Falling Awake

Just Darts Since 2009

A veteran replies to Charles Pinning [UPDATED 5/28/07]

The Providence Journal (reg. req.) carries a reply by Glenn Caron, a former soldier and Gulf War veteran, to the opinion piece Charles Pinning wrote just in time for Veteran’s Day.  [The original piece and] My own reply is here.

I like to think that Mr. Caron was one of the many people (over a dozen!) who found my site by googling “Charles+Pinning+ass.” [UPDATE: Make that “‘Charles Pinning’ + ass.”  Trust me.]

Anyway, his last paragraph reads:

Perhaps he should consider the words of John Stuart Mill: “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”

It’s somehow comforting that the Charles Pinnings of the world existed before the Vietnam War, in places other than America.  In other words, we’ve survived their likes before.


Update: I was looking over this post for Memorial Day, and googled Mr. Pinning to see if he’s been up to anything lately.  He has:

A vocal critic of the Board of Parks Commissioners was arrested yesterday after he continued to interrupt a board meeting at the Roger Williams Park Casino where a controversial plan for a dog park at the Dexter Training Ground was being discussed.

Charles Pinning of [address removed] was handcuffed and placed in a police cruiser. He was charged with disorderly conduct, simple assault and resisting arrest. No court date was available last night.

Why was he arrested?

Pinning, who has led the opposition to the dog park, presented a petition supposedly signed by 200 people supporting the continued presence of the ball field. When Pinning launched into a personal attack on a member of the audience, Mayor David N. Cicilline, who chairs the parks board , interrupted him and said, “I will not allow you to belittle a member of the city. It’s unfair.”

When another resident said that she would love to see the whole city become a dog park, Pinning jumped in and said, “Why don’t you gas the children!”

It seems obvious that this man is mentally ill–although it can be hard to tell with people on the left.


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