"I wonder if the Emperor Honorius watching the Visigoths coming over the seventh hill truly realized that the Roman Empire was about to fall. This is just another page in history, isn't it? Will this be the end of our civilization? Turn the page." - Jean Luc Picard
My first post of the day was on Facebook. I typed, "Good morning!" and uploaded a fresh picture of the Kissing Sailor statue. Knowing that today was going to get ugly in my beautiful hometown, I wanted to start the day off by highlighting some of the city's beauty.
On Facebook, I wrote in a private post, "Crossed street to join Trump rally line. Passed through secret service and TSA as I did."
"Joined line. Nice lady and her niece behind me. Offered to share sandwiches. Obviously Trump supporters."- Facebook
Phillip Molnar @PhillipMolnar May 27 San Diego, CA
The #TrumpRally in San Diego could get pretty intense.
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Howard Lipin @hlipin May 27
Trump arrives in San Diego.
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"I came home in 1982. Now I understand that Vietnam was an unpopular war, and I can live with that now, but what I can't live with is when I see people burning the American flag."
"Amplifying on Trump’s demand to have Mexico build a wall to keep undocumented migrants from crossing into the United States, Maria Espinoza, national director of the Remembrance Project, introduced two mothers who told of their sons being killed in traffic accidents by undocumented immigrants."
"Sarah Palin and Muslim ban were the two things this guy wavered support on."
Stupid is thinking that it is OK on Memorial Day weekend for the Democrat "Leader" to take another U.S. apology lap. This time, dissing out vets? With claims that the greatest generation, perhaps perpetuating the evil of World War Two? No. Our Commander-in-Chief, suggesting, actually lying in suggestions, to the world that we were wrong to prove that we would eradicate evil in World War Two. That America was wrong to respond to unprovoked deadly attacks on Pearl Harbor that killed thousands of Americans?
No, our President, today overseas suggesting what? That we were to prolong the horrors that our troops, our P.O.W.s, our M.I.A.s, and their own civilian rapes and massacres and those death marches, that they were all just march ahead without us doing anything about it? To stop it? No. Stupid is supporting that warped view by supporting today's candidates who would shine the boots of a president, a party leader, who'd show up this week in Hiroshima instead of Pearl Harbor to memorialize the Americans who lost their lives in defense of freedom.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared December 7, 1941, a "date which will live in infamy." With over 3,500 Americans killed or wounded, the surprise attack by the Imperial Japanese on Pearl Harbor was an attempt to break the American will and destroy our Pacific Fleet. They succeeded in doing neither... Now, Therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Monday, December 7, 2009, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff this December 7 in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.
"Seventy-one years ago, on a bright cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed. A flash of light and a wall of fire destroyed a city and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself. Why do we come to this place, to Hiroshima? We come to ponder a terrible force unleashed in a not-so-distant past. We come to mourn the dead, including over 100,000 Japanese men, women and children, thousands of Koreans, a dozen Americans held prisoner. Their souls speak to us. They ask us to look inward, to take stock of who we are and what we might become."
"In the span of a few years, some 60 million people would die. Men, women, children, no different than us. Shot, beaten, marched, bombed, jailed, starved, gassed to death. There are many sites around the world that chronicle this war, memorials that tell stories of courage and heroism, graves and empty camps that echo of unspeakable depravity. Yet in the image of a mushroom cloud that rose into these skies, we are most starkly reminded of humanity’s core contradiction. How the very spark that marks us as a species, our thoughts, our imagination, our language, our toolmaking, our ability to set ourselves apart from nature and bend it to our will — those very things also give us the capacity for unmatched destruction."
"Science allows us to communicate across the seas and fly above the clouds, to cure disease and understand the cosmos, but those same discoveries can be turned into ever more efficient killing machines. The wars of the modern age teach us this truth. Hiroshima teaches this truth. Technological progress without an equivalent progress in human institutions can doom us. The scientific revolution that led to the splitting of an atom requires a moral revolution as well. That is why we come to this place. We stand here in the middle of this city and force ourselves to imagine the moment the bomb fell. We force ourselves to feel the dread of children confused by what they see. We listen to a silent cry. We remember all the innocents killed across the arc of that terrible war and the wars that came before and the wars that would follow."
"Still, every act of aggression between nations, every act of terror and corruption and cruelty and oppression that we see around the world shows our work is never done. We may not be able to eliminate man’s capacity to do evil, so nations and the alliances that we form must possess the means to defend ourselves. But among those nations like my own that hold nuclear stockpiles, we must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without them. We may not realize this goal in my lifetime, but persistent effort can roll back the possibility of catastrophe. We can chart a course that leads to the destruction of these stockpiles. We can stop the spread to new nations and secure deadly materials from fanatics."
"And Obama overseas, now reporting back that there are these sketchy world leaders who are "rattled" by the next President of the United States, Donald Trump. Rattled, oh are they now? Well, maybe it's time that things get rattlin'. And it's like that Gadsden Flag that many of us proudly fly, those of us proudly clinging to our guns, our god, our Constitution; us tea-party guild! It's like that flag. On it, above those historical warnings from the American Revolution, those words, 'Don't Tread On Me". Guess what sits above that? A rat'ler! A rattle snake! Rattling things! Coiled! Prepared! Ready to strike, willing to strike. So yeah, rattling, it's a good thing. It makes Donald Trump's foreign policy very clear. It's just like Ronald Reagan's. That's we win, they lose. That is the Trump doctrine!"