Memorial Day 2010

I wanted to post something thought provoking and inspirational for Memorial Day. What better than “The Crisis” by Thomas Paine. I have posted the opening paragraph here. Please follow the link at the end to read the work in it’s entirety.

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.The Crisis by Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

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It’s an environmental disaster, where’s Mary Hart?

One of Obama’s daughters supposedly asked her father, “Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?” I can only assume she was referring to the oil rig leak. If George W. Bush went to a fundraiser for a prominent conservative right after Hurricane Katrina or the Sept. 11 attacks, the press would have crucified him. Instead, with Obama,  we get a cutesy story about one of his daughters saying the darnedest thing. Obama is going on “retreats,” schmoozing with sports teams, attending fundraisers…life’s just been a cabaret for The Kingfish.

And what’s with running the Director of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, down to the Gulf to survey the damage? Shouldn’t she be concentrating on terrorism, dirty bombs, hijackings and the like? She was in a helicopter hovering over Rhode Island not long ago looking at a swelled stream after a heavy rain. Meanwhile illegal aliens, drug runners, terrorists, and criminals of all nature are pouring across our southern border unimpeded. If, God forbid, we have a terrorist attack, will Obama send Lisa Jackson of the EPA to survey the scene? To “Team Obama,” department administrators and directors are just window dressing. I can imagine Rahm Emanuel saying to Napolitano, “Don’t worry your pretty little head about that nasty ol’ terrorism, Janet…we’ll take care of it. I want you to go to Rhode Island and look at a pretty river”

Even Congress has been made irrelevant. The czars are the stars in this administration. The dreaded czars, unelected officials accountable to no one but The Kingfish. Meanwhile the press does stories about what the Obama’s had for dinner or who designed the dress Michelle was wearing. It is no longer a press corps, it’s Entertainment Tonight.

Their hero, Edward R. Murrow, would be so proud.

Are We a Christian Nation?

Are we a Christian nation? Obama doesn’t seem to think so. At a press conference in Turkey, Obama proclaimed “…we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.” And what are those ideals and values rooted in, Mr. President? Christianity, of course.

The first line of the Declaration of Independence reads “…When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

The second line of the Declaration of Independence reads “…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. “

The last line of the Declaration of Independence reads “…And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

The 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States reads “…Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

The first line of the first amendment of the Constitution of the United States established freedom of religion. It wasn’t an afterthought. Religious freedom was the cornerstone of the new Republic. And because of the wisdom of our founders, because they sought freedom of and not freedom from religion, we can practice the religion of our choice (or choose to practice no religion at all) without fear of punishment or recrimination. Or can we?

Today, anti-American groups, atheists, non-Christians, or just about anybody with an ax to grind with God, Christianity, or organized religion in general are working feverishly to deny or destroy our religious freedoms. They often use “separation of church and state” as justification for their anti-Christian zealotry. Separation of church and state does not exist, it is a myth. I have written about the “Wall of Separation” in a previous post. The use of the phrase “separation of church and state” only emphasizes one’s ignorance of the history of our country and the founding of our nation.

Ordinary men living in extraordinary times with nothing but their faith in God and a thirst for freedom founded this country. Today, we are faced with a similar challenge. Our history, our heritage, our religion, our very freedom…everything that has made this country unique in the world, everything that has made this country great, is being ripped away. In 1787 when the Constitutional Convention ended, Benjamin Franklin was asked if we had a monarchy or a republic. Franklin replied, “ A republic, if you can keep it.” That is our challenge today, to keep our republic. If with nothing left but our faith in God and our thirst for freedom, we will keep it. -Lew-

The constitutional freedom of religion [is] the most inalienable and sacred of all human rights.” –Thomas Jefferson: Virginia Board of Visitors Minutes, 1819. ME 19:416

National Day of Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.

Amen.