B-52, domestic terrorists, For The Fallen, Henry V, Kamala Harris, marxists, meat puppet, Memorial Day, racism, self-imagined elite, Social justice, the best and brightest, The Second Coming, UCMJ, uncommon valor was a common virtue, USAF, white rage, William Shakespeare
This Memorial Day, our thoughts turn to you who, unbidden, answered your country’s call, you who truly were–-and are–-the best and brightest. We know your rest is troubled. How could it be otherwise? The America for which you fought and died is in jeopardy. Half of the country is “The Resistance,” resisting the Constitution, the rule of law and the love of liberty and nation. Racism disguised as “social justice’ is abroad in the land, stirring up division and hate among those who were formerly Americans. Even our military is riven by Marxists vainly seeking “white rage” and “domestic terrorists”–-you. As William Butler Yeats, in The Second Coming, said:
The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.
Yeats speaks of the self-imagined elite, those who seek to control and dominate, not serve, not you–-never you. America no longer has a Commander In Chief, only a meat puppet, and many in our government, including our intelligence apparatus, the Department of Justice, the D/S/C Congress, the FBI, and virtually all of the news media, are doing all they can to destroy America, to fundamentally transform it into a socialist worker’s paradise. Our cities are third world war zones, our police disheartened and disbanded, our Supreme Court Justices threatened in their homes, free speech is threatened, our allies betrayed and our foreign enemies appeased. There is no longer a loyal opposition; members of the D/S/C Party are racing to the left at blinding speed, heedless of the lessons of history, heedless of the virtues for which you fought and died.
Politicians solemnly intone breaking the law and destroying the Constitution is the highest expression of patriotism. You understood patriotism. You lived it, and died giving all your tomorrows that others might understand and embrace it.
For you, duty, honor and country were not mere mottos, but lived, every day, and uncommon valor was a common virtue. Our current self-imagined elite fear ideas and words different than their own, and seek “safe spaces.” You willingly went to the hellholes of the Earth, places where no safety was to be found, and bore any burden to preserve liberty, even for those that would spit on it, and you. They, those precious snowflakes, demand the world accommodate their infantile, deranged desires. You sacrificed everything so all could live in liberty.
Even as our feeble President has thrown open our borders, devalued citizenship and labeled all Normal Americans racists, you understood how rare and precious American citizenship is. You fought to uphold and preserve a color-blind, meritorious society and to maintain equal justice for all. You lived patriotism, not the politically expedient rhetoric thrown in the faces of Americans by corrupt politicians and cynical, dim-witted, self-absorbed entertainers and athletes, but the patriotism that ever lives in the hearts of practicing Americans. You knew what it meant to give the last full measure of devotion:
…that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
They give nothing, but take much. And you, like me, fear your sacrifice might be in vain. You shudder with revulsion at men and women that deny the existence of evil and think America what is wrong with the world. They revel in the bounty of America, yet smugly sneer at those that honor your sacrifice, the flag, patriotism and all it means to be American.
Always, when we have needed great men and women, we have found them. They stood and said: “here am I; send me.” You were among them. When we needed not the coddled, addled, perverse and hateful self-imagined elite, the race hustlers, the corrupt and criminal, and those of multiple, fanciful genders, but the truly best and brightest, they have always donned the uniform and taken up arms in the defense of liberty, just as you did.
In Henry V, William Shakespeare wrote a speech that resonates in the hearts of every warrior. He speaks of a climactic battle on Saint Crispin’s Day, but your days were no less meaningful, your sacrifice no less great:
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember’d;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.
You few; you band of brothers; you who kept faith with all who fought before you and showed the way to those that follow. Will more step forward in the future? Will they sacrifice as you have sacrificed? Will their sacrifice expose the lie that is the America-hating Left? Will they pledge their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to preserve the America you so fiercely loved?
I know they will. The sound you hear, the regular, echoing marching to the flag—the American flag, never any racist, political banner of division and shame–-is the never-ending cadence of their legions. I drift back in memory to that day in the Air Force when my Security Police shift stood at attention, outdoors, prior to going on duty. Suddenly, the roar of the eight engines of a B-52, invisible on the distant flight line, vibrated our chests and a young airman, new to the base, exclaimed: “What’s that!” A wise sergeant smiled and replied: “The sound of freedom.” The sound of generation after generation of marching feet is no less the sound of freedom than the roar of a warplane’s jet engines.
Even as vilely corrupt bureaucrats and politicians seek to preserve their life-long sinecures at the expense of honest, honorable Americans, young Americans answer the call, just as you answered the call. Led by the politically correct, venal and dishonorable, they come still, ready to bear any burden.
The America for which you gave all of your tomorrows still lives. I am but one that remembers and honors you and America, but one of millions, tens, hundreds of millions, that can never forget you, because, we, like you, are Americans.
On this Memorial Day, we pause to particularly remember as Robert Laurence Binyon, in “For The Fallen,” wrote in 1914:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
God protect and comfort you, as you protected us, as your service gave us comfort, and give you peace. Let the sound of fellow Americans marching to answer our nation’s call lull you to eternal, well deserved rest, secure in the knowledge the flag will always be taken up; good men and women will not allow evil to win. They will gladly take and honor your oath:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
We’ll never forget: that’s what it is to be an American. That’s what it is to be a part of something greater than oneself. That’s what it is to build and preserve the shining city on the hill, the last, best hope of mankind, on this, and every Memorial Day.
Linda Hofstee said:
God bless those who have gone before us; sacrificing all to preserve and protect their fellow Americans and country. We owe a great debt to those who take up the call to bear arms preserving freedom for their fellow citizens and like minded people around the world.
“Half of the country is “The Resistance,” resisting the Constitution, the rule of law and the love of liberty and nation.”
Half the country is resisting the Constitution, Mike? If so, exactly why is that? Ever stop to try and figure that out on human terms rather than jump at some contrived emotion of current Conservatism to block dialog and compromise in the democratic process and simply assign blame for the sake of blame? Even if it’s not true, where does your perception of that come from? I dunno, Mike… personally it sounds like you are trying to “grab” Memorial Day for your own grievance in order to elevate some higher patriotism when in fact, your patriotism is no higher than my own. Your love for the Constitution is no higher than mine. My appreciation for the sacrifices of others for our freedoms since the beginning is no greater appreciation to my own. I can only speak for myself. In politics we do not agree and likely never will, nor is it even necessary that we do. We can certainly express our current divides and even lament the disparaging ideologies pushing ALL Americans apart as a society. I am the half of Americans that you are not, by default apparently. But seems to me there’s a higher road to take and perhaps THAT’s the real message behind Memorial Day. Not threats of alienating half the population for political differences, assigning blame for your past world changing, or “fringing” discussions of a civil war.
My celebration of Memorial Day includes you and all other Americans who don’t think like I do. It’s a yearly reaffirmation of what the hell all this is about. I’ve made the same pledges and promises as you over a half dozen organizational venues of my own past. Memorial Day we can reaffirm meaning to all that.
The flag flutters in the wind, changing direction from time to time, but it’s always there in the wind. It seems if we stay the course, the direction of the blowing flag.. the essence of what it represents to ALL Americans…. will show the way.
Otherwise, we can just kick back and watch how we all devour ourselves. What’s left will be nothing of the thing we once had, and we can never go back. I don’t give a tinker’s damn how many 30 round mags you have in the basement.
Mike McDaniel said:
Methinks thou dost protest too much.
Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
The mid terms will tell how much the people understand the situation. I pray they will choose wisely.
Mike McDaniel said:
As do we all.