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Memorial Day: Living for the Nation

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122 years ago this week, President Teddy Roosevelt gave an address at the dedication of the Spanish-American War Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. That day, he gave a clarion call to all Americans when he said, "In addition to dying for the nation you must be willing to live for the nation, or the nation will be badly off." 

No truer words were ever spoken.

684,705 Americans have given their lives in service to our country fighting against foreign adversaries since 1775. What exactly did they die for? What was the fire that burned within them that gave them the passion to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country? And if put in the same situation, would you? I have asked myself that same question for decades.  

My dad, his 3 brothers, and my mother's brother all served in World War 2. One of them, my uncle who I am named in part for, Second Lt. Foster Pierce Harbin, Jr., paid the ultimate price for his country in Germany in 1944 and is interred at the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in Metz, France.  You'll hear the story about my cousin, Shorty Davis, who won 2 Bronze stars and the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism in the Battle of Manilla in 1945, on our Monday Memorial Day show.

It is fair, no, necessary..... Is it necessary to ask, are we living for the nation in service to the commitment that all those American Patriots, my uncle, my cousin, and no doubt some of your family members as well, so unselfishly gave their lives for?

Did those patriots make the ultimate sacrifice for a $35 trillion debt, open borders, the rainbow flavor of the week, gender confusion in our children, antisemitism and racism on college campuses, the marginalization of the church, lawfare against political opponents, pornography in our schools, the destruction of the nuclear family, corporate oligarchies, off shoring our industry, energy, and agriculture, the genocide of our children via foreign produced fentanyl, the destruction of small town America, the fleecing of the middle and lower classes by the wealthy and connected under the guise of government stimulus, and propaganda disguised as freedom of the press? 

While those patriots were facing death, did they envision a president standing before the American people and declaring that 64 million Americans who voted for and remained loyal to his predecessor were an existential threat to democracy? Did they die for us to forfeit- without a fight mind you- our sovereignty and treasure to unelected, unaccountable foreign entities like the WHO, UN and World Economic Forum?

By standing by and allowing it to happen are we honoring their sacrifice? Are we worthy of their sacrifice? Was their sacrifice in vain?

Tough questions, but the answers had better be tougher, or we will lose the precious, divinely inspired gift that so many patriots shed blood and gave their lives for. 

Are we willing, as Americans, as the beneficiaries of their divine gift, to dedicate ourselves to living our lives just as passionately, just as patriotically, with the same ultimate purpose, as those that unselfishly and patriotically gave their lives so we can live our lives according to their dreams?

I will sacrifice my life so that you can live my dream. Our fallen heroes did that. Is there any greater expression of love?

As Winston Churchill said in 1954, “We have surmounted all the perils and endured all the agonies of the past. We shall provide against and thus prevail over the dangers and problems of the future, withhold no sacrifice, grudge no toil, seek no sordid gain, fear no foe. All will be well. We have, I believe, within us the life-strength and guiding light by which the tormented world around us may find the harbor of safety, after a storm-beaten voyage.” 

This is America's promise to the world, given to us by our fallen heroes, and it is our solemn duty to uphold it. As Churchill also said 14 years earlier, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

Happy Memorial Day.

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