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"I have long been convinced that our enemies have made it an
Object, to eradicate from the Minds of the People in general a Sense of
true Religion (Christianity) & Virtue, in hopes thereby the more
easily to carry their Point of enslaving them. Indeed my Friend, this is
a Subject so important in my mind, that I know not how to leave it.
Revelation assures us that 'Righteousness exalteth a Nation'-Communities
are dealt with in this World by the wise and just Ruler of the
Universe. He rewards them or punishes them according to their general
Character. The diminution (diminishing) of publick Virtue is usually
attended with that of publick Happiness and the publick Liberty will not
long survive the total Extinction of Morals."
- Samuel Adams, April 30,
The Father of America's
forefathers mentioned the word religion they were referring to
Christianity not other religions. The real object of the First Amendment
was not to approve or tolerate, much less to advance rival religions
like Mohammedanism, Buddhism, Environmentalism, Humanism, ect. or
infidelity by prostrating Christianity, but to exclude all rivalry among
Christian sects and to prevent any national church establishment which
should give to a hierarchy [a denominational council] the exclusive
patronage of the national government. I mention this because
revisionists have exploited true history by distorting the meaning of
words and our Founders original intent. I should like to think that
rational people would prefer the truth and then decide what they agree
with or not and not perpetuate lies instead of facts.
Additionally our Founders recognized the threat that some
religions can be destructive to our nation. For example at that time the
Church of England and the Roman Catholics posed a threat because they
were loyal to the Pope instead of their country. Similar to what we have
today with Muslims their loyalty is only to Mohamed and Sharia Law the
sacred Laws of Islam which they put above the Laws and customs of our
nation which poses a dangerous threat to our freedom and way of life.
America's First Governments
The original colonies created a charter that provided
adequate civil government. However, as population increased, so did the
need for more elaborate governments. It was this need which resulted in
the "fundamental Orders of Connecticut" - not only the first
constitution written in the United States but also the direct antecedent
of our current federal Constitution. The "Fundamental Orders" explained
why that document had been created.
knowing when a people are gathered together, the word of God requires
that to maintain the peace and union of such a people, there should be
an orderly and decent government established according to God.
That constitution next declared the colonists' desire to:
into combination and confederation together to maintain and preserve the
liberty and purity of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus which we now profess
. . . which, according to the truth of the said Gospel, is now
practiced amongst us.
year (1639), when the colonists of Exeter, New Hampshire, established a
government, that document similarly declared:
Considering with ourselves the holy will of God, and our own
necessity that we should not live without wholesome laws and civil
government among us, of which we are altogether destitute; do in the
name of Christ and In the sight of God combine ourselves together to
erect and set up among us such government as shall be to our best
discerning agreeable to the will of God.
In 1643, the colonies of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New
Plymouth, and New Haven joined together to form the New England
Confederation-America's first government. These colonies banded together
because, as that document explained, each had similar goals:
We all came into these parts of America with one and the same
end and aim, namely to advance the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In 1669, John Locke assisted in the drafting of the Carolina
constitution under which no man could be a citizen unless he
acknowledged God, was a member of a church and used no "reproachful,
reviling, or abusive language" against any religion.
When Quaker minister William Penn established the 1682 "Frame
of Government of Pennsylvania," he prefaced the document with a lengthy
exegesis of the spiritual and Biblical nature of civil government,
chronicling its general progress and referring to numerous Scripture
numerous similar documents, establish that Christianity was the basis
for civil government in the New World.
The Founding of Education in America
Many settlers that had come to America had suffered
persecution for their Christian beliefs at the hands of other
"Christians" (many of the civil abuses of Europe inexcusably occurred
under the banner of Christianity - the Inquisition, the Crusades, etc.).
When Europe finally began to move away from such abuses, it did so
because of the efforts of leaders like Martin Luther, John Wycliffe,
John Huss, William Tyndale, and others. These individuals believed that
it was the Biblical illiteracy of the people which had permitted so many
civil abuses to occur; that is, since the common man was not permitted
to read the Scriptures for himself, his knowledge of rights and wrongs
was limited to what his civil leaders told him. This is always the case
with power mad tyrants they do not want people thinking independently
settlers, having been exposed to the Reformation teachings believe that
the proper protection from civil abuses in America could be achieved by
eliminating Biblical illiteracy. In this way, the citizens themselves
(rather than just their leaders) could measure the acts of their civil
government compared to the teachings of the Bible. Consequently, one of
the first laws providing public education for all children (the "Old
Deluder Satan Law," passed in Massachusetts in 1642 and in Connecticut
in 1647) was a calculated attempt to prevent the abuse of power which
can be imposed on a Biblically-illiterate people. That public school law
explained not only why students needed an education but also how it was
to be accomplished:
"It being one chief project
of that old deluder, Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of the
Scriptures, as in former time. . . . It is therefore ordered . . .[that]
after the Lord hath increased [the settlement] to the number of fifty
householders, [they] shall then forthwith appoint one within their town,
to teach all such children as shall resort to him, to write and read. .
. . And it is further ordered, that where any town shall increase to
the number of one hundred families or householders, they shall set up a
grammar school . . . to instruct youths, so far as they may be fitted
for the university."
It was not
uncommon for subsequent American literacy laws to stress the need to
know the Scriptures. For example, the 1690 Connecticut law declared:
every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider
well the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus
Christ which is eternal life (JOHN 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in
the bottom as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.
And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom let every one seriously set
himself by prayer in secret to seek it of Him (PROVERBS 2:3). Every one
shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day that he
shall be ready to give such an account of his proficiency therein.
Harvard had similar requirements that changed little over
subsequent years. For example, the 1790 rules required:
persons of what degree forever residing at the College, and
undergraduates . . . shall constantly and seasonably attend the worship
of God in the chapel, morning and evening. . . All the scholars shall,
at sunset in the evening preceding the Lord's Day, lay aside all their
diversions and. . . .it is enjoined upon every scholar carefully to
apply himself to the duties of religion on said day.
So firmly was Harvard dedicated to this goal that its two
mottos were "For the Glory of Christ" and "For Christ and the Church"
This school and its philosophy produced signers John Adams, John
Hancock, Elbridge Gerry, John Pickering, William Williams, Rufus King,
William Hooper, William Ellery, Samuel Adams, Robert Treat Paine, and
numerous other illustrious Founders.
in 1743, and again in 1755, Yale instructed its students:
all have an eye to the great end of all your studies, which is to obtain
the clearest conceptions of Divine things and to lead you to a saving
knowledge of God in his Son Jesus Christ.
Its 1787 rules declared:
All the scholars are required
to live a religious and blameless life according to the rules of God's
Word, diligently reading the holy Scriptures, that fountain of Divine
light and truth, and constantly attending all the duties of religion . .
. . . All the scholars are obliged to attend Divine worship in the
College Chapel on the Lord's Day and on Days of Fasting and Thanksgiving
appointed by public Authority.
It was this
school and its philosophy which produced signers Oliver Wolcott, William
Livingston, Lyman Hall, Lewis Morris, Jared Ingersoll, Philip
Livingston, William Samuel Johnson, and numerous other distinguished
In 1746 Princeton was founded
by the Presbyterians with the Rev. Jonathan Dickinson as its first
president. He was followed by a long line of illustrious ministers who
served as presidents, including Aaron Burr, Sr., Jonathan Edwards,
Samuel Davies, and Samuel Finley (all of whom were involved in America's
greatest revival-the Great Awakening). Its president immediately
preceding the Revolution was the Rev. Dr. John Witherspoon, later a
signer of the Declaration of Independence and a venerated leader among
the patriots. Notice some of Princeton's requirements while John
Witherspoon was president:
Every student shall attend
worship in the college hall morning and evening at the hours appointed
and shall behave with gravity and reverence during the whole service.
Every student shall attend public worship on the Sabbath. . . . Besides
the public exercises of religious worship on the Sabbath, there shall be
assigned to each class certain exercises for their religious
instructions suited to the age and standing of the pupils . . . and no
student belonging to any class shall neglect them.
Signers James Madison, Richard Stockton, Benjamin Rush, Gunning
Bedford, Jonathan Dayton, and numerous other prominent Founders,
graduated from Princeton (a seminary for the training of ministers).
Perhaps George Washington, "The Father of the Country,"
provided the most succinct description of America's educational
philosophy when Chiefs from the Delaware Indian tribe brought him three
Indian youths to be trained in American schools. Washington first
assured the Chiefs that "Congress . . . will look upon them as their own
children," and then commended the Chiefs for their decision, telling
"You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and
above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater
and happier people that you are. Congress will do everything they can to
assist you in this wise intention."
George Washington's own words, what youths learned in America's schools
"above all" "the religion of Jesus Christ."
Early statesmen understood that if we "went to sleep," our
government would become corrupt and tyrannical, resulting in political
slavery of its citizens. Only if citizens remained alert and active
stewards could this condition be avoided. Perhaps President James A
Garfield, himself a Christian minister, most succinctly articulated this
truth when he reminded Americans:
than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their
Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because
the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be
intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high
qualities to represent them in the national legislature. . . . If the
next centennial does not find us a great nation. . . . it will be
because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the
morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.
People must learn to think independently using principals based
on truth as our forefathers did. Benjamin Rush serves as a good roll
model for thinking independently. He not only signed the Declaration of
Independence, he also served in the Presidential administrations of John
Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison - each of whom came from a
different political party. How could Benjamin Rush serve for Presidents
from three different parties, and what was his own party affiliation? He
I have been alternately
called an aristocrat and a democrat. I am now neither. I am a
Christocrat. I believe all power . . . will always fail of producing
order and happiness in the hands of man. He alone who created and
redeemed man is qualified to govern him.
Benjamin Rush made his choice of candidates based on which one
better stood for Godly principles, no matter his party affiliation. As
Proverbs 29:2 accurately states: "When the righteous" - not the
Republicans, the Democrats, or any other party - but "When the righteous
rule, the people rejoice, when the wicked rule, the people groan." The
love of correct principles - not the love of a party-I the key to
effective political involvement; the government of this nation will be
blessed only to the extent that God-fearing and moral individuals are
placed in office. Of course today it seems the only choice we often have
is the lesser of 2 evils but the principals still apply.
Each generation has a great responsibility to maintain and pass
on principals and freedom but in my generation we have continued thus
far to subvert the Constitution and rights of the individuals and it
makes me wonder what legacy will we leave the next generation?
Obviously, the choice is ours; but having this choice, we should heed
the warning delivered to citizens in 1803 when the Reverend Matthias
Finally, ye. . . whose high
prerogatives it is to . . . invest with office and authority or to
withhold them and in whose power it is to save or destroy your country,
consider well the important trust
. . . which God. . . . has
put into your hands. To God and posterity you are accountable for them. .
. Let not children have reason to curse you for giving up those rights
and prostrating those institutions which your fathers delivered to you.
For the sake of this generation, as well as future ones, we
must be active. As John Hancock urged:
you, by all that is dear, by all that is honorable, by all that is
sacred, not only that ye pray but that ye act.
responsibilities facing God-fearing citizens are somber, and the
potential repercussions from our actions - or lack thereof - are both
far-reaching and long lasting. Remember that where citizen complacency
rules, wrong principles and policies will abound; and when it comes to
sound government, the enemy is seldom "them"; it is generally citizen
apathy. Hopefully we will have a wake up call reflected in our next
What I have presented was not
meant to confuse you about whether we were or should be a Christian
Nation for we never have been. Our Fore Fathers were careful by
restricting in our Constitution in the First Amendment the Federal
Government from mandating any religion and the states in there
constitutions followed suit, leaving it to individuals to choose. A
Christian Nation means Christianity would be mandated by the government
which would create tyranny. It is correct to say we were a nation
created under God with Christian principles which is the source of the
great freedoms we enjoyed in the past and should continue to be
perpetuated. True Christianity as practiced by our forefathers is all
about freedom which in itself guarantees there will be Christians and
non Christians as long as we have freedom in our country. Our
forefathers knew that the Bible provides certain principles and mandates
designed not just for Christians but some were also pertinent to the
whole human race if they were to live free and not exterminate itself.
Some of these laws and principles common to everyone are morality, Ten
Commandments and establishment principles which promote self
determination (freedom of choice), marriage, family and government which
are essential to perpetuate and maintain the freedom our country
enjoyed in the past. These things are the responsibility of parents to
teach and should be reinforced in our schools and churches instead of
undermined or not taught as we see today.
Samuel Adams: A Life by
Ira Stoll and
Original Intent by David Barton
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July 3rd, 2010
Sturgis Riders Rally organization is putting on an event in Sturgis,
Dakota this July 4th weekend, which they have chosen
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are currently on our 5th rotation in Iraq and the logo has
well, it's a favorite among other teams and the other
Sr WPNS SGT
Very rational and objective. Brings clarity to the sometimes cloudy
subject of, common sense....
excellent. I am a 60 y/o surgeon. Last year I was diagnosed with
leukemia, received a bone marrow transplant and am thankfully doing
well. I am writing a book on American virtues and would like to
reference your work. Do you have a preference on how the citation should
read? I never served, my lottery number was just above threshold for my
year. I went to medical school instead. I have been a pediatric surgeon
specializing in urinary reconstruction and renal transplantation for
about 25 years.
article, i need to look up the pamphlet and read it.
......i train my rookies and tell them common sense in our line of work
is as important to them as good tactics.
Andrew LA PD
Dave! This is really good stuff. I recently seem to find myself more and
more in arguments or discussions about the current state the country.
Friends and family that use the logic and knowledge gained from a small
liberal mid-west University, seem to defend the "Village" nannied
society that we have become at all cost - even though it is completely
ill-logical to and what seems like bad common sense to me. These
newsletters are a reminder that I am not alone and for that I am
grateful. I must also say I really like how you add God to the topic,
you remind me that that is why this country was formed and the heart of
our being. I might just pick up a bible once to remind myself of that
common sense too.
came in today and I could not be anymore PLEASED! It's perfect. Thanks
for all of the extra effort you guys had to go through. It is just in
time too. I probably will be out at our test site in Nevada next month
and will really get to break it in. I expect when the rest of the CAT
team see the hat that they would want one (or more) too
|Word of Truth |
The Word of
By Rev G.J. Rako
Under The Stars
On November 22, under the stars of an alien sky somewhere
in the South Pacific, Philip Welsher, 22 of the United States Marines,
breathed his last. Mother and Dad and his beloved home were far away,
horror, violence and devastation were all around. But Phil was "looking
up", far beyond the stars, into the face of His Savior.
last message to his mother and dad was written more than a year before
his death. His pals found it among his few possessions and mailed it
home at once, in accordance with the request found on the envelope. He
writing this letter in the hope that after my death it will be forwarded
to you. My purpose in writing this is twofold. First that you may be
assured that, while we are temporarily separated, we know that we shall
soon be joined together with Christ in the presence of God. As I write
this I am in very little danger, but who can tell what the morrow may
bring? We simply trust God to give us the victory in temporal things as
well as spiritual matters.
As I pass on;, I wish to leave behind a
testimony to the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that God may be
glorified in my death more than He was in my life. Today, knowing that I
may very soon be called to give an account of myself, I can say that I
am trusting only in Jesus Christ who died as a sacrifice for my sins
that I might have eternal life. He paid the price with His own precious
life, and by simple faith in Him I am cleansed from all unrighteousness.
am now with Jesus, and all is well with my soul. Jesus said; "I am the
resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me shall never
die." (John 11:25,26)
My second purpose in writing this
letter, Dad, is that you might make the way of salvation clear to a
friend to whom I have written a similar letter. Give the message as from
me that "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures." (I Cor.
15:3,4). Say also, that in Him shall we meet again.
tears, Mom, a son has been called Home, where he waits to be joined by
the dearest parents a boy could have. Perhaps consolation may be found
in knowing that when we shall again be together, it shall be even as He
promised: "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there
shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there
be any more pain for the former things are passed away." (Rev. 21:4)
life and the lives of my buddies have not been given in vain. We have
fought and died to maintain those God-given liberties with which we have
been bless. Now, for just a little while, I would say, good-bye, and
God be with you till we meet again.
Your loving son,
This letter written during World War II, perfectly
expresses the profile of a Christian warrior.
From the book In Harms Way, by R.B. Thieme,
The Word of Truth
By Rev G.J. Rako
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with Sgt. Glenn
Jeff cooper had this to say about self defense.
Violent crime is feasible only if its victims are cowards. A
victim who fights back makes the whole business impractical. It is true
that a victim who fights back may suffer for it, but one who does not
almost certainly will suffer for it. And, suffer or not, the one who
fights back retains his dignity and self respect.
I think this story supports Jeff Coopers stance on self
The Story of Jonathan R.
"Possibly the single most extraordinary
feat of self-defense by an American civilian in the annals of frontier
history" John Boessenecker
In the annals of Western gunfighting,
there are a few cases in which one man killed three opponents. In 1866,
lawman Steve Venard killed three stage robbers near Nevada City,
California. In 1881, Marshall Dallas Stoudenmire killed three men in a
gunfight in El Paso. In 1887, Sheriff Commodore Perry Owens killed three
men resisting arrest in Holbrook, Arizona Territory. However, in 1854,
the performance of one man in a little-known gunfight involved 14
participants, 13 of whom died, 11 of those at the hands of one man. The
last man standing, victor in one of the most spectacular affrays of all
time, was a veteran of the Mexican War named Jonathan R. Davis.
was born on August 5, 1816, into a wealthy family in Fairfield County,
South Carolina. In December 1846, when the Palmetto Regiment of the
South Carolina Volunteers was organized for the Mexican War, Davis
enlisted for a six-month tour. He was promoted to second lieutenant and
signed up for a second tour in July 1847. On August 20 of that year he
was wounded at the Battle of Churubusco, where the regiment's commander,
Pierce M. Butler, was killed leading a charge in the face of
devastating fire. Less than a month later, the regiment was in the
vanguard of the final assault on Mexico City and was the first to plant
its flag on the city walls.
Davis participated in five battles
and was discharged at war's end with the honorary rank of captain.
the defeat of Mexico, the United States took possession of California
at the same time that gold was discovered there. Captain Davis made his
way to the gold fields in 1849. He made a name for himself in the
diggings as a first-class pistol shot and "second to none" in fencing.
of young, rootless men flooded into the unsettled areas of California,
seeking their fortune, and bandits soon followed. It was a land without
formal government or law, through which men rarely traveled unarmed. On
December 19, 1854, Davis was walking with two other prospectors, Dr.
Bolivar A. Sparks of Mississippi and James C. MacDonald of
up a trail through Rocky Canyon, in the Sierra Foothills in the
northwest portion of El Dorado County. It was a remote area. Except for a
17-man mining camp at the trailhead a mile distant, there were no
inhabitants within 7 miles. The three men were heading 24 miles north to
work a claim staked by sparks. All were armed with revolvers.
band of robbers had prepared an ambush and were hiding in the brush
alongside the trail. The gang comprised two Americans, one Frenchman,
five "Sydney ducks" (convicts from Australia), four Mexicans, and two
men just arrived from London. They had commenced operations just three
days previously and had already robbed and killed six Chinese men and
As the prospectors reached the ambush point, the
bandits sprang out from hiding and began shooting. There was no call for
"your money or your life"--the bandits intended to take both.
was killed before he could draw his pistol. Sparks got off two shots
and then collapsed with bullet wounds. Davis armed with two revolvers,
had been the first to respond to the attack. He later described himself
as being in "a fever of excitement at the time," but he made his shots
count. By the time he had emptied his guns, he had killed or mortally
wounded seven of the bandits. A number of carbine pistol balls passed
through his hat, and clothes, but he suffered only two minor wounds.
shooting had attracted the attention of three miners on a nearby hill,
John Webster, Isaac Hart, and P.S. Robertson. At the inquest, they
described what followed:
"The only four surviving robbers made a
charge upon Captain Davis, three with bowie knives and one with a short
sword or saber. Captain Davis stood firmly on his ground until they
rushed up abreast within about four steps of him; he then made a spring
upon them with a large bowie knife, warding off their blows as fast as
they were aimed at him--gave three of them wounds that soon proved
fatal--and having wounded the other one, (it seemed very slightly,) and
disarmed him by throwing his knife in the air in warding off a blow, a
generous impulse seemed to force him not to inflict another wound upon
him and to spare his life."
Evidently, two of the knife wielding
bandits were not in full fighting form. As the captain said later, "Two
of the four that made the charge upon me were unable to fight on account
of their old wounds. They came up with the rest, making war-like
demonstrations by raising their knives in a striking posture, and I
acted accordingly. I noticed that they handled them with very bad grace,
but attributed it altogether to fright or natural awkwardness."
a letter to the newspaper, Webster wrote, "I never saw so much work of
the kind done in so short a time, in all my life before! And as you
know, I have shared in some trying scenes on the battlefields, in my
The three witnesses hurried toward the scene, Webster, who
described Davis as a tall man in a white hat, continued:
within good speaking distance of the scene of action, ere the "white hat
man" saw us, when in an instant, he sprang to his deceased companion,
seized his revolver which was yet loaded, cocked, and leveling it at us,
ordered us to "halt" and then told us that if we raised one of our guns
it would be at our "peril." He then ordered us to advance "ten paces."
His order was given in so commanding a tone that we were, at once
brought into calm submission. Having brought us to a "halt" he asked who
we were, and what our business was? We informed him that we were
peaceable miners, camped nearby. We were out hunting game and that if he
would go with us to our camp, we would satisfy him that we had given a
true account of ourselves.
With the remark that we had the eyes
of honest men." He told us that he wished a Coroner's inquest held over
the deceased bodies; that he needed aid in moving them and attending to
the wounded that he would go with us to our camp, but that we should go
as his prisoners.
He then ordered us to leave our arms with his
wounded companion; that if we were what we represented ourselves to be,
he could get aid, and would be under lasting obligations to us, but
that, at the first indication of treachery, we should share the same
fate of these deceased robbers if he lived long enough to shoot us,
though even a hundred guns were being fired at him, at the same time,
from other quarters.
At the same miners' camp, Davis recognized
an acquaintance, which alleviated his suspicions. He urged the men to
accompany him to the scene so that they could attend the wounded and
check the others for papers. A search of the dead bandits yielded 4
ounces of gold dust, $491 in gold and silver coin, and seven gold and
two silver watches, among other valuables. Davis elicited sworn
statements from the witnesses, and presented them at the inquest.
surviving bandit, who had had his nose and forefinger cut off and who
had been expected to recover, died the following day.
Canyon gunfight received national attention, including coverage in the
New York Times. Many doubted the truth of the story, but the sworn
testimony of the 17 miners, three of them eyewitnesses, supported it.
Davis invited those who still had doubts to visit the robbers' graves
The Miners Court in Placerville, which reviewed the
case, ended its statement with, "In conclusion, we deem it due to state
that from all the evidence before us, Captain Davis and his party; acted
solely in self-defence--were perfectly justifiable in killing these
robbers--and that too much praise cannot be bestowed upon them for
having so gallantly stopped the wild career of these lawless ruffians."
a letter written January 6, 1855. Davis said, "I did only what hundreds
of others might have done under similar circumstances, and attach no
particular credit to myself for it."
After the Rocky Canyon
fight, Davis considered himself a marked man in the area. He drifted
north to Yreka for a while before settling in San Francisco, where he
resided for the rest of his life.
Sgt. French is currently on
vacation. For this month, we've prepared a story from the book More of
the Deadliest Men Who Ever Lived by Paul Kirchner
Good luck & stay safe,
Sgt. Glenn French
Sgt. French also is the president of the Detroit Special Operations Group
tactical training company and founder of the Detroit SWAT Challenge.
Glenn is a columnist with www.PoliceOne.com, and his column
is the"SWAT Operator".
Glenn has instructed Basic and Advanced SWAT / Tactical officer
courses, Basic and Advanced Sniper courses, Cold Weather / Winter
Sniper Operations and Active Shooter Response courses and others. Sgt
French served in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Gulf war
"Operation Desert Storm." During his military tenure Sgt French gained
valuable experience in C.Q.B., infantry tactics and explosive breaching
operations and he served as a Platoon sergeant and a squad leader.
|What Has Really Changed?|
Really Changed? "Life, liberty and the pursuit of
THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE doesn't assure you
happiness-just the right to pursue it. Self-respecting people could want
George Washington was pursuing
the happiness of a rich planter, and to attain it he founded a nation.
Lincoln was pursuing the happiness of success in his profession, and in
the process freed the slaves.
A hundred thousand families left
their worn-out farms and p0ursued happiness across the plains-and opened
the great West. If there had been government subsidies then, they'd
have stayed on their poor land, and this would never have been the
nation it is.
Nothing great ever came from a person or a people
whose emphasis was on security. It is the pursuit of happiness on your own that makes people
strong and great. And it's the only way happiness can ever be reached.
Clichs of Socialism
Clichs of Socialism
Just what would you cut
This familiar question,
raised by those who are uncritical of government-guaranteed welfare,
security, and prosperity, has baffled many a student of libertarian
ideals, often leaving him speechless and humiliated.
And well it
might; for any individual would find it virtually impossible even to
list the multitudinous activities of the federal government, not to
mention those of the 50 state governments and the more than 120,000
regional, district, and local governments. Certainly no audience, much
less the questioner, would wait for a discussion of these manifold
activities. The immensity of such a task is reflected in the fact: To
give one hour's consideration to each $1,000,000 in the 1960 Federal
Budget alone would consume all of a person's working time until about
Even if such a chore could be completed, the real
question would still remain: Just what would you cut out? However, if
the principles of limited government were understood and accepted, the,
by definition, all activities not qualifying would be eliminated. The
limited government concept:
should defend the lives and property of all citizens equally. This
means protecting willing exchange and restraining unwilling exchange;
suppressing and penalizing fraud, misrepresentation, predatory
practices; invoking a common justice under written law; and keeping the
records incidental to these functions. Government's legitimate purpose
is to codify and then inhibit all destructive actions while leaving all
creative and productive actions-including welfare, charity, security,
and prosperity-to citizens acting voluntarily, privately, cooperatively,
or competitively as they freely choose.
The concept of
government outlined in the Declaration of Independence holds that man is
endowed by his Creator with certain unalienable rights, among them the
freedom of choice, each individual is presumed responsible for his own
life and the development of his potentialities-within the limits of
noninterference with the equal rights of every other peaceful person.
Personal accountability further presumes responsibility for the products
of one's creative efforts-the means by which life is sustained-and
establishes a basis for the private ownership and control of property.
Consistent with the ideals of self-responsibility, personal freedom of
choice, and private property, is the free market method of voluntary
exchange whereby individuals help themselves through serving others.
Possessing economic freedom, each person may practice compassion and
charity with what is his own. This leave to government (organized force)
the very limited task of defending life and property and preserving
Once this basis for limiting government is accepted, it is
possible for a person to test any present activity of government at
whatever level by a precise standard which tells him whether that
activity is a proper function of organized police force. It is a matter
of reasoning logically and deductively from our Declaration's premise
that man's right to life and liberty is derived not from the state but
from his Creator.
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true patriot who believed in freedom and
liberty.His quotations are as profound today as two hundred years ago.
could foresee what the politicians would do to us, if we let them!
"When we get piled upon one
another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as
"The democracy will cease to exist when you
take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would
incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A
principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."
future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from
wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of
of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use
strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear
arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from
time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
"To compel a man to subsidize with his
taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful
"I believe that banking institutions are
more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American
people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency,
first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that
will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property -
until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers
- Thomas Jefferson, 1802
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A Warrior's Wisdom
"Good intentions cause most of the world's great evils. ... In their
arrogance to accomplish what they think to be good they ignore the
realities of life and history causing the most serious of unintended
consequences on the innocent. The warrior has learned through humility
that intentions count for nothing in the results they bring upon
everyone. It is the Warrior's humility that restrains the urge to
succumb to the best of intentions. The mature Warrior knows that he
cannot change evil but evil can change him and humility is his guardian.
on Becoming Strong
The Wolf and the Lamb
Wolf, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay
violent hand on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the
Wolf's right to eat him. He thus addressed him: "Sirrah, last year you
grossly insulted me." "Indeed," bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of
voiced, "I was not then born." Then said the Wolf, "You feed in my
pasture." "No, good sir," replied the Lamb, "I have not yet tasted
grass." Again said the Wolf, "You drink of my well." "No," mothers mild
is both food and drink to me." Upon which the Wolf seized him and ate
him up, saying, "Well! I won't remain supperless, even though you refute
every one of my imputations."
Military Maxims and Principals
Military Maxims and Principals
Where caution has been happily united to audacity, and both have
been joined to a shrewd common sense, we have seen that victory awaits
the skilled commander, where ordinary precautions have been neglected,
where the prowess of the foe has been underrated and despised, where no
attempt has been made to forecast his movements or to deceive him as to
our intentions, there disaster has followed, as surely and inevitably as
the night the day.
from Napoleon is as true today as it was then and holds true for an Army
down to a small Team or Squad. Several applications came to my mind as I
picked this to share with you and I hope you will be able to make your
own applications as well.
Douglas MacArthur Speech at the
Dedication of MacArthur Park
Angeles, California, January 26, 1955
listened with deep emotion to these solemn proceedings. My heart is too
full for my lips to express adequately my thanks and appreciation for
the extraordinary honor you do me. Even so, I understand full well that
this memorial is intended to commemorate an epic rather than individual;
an armed force, rather than its commander, a nation, rather than its
servant; an ideal, rather than a personality.
But this only
increases my pride that my name has been one chosen as the symbol of an
epic struggle in victory by millions of unnamed others.
their heroism, their sacrifice, their success, that you honor today in
so unforgettable a manner. And this statue and this park are but the
selected reminders of their grandeur.
Most of them were citizen
soldiers, sailors, or airmen, men from the farm, from the city, from the
schoolroom, from the college campus; men dedicated to the profession of
arms; men not primarily skilled in the art of war; men most amazingly
like the men you see and meet and know each day of your life. But men
inspired, animated and ennobled by a sublime cause to the defense of
their country, of their native land, of their very hearthstones.
most divine of all human sentiments and impulses guided them, the
spirit and the willingness to sacrifice.
He who dares to die, who
lays his life on the altar of his nation's need, is beyond doubt the
noblest development of mankind. In this he comes closest to the image of
his Creator who died on the Cross that the human soul might live.
men were my comrades in arms. With me they knew the call of the bugle
at reveille, the distant roll of drums at nightfall, the endless tramp
of marching feet, the incessant whine of sniper bullets, the ceaseless
rattle of sputtering machine guns, the sinister wail of air sirens, the
deafening blast and crash of bombs, the stealthy stroke of hidden
torpedoes, the aimless lurch of perilous waves, the dark majesty of
fighting ships, the mad din of battle lines, and the stench and ghastly
horror and savage destruction of a stricken area of war.
suffered hunger and thirst, the broiling sun of relentless heat, the
torrential rains of tropical storms, the loneliness and utter desolation
of jungle trails, the bitterness of separation from those they loved
and cherished. They went on and on when everything within them seemed to
stop and die. They grew old in youth; they burned out in searing
minutes all that life owed them in tranquil years.
When I think
of their patience under adversity, of their courage under fire, and of
their modesty in victory, I am filled with an emotion I cannot express.
of them trod the tragic path of unknown fame that led to a stark, white
cross on a lonely grave. And from their tortured, dying lips, with the
dreadful gurgle of the death rattle in their throats, always the came
the same gasping prayer that we who were left would go on to victory.
do not know the dignity of their birth, but I do know the glory of
their death. And I am sure a merciful God has taken them unto Himself.
these troublesome times of confused and bewildered international
sophistication, let no man misunderstand why they did that which they
did. These were patriots, pure and plain; these were men who fought and
perchance died for one reason only - for their country, for America. No
complex philosophy of world intrigue and conspiracy dominated their
thoughts. No exploitation or extravagance of propaganda dimmed their
sensibilities. Just the simple fact that their country called them, just
the devoted doctrine of Stephen Decatur when he said: "My country, may
she always be right. But right or wrong, my country."
deceived by strange voices heard across the land, decrying this old and
proven concept of patriotism. From the very beginning it has been the
main bulwark of our national strength and integrity.
murmurs are arising that it is now outmoded by some more comprehensive
and all embracing philosophy; that we are provincial and immature, or
reactionary and stupid when we idealize our own country; that there is a
higher destiny for us under another more general flag; that no longer
when we send our sons and daughters to the battlefield must we see them
through all the way to victory; that we can call upon them to fight and
even die in some halfhearted and indecisive effort.
That we can
plunge them recklessly into war and then suddenly decide that it is a
wrong war, or in the wrong place, or at the wrong time; or even that we
call it not a war at all, but by some more euphemistic and generic name;
that we can treat them as expendables, although they are our own flesh
and blood. And even in times of peace, for some romantic reason, they
must share - not as an act of generosity but as a bounden duty, their
national blessings and goods built from nothing to a height never before
reached by man - with others because, whether for neglect or not, they
have not fared so well.
That we, the strongest nation in the
world, have suddenly become dependent on others for our security and
even our welfare. Listen not to these voices, be they from the one
political party or from the other; be they from the high and the mighty,
or the lowly and the forgotten. Heed them not. Visit upon them a
righteous scorn born of the past sacrifices of your fighting sons and
Repudiate them in the marketplace, on the platform, n
the pulpit. Those who are our friends will understand. Those who are not
we can pass by. Be proud to be called patriots or nationalists or what
you will, if it means that you love your country above all else, and
will place your life if need be at the service of our flag.
wish again to express to the citizens of the community my gratitude for
their generosity in creating this memorial and my thanks and
appreciation to all those present here today.
You have etched for
me in indelible memory, a patriotic friendship and sympathetic
understanding. You have made me feel far greater than my just deserts
and yet more humble than I care to admit.
|Injured Soldiers - Heroes|
Roger Staubach Still
Roger Staubach, still Captain America -- Recently,
my brother was sitting in first class on a flight from Dallas-Fort
Worth to Colorado Springs when a couple boarded and sat in front of him.
He immediately recognized the man as Roger Staubach. They exchanged
greetings, and Staubach said he was headed to Colorado Springs for the
inaugural Warrior Games.
After 60 or 70 percent of the plane was
boarded, a female Army soldier who had lost her leg boarded. Staubach
insisted she sit in his seat; she said, "no, thanks," but he insisted.
He took her place in a middle seat way in the back. After a few minutes,
the young girl got tears in her eyes and said she wanted to go to her
seat and have Staubach return to his.
The flight attendant
overheard, and, as the female soldier headed to retrieve Staubach, the
attendant said she had a no-show and both could sit in first class.
flight attendant returned with the female soldier, but Staubach sent a
double amputee Army soldier to sit in his seat.
in coach the entire flight and disembarked last. My brother waited and
asked for an autograph for my birthday; Staubach said certainly. It's a
great gift, but the greater gift is knowing Roger Staubach is still
It Happens Every
Friday! Were You Aware?
Mornings at the Pentagon
By JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY
last 12 months, 1,042 soldiers, Marines, sailors and Air Force
personnel have given their lives in the terrible duty that is war.
Thousands more have come home on stretchers, horribly wounded and facing
months or years in military hospitals.
This week, I'm turning
my space over to a good friend and former roommate, Army Lt. Col. Robert
Bateman, who recently completed a year long tour of duty in Iraq and is
now back at the Pentagon.
Here's Lt. Col. Bateman's account of a
little-known ceremony that fills the halls of the Army corridor of the
Pentagon with cheers, applause and many tears every Friday morning. It
first appeared on May 17 on the Weblog of media critic and pundit Eric
Alterman at the Media Matters for America Website.
"It is 110
yards from the "E" ring to the "A" ring of the Pentagon. This section of
the Pentagon is newly renovated; the floors shine, the hallway is
broad, and the lighting is bright. At this instant the entire length of
the corridor is packed with officers, a few sergeants and some
civilians, all crammed tightly three and four deep against the walls.
There are thousands here.
This hallway, more than any other, is
the `Army' hallway. The G3 offices line one side, G2 the other, G8 is
around the corner. All Army. Moderate conversations flow in a low buzz.
Friends who may not have seen each other for a few weeks, or a few
years, spot each other, cross the way and renew.
to ensure an open path remains down the center. The air conditioning
system was not designed for this press of bodies in this area.
temperature is rising already. Nobody cares. "10:36 hours: The clapping
starts at the E-Ring. That is the outermost of the five rings of the
Pentagon and it is closest to the entrance to the building. This
clapping is low, sustained, hearty. It is applause with a deep emotion
behind it as it moves forward in a wave down the length of the hallway.
steady rolling wave of sound it is, moving at the pace of the soldier
in the wheelchair who marks the forward edge with his presence. He is
the first. He is missing the greater part of one leg, and some of his
wounds are still suppurating. By his age I expect that he is a private,
or perhaps a private first class.
"Captains, majors, lieutenant
colonels and colonels meet his gaze and nod as they applaud, soldier to
soldier. Three years ago when I described one of these events, those
lining the hallways were somewhat different. The applause a little
wilder, perhaps in private guilt for not having shared in the burden ...
"Now almost everyone lining the hallway is, like the man
in the wheelchair, also a combat veteran. This steadies the applause,
but I think deepens the sentiment. We have all been there now. The
soldier's chair is pushed by, I believe, a full colonel.
him, and stretching the length from Rings E to A, come more of his
peers, each private, corporal, or sergeant assisted as need be by a
field grade officer.
"11:00 hours: Twenty-four minutes of steady
applause. My hands hurt, and I laugh to myself at how stupid that
sounds in my own head. My hands hurt. Please! Shut up and clap. For
twenty-four minutes, soldier after soldier has come down this hallway -
20, 25, 30.. Fifty-three legs come with them, and perhaps only 52 hands
or arms, but down this hall came 30 solid hearts.
They pass down
this corridor of officers and applause, and then meet for a private
lunch, at which they are the guests of honor, hosted by the generals.
Some are wheeled along. Some insist upon getting out of their chairs, to
march as best they can with their chin held up, down this hallway,
through this most unique audience. Some are catching handshakes and
smiling like a politician at a Fourth of July parade. More than a couple
of them seem amazed and are smiling shyly.
"There are families
with them as well: the 18-year-old war-bride pushing her 19-year-old
husband's wheelchair and not quite understanding why her husband is so
affected by this, the boy she grew up with, now a man, who had never
shed a tear is crying; the older immigrant Latino parents who have,
perhaps more than their wounded mid-20s son, an appreciation for the
emotion given on their son's behalf. No man in that hallway, walking or
clapping, is ashamed by the silent tears on more than a few cheeks. An
Airborne Ranger wipes his eyes only to better see. A couple of the
officers in this crowd have themselves been a part of this parade in the
These are our men, broken in body they may be, but they
are our brothers, and we welcome them home. This parade has gone on,
every single Friday, all year long, for more than four years.
Major, United States Army
Alan Thorne was born on May 28, 1919
and joined the Armed Forces while in Norwalk, Connecticut.
served in the United States Army, 5th
Forces. In twelve years of service, he attained the rank of Major.
Alan Thorne is listed as Missing
Thorne was born in Finland in 1919, entered
the Finnish army in 1938 and fought in the 1939-40 war against the
Union. He subsequently conducted guerrilla warfare against the Soviet
after the Finnish regime allied itself with Nazi Germany and reentered
the war. As Shultz tells it, "In September 1944, Finland surrendered to
the Soviet Union. Thorne didn't. He joined the Germans, attended their
school for guerrilla warfare, and then fought with their marines until
the war ended.
"The Soviets wanted to get their hands
and forced the Finnish government to arrest him as a wartime German
They planned to take him to Moscow to be tried for war crimes. Thorne
other plans. He escaped, made his way to the United States, and with the
help of Wild Bill Donovan became a citizen. The wartime head of the OSS
knew of Thorne's commando exploits..."
Thorne joined the U.S.
Army and his
in guerrilla warfare led him into the Special Forces Group, where he was
commissioned a first lieutenant, eventually rising to the rank of
and commanding a Special Forces team in Vietnam, before joining SOG.
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A Tale of Two Constitutions
The subject of
constitutional interpretation may seem like a topic
for an ivory-tower debate, but it actually has a very real and
on daily life (as will be demonstrated shortly). In recent years, two
viewpoints have emerged.
Probably the first exposure most
citizens had to the
two views came during
the 2000 presidential debates. When asked what type of judges should
on the bench, candidate Bush responded: "I believe that the judges
not to take the place of the legislative branch of government ...
they ought to look at the Constitution as sacred ... I don't
believe in liberal,
activist judges; I believe in strict constructionists." Candidate Gore
countered, "The Constitution ought to be interpreted as a document
grows." Gore later stated, "I believe the
Constitution is a living
and breathing document. ... We have interpreted our founding charter
the years, and found deeper meanings in it in light of the subsequent
in American life." So, the two choices are ... follow
or construct a living constitution.
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'Black Hawk Down' Commander On Winning The
In the movie, Black Hawk Down, actor Tom Sizemore
plays the role of
real-life U.S. Army Ranger Lt. Col. (today retired Col.) Danny R.
McKnight, the hard-bitten convoy commander whose inspirational
leadership literally kept his men alive during the near-disastrous
Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993.
Sizemore portrayed McKnight
as an outspoken combat commander, who in action could be seen by his
troops as being everywhere at the same time, fighting, directing the
fight, and encouraging his men in the most desperate stages of the
An accurate portrayal according to those who served
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