Say what you will about Benazir Bhutto, she was a true patriot.
She believed in bringing democracy to the people of Pakistan. And she was willing to risk her life to do it.
It can be a challenge keeping up on world events, what with blogging about poop and handjobs all the time. So you shouldn’t be surprised to hear I’m a typical American and didn’t know much about Bhutto until her ballyhooed return to Pakistan in October.
But I’ve had nothing but Bhutto on the brain since terrorists finally succeeded in killing her last week.
Not because it was all that surprising – the terrorist whack-nuts said they’d kill her if she returned to Pakistan and they did. Maybe it’s sad to say, but we should never, ever be surprised by terrorists doing what they say they’re gonna do.
Here’s why I’ve got Bhutto on the brain: The world needs more patriots. We need more people willing to die for what’s really important to them.
Look at our current candidates on the cusp of the big caucus. A pathetic paucity of patriotism.
Okay, there’s McCain – the truest of true patriots among them.
But can you honestly see someone like Hillary Clinton dying for democracy? Or any cause, for that matter? Of course there are plenty of people who’d gladly kill her for way less, but that’s not important right now.
Mitt? Edwards? Barack? Giuliani? Thompson?
Nope. Softies, the lot of ‘em.
Maybe Ron Paul. But only because he’s a half-crazy Libertarian already. It wouldn’t take much to tip him over the patriotic edge.
What about Huckabee, Hedy? He's leading the polls in Iowa.
Mike Huckabee was on Meet the Press yesterday and I liked him. A lot. Way more than I expected. While I disagree with him on practically all the big issues, he seemed to have more integrity than the others and he was very honest and logical about his views. Plus, he was a pretty successful governor in Arkansas. Sadly, the only thing Huckabee's gonna die for is cuddly-wuddly Christ, but I respect him for his willingness to die for something in this silly day and age.
So where are all the true patriots? Am I missing someone? Who's a true American patriot that should be running for president right now?
And what would you be willing to die for? Anything?
I am listening to: Dan Fogelberg – Same Old Lang Syne
I am reading: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
And I am: Holding out for a hero
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