History and This Memorial Day—Were Their Deaths in Vain?
by Mark Ramsey on May 26, 2012 at 3:55 PM
“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.” – Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
This Memorial Day, the time we set aside to honor those who gave “the last full measure of devotion” to the cause of Freedom, a few thoughts come to mind. Memorial Day is certainly about those who died defending Freedom. Should it not also be a recommitment for us to actively defend Freedom ourselves? I need not tell most of you that these United States have literally become the “last best hope of earth.” If Freedom in the USA is lost, under fierce attack from within—attacks that have intensified in recent years, there is no country remaining that can defend it.
One casualty in the American battle for Freedom was Abraham Lincoln, brought down by enemies of Freedom shortly after the Civil War. A little over a year before he was assassinated, he gave perhaps the most profound two minutes of political speech in the history of Western Civilization. It is a fitting tribute not just to those on both sides who died at Gettysburg but fits any remembrance of those who have died defending Freedom.
You and I must continue to defend Freedom, if not in battlefield combat then in the voting booths. Those who are the enemies of Freedom must be stopped cold in their tracks this year. The mindless culture slide, the indoctrinations occurring in public schools, the promotion by governments of all sorts of immoralities, the massive printing of fiat currencies, the unthinkable debts, the bailouts, the high taxes, the corporate subsidies, the “tolerate everything” mentality, the war-against-motherhood and the family, the hostility-toward-all-things-Christian must be stopped. Not slowed—not reduced—stopped. As Ronald Reagan once spoke,
“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”
Continue the fight that the enemies of Freedom will never leave unfinished.
Honor the Fallen.