Song: A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Artist: Bob Dylan
Album: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Today’s Quote: “This is nature meets the proud United States of America, and my US of A is going to win.” ~ Robert Shumake, of Galveston, Tex., on the approach of Hurricane Ike.
I can appreciate the patriotic sentiment, however misplaced it is, but it’s still the dumbest quote I’ve read in a while. I have yet to hear of any nation defeating a hurricane but I’m sure we’d be willing to try. We’ve fought the war on poverty, the war on drugs, and the war on terrorism and we haven’t made much, if any, progress in any of them. Poverty, drugs and terrorism are still largely unfettered. After years of fighting the good fight, that axis of evil is still with us, as strong as ever. I don’t think we can really take credit for winning the war on global communism since it collapsed under its own weight. The Soviet empire would have fallen even if Reagan hadn’t uttered, “Gorbachev, take down that wall.”
You can’t fight a hurricane. About all you can do is get the hell out of its way or hunker down and hope you survive. After it passes, you pick up the pieces and rebuild. It’s pretty much the same for tornadoes, floods, and other natural disasters. Nature always wins.