Michael Ubaldi, July 1, 2004.
A man who would be as intimidating and admirable this day as in his rode to victory in the Spanish-American war, one hundred and six years ago:
Teddy Roosevelt and Rough Riders charged up Cuba's San Juan Hill and captured it this day, July 1, 1898. After eight hours of heavy fighting over fifteen hundred Americans lay dead or wounded. Just four months prior the U.S. ship Maine was blown up in Havana's Harbor. Roosevelt resigned as Assistant Secretary of the Navy and organized the first volunteer cavalry, made up of polo riders, cowboys and even Indians. After the battle, President McKinley wrote in July of 1898: "At a time...of the...glorious achievements of the naval and military arms of our beloved country at Santiago de Cuba, it is fitting that we should pause and...reverently bow before the throne of divine grace and give devout praise to God, who holdeth the nations in the hollow of His Hands."
Michael Ubaldi, June 6, 2004.
Michael Ubaldi, June 5, 2004.
Sixty years ago, the "night of nights":
By May 1944, the date for the invasion was set for June 5. Heavy rains and fog prevented the landing that night, and the forward elements of the invasion force were called back. Eisenhower had a tough decision to make. He could order the invasion for June 6, possibly risking worse weather, or wait for the next optimal time two weeks later when the moon was full and the tides were low enough.
Michael Ubaldi, June 5, 2004.
"We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity and ultimately human fulfillment, are created from the bottom up, not the government down. Only when the human spirit is allowed to invent and create, only when individuals are given a personal stake in deciding economic policies and benefiting from their success — only then can societies remain economically alive, dynamic, progressive, and free. Trust the people. This is the one irrefutable lesson of the entire postwar period contradicting the notion that rigid government controls are essential to economic development."
— Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004
Michael Ubaldi, May 29, 2004.
The dedication of the World War II Memorial has just finished. On Fox News' broadcast, cameras continued to observe the dais and congregation while commentators opined. One shot caught President Bush with his arm around former President Clinton; Clinton was talking, smiling, and Bush beckoned to his father. George H.W. Bush walked over and for a moment the three stood there while Clinton continued to speak — when former President Bush laughed and gently pushed Clinton, who put his hands up in mock defense, before the three dispersed to visit others. Where else but America could men who succeeded one another for power live, stand and briefly enjoy company together?
My father overheard a tale Oliver North told on camera before the ceremony began, another testament to the humble generosity of our country: an American soldier was evacuating wounded during the days of major combat in Iraq. He loaded a few American troops onto a transport; then an Iraqi.
An embedded reporter saw this, walked up to the GI and protested, "can't you see he's an Iraqi?"
Replied the soldier, "can't you see he's wounded?"
Michael Ubaldi, May 19, 2004.
From Bill Federer, the first Battle of Britain:
The invincible Spanish Armada sailed off this day, May 19, 1588, to conquer England. Queen Elizabeth relied on Sir Francis Drake, who used smaller, faster vessels and ingeniously sent burning ships at midnight downwind where the Spaniards were anchored, dispersing them in a panic. Aided by gale force winds half the Spanish fleet was wrecked.
Michael Ubaldi, April 22, 2004.
Contemplating the vivid discrepancy between the United Nations' implicit authority in many political-intellectual circles and its record of service to humanity makes my head hurt. So this morning we go back to the basics, to where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain. Bill Federer:
A gunshot at high noon on this day, April 22, 1889, began the famous Oklahoma land rush. Within nine hours some two million acres became the private property of settlers who staked their claims. Riding as fast as they could, many found desirable plots already taken by "Sooners," individuals who entered the territory sooner than was permitted. The remaining land was assigned to the various Indian tribes, who joined together in approving the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma in 1907. The Preamble begins: "Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessing of liberty; to secure just and rightful government; to promote our mutual welfare and happiness, we, the people of the State of Oklahoma, do ordain and establish this Constitution."
Michael Ubaldi, April 12, 2004.
Less than two months after Lincoln was inaugurated President, the Civil War began this day, April 12, 1861, with Confederate troops in Charleston, South Carolina, firing upon Fort Sumter.
Michael Ubaldi, April 1, 2004.
The First of April carries a significance other than the day for practical jokes. Bill Federer:
60,000 U.S. troops landed on the Island of Okinawa this day, April 1, 1945, in the largest amphibious attack mounted by the Americans in the Pacific war. One of the bloodiest campaigns, it cost Americans 12,000 dead, 36,000 wounded and 400 ships sunk or damaged. Though Japan's losses exceeded 100,000, their kamikaze suicide attacks grew more intense, not relenting until the bombing of Hiroshima. After receiving Japan's surrender in Tokyo Bay, General Douglas MacArthur stated "Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always."
Michael Ubaldi, February 24, 2004.
Sometimes partisan divisions recede and vanish in the presence of great men. Robert G. Kaufman, in the right-wing Weekly Standard, reviews fellow rightist Conrad Black's Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom.