Meandering Monday about What They Died For

Memorial Day – when we remember those who have died in our armed services, and especially what they died for.

What is it that they were fighting for? Certainly not for one party or the other. Yes, a majority of service members will vote Republican, but that’s NOT why they are there (they won’t ask you who you voted for before they opt in to defend you.

There are some who joined up just because they needed a job, or thought it was a way to get college paid for, but I believe a majority of them joined to serve and defend their family, their neighbors, their country, and their way of life.

WAY OF LIFE shouldn’t be confused with the usual unfounded screams of “blood for oil” when we become engaged in the middle east. It’s about preserving who we are as a country, defending the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, to protect our rights (God-given) to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Protecting in addition the specific rights enumerated in our Bill of Rights, including but not limited to:

  • Freedom of speech, assembly, and religion. No one, INCLUDING OUR GOVERNMENT, can tell us who we are allowed to talk with, or what we are allowed to say or believe.
  • Our right to keep and bear arms cannot be infringed by the government.

Something that it’s sometimes hard to remember – none of our rights were given to us by our Government or our Constitution. They are our God-given rights, which cannot be taken from us (and if you have problems believing a deity is involved, you can settle for these being our natural rights.)

But there will always be people who want to take our rights from us – enemies foreign and domestic. Today we remember those who gave their lives to ensure our rights; without them, it’s all just words on a piece of paper. Just saying…


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