The Soldier at Valley Forge

The following passage is from a sermon by John Hagee:
I want you to close your eyes and picture in your mind the soldier at Valley Forge, as he holds his musket in his bloody hands. He stands barefoot in the snow, starved from lack of food, wounded from months of battle and emotionally scarred from the eternity away from his family surrounded by nothing but death and carnage of war. He stands though, with fire in his eyes and victory on his breath. He looks at us now in anger and disgust and tells us this...
"I gave you a birthright of freedom born in the Constitution and now your children graduate too illiterate to read it."
"I fought in the snow barefoot to give you the freedom to vote and you stay at home because it rains."
"I left my family destitute to give you the freedom of speech and you remain silent on critical issues, because it might be bad for business."
"I orphaned my children to give you a government to serve you and it has stolen democracy from the people."

It is the Soldier ©Copyright by Charles M. Province

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is The Soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us Freedom of the press.
It is The Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us Freedom of speech.
It is The Soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us Freedom to demonstrate.
It is The Soldier, not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is The Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag and
Whose coffin is draped by the flag
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

The March to Valley Forge
The March to Valley Forge

Freedom Isn't Free

Editorial: I've read your opinions about this poem - here's mine.

“America is Number one - number two does not exist! “

Without America you’d “have” what the rest of the world has … That’s right, not even close to what we “have”. A ratio of “them” coming in and “us” leaving is significant relative to my initial statement. The difference between US and all the other countries is that, “we are a nation of laws, not men,” as written by John Adams in 1776. As Americans, we affirm the supremacy of law where decisions are made by applying known principles or laws, without the intervention of discretion in their application. The supreme law of the United States is the “Constitution of The United States of America”. This was adopted by the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and later ratified by conventions in each US state, in the name of “The People”.

Without our American Warriors that piece of paper would perish in a heart beat and so would this country. Think; think about the foreign and domestic entities that have tried and those enemies of freedom that are working on killing US now. Put your mind into survival mode. Your world is coming down all around you. Who would you believe in, follow to survive and trust to defend you; an elected/selected official, anyone on a collage campus, a lawyer, a newspaper editor, a religious representative or an American Warrior? My point; words and physical editorials will not deter factions (internal or external) from taking US over – an American Warrior will. Therefore, it is - the soldier…

I am a Patriot. I support the causes of and the continued, yes continued, fight for the American independence in the American Revolution every day. [That is to preserve the difference between US and all the other countries.] I am a Conservative. Which is not a political doctrine. It is a habit of mind, a mode of feeling, and a way of living. With the precise meaning to save or preserve, Conservatives believe in tradition and traditional values – we believe in people. “We the People of the United States” …. Remember where that came from?

Government has always been the problem - never the solution – read the facts of history. Our elected /selected officials have slowly but surely moved our ideology toward what the rest of the world has and most of US do not appreciate. Think; think about what is going on here socially and economically. Our elected /selected officials are purchasing their constituents. They have subsidized those that reside here illegally and those that do not know how to live on a budget - like we do. There are many of US that remember when it was un-American to receive anything you did not earn. The ever increasing tax burden on the private sector (who pays for all those programs that you and I aren’t eligible for) has driven those private entities out and/or away from their purpose. How much longer will the government and their parasites continue to grow (numbers and budgets) while the American free market system diminishes? Not long, my fellow Americans - read the history of countries long since obliterated and why.

If our government really wanted to help US, than why didn’t they suspend the Federal Income Tax for a period? That, if you look at the numbers, would have been a bargain. Why don’t we have a National Language – English? Billions would be saved. Why do our elected /selected officials always legislate relative to the minority? Why are the immigration laws not being enforced? How is it possible that appointed judges are allowed to legislate from the bench? Now that you are a majority stock holder at GM, have you picked out your new SUV yet? I think you’re starting to get my Conservative point. No – than; if you could not live in America, pick another country. Start reading their news. Assimilate citizenship there for awhile. Speaking from personal experiences, your value of this country will never really be appreciated until you live somewhere else an experience an un-America.

I feel if the current ideology continues, your grand child will not have to pick a second country, they will not have to remove too far from the soil containing your remains, an un-America will consume them and theirs without a single shot being fired. Hints of our tomorrow; "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life." Sotomayor - 2009

God Bless America.

R.W. Trask

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