You walked in the snow at Valley Forge, boots that were rotting off your feet. You watched your friends die of hunger or cold, but you believed.
You charged across the fields at New Orleans catching the British vulnerable as they come ashore, up until the time musket ball took your life, you believed.
You served an artillery piece at Monterey watching your cannon balls bounce harmlessly off the stone fortifications. General Taylor urged you on, and as you succumbed to malaria, you believed.
You stood on little round top with Colonel Chamberlain and while your buddies and your ammunition dwindled, you could not help but believe when the Colonel sounded Charge! That belief didn’t end when the rebel bayonet found your lungs.
You were a proud 17 year old shoveling coal into the maw of the boilers for the USS Maine. You believed in the great white fleet, and that belief never faded when the explosion took your life.
You were a sergeant in the Army, leading 45 other men over the wire to take out a machine gun outside of Metz. You believed even after watching that same machine gun strike down twenty of your men. When the Germans changed belts on that gun, you fell too.
You came ashore at Iwo Jima, and believed until that mortar round landed on the beach, right beside you.
You were a helicopter pilot pulling out wounded marines at Khe Sanh, and until enemy fire took out your controls and you watched your ship plummet to the ground, you believed.
You were a medic with an infantry company loaded in a Humvee. You believed up to the point the IED killed everyone in the vehicle.
You are the American fallen. Throughout the history of our land, there have been brave men and women who have believed in this country, something greater than themselves. They take up arms in defense of their families, their farms, their faith and the American ideal. They believed that; “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” You laid down your life so that others might live.
This weekend we take a day off work, and remember your sacrifice. We pray that another does not have to sacrifice like you did, but when they do, we will honor them too.
As an American, it is my hope that we live up to the dreams and aspirations of those thousands of men and women who stood at the brink and were pulled over for our sake. May we honor them, and keep this country free and may the torch of Liberty forever burn.
What is the American Dream? Or if I can restate, what is the dream for our society? At one point, it was to have a family with children, pets, a house, car and a stable job. But where we sit right now, I’m not sure what it is. We have people who live according to the agenda of social justice, gay rights, liberal bashing, conservative bashing, religion bashing, second amendment rights, constitutional rights, and many many more. So many more that you can’t count them all.
The dreams of the 1950’s and the start of the 1960’s soon splintered into the miasma we have today. What happened?
I would submit that the rise of secularism and thus the different special interests is due to the decline in the church. But then we are looking at a chicken and an egg situation wondering what came first, the decline of the church or the rise of secularism. I would submit that they both happened simultaneously.
Technology, automobiles, television, internet, illicit drugs, unpopular wars, Supreme Court decisions and the protest culture of the 1960’s all injured both our societal culture and the efficacy of the Church.
We are at a point where we have to make a decision. What is going to reign supreme in our country, a secularist view, where we pander to all the special interests and abandon the moral anchor that has served us well for more than the last four hundred years. For the sake of argument, let’s look at what the society would look like if we as a country were to adopt the secularist utopia.
John 39 woke up at 6:00am like everyone else in Dormitory Blue 9, located outside of Dallas, Texas. He shuffled to the community bathroom and took care of his business, hoping to not be noticed by the GI’s living in the dormitory. The GI or Gender Inspecifics mocked and hazed anybody that kept their birth gender identity and “equipment.” He brushed his teeth with Federally provided toothbrush and toothpaste. His paper smock was waiting for him at the doorway to the bathroom leading into the cafeteria. By 6:15, the entire Dormitory was gathered in the cafeteria standing at their assigned seating, waiting for the morning announcements.
“Good morning citizens. Today is a great day. We celebrate four more gender or physical modifications today. We are grateful for the freedom in our society that allows us to change ourselves as we see fit. We also celebrate seven renunciations from the ancient faith called Christianity. Five of those accepted the spiritual sanctity of the State, and two have joined our brothers and sisters in Islam. Please note that Sharia court will convene at sundown today. Team assignments for work are now displayed in the cafeteria. That is all the announcements; please join me in the pledge of allegiance.”
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and the Government for which she stands, one nation, with many beliefs, working toward the freedom and love of all people, with liberty and social justice for all.”
John then fell into step with his Dormitory mates and followed the line to get his morning ration of oatmeal or sprouted wheat. Last month they had one day with coffee and it started a three day mourning period when it was noted it was only available for a single day. Today there were cartons of milk to go along with the water and orange flavored crystals.
“Did you hear about the western alliance?” The GI sitting next to John whispered to him. This man/woman had family in the old Wyoming and always wanted to gossip about the war. John tried to stay away from the discussions on the war. Ever since the old Constitution was discarded in favor of the new Articles of Equality, John didn’t talk about political or controversial items. He just wanted to get his work assignment done so he could get back to his bunk and jack into his video game console. The real world was so depressing, that his virtual world was his favorite place to live.
At that moment a shout was raised from the other end of the cafeteria, “He has a bible!” An older man was holding onto a small brown book. A younger GI was standing and shrieking, “He offends me!” The enforcers that wait along the edge of the cafeteria moved in and tasered the older man.
“Yes it’s a bible.” One enforcer said. “Take him in for re-education.”
John just shook his head. Bibles were a guaranteed way to get put in a six month intense confinement where you listened to state sponsored information telling the fallen citizen what was required of them and how to be sensitive to the other people in the republic.
I don’t know if I want to live in a world like that. I would rather live in an era where our moral code is taken from the scripture and commandments of God, and our political environment works within that same moral code.
This may be the most important speech given in America since the "I have a Dream" speech by Dr. King.
The text is below...
It is April 29, 2015. Two hundred and twenty six years ago this day, George Washington readied himself for the first ever presidential inauguration, to take place the following day, the day America as we know it came into existence, with a president's hand resting on the Word of God. That day would conclude with America's first government gathering in prayer to dedicate the nation's future into God's hands.
A century and a half earlier, another seminal event took place on the same day. On April 29, 1607, the voyagers of the Susan Constant, the Discovery, and the Godspeed, gathered together in prayer at Cape Henry to set a wooden cross in the sands of Virginia Beach, and dedicate the new civilization to the will and purposes of God.
America's biblical foundation would be reaffirmed over and over again by its forefathers, from the Pilgrims of the Mayflower, to the Puritans of Massachusetts Bay, to the leaders of the first American colonies who declared publicly and in writing that the new commonwealth had come into existence solely for the glory and purposes of God.
No historian can rewrite that. No president can expunge it. And if a thousand angels swore on a thousand bibles that this was not the case, it would in no way alter the fact – that this American civilization was conceived, established, dedicated, and founded on a biblical cornerstone; America was brought into existence for the will and purposes of God.
On this night, over two hundred years ago, George Washington held in his hand the first ever presidential address. In that address was a prophetic warning: It was this:"the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself hath ordained." In other words, if America should ever turn away from God and His ways, if it should ever disregard His eternal rules of order and right, then His blessings, the smiles of Heaven, would be removed from the land.
The remainder of this speech can be found here