Our gun-owning Diarist loads up in our Summer issue.
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Those were my notes.
I went off to the event at the Crystal City Marriott and met about 1,200 widows, fiancées, parents, brothers, sisters, of men and women killed in the wars and in training. Brave. Alert. Kind spirited. Generous with their spirits. The finest people on the planet. Beautiful, handsome, weary. Led to take on each new day by sharing their experience, strength, and hope and by sharing the leadership of Bonnie Carroll, a truly great woman who founded TAPS.
I sat at dinner next to country singer great Larry Gatlin, who is a great wit as well as a super vocalist, and we had a fine dinner.
Afterwards, I posed for pictures with many, many widows and fiancées and parents and siblings. All I could think of was that powerful saying: “All gave some. Some gave all.”
Later, a late-night snack with Russ and his beautiful girlfriend, Claire, at Clyde’s in Georgetown. Happy, drinking, flirting people. And far away, the New Centurions, guarding the capital, in the desert, with stars overhead and murderers nearby. And a thousand families at the Crystal City Marriott weeping secretly or openly. “I cannot imagine how you have suffered,” I said to one father.
“He was my only child,” said the father. “No, you really cannot imagine how I have suffered.”
Black widows and white widows. American Indians and Hispanic. Asian. Jewish. All in that room. All weeping inwardly or outwardly or both. What did we ever do to deserve them? Oh, and by the way, Mr. Craphead Bin Laden, these wars have made Americans stronger, not weaker. The men and women who have departed and those who are left have made America stronger.
We shall overcome.
God bless our heroes and those they left behind for all eternity.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?