USA vs. God?

Song: A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Artist: Bob Dylan
Album: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Released: 1963

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.


Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.

One thought on “USA vs. God?”

  1. Ike kicked ass
    “This is nature meets the proud United States of America, and my US of A is going to win.” Robert, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it looks as though Ike won.
    The US of A may be proud but pride doesn’t do much for you in the world of disaster recovery. It doesn’t restore power or rebuild homes or bring life back to normal. Pride does, however, give us monolithic, incompetently led bureaucracies that are too slow and cumbersome to respond in a timely and effective manner. It gives us utility companies that neglect routine maintenance in favor of profits and then want to pass the cost of that neglect on to their customers who are pretty much at the mercy of a legal monopoly. Pride keeps us dependent on foreign oil when we should be developing alternative energy sources and using the fuel we do consume more efficiently. OK, I guess there’s also a fair amount of greed involved too because there’s plenty of pandering to the bottom line and the special interests.
    Personally, I favor a more humble US of A that does what is right because it is right, not because it lines the politicians’ and corporations’ pockets or feeds someone’s ego. I favor a humble nation that takes care of its citizens and the infrastructure that supports them. I’d like to see a humble nation that tries to get along with other nations rather than bully them. We can be powerful without strong-arming the rest of the world. As Margaret Thatcher said, “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”


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