Burch: “And a little child shall lead them ...”

Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 10:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

It continues to be a banner year for Tennessee athletes. Congratulations and kudos are in order for the Goodlettsville little leaguers who finished first in the U.S. and second in the world, to the Kitasuna all-star team from Tokyo, Japan.

Goodlettsville has a population of around 16,000 while Tokyo’s is closer to 16 million (including suburbs) so the young Tennesseans had an uphill climb against the best talent from Japan’s largest city, losing 12-2 in the finale.

The American and Japanese players displayed remarkable sportsmanship. In the bottom of the first, Goodlettsville’s Justin Smith hit Rintaro Hirano with a pitch. After Hirano made it to first, Smith walked over to make sure he was OK. When Brock Myers homered off Kotaro Kiyomiya, the pitcher congratulated Myers after he crossed home.

“Tennessee was our best friends in the U.S. division,” Kiyomiya said.

After the game was called due to the little league 10-run rule, in a symbolic gesture of friendship and goodwill, the Japanese players jogged the traditional post-game victory lap carrying the flags of both countries.

There was no need for the Americans to hang their heads or mope, nor did they plan to. “When we get home, it’s going to be a carnival,” Goodlettsville manager Joey Hale said.

The Americans were gracious in defeat, although there were really no losers, only winners. Hale called Japan “the best team in the tournament.” Goodlettsville star Brock Myers said, “We’re the second-best team in the world. That’s pretty good, I guess. I’m all right with that.”

But it’s hard to find such grace in American politics these days. Not only are many American politicians bad winners and worse losers, but they constantly puff up their chests and brag about American “exceptionalism,” which suggests that earth’s other nations are at best second-rate.

Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee is one of the ringleaders and rising stars of a Republican Party that increasingly lacks grace. And yet she praised the GOP’s updated anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-minority, anti-union, anti-anyone-who-isn’t-a-rich-white-Christian-man-in-picture-perfect-health platform. In her speech at the Republican National Convention, Blackburn told the wildly cheering throng that this platform would help the GOP be known as the “Great Opportunity Party.”

Like the RNC’s keynote speaker, Chris Christie, Blackburn referred to the “American Century.” What do Republicans mean when they talk about an “American Century”?

And here are enlightening excerpts from a speech made at the Citadel by the GOP’s new main man, Willard Mitt Romney, in which he evangelizes American exceptionalism.

“I am guided by one overwhelming conviction and passion: This century must be an American Century. In an American Century, America leads the free world and the free world leads the entire world. God did not create this country to be a nation of followers.

I believe we are an exceptional country with a unique destiny and role in the world. America is not destined to be one of several equally balanced global powers. America must lead the world, or someone else will. If we do not have the strength or vision to lead, then other powers will take our place.

The world is dangerous, destructive, chaotic. Like a watchman in the night, we must remain at our post and keep guard of the freedom that defines and ennobles us, and our friends.

The United States will apply the full spectrum of hard and soft power to influence events before they erupt into conflict [i.e., preemptive military strikes and covert operations.]

As president of the United States, I will devote myself to an American Century. And I will never, ever apologize for America.

I pledge to you that if I become commander-in-chief, the United States of America will fulfill its duty, and its destiny.

It is only American power — conceived in the broadest terms — that can provide the foundation of an international system that ensures the security and prosperity of the United States and our friends and allies around the world.”

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

124 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 9/2/12 at 5:17

Here's another whacko racist site that contains the same text:


Looks like Yogi has plenty of soul mates....a very ugly and hateful segment of our general population.....they seem to thrive in the Old Confederacy.

By: yogiman on 9/2/12 at 7:28

Interesting, Loner.

Your 'copy' shows McCain beat Obama but Obama was placed in office by usurpation. Any explanation on that?

And interesting article was written earlier today by Ellis Washington. You probably won't like what he has to say about your "man". but Washington is a fact man.

By: yogiman on 9/2/12 at 7:31

And no, Loner, I'm not the last to find out. I've had that "hoak" for years. Where was you when it was first issued?

By: bfra on 9/2/12 at 7:37

By: Loner on 9/2/12 at 6:17

Here's another whacko racist site that contains the same text:

yogi - the whacko racist can't even understand what the FIRST line of Loners comment says. Do you dummy, think any thing called a whacko racist site is based on FACTS? Get a clue ignoramous!

By: yogiman on 9/2/12 at 8:05

Yes bfra, I know what a racist is, but your obviously don't. Why? Because if you wasn't a racist you would not have voted for a man whom you didn't even know his name. The only reason you have for voting for him is race.

You had better wake up, bad farts repeating allthetime. That is, unless you're a communist backing Barry Soetoro.

By: yogiman on 9/2/12 at 8:14


You want to read another article I read back in January so you can ridicule me a little bit more?

As I've said, I'm no master on this machine but I'm sure you can find the article. It was written by named Fred Newman. The title was //terribletruth.wordpress.com/

The printer didn't print beyond that part of the title but you're a master on this machine, I'm not. I imagine you can find it. It's 26 pages and makes quite a few references.

You can learn a little bit more on who "Barack Obama" is.

And I'll repeat my question: Why did Congress allow this to happen?

By: bfra on 9/2/12 at 8:15

yogi - goes off on what a racist is, instead of answering why his comments are so dumb about what Loner posted. Get a clue, you sound dumb enough, aready!

By: bfra on 9/2/12 at 8:21

yogi - Old man, do you move as slow as your mind works?

By: yogiman on 9/2/12 at 8:52

My comments are dumb only to the stupid idiots like you, bfra. You seem to be kin to Barry because you don't want anyone to know who you are, like him.

I can't feel sorry for idiots like you, but if you have any children, I do feel sorry for them with you backing a man for the Oval Office who is not legally qualified for it.

You say he is. How do you know he is when he refuses to prove he is? You don't because you can't. You haven't seen anything proving or even indicating he is.

He obviously knows it because he refuses to identify himself, but apparently you're too stupid to understand it.

If you had a brain just a little bigger than that peanut sized hole you have in you skull, you might be able to figure it out, hopefully before he usurps that office again.

By: bfra on 9/2/12 at 8:58

Only idiots, like you, changes the subject because the don't have the brains to answer a question. Dream on old man!

By: Captain Nemo on 9/2/12 at 9:28

You are a liar and cowardly racist, yogi.

By: bfra on 9/2/12 at 9:33

Nemo - Those facts about yogi have been proved so many times you would think he would at least have the guts to quit posting lies. I have met people that didn't know what telling the truth was, but yogi tops them all & I hate liars.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/2/12 at 9:54

First you have to have brains to understand before you have the guts to do that. yogi has none of the above.


By: bfra on 9/2/12 at 9:54

Should have said "strongly detest" instead of "hate". yogi's lies brings out the worst in anybody.

By: bfra on 9/2/12 at 9:55

Nemo - Double ditto!

By: Captain Nemo on 9/2/12 at 10:01

Dealing with trash like yogi you can't help get a little dirty.

By: yogiman on 9/2/12 at 10:03

I've tried to slow down so you can catch up, bfra. But you'll have to get faster to come closer because you'll never catch up with me.

Because you're as slow physically as you are mentally your buddy Barry is way ahead of you, too.

65 days. Hang in there.

By: bfra on 9/2/12 at 10:10

yogi - You can't get any slower than a snails pace, which you exhibit. If you pick up a little, you would leave less slime.

By: yogiman on 9/2/12 at 10:46


Tell me; you made the comment you was the best student in your class in school. I presumed college. Was you number one in all of your classes through graduation? How about your Master's and PHDs? Was you that brilliant all the way through? And what college did you attend? It it was MTSU, I'll admit you're smarter than hell to be number one.

So tell me, how can you be so stupid to support a man in the White House whom you have no idea who in the hell he is? You don't know his name. You don't know where he was born. You really don't know if he went to the schools he claims to have attended, except by his word, do you?

He's lied so much, can you ever know if he's telling the truth?

You say he's legally eligible, but he apparently knows he isn't. I'll repeat; If he is, why isn't he willing to identify himself and prove it? Get it over with, we wouldn't have any more arguments, and it would make it much easier for him to become dictator of the US.

By: bfra on 9/2/12 at 10:51

Unlike you & bud, I do not put my personal life on discussion boards but I definitely gained enough knowledge to recognize an old coot that has nothing better to do, for lack of friends & family, but sit & post lies & undocumented reports for his racist stupidity.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/2/12 at 11:10

yogi is a liar and a cowardly racists

By: Captain Nemo on 9/2/12 at 11:19

I wonder where the shut-in Rasputin is today. Library closed?

By: Captain Nemo on 9/2/12 at 11:28

It is time for me to go. House chores done it is time to have fun.

By: bfra on 9/2/12 at 11:30

Nemo - Raspootin is probably on a sandbar in Old Hickory lake & thinks he is in West Palm Beach.......LOL