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On the 241st Anniversary of Our Republic – May You Be Blessed

This is an email I received. The attachments (illustrations) didn’t ‘translate’ but most of my readers do not need pictures. Bless you all.

So it will be out there on the fourth!

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS,
ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

For all of our other military personnel, where ever they may be.
Please Support all of the troops defending our Country.

God Bless our Military who are protecting our Country for our Freedom. Thanks to them, and their sacrifices, we can celebrate the 4th of July.

We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have, of which we should be eternally grateful.

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform;
so young, so tall, so proud.
With hair cut square and eyes alert,
he’d stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him
had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil;
how many mothers’ tears?

How many pilots’ planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?
NO, FREEDOM ISN’T FREE

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
when everything was still.
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant ‘Amen.’
When a flag had draped a coffin
of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
of the mothers and the wives,
of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea.
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
NO FREEDOM ISN’T FREE

Enjoy Your Freedom and God Bless Our Troops.

When you read this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our servicemen. Of all the gifts you could give a U.S. Soldier, prayer is the very best one.

God Bless all!

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Political Commentary

I don’t normally do this, but these were sent to me and I felt them appropriate to post in light of recent events. I trust you will enjoy them.

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Europe Has an Illegal Immigrant Problem!

For those who don’t follow the world news, Europe is currently – been going on for awhile and likely to continue into the foreseeable future – experiencing a surge of migrants from Africa and the Middle East. These migrants – I use the term in the classic and generic sense – do not follow the accepted practice of seeking admission as permanent residents or even temporary residents; they just come.

The typical means of ingress to Europe is by ‘ship’ and I use the term rather loosely, from ports in North Africa. The ‘ships’ are reported to be largely antiquated vessels which are no longer considered sea-worthy enough to serve as fishing or small cargo vessels. Little attention is paid to cargo load limits – meaning the smugglers crowd as many paying customers on board as possible. Sanitation, safety and meals are largely ignored from what I hear on the radio. Passage costs tend to be as much as the market will bear. NPR reports fares are commonly between ten and twenty THOUSAND dollars (in U. S. measurement).

Why do these people, these migrants, come from where they live and were born to seek entry into Europe? Again from the reports, poverty and oppression in combination seems to be the primary motivation. The countries from where the migrants flee are largely Muslim held, and offer little in the way of economic opportunity. There are some countries not Muslim controlled, but they seem to be dictatorial and authoritarian in nature as well. There seems to be a minority Christian element in the migration, fleeing persecution from Muslim governments.

European countries (Italy seems to be the initial landing site for most migrants) being largely decent folks, tend to make serious efforts to house and feed these economic, political and religious refugees. After all, who wants to see people – even foreigners – starving to death?

However, this has been going on for awhile. It seems to have increased following the poorly named “Muslim Spring” where radical Muslim elements overthrew several comparatively reasonable governments. Libya, Egypt and Tunisia come to mind. The efforts of “DASH” (ISIS in English) in Iraq and the Syrian Civil War generate a number of refugee/immigrants as well.

Consequently, the costs to European nations to feed and house (attempt to process for immigration?) is increasing. All the costs of this sort of operation falls on the taxpayers of the ‘recipient’ nations. Also one must understand when the ‘recipient’ nation ‘processes’ an individual (person or family), someone in that family enters the workforce. In itself, that’s good news, but it puts pressure on the nation’s job market, lowering labor costs.

Does any of this sound familiar? People streaming across borders, seeking economic and political freedom? The result of living in corrupt and incompetent government controlled countries?

Let me ask a question or two at this point. Why do ‘those countries’ have such a problem in maintaining a decent economy and not abusing the residents? Most importantly, what can be done to ‘fix’ the problems generating illegal migrants?

Who reasonably believes Europe as an area – or severally, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Austria and so on – can continue to accept an open-ended migration and pay for housing and feeding them for an infinite period?

Natural laws being what they are, they are hard to ignore for any length of time. The laws of Economics fall into this category; one such law is that no more money can be used by an entity than comes into the control of such entity. In simple terms, ‘outgo’ cannot exceed ‘income’ for a sustained period of time.

The United States is experiencing this now and Europe is getting very familiar with the concept.

I submit that building walls or sea walls to repel boarders is not the real solution. Something has to change to stem the creation of refugees. Probably uncomfortable, messy and politically incorrect.

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The Blessings of Almighty God and Liberty Be With You All!

Greetings this Friday, 4 July 2014, the official date of America’s – properly The United States of America – independence from England.  In fact, we – and I use the term hopefully – were not quite independent for another couple years.  The British Army surrendered and ceased hostilities on 19 October 1781; then the Treaty of Paris which formally recorded the British admission of independence for the United States was signed in 1783.  This is the date we recognize as when it ‘officially’ began to happen.

On this date in 1776 the Continent Congress started signing the rather well known document known as the Declaration of Independence.  This year marks two hundred and thirty-eight years.

 

The Constitution of the United States was ratified on 21 June 1788.  The Constitution, comprised of Seven Articles (or Divisions to specify certain functions of the U. S. Government) and twenty-seven amendments is the legal structure upon which the U. S. Government is built.  It is, by way of metaphor, the bone and muscle of the U. S.  The Constitution directs the Office of the Presidency, the two houses of Congress, the Judiciary, separation of powers and provides for national defense.  Again, it is the bone and muscle of the United States.  One notes – and this is constantly repeated by those who really don’t understand the function of the United States – the name or title of God does not appear in the Constitution.  The closest we find is in the Preamble – the introduction – where the word ‘blessings’ is used.  The full phrase is ‘… the Blessings of Liberty…’ (note use of capital letters).  One notes the word ‘bless’, ‘blessing’ or ‘blessings’ have a connotation and historic use associated with Divine Providence.  But admittedly, the word can be used as a synonym for ‘benefit’ in a secular setting.

 

However, the Soul of the United States is the Declaration of Independence.  The Declaration is the mission statement, the justification for existence, the underlying beliefs and moral strength of the United States.

In the introduction and the preamble to the Declaration – the first two paragraphs of the document – the writer speaks of God and God’s Creation several times.  The entire document is based on the idea of God’s natural laws, and that God created men ‘equal’ in terms of human value and legal status.  Note that ‘all men are equal’, not ‘all men are the same’ or all ‘men are interchangeable’.

 

The U. S. Constitution is a most valuable and – at the risk of enraging the leftists – ‘inspired’ work of man on behalf of government.  It is arguably the shortest Constitution of any nation in the world.  Perhaps the framers of the Constitution understood the principle of ‘governing best by governing least’?

But we must never forget the Declaration of Independence that provides life and soul to this country, and in turn demanding such an elegant and functional Constitution.

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