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They died for our freedom – let's exercise it

Memorial Day is the federal holiday that commemorates American men and women who have died in military service to their country. It is followed by the commemoration of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. It is those men and women that I wish to take a moment to salute. I have no greater reminder of the price paid for the privileges I sometimes take for granted than when I recall attending a dinner in honor of an elite group of Americans – the then-remaining survivors of those who had braved Normandy.

In a column from June 6, 2006, I wrote: “The questions that beg an answer are: Did those men and women give their lives so that the Dixie Chicks could curse America? Did those men and women sacrifice their lives for the likes of Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin, Danny Glover, et al., to condemn America? Did they die that carrion like Harry Belafonte and Louis Farrakhan could condemn America, while holding audience with brutal dictators such as Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez?”

The answer is “yes they did.” That is what freedom is about. I confess not always feeling this way. I felt as Peter no doubt did, just before he dealt with the ear of Malchus during the false arrest of Christ. But Jesus instructed Peter to put his sword away because He knew His was a higher calling with an eternal purpose. In other words, smiting the ear of Malchus may have made Peter and company feel good, but Jesus could not abide attempts to thwart the eternal/redemptive plan of God. His calling was to avail Himself as a sacrifice for all, regardless of whether “all” accepted His selfless act or not.

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So it is in a tangential way with our military. I have come to realize that I do a disservice to those who served and died for my freedom by denying their sacrifice to others irrespective of my feelings for them. I realize that freedom comes with a price seldom totally appreciated by those who enjoy it – but did nothing to obtain it and do nothing to maintain it. Our military also understands that no matter how repulsive or contemptible the individuals who condemn them, the detractors can only do so because military members died for such freedom.

Brave men and women and their families paid the ultimate price not only for those of us who love America and appreciate our great privilege and contributions, but also for the likes of the ACLU who would strip remembrance of what our fallen heroes have accomplished from public view because a cross or Bible verse commemorates their sacrifice.

They paid the price for so-called representatives of democracy, like Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., to compare our troops to Stalin, Pol Pot and Hitler. And for those like Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who viciously slander the memories of good men and women.

They sacrificed their lives for those on both sides of the aisle, and those in the White House, who push legislation that rewards illegal aliens for breaking the sovereign laws of our country. They gave their lives to make America the greatest English-speaking country in the history of civilization – but they also gave their lives for likes of Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., to call legislation that mandates English as the official language of the United States of America racist. One might ask Reid and Ted Kennedy what the official language of Mexico is – but I digress.

American military heroes paid the ultimate price to ensure that in America, even the most detestable underminers of our republic could publicly do so – unlike in the countries of the Erebusic tin-potentates they champion.

Our fallen military did their part; now it is time for us to do ours. They didn’t just pay the price for malevolent marplots and anarchists – they also paid a price for us. It is time we not only realized it, but started acting like it too. It is time for us to stop wringing our hands, whining and lamenting that we don’t know what to do – and get to work taking back our country.

Thomas Jefferson wrote: “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which 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.”

He then set forth a list of charges against King George that documented the rights of the colonists he had violated, which made him unfit to be sovereign over same. We know the charges – it is time for us to condemn those in Congress and those in the White House as unfit and unworthy to lead us. The majority of the elected have, in some way, and/or at one time or another, betrayed us. Without shame they corrupt our government and violate the Constitution – it is time for us to extricate ourselves from them.