Story of an Eagle

The beautiful creature featured yesterday is Star. She’s a bald eagle, the symbol of this nation.  She was hit by a semi.  Both her wings were broken in the accident. Her right wing was saved, but to save her life, her left wing had to be amputated.  She was left flightless, but alive.

Star will live out her days in captivity. She’ll likely never miss a meal again. I wonder if she’ll forget what it was like to soar above the clouds.

Will we?

I’m afraid some already have.  They’ve chosen security over freedom and handouts over liberty.

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
― Alexis de Tocqueville.

If in four years, we have prosperity, I will happily eat my words. I’ll put them on a cake (and I don’t even like cake). If not, well, we’ll have more important concerns than cake.

 

11 thoughts on “Story of an Eagle

  1. Few of us are left who actually can remember the ” flight of liberty ” . I know i am not old enough to remember it , only the ” tales ” of my grandparents generation and honestly i don’t see that trend changing .
    Beans and bullets , buy now while they are ” cheap ” .

  2. I have to agree; it goes downhill from here.

    “The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron”.
    – H. L. Mencken

    I think that day is here.

  3. Thank you Jennifer. I an going to borrow that quote and post it on G+.
    “Semper Fi”

    And thank you BobG for the quote by H.L.Menchen and I am also going to use that.

  4. They’ve chosen security over freedom and handouts over liberty

    I am not sure that this was the choice. Underlying the election, and what motivated Republicans saw, that was a very good reason to want someone else in Obama’s chair.

    This election, like 2008, was marketed. Obama was good at the marketing back then, and again this time. The Republican Party didn’t choose to make principles the point of the choice, they aren’t engaged enough for the leaders to reasonably represent Republicans, let alone the nation, and the GOP isn’t skilled enough to compete head-to-head in the marketing.

    The GOP doesn’t have, and hasn’t had, an “A” game.

    Look at Obama crowds. They weren’t voting to keep entitlements. They were celebrating for their “Justin Beiber” celebrity.

    To me this election was about whether America could afford bloated labor unions and bloated government programs. And last week’s announcement that the debt ceiling would max out next month never made it to the Republican message. Huh.
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  5. It’s that slow and steady pace. I don’t fear that Obama will suddenly announce a dictatorship. But, soon, we’ll have just a little less. Nothing that most people would notice, mind you, but little opportunities will be gone. Maybe a business venture, or a chance at a career- those things will dissappear. And soon folks will have a little less money to do things they used to. Nothing drastic, but note how difficult it is to afford a cross country road trip? How much ammo is?
    And a few years down the road, there’s a bit more talk of things we used to be able to do. Sure, you can see a doctor, but it’s a bit harder to get a test. Or one’s kid can’t find a summer job.
    But people adapt and forget, and settle in.
    O Brave New World…

  6. So once again abnormal here…

    But you all realize that this is what the other side said in 2000, and in 2004 right?

    TSA? yeah wasn’t from the liberals
    Huge Wall Street bailouts? Yeah, wasnt the liberals
    Patriot Act?
    Militerization of Americas Police?
    .com bubble?
    Housing bubble?
    World spins into a recession?
    Yeah, all the same thing…

    spin it the other
    Rescue of Americas Auto industry?
    Stock market doubling?
    Al Qaeda headless and effectively lost?
    4 years, with no new wars for the US?

    No ones confiscating your guns, stealing your religion, or making whores out of your daughters…

    no death panels, or keyan socialist muslims swarming the streets. I think its time chicken little you actually look around, and get out from under the oak tree.

      • Let me preface this by saying Mike w, in the really real world, we would probably be friends, so I say this much in the way a brother of yours would.

        ——
        Either way you realize how funny that sounds right?

        Or in the immortal words of the kettle… “Screw you pot!”
        ——
        meant in the best of all possible humors. In no way to I mean to offend

    • So…the cure for progressive crap is MORE progressive crap?
      Rescue of America’s auto industry? GM still a bankrupt and Chrysler is Fiat.
      Stock market is propped up by inflationary spending.
      Al Qaeda is spreading world wide. Bush was right…OBL was not the end all, be all of the war on terror
      no wars? Libya? Surrender in Afghanistan,

      Death panels start next year…that’s why everything started after the election.

      Taxes going up. Islamism spreading without control. Spending going up. Even more freedoms being lost by fiat. Senate not writing a budget. Republicans failing to control spending in the House. 4 million more people out of work. Real inflation and unemployment in double digits.

      Nice try.

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