Several years ago, my wife’s cousin in Washington State sent her a disturbing email.  She added her comments:  “I thank God that I’m the age I am, for I would hate to see what is coming to America—in fact, what may already be here.”  I kept her email on file because it so bothered me that I didn’t want to consign it to cyber oblivion.  I read it again recently, and I’ve decided that it must be shared with concerned patriots who read this great digital purveyor of truth known as The Times Examiner. 

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Minuteman Memorial by Daniel French erected 1875 at Old North Bridge, Concord, Mass.
Minuteman Memorial by Daniel French erected 1875 at Old North Bridge, Concord, Mass.
“By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
their flag to April’s breeze unfurled.
Here once the embattled farmers stood
and fired the shot heard ‘round the world”

I’ve always loved Emerson’s famous “Concord Hymn”, the first stanza of which I’ve quoted above.  It’s carved onto the famous “Minuteman Statue” that stands on one side of The Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts.  I’ve stood by this statue several times, read those verses from its pedestal, and walked across at least two reconstructed versions of that “Old North Bridge” over the years.  But I’ve always believed that the “Minuteman” statue was erected in the wrong place—next to that Old North Bridge, rather than on the true birthplace of American freedom, the historic Battle Green in Lexington, Massachusetts, where the real first “shot heard ‘round the world” was fired, several hours before the battle at the Old North Bridge, both of which occurred on April 19, 1775.

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Parson Jonas Clark (1730-1805)
Parson Jonas Clark (1730-1805)

Throughout most of the night, the tired man rode his lathered “very good horse” along the muddy road that led past the small settlements and homesteads belonging to the people of his colony.  Road grime spattered both man and horse, but both were concerned only with the completion of the night’s dangerous work—the horse to find rest and food, and the man to warn his fellow colonists of the extreme danger swiftly closing in on them.  His mount felt the urgency of its rider—some type of calamity was imminent, it realized as it gathered its last reserves of strength.  The man was shouting strange words as he stopped briefly at desolate lone homes, or hurried through the silent dark streets of the few small groupings of homes in his path—words that sounded like, “To arms, to arms—the regulars are out!”

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1900 Statue of The Minuteman, Historic Battle Green, Lexington, Massachusetts. A stylized depiction of Capt. John Parker of the Lexington Militia.
1900 Statue of The Minuteman, Historic Battle Green, Lexington, Massachusetts. A stylized depiction of Capt. John Parker of the Lexington Militia.

It was good to see you, Sir—to once again stand in front of your Minuteman Statue on the front edge of the historic Battle Green in Lexington, Massachusetts.  It’s one of my very favorite places in the entire world.  When I first saw you way back in 1955, I was just beginning to appreciate what you and your friends accomplished there on that early misty morning of April 19, 1775, and later at the North Bridge a few miles away in Concord,  two places that have become virtual “Beacons of Liberty” over the decades to people who are dedicated to the proposition that human freedom must never “perish from the earth”. 

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Cole served as Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle's co-pilot in the lead plane of 16 B-25B Mitchell bombers that raided Tokyo and environs on April 18, 1942. - <a href=
Cole served as Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle's co-pilot in the lead plane of 16 B-25B Mitchell bombers that raided Tokyo and environs on April 18, 1942. - Photo Credit, HistoryNet 2019

77 years ago, on Saturday, April 18, 1942 to be exact, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV 8), eighty young, courageous, and thoroughly trained men got into sixteen new and specially modified B-25B twin-engine bombers, launched themselves from a pitching deck caused by heavy waves in a storm-tossed sea hundreds of miles off the coast of Japan (farther away than they had planned to launch), and flew into the annals of legend.

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What has always been (until the 2016 Presidential election) the most prominent characteristic of the Constitutional Republic given to us by our Founders?  It has been the more or less peaceful transition of governmental power from one presidential administration to the next—in many cases from one political party to a different one.  That was what almost always separated us from the wild and mob dominated “politics” of other countries on this planet. 

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In the Year of our Lord, 2019, the citizens of our American nation find themselves virtually breaking apart over “politics”; more specifically split down the middle between those who call themselves “conservatives”, who honor and respect the “old ways” that were codified by our Founders in our Constitution and transmitted to all of mankind through the centuries by God’s Eternal Word (our Bible), and those who call themselves “modern liberals”, who essentially reject almost everything that conservatives believe in and honor (even though they love to assure us that they respect that heritage as much as all the rest of us do---tip: THEY DON’T!). 

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Last time we discussed the political spectrum, i.e. what forms of political organization were on the left, center, and right of that imaginary line.  We concluded that the U.S., as officially a Constitutional Republic, was about in the middle of that spectrum.  Most unbiased and honest political analysts and historians would more or less agree with that placement.  But are we truly a “middle-of-the-road” country?  Increasingly, I’m confused as to where the government of our country really fits, and I don’t think that I’m alone in my quandary.

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Confusion reigns supreme in the puzzling and sometimes rancorous discussions of who or what is a “right winger” and a “left winger” in the realm of modern and often rancorous and deliberately misleading American political debate.  Most of us have been programmed for decades by the liberal “main stream” (left wing) media (most newspapers, all TV network news, talking “heads” on most cable news shows, etc.) to accept their incorrect descriptions that communists and socialists are “left wing”, and fascists and Nazis and white supremacists are “right wing”.  Americans are often dismayed when they discover that what they’ve been told is truth by those they trusted is a deliberate semantic deception, and an outright LIE!

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I’ve been blessed to have a long time friend and fraternity brother who, with his wife, sends me some interesting articles via e-mail from time to time.  Over the years I’ve used some of these articles as the basis for extended comments of my own here in The Times Examiner.  This is another of those shared articles that I’ve used to delve into the subject of the cost of maintaining our freedoms—the liberties for which  untold numbers of Americans have given their “last full measure of devotion” to defend.  Their e-mail contained a poem written in 1981 by Kelly Strong that I’d like to share with you:

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Perfidy is a word that isn’t in the regular vocabulary of many people.  I came across the word many years ago, the context of which now eludes me (probably when reading about some sleazy progressive politician),  but it was sometime in the last century (or the “dark ages” as my grandkids like to remind me).  Let’s first define the word perfidy, which comes from the Latin, “perfidia”, meaning faithlessness.  The dictionaries define it as follows:

Oxford:  (noun):  deceitfulness, untrustworthiness;

Webster: (noun):  the quality or state of being faithless or disloyal; An act or an instance of disloyalty or faithlessness or treachery.

Other definitions for “perfidy” imply a deliberate breach of faith or trust. 

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“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary (the skull), there they crucified Him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.  Then said Jesus, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do….” -      Luke 23:33-34

I heard my mother talking with someone she called “doctor”.  Their words were muffled and difficult to understand in my condition.  I heard my mother asking her “doctor” if I would feel any pain.  I heard him reply that he really didn’t know with certainty if I would feel pain or not, since he was unaware of any scientific evidence one way or the other, but that he was sure that I wouldn’t.  I heard my mother ask her “doctor” whether or not he ever thought about whether people in my condition felt pain when he did the “medical procedure” on them—the same one he was about to do on me. 

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On the night of October 1, 2017, a mass shooting occurred in Las Vegas, Nevada.  An evil man opened gunfire on a crowd of concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the hotel in which he was staying, killing 58 innocents and wounding hundreds of others with his gunfire, in addition to causing the injury of hundreds  more in the ensuing panic.  So far the Las Vegas Police and the F.B. LIE have failed to come up with (or at least tell us about) the reason/s that this vermin had in his diseased mind to justify committing “the worst mass murder in U.S. history”.

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We all claim to admire people who persevere despite handicaps, hardships, family, health or financial difficulties, etc., until they reach their goal.  Let’s define “Perseverance”. According to Webster’s dictionary, it is defined as: “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failures, or oppositions.”  That definition is pretty straightforward, and most of us can agree with it.  However, there is much “blood, sweat, and tears” between the dictionary definition and the actual following through to the end goal of one’s perseverance.  The key word of the definition is: ‘CONTINUED’, often for years!

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For about two years, our “ship of State”, the U.S.S. American Nation, has been captained by President Donald Trump.  During this two year “voyage” our nation has seen what many of its “passengers” perceive to be major improvements in real wages, in jobs, and in reduced levels of federal “rules and regulations” that were strangling our economy under our previous “pseudo-Captain”.  We’ve seen confidence among our people increase as patriotism has increased under our Republican, populist, and nominally conservative President Trump.  We’ve seen our stalwart ‘captain’ try hard to “Make America Great Again” by strengthening our military, revising various trade treaties with other nations (a few of which are actually friends with us), and cajoling our sometimes reluctant “allies” to shoulder their fair share of the burdens of protecting and maintaining freedom in a threatening world composed of governments that don’t view freedom in the same light as do Americans. 

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First off, let’s define the word: “prologue”.  Webster’s defines it as ‘an introductory or preceding event or development’.  In a literary work it is often called a ‘preface’, a commentary or explanation that the author includes to clarify the story or the facts that are to follow.  The term, ‘the past is prologue’, tells us that, in real life, almost EVERYTHING can be a prologue—or a causative event-- to what follows it.  Thus, my responding to my “four-legged alarm clock” at 6:30 a.m., and dragging myself out of bed this morning, was my ‘prologue’ to going to work and serving my customers.  That’s a fairly easy concept to grasp.  What is more complicated to fathom is how the past of each one of us—I mean the really “long, long ago past”—has affected who we are, into what family we were born, and even in what country we originated.  Now that’s kind of deep, isn’t it?  In addition, it’s quite fascinating to “conjecture” various “present scenarios” resulting from a series of “past prologues” that might have occurred, but didn’t.

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