Category Archives: patriotism

Memorial Day – and what it means, no matter where you are

Here in the States, today is Memorial Day. It is, as I have mentioned in previous posts, a day that we set aside specifically to remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice; those who have given their lives to secure the freedoms that we, as Americans, enjoy. In peace or in war, in battle or behind the lines, those who gave their lives are remembered and honored, today.

That doesn’t mean, though, that this is something that is particular ONLY to the US of A. No matter where you are, no matter where you may be reading this blog from, stop and think of those who have died to secured those liberties and freedoms you enjoy – and remember their sacrifice for you today. If you’re IN the States, don’t let it just be a day off from work and a day to drink and barbecue.

Remember them – and never forget – today, or any day.

God bless, my friends, and thank you, Father, for such men and women as those we honor today!

“And the children shall lead – ” and this one DID!

Sometimes you come across a story in the news that ISN’T one of gloom, doom, hate and anger; a story like this one. The link here is from Breitbart, but I have verified the story on other news sources as well. This one made my day, and may it make yours as well!

http://www.breitbart.com/video/2017/02/23/seven-year-old-left-line-for-red-sox-autographs-to-ask-army-reserve-for-one/

Young lady, all I can say is WELL DONE.  To her parents, I say, WELL DONE!

To the U.S. Army Reservist, and to ALL of our veterans and active duty personnel, I say – THANK YOU!

What more needs to be said?

God bless today, my friends!

 

Veteran’s Day. May we never forget that truly, “Never has so much been owed by so many to so few.”

At the end of what became known as “The Battle of Britain,” Sir Winston Churchill uttered the following words:
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

Although he was speaking specifically of those brave men and women who gave their lives as the Battle of Britain raged, I believe that those words apply equally to all those who have given their lives to ensure the liberties and freedoms that we enjoy here in the United States.

May we never forget their sacrifices, hardships, and what they gave and endured so that we could be free – not just today, but EVERY day.

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God bless you today, my friends – and thank God for our Veterans!

 

We remember.

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I can’t say it any better than that. Thank you to a dear friend who posted this image, and I now re-post here.

Never forget, no matter how the MSM or those with their heads in the sand try to cover it up, explain it away or minimize it that there IS an enemy out there – a real one, an evil one, and one that is simply waiting for another chance to strike – an enemy that hates us, and everything we stand for.

To all those who gave their lives, unselfishly, running INTO the buildings as others ran out; to those who died saving the lives of those on the ground by crashing Flight 93, to those who have, since, made sacrifices in an attempt to keep this kind of tragedy from ever happening again, I say a heartfelt and truly grateful “THANK YOU.”

Never forget. Always remember. “Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.”

God bless you all today.

 

“Thank God that such men lived!”

Today, in the United States, is Memorial Day. For many it is a day of picnics, of friends and family, and a day of rest from the work and toil of everyday life. For many more, however, it is a day in which we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could be free; free to enjoy the freedoms we have in our country, and continue to enjoy.

The title for the post comes from a quote from General George S. Patton, Jr. The General said, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.” 

I know that I thank God for those men, those women and in some cases, those children who fought back against tyranny and against evil, laying down their lives to protect the freedom of people they’d never know. I’m with the General, and I thank God for them, today and every day.

Friends, remember something in addition to that. The media exists to push the negative, the sensational, the fearful. From reading the stories we would think that patriotism is dying, and that most of the people in our country hate the USA and all that it stands for.

THAT’S NOT TRUE. The majority still love our country and the principles on which it was founded. This Memorial Day, as we remember those who gave all for our freedoms, let us also remember that we’re not alone. A great many, indeed, I believe, a majority, will be doing it with us.

God bless today, my friends – and never forget!

 

Moral Equivalence just before Memorial Day. How “convenient.”

You know, it takes a lot for me to put a politically themed post on my blog. I tend to avoid them like the plague, namely because like many other subjects, politics can be a highly charged, highly emotional thing. However in this instance, I believe it is warranted.

Memorial Day in the United States is a day in which we remember those who have paid the highest price – the giving of their lives – to secure the freedoms that we enjoy in our country. To many, it’s just another day. To far more, it’s a day to remember, and appreciate what we have, and why we have it. For that reason, if no other, it makes the timing of our current President’s trip to Japan; his “apology tour,” as many are describing it, quite suspect. He made it a point to speak at length about the “horrors” experienced by the people of Hiroshima, and how terrible it was for the nuclear bombs to be used. In his remarks, although he may not have been foolish enough to have said it outright, he equated Allied forces with Axis forces in a statement of moral equivalence.

Strangely enough, he failed to remember a lot of other horrors; horrors done BY Imperial Japan during the course of the war and the unimaginable suffering it inflicted on the people to whom it was done. He also failed to mention the reason why the US ultimately used the bombs on the Japanese empire; the attack on Pearl Harbor, which drew us in, and their government’s refusal to surrender. He also forgot to mention the millions of lives, on BOTH sides, that were estimated to have been saved by their usage.

I guess when it doesn’t “fit the narrative,” it’s not important, but I digress. The article follows:

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/05/27/war-crimes-imperial-japan-lesson-moral-equivalence-mr-obama/

Whatever you may think of the website in question, its veracity or anything else, please read the linked article and remember that these are not things you’ll hear a lot of, if anything, in our age of apology, revising history, and flat out ignoring what the realities of history. Remember it the next time you see a WW 2 movie in which the only bad guys are Nazis – because, well, the Nazis are safe and no one will be “offended” if you portray them as bad. Above all, remember that moral equivalency, a great many times, is a refuge for the lazy; for those who aren’t able or willing to stand and say, “No. What was done was right and just at the time, given what had gone before. You sowed the wind, and reaped the whirlwind.” It also is lazy in that it isn’t equally applied, all the time. Outage over the usage of atomic bombs, but zero over the 300,000 to 1,000,000 estimated killed in the sustained bombings of Japan prior to their usage. As mentioned before, zero outrage over the atrocities committed against others BY Japan.

See the pattern?

To our current President I’ll say this: must be nice to stand some, what, 70 years after the end of WW 2, in the comfort and security given to you by those who had the courage to do what you, in all probability would never have been able to do, and criticize them in order to make yourself look good, isn’t it?

This is one of the very few times you’ll probably ever “see” me be angry on this blog. I won’t apologize for it, but I do hope I haven’t driven anyone away. Please – feel free to not read the blog posting or article if you feel so inclined.

God bless today, my friends, and let’s all remember those who died so that we may be free.

 

A blog post, courtesy of Captain America!

***Let me begin by saying that I do not know who drew the picture that I used as the image for this post. If you do, PLEASE inform me so that I can give them proper credit! It is, to say the least, SUPERB. If you have trouble reading the caption, the actual image (along with a digital “redo” can be seen here)

Before they go to school, my sons and I sit and regularly watch cartoons from a bygone age; a time when the good guys were good guys, the bad guys, bad, and they weren’t afraid to inject morals, lessons, patriotism and other things that today seem to be verboten in our society. This morning was the “Captain America” series, done by Marvel in the 60’s. In the episode, Cap and The Avengers were called to a far off country in the Orient and challenged to a battle by the BBEG (That’s Big Bad Evil Guy, for those not familiar with role playing acronyms) called ‘The Commissar.’ Turns out the guy was a robot, the battle was a sham designed to show the peasants that the “Imperialistic Americans” were weaklings, and thereby keep them ground under the heel of the dictatorship. At the end of the cartoon, the people are cheering and Cap says the following:

“You are all free men once more; but be always on your guard. The oppressors of freedom never give up. They lurk in the shadows – watching, waiting.”

Hawkeye promptly makes some clever remark about Cap being a cornball, and I turned to my youngest son and said “Hawkeye was wrong – there’s nothing cornball or cheesy about what Cap said. His statement means as much today as it did then. There ARE always people who want to take our freedoms from us, and they’re always waiting their chance. That’s why we need to be vigilant.” I followed with a simple example from the PC movement, and we talked a bit more, and then he had to go to school, but after he left I began to think about how appropriate Cap’s statement really is. Here in the US, as well as abroad, we have begun to see the slow erosion of the freedoms upon which Western civilization has been founded, oftentimes under the banners of “diversity” and “equality.” We see where the rights of law-abiding citizens are being trampled on by criminals and people dedicated to evil, and see also those events being hushed up for fear of “offending” someone, or simply because it doesn’t fit the narrative. (The violence and issues of rape that are only now being acknowledged in countries in Europe; countries that welcomed refugees with open arms, claiming all the while that they were ‘harmless’ and those who spoke out about potential dangers were just hard-hearted and xenophobic) More and more, we see the phrase “All men are created equal – but some are more equal than others” as preferential and, in some cases, downright discriminatory action is given to some based on their ethnicity or heritage, but not to others. Here in the US, the contentious issue is gun control, which would only serve to disarm those who obey the law since criminals, by definition, do not. (And, as one person said – I’ve yet to see an ‘evil’ gun as opposed to an evil person using a gun)

I do not believe it is too late. We’ve been asleep, yes, and the erosion has continued virtually unabated, but there are signs that people are beginning to stir and wake up to what’s going on. I pray that we are counted among those who are; myself, and whomever may be reading my blog. Leonard H. Courtney said, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”  Are we vigilant? Are we paying attention to ‘the man behind the screen,’ as the saying goes? When cries go up for “equality” and “justice” are we asking ourselves if it really is those things, are are we reacting with emotion alone and simply jumping on the bandwagon? Is it freedom and justice for all – or just for some?

I close with two quotes from the late Charlton Heston, taken from a speech he gave at Harvard Law School in 1999 entitled, Winning the Culture War. (The entire text and audio of the speech can be found here  and I definitely encourage you to listen to it.) As you read it, think of the things we see going on every day and then ask yourself – “What would I do? What am I WILLING to do?” 

Then DO it.  As Cap says in the caption above, I’m willing to bet I’m not the only one willing to do it- and neither are you.

Together, people have changed the world. I remember one man who did it with just Himself and 12 others, after all.

God bless, my friends. The quotes follow below:

“If you talk about race, it does not make you a racist. If you see distinctions between the genders, it does not make you sexist. If you think critically about a denomination, it does — does not make you anti-religion. If you accept but don’t celebrate homosexuality, it does not make you a homophobe.

Don’t let America’s universities continue to serve as incubators for this rampant epidemic of new McCarthyism. That’s what it is: New McCarthyism. But, what can you do? How can anyone prevail against such pervasive social subjugation?

Well, the answer’s been here all along. I learned it 36 years ago, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., standing with Dr. Martin Luther King and two hundred thousand people.

You simply disobey. Peaceably, yes. Respectfully, of course. Nonviolently, absolutely. But when told how to think or what to say or how to behave, we don’t. We disobey the social protocol that stifles and stigmatizes personal freedom.”

“When a mugger sues his elderly victim for defending herself, jam the switchboard of the district attorney’s office. When your university is pressured — your university — is pressured to lower standards until 80% of the students graduate with honors, choke the halls of the Board of Regents. When an 8-year-old boy pecks a girl’s cheek on the playground and then gets hauled into court for sexual harassment, march on that school and block its doorways. When someone you elected is seduced by political power and betrays you — petition them, oust them, banish them. When Time magazine’s cover portrays millennium nuts as deranged, crazy Christians holding a cross as it did last month, boycott their magazine and the products it advertises.

So that this nation may long endure, I urge you to follow in the hallowed footsteps of the great disobediences of history that freed exiles, founded religions, defeated tyrants, and yes, in the hands of an aroused rabble in arms and a few great men, by God’s grace, built this country.

If Dr. King were here, I think he would agree.”