“Box Elder, South Dakota’s Next Ghost Town?,” by Seth Hahn, Clean Cut Kid, 16 March 2005, http://www.cleancutkid.com/2005/03/16/box-elder-south-dakotas-next-ghost-town/.
The word “patriotism” comes from the Greek word “patrios” — Fatherland. In Latin, “patrios” became “patria.” Patria” is commonly translated as “one’s country,” as in the poem, “Dulce et Decorum est Pro Patria Mori” (It is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country). But “fatherland” is still a better translation. If the land is a father, then all males of the land are brothers: the patria is also a fratria — the Fatherland is a Brotherland. Not brothers in the biological sense, nor in the sense that I love Aaron and Rob as brothers, but nonetheless real brothers. Fellow citizens are brothers in the land.
The attacks of September 11th did not target South Dakota, and it is very unlikely that further al-Qaeda attacks would. But South Dakotans still have obligations to protect their brothers in New York and every other place where our enemies may attack. Only a terrible man would sacrifice his brothers’ safety for a small gain. Like the ancient traitors who opened city gates to enemy intruders, a man who steals his brothers’ security for silver is a failure.
Then why is new Clean Cut Kid Seth Hahn implying that Daschle was such a man?
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has just nominated former Nevada Congressman James Bilbray to the Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC). As Minority Leader, Reid has the privilege of selecting one of the nine-person commission. The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that defense experts say that â€œnation still has 25 percent more military base capacity than needed and $7 billion more might be saved.â€
While this means that Nellis Air Force Base and Fallon Naval Air Station are safe, Ellsworthâ€™s future, and the economic well-being of Western South Dakota are not so certain. State officials have recently â€œlaunched an all-out campaign to keep the base openâ€ in an attempt to keep the $267 million in annual revenue that Ellsworth brings to the area.
It sure would be nice to have the Senate Minority Leader campaigning for us.
I would say it would be nice to have fratriots who love their brothers campaigning for the safety of us all.
In a comment, “Charley” says the same thing less poetically
Instead of our selfish, knee-jerk efforts to save Ellsworth as we bitch about the deficit and/or taxes we should look at whether or not it even makes sense to continue the base in SD.