“Ode to Death”

By |2018-11-11T22:47:29-05:00November 11th, 2018|

Editor's Note: Gustav Holst wrote his "Ode to Death" in 1918-1919 in the wake of World War I. Though he received a medical exemption from military service, Holst had composer-friends who served (Ralph Vaughan Williams) and died (George Butterworth) in the horrific combat on the Western Front. The text of "Ode to Death" sets a section [...]

In Defense of Those Who Protect Us

By |2018-12-09T08:42:03-05:00May 27th, 2018|

Yes, we must hold our police and our military accountable, but we must also respect the difficulty and danger of their jobs and stop willfully blinding ourselves to the unpleasant realities around us… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Louis Markos as he uses The Lord of [...]

“The Wall”

By |2019-03-12T16:51:24-05:00May 29th, 2017|

Editor's Note: Bruce Springsteen composed "The Wall" in honor of Walter Cichon, a fellow guitarist and friend from his home town of Freehold, New Jersey, who was killed in the Vietnam War. Cigarettes and a bottle of beer this poem that I wrote for you This black stone and these hard tears are all I [...]

Remembering the History of Memorial Day

By |2017-05-29T08:04:26-05:00May 25th, 2015|

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women’s groups in [...]

In Defense of the American Military

By |2018-11-05T19:28:34-05:00May 25th, 2015|

Once upon a time, it was the Left that conflated support for the military with support for war itself. Infamously, in the 1960s and 1970s, many American combat veterans returning home from the controversial Vietnam War were spat upon by antiwar activists. These soldiers were derided as murderers, even baby-killers, by the likes of [...]

Burial At Sea: A Memorial Day Poem

By |2017-05-29T08:05:57-05:00May 26th, 2014|

Crisp in whites, eight men up, four on a side, slow-step  the horizontal coffin across the flat expanse of our carrier, toward the edge. The decks are quieted. Crews of  men in oil-spotted work clothes give a wide perimeter. The air hangs vacantly, with no women present to stitch that familiar dense knot, that compact [...]

Many are the Mysteries…Memorial Day

By |2017-05-29T08:03:43-05:00May 25th, 2014|

On this Memorial Day do we remember what should not have been? Only the West’s soul is more scarred than its landscape. Do we still mourn the lost, do we treat the wounds, do we rub the scars with oil? Do the children of the children lost still weep for the embraces that might have [...]

Real Memorials: Patriotism not Jingoism

By |2017-05-29T10:44:17-05:00May 25th, 2014|

Unfurling the Colorful Rags Though I consider myself rather patriotic—especially to the West of Socrates and Augustine and to the America of Washington and Jefferson—I have often found public liturgies, such as Memorial Day, distasteful. There’s too much contrivance in them, and they always feel too “new and improved” and yet sterile even in their [...]

Decoration Day, Memorial Day & Fallen Heroes

By |2017-05-29T08:05:12-05:00May 27th, 2013|Tags: , |

So I’ve been criticized for saying that our country is, more than ever, a meritocracy based on productivity. One of the threaders, in fact, said we’re a plutocracy based in pseudo-meritocracy. I’m actually sympathetic to that  (exaggerated) criticism, especially if the evidence used to support it begins with the ridiculous salaries “earned” by our [...]

Let Us Remember April 19, 1775

By |2019-04-19T17:37:09-05:00May 27th, 2013|

British Major Pitcarne took six companies of an advance team to scout out Lexington, Massachusetts, early morning, April 19, 1775. Behind him marched nearly 6,000 troops with orders arriving from London to capture any New England leaders of the so-called rebellion. Hours before British troops arrived, the Boston silversmith Paul Revere knocked on the [...]