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An American Heart — Patriotism

Uploaded by  on Jun 28, 2010

Written and performed by Jon David Kahn
Directed by Andrew Marcus
Produced by Maura Flynn
Edited by Michael Kadela and Andrew Marcus
http://www.americanheartmusic.com

@bapyou Progressives can’t understand patriotism…patriotism is a feeling of love so strong that you’d give your life for it…..progressives only give when they’ve convinced themselves they get more in return for their giving. Everybody else gives more and expects less in return…not progressives, not the entitlement “generation”, certainly not you.

Patriotism is almost non-existent in our youth today. Do you know why? I do?  The history books account of why people came to America in the first place.  Ask your youth (up to age 35) why America was settled? Was it by immigrants from England that were paid to settle America for England or was it for religious freedom and God being woven into the fabric of our Constitution?  They have learned a totally different history of America than we did in the 1940s and 1950s.

Our youth don’t have a love for America like we old timers do and they don’t know why America is special.

  • The liberal education has brainwashed them to believe America has polluted America’s resources and now they want to pollute the earth.
  • They are told that America is a war-monger and starts wars for money, so the rich get richer and the poor get poorer or dead.
  • Americans are greedy and arrogant, and America is nothing special.  There is little patriotism in their bones because of this attitude.
  • Many have been taught an alternative for the revolutionary war and civil war.  They don’t understand the contributions that have come from negro heroes.

Please take the time to learn the positive things about America.  Ask why people in foreign nations give up so much to come to America and make a better life for themselves?  There must be something special about America because it has stood out to nations all over the world as a place of FREEDOM and OPPORTUNITIES.

It is a place where many of us have fond feelings for and established memories of patriotism.  There is a reason why and you should try to understand why that is so if you don’t feel that way now.

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March 26, 2012 Posted by | Special Message | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Even George Washington Faced Protests and Vilification

Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2012 7:05 AM

Subject: FW: George Washington vilified -some history

It seems this sort of thing has been going on from the beginning. It always amazes me that we manage as well as we do.Date: Monday, February 20, 2012, 7:13 AM

Even George Washington faced protests and vilification during his time in office. In the waning days of his presidency, George Washington was vilified for his support of the Jay Treaty. One newspaper editor even called for “a speedy death to General Washington.” Though the treaty averted war, solved many issues left over from the American Revolution, and opened ten years of largely peaceful trade in the midst of the French Revolutionary Wars, it was reviled because it favored America’s former enemy Britain and failed to end to the impressment of American sailors. So Washington and other treaty supporters became despised by much of the public, with countless angry demonstrations – including one where his own house was surrounded for days by hostile chanting protesters:

“When the president dined alone with John Adams to enlist his support [for the Jay treaty], his vice president worried ‘I see nothing but a dissolution of government and immediate war.’ … The press denounced Jay, criticized the treaty derided the Senate, and in a constant drumbeat reserved some of its most trenchant words for Washington himself. One Virginia editor actually suggested a toast for a ‘speedy death to General Washington.’ Meanwhile when the press wasn’t sticking its finger in Washington’s eye, popular meetings were. Across the country – in Boston, Philadelphia, New York and countless other cities – they screeched until their voices were hoarse for Washington to reject the treaty, while in Manhattan seven thousand Republicans stretching from Broad Street to Wall Street noisily marched against it. And day after day letters poured in, condemning the pact as a deal with the British ‘Satan.’

“Then the opposition truly got ugly. Jay’s treaty and his effigy were burned up and down the entire Eastern Seaboard. Rioters in Philadelphia clogging the avenues broke windows in the houses of the British ambassador and a Federalist senator. In New York, Alexander Hamilton was pelted with stones. And John Adams was stunned to see the presidential mansion surrounded from morning to evening by protesters repeating the same stinging calls, a deafening refrain chanted over and over again in an ever-escalating crescendo, demanding war with England, cursing Washington (a ‘horrid blasphemer’) and calling for the success of the French patriots; marchers even impaled the treaty on a pole and carried it to the home of the French ambassador. The vitriol was unrelenting: A pale and utterly depleted Washington was [even] compared unfavorably to King Louis XVI.”

The Great Upheaval, Jay Winik -Page 495

March 22, 2012 Posted by | Govmt & The People, Special Message | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Support Governor Perry

What shows the Face of America more than elections? This article is about exercising our right to elect a Governor for Texas. If you know someone in Texas, please pass on this information to them. Thank you.

I cannot even entertain the idea of having a Democrat Governor, especially when I learn some of the things I have about White, the Democratic opponent.

There are many things about Gov. Perry that we do not agree with, but all and all, I think he is the best man for the job as Governor of Texas. Let me tell you Texans why I like Perry for Governor.

Texas is the best state to do business in because it is business friendly. Put a Democrat in and it won’t be long before it is no longer business friendly!

Texas is independent and self-contained. Texas is on its own grid for electricity and so we don’t have to worry about a domino-affect grid blackout as we saw on the Ohio grid several years ago.

Texas economy is doing pretty well, much better than most of the other states in America because of a wise Governor.

Governor Perry has done a lot to secure the border from incidents involving drug cartel violence. Gov. Perry says that, if the President will set aside an hour on Aug 9 when he is in Austin, he will have a meeting with those who are in charge of securing the Texas border and show him how to secure the border.

When I did research on emergency preparedness, I discovered that Texas is far ahead of me on this topic. Because they already had a plan in for a situation like Hurricane Katrina and the need to absorb masses of refugees into our State, Texas easily assimilated the influx of people.

The most obvious reason to re-elect Gov. Perry is that he is a Republican who knows how to govern effectively without creating huge debts and putting our state in jeopardy of being swamped in Democrats idea of extension Government and overspending.

WHY MESS UP SOMETHING WHAT IS WORKING SO WELL IN THIS TROUBLED ECONOMY”?

WHY TRUST A DEMOCRAT TO DO BETTER WHEN WE HAVE A GOVERNOR THAT HAS ALREADY PROVEN HE KNOWS HOW TO RUN A STATE SO EFFECTIVELY?

SURE WE MAY NOT LIKE ALL OF PERRY’S POLICIES, BUT ISN’T THAT BETTER THAN THE ALTERNATIVES? I THINK IT IS WAY BETTER AND THAT’S WHY I PLAN TO VOTE FOR PERRY!

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Growing Largest Grassroots Network in State History

On Saturday, supporters of Gov. Perry from all across the state participated in the campaign’s Home Headquarters Round Up, where they spent the afternoon calling friends and family to sign them up as Home Headquarters volunteers – individuals who agree to identify 11 people to vote for Gov. Perry in the upcoming election. Gov. Perry addressed these supporters in more than 15 towns across the state via Skype to thank them for their support and hard work on behalf of his re-election campaign.

The Home Headquarters program is the campaign’s vehicle to growing the largest grassroots network in state history. More than 3,500 Home Headquarters were signed up on Saturday alone. People who sign up may enter a raffle from now until October 15 to win unique prizes. Visit www.RickPerry.org to learn more about the raffle prizes and our Home Headquarters program.

Gov. Perry Continues to Defend State Sovereignty Over Energy Sector

Last week Gov. Perry stood strong to uphold Texas’ sovereignty over its energy industry in the wake of pending legislation in Washington that could strip states of the right to regulate oil and gas exploration and production within their own borders. The governor joined a number of state leaders in urging the Texas Congressional delegation to fight back against this latest encroachment into states’ authority. Read his statement on the governor’s website.

Instead of targeting Texas, the federal government should be looking at our successful record of building one of the strongest, most diverse energy industries in the nation while successfully protecting the environment and reducing pollutants. Since 2000, Texas has reduced nitrogen oxide emissions by 53 percent, cut ozone levels by 22 percent, while also reducing carbon dioxide emissions more than nearly every other state, all without burdensome government mandates.

Gov. Perry Talks About Texas’ Border Security Efforts on Greta van Susteren

Watch the video to see Gov. Perry discuss Texas’ successful border security efforts and his support of Arizona’s right to pass their own immigration law in the wake of the federal government’s failure to uphold its responsibility to the states.

Gov. Perry on Campaign Trail in San Antonio

Visit Gov. Perry’s Flickr Page to see Gov. Perry on the campaign trail in San Antonio. Last Tuesday, he joined San Antonio Councilman David Medina to visit supporters at the District 5 Senior Center, meet with renowned artist and Vietnam Veteran Jesse Trevino in his home, and visit supporters at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Later in the day, he gave the keynote speech at the ribbon cutting of the new San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce location at The Pearl.

Bill White Admits Appearing With President Obama ‘Could Cost Him Support’

Liberal Bill White has admitted the reason he will not appear with President Obama next week is that doing so “could cost him support.” An invitation to a fundraiser President Obama is holding in Austin on Aug. 9 says, “Some of the proceeds will remain in Texas to help elect Democrats in Texas, including Bill White as our next governor.”

Regarding Democrats avoiding President Obama, Larry Sabato from the University of Virginia Center for Politics said, “If you are running in a state where Obama is still popular, then it’s fine. Otherwise, it’s better to just have the money laundered through the DNC.” Visit LiberalBill.com to read more.

August 2, 2010 Posted by | Special Message | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Memorial Day Message

I heard this talk at a Scout Breakfast on Memorial Day weekend two years ago. It was so moving that I asked him to please let me share it on my blog. Below is what he emailed to me. I hope it moves you as much as it has me.


I used PART 1 as an introduction, and is an excerpt from the 2008 Memorial Day message from the VFW website:

http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=news.newsDtl&did=4547

It’s a sacred day to all war veterans: None need to be reminded of the reason that Memorial Day must be commemorated. But what about the general public, and more important, future generations? Do most non-veterans really recognize the importance of the day honoring their fellow Americans killed in war?

Sacrifice is meaningless without remembrance. America’s collective consciousness demands that all citizens recall and be aware of the deaths of their fellow countrymen during wartime.

Far too often, the nation as a whole takes for granted the freedoms all Americans enjoy. Those freedoms were paid for with the lives of others few of us actually knew. That’s why they are all collectively remembered on one special day.

This should be regarded as a civic obligation. For this is a national debt that can only be truly repaid by individual Americans. By honoring the nation’s war dead, we preserve their memory and thus their service and sacrifice in the memories of future generations.

They came from all walks of life and regions of the country. But they all had one thing in common—love of and loyalty to country. This bond cemented ties between them in times of trials, allowing a diverse lot of Americans to achieve monumental ends.

We remember the loss of loved ones, a sense of loss that takes group form. In essence, America is commemorating those who made the greatest sacrifice possible—giving one’s own life on behalf of others.

Means of paying tribute vary. Pausing for a few moments of personal silence is available to everyone.

As America’s older war veterans fast disappear from society’s landscape, there are fewer and fewer standard-bearers left to carry the torch of remembrance. Such traditions will live on only if there is a vibrant movement to which that torch can be passed.

Now, more than in recent years, the enduring relevance of Memorial Day should be clearly evident. With two wars under way, the public has no excuse not to remember.

This much is owed to the more than 4,500 Americans who have died thus far in Afghanistan and Iraq.

PART 2 was to give a history of the holiday, and is an excerpt from a Heritage Foundation essay by Carolyn Garris, Memorial Day: Following Logan’s Orders on May 25, 2007:

http://www.heritage.org/Press/Commentary/ed052507d.cfm

Americans celebrate Memorial Day with barbeques and bargain sales. Yet often our beach umbrellas overshadow what the holiday means. By looking back at why it was created, we can gain a better appreciation of how — and why — we should observe it today.

Memorial Day arose in the aftermath of the Civil War. At that time, each town honored its fallen soldiers separately. Then, in 1868, retired Union General John Logan organized the first national Decoration Day. Serving as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union Veterans, Logan ordered local posts to honor the fallen on May 30, 1868 by “strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades, who died in defense of their country.”

One month later, Congress established a national Memorial Day, although Americans did not celebrate it in solidarity until after the First World War.

The holiday has evolved, but it remains true to its roots. “It is the purpose of the commander-in-chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year,” Logan wrote in his order for Decoration Day. These days, the president executes the national observance and gives the Memorial Day Address at Arlington National Cemetery.

In 1950, Congress recognized Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace. In 2000, the president issued a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time each Memorial Day. Since Logan, the president has guided our national observance with moments of silence, prayer, and the playing of Taps.

Originally, Logan wrote his orders for veterans. He urged them to remember the fallen, as long as “a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades.” A few years ago President Bush acknowledged, “I know that those who have seen war are rarely eager to look back on it and the hardest memories of all concern those who serve their country and never live to be called veterans. Yet memory is our responsibility.” Although generations separate us from Logan’s words, many veterans of foreign wars still live among us. Sharing the stories of the lost lives is a tangible way to honor their memory.

But today, Logan’s orders speak broadly to all Americans. He could not have foreseen the destructiveness of 20th century warfare. Yet his guidance offers three practical ways for citizens to observe Memorial Day.

  1. Remember the fallen. For Logan, this meant decorating their graves with the “choicest flowers of spring-time.” Ceremonies at local cemeteries remind Americans that though war seems thousands of miles away, our neighbors, classmates and brothers are involved. America has very few national heroes. Instead, our heroes are 18-year-olds who commit their lives to service of their country. As Logan suggested, a proper celebration of Memorial Day honors these individuals.
  2. Remember their cause. Logan requested that an American flag, which “they saved from dishonor,” be raised above the departed. They died for the American flag and the nation that flag represents. They died in pursuit and defense of her principles, “liberty and justice for all.” The proper honoring of these individuals unites Americans to their mission.
  3. Serve their families. Finally, Logan expected that remembering leads to service. “Let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us, a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan,” he wrote. A few years prior, Abraham Lincoln gave a similar charge, “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” Serving the soldiers’ widows and orphans is a national duty. Today, war separates thousands of military families. A proper Memorial Day celebration includes serving the families who sacrifice daily for our country.

Memorial Day is not just for the government and veterans; it is a day for Americans. This Memorial Day, let us all follow Logan’s orders: Cherish “tenderly the memory of the heroic dead, who made their hearts a barricade between our country and our foes.”

PART 3 was what it means to me and my family personally.  I had read (I think in the Army Times, while I was in Iraq), someone use the Oath of Enlistment in a Memorial Day address, which gave me the idea to mention it here.

I, like my grandfathers, father, uncles and cousins before me, am a veteran. I am proud of having served in the Armed Forces. I served in the Army Field Artillery and Cavalry from 2000 to 2006. I mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2004 to February 2006. I am currently serving in the Inactive guard and reserve of the US Army.

Just a few month after receiving his high school diploma, my father stormed the beach in Okinawa for 82 days and was just one of the 38,000 wounded during that great battle that took the lives of 12,000 of America’s finest.  World War II took the lives of 416,800 sailors and soldiers.  The Americans going into World War II came from the farms and the cities, left their tractors and time cards, and these civilians became soldiers. Then and now, we are always underestimated by the enemy. They think we are soft and apathetic. They think this because we love liberty, we accept all come to our shores, and we think that freedom leads to happiness and prosperity. Sometimes this makes us too trusting. And, let’s face it– sometimes we are unprepared. But the last 250 years of history is full of grand armies and navies unprepared to face the heart of free men, fighting for their liberty.

My Grandfather served in WWI, his grandfather and uncle in the Mexican-American War.  WWI saw over 116,000 U.S. military deaths, the Mexican-American War witnessed more than 13,000.  We had grandfathers on both sides of the Civil War, the bloodiest in our history; some experts say the toll reached 700,000; and the first Persingers to set foot on US soil, had to fight for as part of the Virginia Infantry Regiment during the American Revolution.  An estimated 25,000 American Revolutionaries died during active military service.  Some who lived into their seventies saw their first military pension payments.

Memorial Day, for myself, my father, and for all soldiers, living and dead, is embodied in the words of the oath they first take when they enlisted into the service of their country:

I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT I WILL SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC; THAT I WILL BEAR TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE TO THE SAME; AND THAT I WILL OBEY THE ORDERS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE ORDERS OF THE OFFICERS APPOINTED OVER ME, ACCORDING TO REGULATIONS AND THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE. SO HELP ME GOD.

Memorial Day, is traditionally May 30; May 26 is this year’s Congressional designation. It is a day of “National Mourning.” All U.S. Flags should be displayed at half-staff during the morning hours. At noon, they should be raised back to full-staff.

Let us now observe the bearing of flag with silent reflection, and let us pay our respects to our honored dead by supporting and defending the Constitution, by never sacrificing freedom for the illusion of peace, or liberty for the promise of leisure; and bear true faith and allegiance to the same.


DP

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Special Message | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment