Independence Day Ritual

Those who know me well know that at least every other year, if not every year, around the Independence Day holiday, I set aside time to watch “Gettysburg”. Now that there is a shorter version on DVD instead of the 4 tape VHS 8 hour set, it is not as huge of a time constraint as it used to be. Still, I watch it. Over the last few years it has been more important to me to watch it now than before.

Besides being an incredibly well done movie with high quality performances, it’s of amazing historical and cultural significance. The cultural significance for me is not the issues of the war at the time, but the will of the American people at that time. We have become such sissified panty waists since then it is unbelievable.

On July 1-3, 1863; for better or worse; the American culture had the will to leave 53,000 of its own on the field. This at a time when the entire population of the country was less than the current population of New York City today. Granted, we should have never went into Iraq. Eliminating Saddam and his family could have been accomplished with a few suitcases full of unmarked cash and a conversation with the Gotti family. An even bigger blunder was trying to trickle in troops. There is no might without overwhelming force. The biggest tragedy of it all is listening to the news. Hearing the complaints as the body count crosses 2000. It was a fight we simply didn’t have the will to be Americans in.

So, around Independence Day, you will find me watching “Gettysburg” and remembering that America once had a will and a purpose. It seems we have lost both.

Roland Hughes started his IT career in the early 1980s. He quickly became a consultant and president of Logikal Solutions, a software consulting firm specializing in OpenVMS application and C++/Qt touchscreen/embedded Linux development. Early in his career he became involved in what is now called cross platform development. Given the dearth of useful books on the subject he ventured into the world of professional author in 1995 writing the first of the "Zinc It!" book series for John Gordon Burke Publisher, Inc. A decade later he released a massive (nearly 800 pages) tome "The Minimum You Need to Know to Be an OpenVMS Application Developer" which tried to encapsulate the essential skills gained over what was nearly a 20 year career at that point. From there "The Minimum You Need to Know" book series was born. Three years later he wrote his first novel "Infinite Exposure" which got much notice from people involved in the banking and financial security worlds. Some of the attacks predicted in that book have since come to pass. While it was not originally intended to be a trilogy, it became the first book of "The Earth That Was" trilogy: Infinite Exposure Lesedi - The Greatest Lie Ever Told John Smith - Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars When he is not consulting Roland Hughes posts about technology and sometimes politics on his blog. He also has regularly scheduled Sunday posts appearing on the Interesting Authors blog.