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Chapter 5 of Mr. Tucker novel 2065, now in its third week of serialization, on America after China’s seizure of Pearl Harbor.
(Page 4 of 10)
“Second class! First class!” they called out. “Tenderfoot,” said Squirrel, ever proud of his lagging.
“Alright, how many of you want to go on and earn Star and Life?”
“I do! I do!” they all chorused, ever enthusiastic about some unknown challenge.
“What do you have to do to earn Life?”
“Be a good boy,” shouted Skipper, provoking laughter as usual.
“Be a good Scout!” shouted Darien, upright as ever.
“Be a patrol leader,” said Jared, looking for some credit to his efforts.
“Well, you’re all three right,” said Newman. “You have to do all those things. But you have to earn a lot of merit badges, too. Do you fellas know about merit badges?”
“What are merit badges, Mr. Newman,” sung Skipper, enjoying the back-and-forth.
“Well, merit badges are where you’ve got to learn about something real well. Like camping. There’s a camping merit badge.”
“Can we earn our camping merit badge today, Mr. Newman?”
“Well, it usually takes a little longer than that. You have to go on three or four camping trips and learn a lot of other stuff as well.”
“But what’s the Eagle project, Mr. Newman?” asked Darien, coming back to the point.
“Alright, fair question. After you’ve earned your Star and your Life, you can go for Eagle Scout. It’s the highest award in Scouting. Very few Scouts ever make it. But you have to do a big project, for your community.”
“Does that mean like building something?” asked Tom Brown.
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.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online