Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Mark Shields, Paul Douglas Brigades, and Charles Lindbergh

Mark Shields wrote another column calling for Paul Douglas Brigades.

I grew up hearing the Paul Douglas story from my Dad and have written about Shields's call for Paul Douglas Brigades before here.

My Dad also told me a story about another, but less well known hero, from the second World War. Someone who like Paul Douglas volunteered for service, even though he didn't have to.

That was Charles Lindbergh, and in Lindbergh's case Uncle Sam didn't want his service; but Lindberg desperately wanted to serve.

Lindbergh believed the Unites States was lead into the second World War by Jews and Imperialists, and said in famous speech in Des Moines, "The three most important groups who have been pressing this country toward war are the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration".

But my Dad said when war came, Lindbergh set aside his cynicism and prejudices volunteering to serve despite FDR's War Department placing all sorts of obstacles in his way. Eventually Lindberg prevailed and found a way to fight America's real foes.

Lindbergh didn't call Roosevelt a liar. He didn't say it was a War for profit. He didn't go on blaming Jews in the government. He joined other Americans doing what he could to win the war.

Maybe what we really need Mr. Shields are not Paul Douglas Brigrades of believers, but Charles Lindbergh Brigades of patriotic skeptics. People who put patriotism and service above politics.

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