Wednesday, October 31, 2012

On the Sixth Day before Election Day our County gave to Us…

On the Twelfth Day …Bayonets!
On the Eleventh Day ...The Star Spangled Banner!
On the Tenth Day …Old Glory, Our Flag!
On the Ninth Day …Sacred Rights!
On the Eighth Day …Patriots!
On the Seventh Day …The Declaration of Independence

On the Sixth Day before Election Day our County gave to Us…
The Armed Forces, Our Defense

We, my sisters and I, used to sit near our dad and listen intently at his World War II stories.  I remember the most touching story of all, when in France; my father saw a young boy open a booby-trapped bottle and then ran to his aid.  His friends and he fought to save this boy’s life, although they knew it would be in vain.  My dad always spoke softly when talking about this one moment as a soldier.  He was there to serve his country, but oh, how he wished he could save one small French boy.

There can be nothing greater than the heart of a soldier when he fights for the lives of others, and his country.  God Bless the members of our armed forces, and our veterans who have served.  Your legacy to promote and provide freedom for all of us is not forgotten.

Below are some great links, videos and messages from our armed forces.

Music of the Great Armed Forces of the United States of America

“This is the world’s number one Air Force…” - Music Video:3 Doors Down - Citizen Soldier: The National Guard

For Honor, For Country: 2012 Marine Corps Birthday Message

US Navy Presidential Ceremonial Honor Guard Drill Team

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

On the Seventh Day before Election Day our County gave to Us…

On the Twelfth Day …Bayonets!
On the Eleventh Day ...The Star Spangled Banner!
On the Tenth Day …Old Glory, Our Flag!
On the Ninth Day …Sacred Rights!
On the Eighth Day …Patriots!

On the Seventh Day before Election Day our County gave to Us…
The Declaration of Independence

By Joe Curran - Filpac Data Guy –

In the early summer of 1776, our second President John Adams, at the time a Massachusetts delegate to the Second Continental Congress, noted that July second, 1776 would be remembered as America's greatest day. "I am apt to believe", he wrote to his wife Abigail, "that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.”

So then why do we light the fireworks on July 4?

The schoolbook story of the Declaration isn't quite the whole story. In fact if you consider all the events leading up to the day when 50 men affixed their signatures to the most famous document in history, it's a wonder it was signed at all.

Congress throughout 1776 passed several measures that clearly expressed independence from Great Britain: They disarmed the Tories, who were those supporting the British. Congress organized a fleet of privateers to plunder British shipping, opened American ports to ships of all nations except Britain and even tried to convince the French-speaking Canadians to join as the 14th colony. On May 15 they unanimously approved a resolution recommending that the individual colonies assume all powers of government. (Several delegates called it a Declaration of independence.)

And then on July 2, Congress voted 12 colonies to none, with one abstention, for independence.

Two days later the Declaration drafted by 33-year-old Thomas Jefferson of Virginia was approved. We’ve all seen the rendering of the document: IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776, which is why we celebrate independence on the Fourth.

“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.”

Without Jefferson’s brilliant prose the Declaration might not have been so easy for us to memorize in school. But make no mistake: without Adams the Declaration wouldn’t have happened. He’s the one who made the case for independence to his skeptical colleagues. He’s the one who log-rolled the votes.)

Jubilation spread as the Declaration was read in town squares from Boston to Savannah. The celebrations must have been rowdy. But then reality came to visit …with a thud.

The colony abstaining from the independence vote was New York. Maybe because on July 2, while the delegates were making history in Philadelphia, nine thousand British troops were landing 80 miles away on Staten Island. Soon they would number 32,000 -- more than the entire population of Philadelphia. General Washington commanded perhaps 20,000. The British were supported by 30 warships and perhaps 1,200 guns. Washington had no naval support and not much artillery.

The Declaration wouldn't be signed until August 2 because of the time it would take to prepare the official document. Meanwhile, increasingly bad news arrived from New York each day.

Think about it. In the month between the vote and the signing, each delegate had plenty of time to reconsider. Treason against the king meant death. And there they were, facing down the world’s greatest military power with an outnumbered, poorly-equipped army of their own. (“To brave the storm in a skiff made of paper”, as one delegate put it.)

These men had spent their lives building fortunes and reputations. (In fact John Hancock was among the wealthiest men in the colonies.) Each must have wondered about losing it all, and if he would be remembered only for the sight of his body twisting from the end of a rope in a public square.

Yet 50 men lined up on August 2 and signed the official document, which had been beautifully penned on a large parchment. Above their signatures, the last line read: "with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor"

It was the single most remarkable act by any public body, EVER!  Without the selfless courage of those men with so much to lose, the revolution would have fizzled.

August 2, 1776 was America's greatest day because that was the day American Exceptionalism was born. That’s the voice inside, uniquely American that says "OK, the odds are long and the consequences of failure are severe, but I’ll do it anyway. Because it is right!  Posterity will prosper.  There are things in this life more important than just me."

How has "posterity" returned this favor?

The political news this year is dominated by sovereign debt, municipal bankruptcies and a rancorous presidential campaign where one side considers American exceptionalism to be irrelevant.

Over the decades we've elected politicians who were afraid to say NO; who lacked the founders' bravery, selflessness and sense of history. This is why we're stuck with unsustainable spending programs that first were considered "charity", then a "safety net" and now "entitlements”.

"Facts are stubborn things", John Adams famously said. Here are the facts: Forty-five percent of households receive a government check each month. Forty six percent of taxpayers pay no Federal income tax. The American culture reflects this noticeable (and increasingly un-civil) rift between the tax producers and the tax consumers. The national debt is approaching 16 trillion dollars. That's $50,000 for every American. And it doesn't count the ballooning state and municipal debt.

The long recession is just one example of how government expansion is choking private-sector growth.

There's a new word to describe this state of affairs: Greece.

Unwinding this will require courage and self-sacrifice. Neither is a quality that one would associate with the average public official.

So it’s time to raise our standards. And elect LEADERS who will pledge not necessarily their lives and fortunes but certainly their honor - maybe, in a few cases, their political ambitions. Those stubborn things called FACTS require it.

Are we asking too much? No.

We are, after all, Americans, and therefore exceptional.  Each of us can hear the calling of our forefathers from deep within:

"I will do it because it is right. I will do it for posterity. And I will do it because, believe it or not, there are more important things in this life than just me."

Monday, October 29, 2012

On the Eighth Day before Election Day our County gave to Us…

On the Twelfth Day …Bayonets!
On the Eleventh Day ...The Star Spangled Banner!
On the Tenth Day …Old Glory, Our Flag
On the Ninth Day …Sacred Rights!

On the Eighth Day before Election Day our County gave to Us…


This article was written by Ezra Taft Benson, over 49 years ago, (9/23/63).  Every word of this article applies today.

"There are some who hesitate to get into this fight for freedom because it's controversial, or they're not sure if we're going to win.  These people have two blind spots.

"First, they fail to realize that life's decisions should be based on principles - not on Gallup polls.  There were men at Valley Forge who weren't sure how the Revolution would end, but they were in a much better position to save their own souls and their country than those timid men whose major concern was deciding which side was going to win, or how to avoid controversy.

"There are people tonight all over the world who in their own courageous and sometimes quiet ways are working for freedom.  In many cases, we will never know until the next life all they sacrificed for liberty.  These patriots are receiving heaven's applause for the role they are playing, and in the long run, that applause will be longer and louder than any they could receive in this world.

"This leads me to the second blind spot of those who hesitate to get into this fight.  And that is their failure to realize that we will win in the long run, and for keeps, and that they pass up great blessings by not getting into the battle now when the odds are against us and the rewards are greatest.

"The only questions, before the final victory, are, first, "What stand will each of us take in this struggle?” and second, "How much tragedy can be avoided by doing something now?"  Time is on the side of truth - and truth is eternal.  Those who are fighting against freedom may feel confident now, but they are short-sighted.

"This is still God's world.  The forces of evil, working through some mortals, have made a mess of a good part of it, but, it is still God's world.  In due time, when each of us has had a chance to prove ourselves - including whether or not we are going to stand up for freedom - then God will interject Himself and the final and eternal victory shall be for free agency.  And then shall those people on the sidelines, and those who took the wrong but temporarily popular course, lament their decision.

"To the patriots, I say this:  Take that long eternal look.  Stand up for your freedom, no matter what the cost.  It can save your soul - and maybe your country."