Michael Ubaldi, September 11, 2005.
Thrice happy is the nation that has a glorious history. Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
Michael Ubaldi, September 1, 2005.
A terrible calamity has overwhelmed the city of Galveston, in the State of Texas. Hundreds of homes are desolated. Thousands of citizens are dead. A still greater number are without food or shelter, enduring untold hardship and privation.
Michael Ubaldi, August 17, 2005.
An American Minute befitting the hour:
On this day, August 17, 1955, President Dwight Eisenhower authorized the code of conduct for American soldiers captured in war. Revealing the high level of commitment made by those in the armed services, the code states:I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense...If captured...I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy...I will never forget I am an American fighting man, esponsible for my actions and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.
MEANING: The accepted definition of "common good" is "the good of a community." My use of the term is a specification of it, a personification: Citizens who, in liberty, are lawful, honorable and charitable of their own volition.
Michael Ubaldi, August 5, 2005.
Busy photographing original copies of old airport design plans, I was suitably equipped to capture a halting sight at five hundred feet.
Was it in celebration of the approaching sixtieth anniversary of V-J Day or in mourning for the men from the Third Battalion killed during operations to take the enemy by his throat in Western al Anbar, Iraq? We may never know. When the light changed the truck sped off and carried its colors down Center Ridge Road. God Bless, Marine.
Michael Ubaldi, July 20, 2005.
Today's American Minute:
"One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind," were the words uttered this day, July 20, 1969, by Neil Armstrong, as he became the first man to walk on the moon.
Michael Ubaldi, July 4, 2005.
It is but natural that the first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence should open with a reference to Nature's God and should close in the final paragraphs with an appeal to the Supreme Judge of the world and an assertion of reliance on Divine Providence...No one can examine this record and escape the conclusion that in the great outline of its principles the Declaration was the result of the religious teachings of the preceding period...The Declaration is a great spiritual document.
— President Calvin Coolidge, Declaration's 150th Anniversary
We've spawned a new race here — rougher, simpler, more violent, more enterprising and less refined. We're a new nationality, Mister Dickinson. We require a new nation.
— Benjamin Franklin, 1776
Michael Ubaldi, June 6, 2005.
My mother has a vivid memory from childhood, 1959, riding in the back seat of a car with her friend as the friend's father drove them to and from school and Girl Scouts. From behind the front bench seat she would watch the father's unorthodox operation of his vehicle. The father had attached a sturdy metal or plastic stub to the steering wheel; it stuck out a few inches towards the driver's seat. When the car was aligned forward the piece rested at the steering wheel's eight o'clock position. The man would put the car into a turn by grabbing the handle with his left hand, wrenching the wheel around like a crank.
He did this because his right arm ended just above the elbow.
"Lost it in D-Day," my mother was told, nothing more, and that was all she needed to know. She never forgot; nor will I.
Michael Ubaldi, June 4, 2005.
The turning point in the Pacific War began today, June 4, 1942. American intelligence intercepted Japan's plans to capture Midway Island and from there Hawaii. The outnumbered U.S. Fleet ambushed the Japanese armada, but was losing badly. It was not until American dive bombers, navigating by guess and by God, sighted the Japanese aircraft carriers far below through a break in the clouds at the precise moment the Japanese planes had left to attack the U.S.S. Yorktown. In just five minutes, the screeching American dive bombers sank three Japanese carriers, and a fourth shortly after. This providential event turned the war and Japan was never again able to go on the offensive.
Michael Ubaldi, April 6, 2005.
Today's American Minute:
Today, April 6, 1917, the United States entered World War I by declaring war on Germany. Within the next two years, America enlisted four million soldiers and spent 35 billion dollars, resulting in an Allied victory. In a National Day of Prayer Proclamation, President Woodrow Wilson stated:In view of the entrance of our nation into the vast and awful war which now afflicts the greater part of the world... I set apart...a day upon which our people should...offer concerted prayer to Almighty God for His divine aid in the success of our arms.
And, too, indictments of Wilson rarely include the opinion of his predecessor, a man thought by no one to be a dandy. Theodore Roosevelt was put off when the twenty-eighth president's war department denied his request to lead a volunteer division in France.
Michael Ubaldi, February 23, 2005.
Neither has Mackubin Thomas Owens.