausible plot and his action scenes are very well done.  AND, of course, I was one of the people who LOVED his Athena Project book...and hope it continues as a series (wink, wink) and I was really hoping for some kind of Harvath cross-over, which this book does...kinda...in a teasing, leaving me wanting more manner.

A fantastic contribution to my serious attempt at reading 30 books this year...yes I counted this book, just like I did those crack cocaine Hunger Games books....it's all good. 

My new quadripartite of reading goodness seems to be JD Robb, Brad Thor, Vince Flynn and Larry Correia....so far I have finished two...JD Robb is in progress....waiting for Vince....

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Book Review: A Military History of World War 2? Hmmm

The Second World War, A Military History. By Gordon Corrigan.  New York: Thomas Dunne Books , 2011.  ISBN  978-0312577094.  Notes.  Bibliography.  Index. Illustration.  Maps. Pp. 672.

So I got this book for Christmas last year and just got around to reading it...and I will be honest, I am not sure what to make of it, therefore, the logical thing to do is break it down into the good, bad, and disappointing.

The good:  For the novice student of World War II, this is an excellent overview survey of the war.  It is comprehensive without getting too bogged down in the details and does a good job of trying to cover every theater of the war, including some of the more neglected fronts like the Russian and China-Burma-India theater. Corrigan writes with a very easy to read style and offers some interesting insights.

The bad:  For a grognard (see below) or serious student, it breaks no new ground and offers no real insight.  The author, a former British soldier, also throws in a few too many little personal anecdotes for my taste,  AND as usual, there are not nearly enough maps for me, especially for those little covered theaters where the geography may not be as well known to even a World War II grognard such as myself. 

The disappointing:  First, Corrigan gives short shrift to the air and naval wars, and to be honest I kinda skimmed over that chapter.  He might as well have left it out.  Ditto his chapter on the home front which didn't really seem to fit a book on the "military" history of the war.  Mostly though, I have to say I was expecting a little more of an operational and tactical history.  Corrigan does a good job of writing at the operational level, and does offer some analysis of the capabilities of the German Wehrmacht versus their British, Russian and American opponents.   

I think the book would have been improved tremendously if Corrigan had included a little more detail on how each army fought on the tactical level, particularly highlighting how each army conducted combined arms warfare and the amazing ability of the Germans to use Kampfgruppes to keep shattered formations fighting effectively.  A cogent analysis of this kind would have been especially useful to show why the Germans were so much more effective on a tactical level until very late in the war.  More emphasis on tactics, training, and doctrine of the various armies would have made this a much better reference type book--if that was the author's intention.  

There has been a lot of scholarship done on the operational and tactical capabilities of each army, so why Corrigan didn't use some of that, I don't know, but I think his book would have been better if he did.

Final word:  For a newbie- buy this book, it is an excellent introduction to this great conflict. For the experienced student- Nothing earth-shattering, but a good read to maybe direct you in some new areas of studies. 
grognard m (plural grognards)
an old veteran soldier; specifically of the grenadiers of the Imperial Guard (Grenadiers à Pied de la Garde Impériale); an old complaining soldier

Monday, November 12, 2012

Book Review: Pop History? Political polemic? Maybe, but not bad.

I got this book for Christmas last year...when Glenn was pretty much on top of the TV news show and opinion world..before he told everyone at Fox News and New York--"You all can go to hell...I'm goin' to Texas" or words to that effect.  Oh, and hey, how did Glenn do on his "predictions"...I would say he did as good or better than most "professionals" when calling the Arab Spring a disaster for the U.S., Israel, and very likely world peace...but I digress.

OK, before all you liberal, lefties, and PROFESSIONAL historians start to snicker...think about this.  Why are the most recent best sellers in history written by Bill O'Reilly?  and Glenn Beck?

Good question...love him, hate him or simply despise him, Beck has built a multi-media empire by giving Americans what they want...a little upbeat pop history that does not denigrate our Founding Fathers as a bunch of racist, elitist, misogynist white males.  I know it is SHOCKING and DISTURBING to today's multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, wymyn's issues oriented historians, but America was founded by those same white guys, imperfect as they were.

Anyway, this book is good, certainly for a novice or young reader...and GASP, it throws in some of the moralizing Beck is known for on his TV series...but no crying, thank goodness.

Actually Beck does a pretty darn good job on the straight history part of the book, using some excellent sources and relating some of the lesser known stories about George Washington---like the Newburgh Conspiracy {look it up}, to show just how pivotal he was to not only winning our independence from Britain, BUT keeping it through the tumultuous period of forming our republic, drafting and ratifying the Constitution and serving as our first President.

Along the way, Beck's little tales of morality are not too heavy handed or overly preachy and if you subscribe to the Great Man theory of history, he makes a convincing case that the United States we are today...or at least were until November 6, 2012, owes a huge debt to the character, ambition (if that isn't a dirty word anymore) and sense of duty exhibited by George Washington.

If you are a conservative homeschooler, I would definitely have your high school student read this book. It's fairly quick, not to complicated or detailed, and should make every young person think about what they can contribute to their neighborhood, town and country. Besides being a community organizer, of course.

Is it a typical biography? Nope, but that's okay, because biography is the one genre of history that I have never really enjoyed or studied. But it is a tale of America's Cincinnatus, that should be a model of decorum,
honor and service for our youth to emulate. Unless of course, America's education system thinks Che Guevara and Mao are better role models...which hey, I'm sure some of them do.

As a small example of Washington's wisdom, here are a few of his Rules of Civility:

  • Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present.
  • Show not yourself glad at the Misfortune of another though he were your enemy.
  • Strive not with your Superiors in argument, but always Submit your Judgment to others with Modesty.
  • Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.
Sadly today we teach tolerance instead of civility.....acceptance instead of virtue...which is too bad...we could use a few more men like George Washington...

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Why I don't go to Vegas...and some history.

So, to begin....I was wrong....wrong, wrong...don't ever take me to Vegas wrong.  I assumed (and we know what that means) that the American people wanted opportunity, individual liberty, religious freedom and prosperity.  Instead it turns out....they want free stuff.  Yup, free contraceptives, free abortions, free health care, free cell phones, free puppies and free unicorns, all of it paid for by evil, greedy rich people.

SO BE IT.  If the idiots in 7 of the 10 wealthiest counties voted for Obama, then HAVE AT IT BABY.  Raise their taxes...hell do it all, raise income taxes, capital gains taxes, interest income taxes, dividend taxes...have at it...if the chickens are stupid enough to vote for Colonel Sanders...give them what they want.   OR even better, I like this idea...let's tax the wealthy on their ASSETS instead of their income...I personally think this is a fabulous plan...it will snare all of those limousine liberals and Hollywood morons and make them pay their FAIR share.  After all, here in my county we already do this...it's called the Virginia Personal Property tax.  I LOVE the idea of John Kerry and the Kennedys paying taxes on their yachts and toys.  AND those big Malibu mansions filled with expensive cars, the personal jets, fancy yachts...$$$$$ baby, cha ching.

Ok, so Obama won...the Dems keep the Senate and the Republicans keep the House.  Here is where my old friend "The Law of Unintended Consequences" kicks in.  You know, the law that states:
A perverse effect contrary to what was originally intended (when an intended solution makes a problem worse), such as when a policy has a perverse incentive that causes actions opposite to what was intended.
What do I mean by this?  Well, let's review the liberal progressive plan put forward by Obama that's going to (at least they think) kick into HIGH gear for his second term:
  • Obamacare:  The cornerstone of Obama's tenure and THE WET DREAM of liberal progressives for 100 years- the nationalization of American health care.  OK, so Obamacare fully kicks in sometime in 2014.  Everyone has health insurance, birds are singing...and liberals think that everyone gets Cadillac healthcare for Hyundai prices right?  Sure, just like they have in England.  Will it work?  Sure...if you don't have cancer, heart disease or any other serious illness that requires advanced treatment.  And those pesky death panels?  Yes, they are coming...let no one tell you differently.  The only way to keep costs down is to RATION services.  Listen, I was in the military and had socialized medicine.  It works great...until you have a serious chronic illness...then you get the treatment THE GOVERNMENT proscribes..period...no questions asked.  OH, and if you are an hourly worker...well-- you're screwed.  Since Obama is not a dictator (as much as he would like to be...like his buddy Hugo Chavez), small business will simply cut workers' hours to stay under the mandate.  The complete lunacy of the left to think that small business will simply roll over and agree to commit business suicide is laughable, except for the fact that it will have real consequences for real people.  Will America become a nation of part-time workers?  Well, for those low-skill, or liberal arts and wymyn's studies majors.....YES...it will.  Good luck with that all you college kids that voted for Obama...and four more years of 8% unemployment and 2% GDP growth....

  • Taxes and sequestration:    So for all those idiots in Virginia, California and other states with big defense industries...HAPPY NEW YEAR...you're about to get screwed as well.  Will Obama and Congress let sequestration happen?  YES...I believe Obama will. And here's why....if sequestration happens, he gets to gut the Pentagon...another long-term progressive goal...make America weak and dependent on the UN, EU, EI-EI-O for our defense.  And hey, if a little bit of entitlements get cut, so what?  Obama can avoid ALL responsibility and blame Republicans---and his allies in the media will push that narrative.  Cadaver Harry Reid has already said Social Security is off the table, so what's the point of any serious budget negotiations?  If you don't FUNDAMENTALLY change Social Security and Medicare...every other piece of the Federal budget is meaningless for real deficit reduction.  MAKE NO MISTAKE, the Democrats could care less about balancing the budget, reducing the deficit, or keeping America from becoming Greece.  ALL, and I mean ALL they want to do is raise taxes on the wealthy...it's in their DNA, it's their solution to any problem, and it is their sole purpose for existence.  And guess what?  It won't solve a damn thing.  The government could CONFISCATE 100% of the wealth of the top 1% and it wouldn't do jack to our debts or deficits.   As long as Social Security and Medicare are left untouched, the United States is fiscally doomed, doomed, doomed.  OH, and here's a funny note....remember all those Latinos, Black, and YOUNG folks who voted for Obama?  Whaddya think is gonna happen in 10 or even 20 years when or IF they ever get a job, move out of mom's basement, get married, try to buy a home and discover that to pay those PROMISED and SACRED benefits to all those retired WHITE Baby Boomers their payroll taxes are gonna skyrocket because China won't loan us any more money and the Fed can't print anymore?  Hmmm, that could get interesting....and don't kid yourself...our children and grandchildren may actually throw grandma and grandpa off the cliff in 20 years when they get handed this crap-sandwich.

  • Foreign Policy:  Obama will also achieve his goal of closing Gitmo and bringing the remaining terrorist killers to America for incarceration in a Federal pen...at least until the lawyers come out, wanting to try them in civilian courts...that will be awesome to watch.  Oh, and that whole pesky Benghazi thing?  Well, I believe the media will continue to collaborate closely with the White House to sweep that under the rug like they did Fast and Furious, and sadly, they will likely succeed as the drama of the "FISCAL CLIFF" comes to dominate the news cycle.  Those four dead Americans and the likelihood that the Obama Administration was arming jihadis in Syria will not be fully investigated.  So the Middle East will continue to simmer until Iran detonates their first nuke sometime before 2016.  Will this mean WWIII?  Well, probably not initially.  Obama will put EXTREME, EXTREME pressure on Israel not to bomb Iran.  Again, MAKE NO MISTAKE, Israel will suck it up and not risk antagonizing Barrack HUSSEIN Obama and really finding out if Obama will stand by them.  Of course, this is irrelevant.  Unless the mullahs are completely mad (not out of the realm of possibilities) they know the Israelis have the capability to blow them to hell, even if it is their last great act of defiance, Masada style.  The more worrisome aspect is that Saudi Arabia, Turkey or even Egypt will want the bomb as well, and there will be a Sunni-Shia Arab arms race.  Won't that be wonderful?  Wahhabi Saudis and Shia-lunatic Iranians with nuclear weapons aimed at each other.  How's that Nobel Prize on Obama's mantle looking now?

As for me...well, I will soldier on, keep my family together, try hard to stay employed and ride out the situation....by 2016...if America still exists, then maybe we can try again to restore fiscal sanity to our country.  I guess one good thing...Hillary is toast.  Unless Obama's America becomes the socialist, collectivist utopia the progressive left thinks...she stands no chance at the Presidency.  WHEN the second Obama recession kicks in during late 2014 (right after Obamacare..coincidence?  I think not), maybe America will wake up and come to its senses that free stuff is not really free.  

As Margaret Thatcher said:  "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."

The current situation for Ronald Reagan conservatives such as myself reminds me of the beginning of the Overland Campaign of 1864. 

Seriously, you thought there would be no military history in this blogpost?

In early 1864, the Army of the Potomac moved into Northern Virginia to face Robert E. Lee in what the Union thought was a sure-fire plan for victory.  U.S. Grant, now commander of all the Union armies and victor of Vicksburg and Chattanooga, had an overwhelming numerical advantage and was confident of victory.
However, it didn't quite work that way.  Lee, still the master of the tactical maneuver, met Grant's army in a wilderness very near Chancellorsville, site of his greatest battlefield victory and pummeled Grant's army for two days.  The Army of the Potomac was stunned as Lee's army conducted relentless assaults.  At the end of the battle, the army went on the march...and the dispirited Union soldiers expected another retreat.  Instead, something else happened.

Both flanks had been badly bruised, and [Grant's] 17,500 casualties in two days exceeded the Confederate total by at least 7,000. Under such circumstances previous Union commanders in Virginia had withdrawn behind the nearest river. Men in the ranks expected the same thing to happen again. But Grant had told Lincoln "whatever happens, there will be no turning back."

While the armies skirmished warily on May 7, Grant prepared to march around Lee's right during the night to seize the crossroads village of Spotsylvania a dozen miles to the south. If successful, this move would place the Union army closer to Richmond than the enemy and force Lee to fight or retreat. All day Union supply wagons and the reserve artillery moved to the rear, confirming the soldiers' weary expectation of retreat. After dark the blue divisions pulled out one by one.

But instead of heading north, they turned
south. A mental sunburst brightened their minds. It was not another "Chancellorsville ... another skedaddle" after all. "Our spirits rose," recalled one veteran who remembered this moment as a turning point in the war. Despite the terrors of the past three days and those to come, "we marched free. The men began to sing." For the first time in a Virginia campaign the Army of the Potomac stayed on the offensive after its initial battle.
James M. McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom
 Grant did not give up, and neither should we.  America will come back, however painfully...and the so-called "mandate" for social progressivism will run its course.  We need to pray, take care of our own, and articulate our principles with firmness, dignity and courtesy, no matter how much it pains us to appeal to those who disagree with us.

Grant himself said it best.  “I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.”