ELDER PATRIOT – The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial stands on a quiet wind-swept cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The 9,387 men who are buried there remind us of a different time. The selflessness and commitment that they carried onto the beach with them almost seventy-two years ago has been the hallmark of America’s fighting forces since before we even became a country.
From our beginnings we were different. We fought for freedom not conquest. In the defense of freedom our ancestors found no price was ever too great.
Our forebears won their independence fighting against what was then the world’s greatest military. Armed with only their personal weapons and a budding American fighting spirit, our ragtag troops were little more than organized militiamen.
Their heroic sacrifice was rewarded with the world’s first Constitutional government. From the bloodshed and ashes of that war a free society arose. That by itself stands as proof of our Founders’ intentions and the purity with which our nation was founded.
Their valor and sacrifice provided the freedom for the citizenry of our new country to determine for themselves how they would lead their lives. It infected everything we did and led to a level prosperity for every citizen that had never been attained anywhere else.
Our great General Dwight Eisenhower who led us to victory in WW II and then to prosperity when he returned home and was elected president noted that, “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”
Though they once gave us our freedoms, today we are encouraged to view members of militias with a jaundiced eye, a relic of the past that has no role in the defense of personal liberties in the modern world. Nothing could be further from the truth.
With President Obama’s recent signing of the “Patriot Defense of Liberty Enabler Act,” he now has the power to summon U.N troops onto U.S. soil to “assume control of all Federal territory in case of a National Emergency or civil disobedience’ and ‘enhance Jade Helm protocols’.
A rogue president now has the power to end American sovereignty.
With that in mind, we reject our militias, along with our Second Amendment protections, at our own peril.
It is important that today’s Americans acknowledge that the militias of the Revolutionary War era only started the work necessary to a free people. As Thomas Jefferson warned us, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” It is incumbent upon every generation of Americans to serve as a steward of those freedoms for the next regardless of whether that threat is foreign or domestic, little or great.
Every American should pause today to reflect on the virtue and sacrifice of America’s military personnel that have guaranteed the Founders’ vision of true freedom for all of us.
However, Abraham Lincoln sounded this alert, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
It is now just as important that each of us resolve that those freedoms will neither be lost to a domestic threat on our watch no matter the price.
President Ronald Reagan enlisted every American in the never-ending challenge of protecting and passing on our freedoms:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Today take a moment not only to remember our fallen heroes but also take a moment to assert your commitment to personally guarantee the freedoms that were given to you at whatever cost in blood and treasure were necessary. Resolve to do the same for your fellow Americans in any way you might be called upon to do so.
Today, as with every other time in our history, we should embrace the spirit of our brave fighting men and women and resolve to never allow your neighbors freedoms to be quietly taken from them.