Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

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Washington, Redskins, Costas, and Spoons

I recently came across an aphorism of which Bob Costas should be made aware —“Those who stir the crap should be made to lick the spoon.”

During the football game between the Cowboys and Redskins, Bob Costas used his halftime segment to espouse his opinion of the mascot chosen by the team that calls Washington home. Bob claims the use of Redskins as a mascot is a slur and insult.

Sports teams choose a mascot in an effort to create a competitive identity for the team. Chicago has the Bears, Oakland has the Raiders, Kansas City has the Chiefs. There… Continue reading

Politically Post-Modern Logic, Monuments, Memorials, and Political Correctness

Deciding on the title to a blog is more difficult than writing it. Is post-modern a future self-defeating statement? Who knows? What the heck is Post-Modern? By definition post-modern is something that is perpetually happening the following day or year. And, it’s always advancing just beyond reach. It’s one of those concepts that’s perfect for professor types to pontificate. And it’s a futile fundamental process today in Washington DC.

Post-Modern generally refers to a way of thinking that suspends or completely abandons traditional mores. In order to be completely in compliance with post-modern thinking, all rules must be abandoned so… Continue reading

Washington’s First Inaugural Address

April 30, 1789. Newly inaugurated President George Washington gave a prophetic warning at Federal Hall in New York City. He declared that America’s prosperity and protection were dependent upon its adherence to God. Later, the political leaders of the young nation gathered at St. Paul’s Chapel to commit the nation’s future to God’s purposes. That chapel is located at Ground Zero and miraculously survived 9/11 virtually unscathed.

The following are three sentences taken from Washington’s first inaugural address. In these three sentences Washington clearly testifies to his belief in God and God’s providence over America. What Washington describes as a… Continue reading

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