Skip to comments.A Tale of Two Women
Posted on 07/10/2010 5:57:48 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob
Important events happened recently to two women. The relative attention paid and press coverage about the two tells a lot about where we are as a nation, and it isnt good. The two women are Lindsay Lohan and Pam Murphy.
All of you know that Lindsay Lohan is a spoiled, self-centered, self-destructive twit who was just sentenced to 90 days in jail for multiple instances of contempt of court. But how many of you know who Pam Murphy was? Lets not always see the same hands.
Pam Murphy was the widow of Audie Murchy, the most decorated US soldier from WW II. Here is how an article in Veterans Today on 10 April, 2010, described her:
After Audie died, they all became her boys. Every last one of them.
Any soldier or Marine who walked into the Sepulveda VA hospital and care center in the last 35 years got the VIP treatment from Pam Murphy.
The widow of Audie Murphy the most decorated soldier in World War II would walk the hallways with her clipboard in hand making sure her boys got to see a specialist or doctor STAT. If they didnt, watch out.
Her boys werent Medal of Honor recipients or movie stars like Audie, but that didnt matter to Pam. They had served their country. That was good enough for her.
She never called a veteran by his first name. It was always Mister. Respect came with the job.
Nobody could cut through VA red tape faster than Mrs. Murphy, said veteran Stephen Sherman, speaking for thousands of veterans she befriended over the years.
Many times I watched her march a veteran who had been waiting more than an hour right into the doctors office. She was even reprimanded a few times, but it didnt matter to Mrs. Murphy.
Only her boys mattered. She was our angel.
For that whole article, go here: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/04/16/pam-murphy-widow-of-actor-audie-murphy-was-veterans-friend-and-advocate/
The simple truth is that Pam Murphy did more for her boys, and through them for all of America, before lunch on any day of her 90 years, than Lindsay Lohan did for anyone, anytime. And yet, Lohans sniveling before the judge got wall-to-wall press coverage, but the death of a great and dedicated woman passed almost unnoticed.
Consider how much better our press would be, our nation would be, our lives would be, if the life of Pam Murphy had been covered and celebrated like the Lohan court hearing. And the contrary is true, what if the Lohan hearing had been covered in a few lines back in the papers next to the pet obituaries?
I spend much of my time reading about the Framers, their lives, their philosophies, their times, and their works. Occasionally people say to me, Those were unique times. We couldnt find a collection of Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, and so on, today. To that I answer, yes we can. But we cant find them where the originals were found, in Congress.
Can anyone recite the names of the current leaders of Congress alongside of the leaders of Congress when the Declaration of Independence was passed and signed, without sardonic tears?
Yet, here is proof that America still generates leaders of the vision and caliber of the Framers, and of Pam Murphy. These are three Americans Ive had the privilege of knowing and working with over the years. Ill match any and all of them up with any of the Framers, beginning with John and Abigail Adams. See if you agree:
Dr. Thomas Sowell. The late Dr. Jeane Kirkpatrick. The late Dr. Milton Friedman. If any of these names are unfamiliar to you, I wont attempt to explain such extraordinary people in a sentence or two. Look them up. Get into their writings. See whether you agree that people of the quality of the Framers yet live and work among us.
Then ask why our press is filled with trivialities, and void of the greatness that America actually possesses. Thats what I thought of this week, when I contemplated the vast gulf between Lindsay Lohan and Pam Murphy, this week.
About the Author: John Armor practiced before the Supreme Court for 33 years. John_Armor@aya,yale.edu His latest book, to appear in September, is on Thomas Paine. www.TheseAreTheTimes.us
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Thanks so much. I was not aware of Mrs. Murphy or her contributions to our veterans. What a wonderful story and perfect way to illustrate the inanity of our media and culture (or lack thereof).
I agree. Add Phyllis Schlafly, a woman of outstanding accomplishments.
Thank you for telling the story of Mrs. Murphy. This is the first time that I have heard it.
Generations of liberal educrats produced today's press and the sheep who swallow their propaganda.
Many are just now becoming aware of the dead- end road up ahead. I hope there's still time to reverse course.
Very simple - those personalities reflect the morals and beliefs of the press/media. It is that simple.
This is reflected in politics, economics, everything.
Proof of statement?
Name a current MSM figure, other than those on FOX, who can hold a candle up to their World War II forefathers.
What has caused such a downfall in the fourth estate - check out the major schools of journalism to answer that one. It is no longer about the facts it is all about the buzz.
Thank you. I have never heard of Pam Murphy. She was indeed an American hero.
What is the "important event" that happened to Pam Murphy recently?
Why did this happen? Because our schools don’t teach history, and haven’t for several decades now. I doubt the reporters even know who we fought in World War II. The people reporting on Lindsay Lohan know who she is, but they have no idea who Audie Murphy was, and what he did, much less his wife. No. Idea.
Lindsy Says f*** you America
They would be hard put to it just to place WWII in the right century.
If you are in Washington D.C., be sure to visit Arlington National Cemetery. Take the bus tour, under $10, and it goes around to most of the sights you want to see. If I recall correctly, the tour includes a map that tells where famous graves are, Audie Murphy’s is on it and it’s just a regular veteran’s headstone, but usually it’s marked with a couple of little US flags put there by the public. There is also a hill area where some of the Supreme Court justices are buried and another area where memorials are placed for the shuttles Columbia and Challenger. The Unknown Soldier memorial often has Honor Flight vets visiting it and that adds to the feeling of hallowed ground on gets while visiting.
I havent visited Arlington National Cemetery in 35 years or more. I really should go there again once more before I die. My father rests there.
My screen is all blurry.
God bless her!
If you visit the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, NC, it's available in a little book store called "Daniel's Read-A-Lot." Don't know about other places, but it's a delightful book of stories about real women whose heroism is/was notable, and includes some famous ones, such as the wife of James Madison, and many other revolutionary figures. King is a great historian and entertaining story teller.
Nice piece of writing, Congressman.My comment is that celebrities exist only in journalism. If you aren't paying attention to journalism, then for you their celebrity doesn't exist.
And journalists are celebrities just as Lindsey Lohan is a celebrity. Each individual journalist has to stay in the herd to remain a celebrity.
I enjoyed it very much. (It was included in my Grasstops USA daily email.)
“Aww, maaannn, I’m gonna go to jail for three days! *sob* *sniff*”
Pam Murphy rules.
Lindsey Looozer drools.
Excellent and timely post as always. BTTT.
And another thing:
I think that Lindsey’s cute, but I’d only date her if she had a lobotomy first.
RIP, Mrs. Murphy.
Thanks for posting this FRiend.
Excellent, Congressman Billybob! Well spoken!