For much of my life, Memorial Day has reminded me of those who fought and died to preserve freedom in the generations of my parents, and grandparents. Growing up, most of the focus was on those who fought overseas in World Wars I and II, Korea and Viet Nam. We continue to honor these men and women, as well as those who died in all American Wars, including today’s global war on terrorism.
I’ve visited many Civil War Battlefields, to which many attribute the origin of a formal Memorial Day. As Americans, except for terrorist attacks we’ve been blessed not to experience warfare on American soil for 151 years. Warfare we can visibly see that is, warfare with casualties and gravesites with American Flags.
The reality is we are at war today: It is a war of ideas, where the enemies of our republic are philosophically diametrically opposed to the ideas espoused in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of our United States – our founding documents the hero’s we remember today swore to protect and defend.
These enemies of our republic today are not fighting with guns, cannons, aircraft or boats. They are waging war through main stream media, social media, entertainment, and education systems. They fight with cool catch phrases and beautiful pictures.
Our republic’s enemies have infiltrated every aspect of our society and are gaining strategic footholds from which to strangle freedom’s last breath without firing a shot, while most Americans are complacent.
Rather than a Pearl Harbor or a 9-11 strategy that might awaken and call us to arms, it is a slow and gradual fade of our republic—and right now they are winning.
I could list hundreds of examples, but consider just the top. The man in The People’s House, The White House, had a one word slogan for his 2012 re-election campaign: “Forward”. Please read the Washington Times Article about the history of this slogan. The history of this word is not tied to our founding. Nor does it have roots in anything we celebrate to Memorial Day.
This Memorial Day weekend, we will remember those who have gone before and have quality time with our family. That is right and fitting. But it must go beyond that. We must honor our dead by rising up to defend what they so nobly fought and died for, on our behalf.
Today the war is fought on many battle fronts, but it begins at the ballot box. Unless more American Patriots begin engaging in the battlefield of elections, electing candidates who can articulate the true threats to our republic, our children will be memorializing more than just the dead who gave this generation our freedoms. Failure to engage in the electoral process ensures future generations may be memorializing the republic itself and the ideals their ancestors fought and died for: life, liberty, property rights, individual responsibility, personal charity, the rule of law and justice – not justice where everyone is guaranteed equal results, but where everyone is guaranteed equal justice under the rule of law.
In our statewide primary on June 14th, do you know if your civil magistrates have primary challengers, and why or why not? We owe it to those whose lives we celebrate this weekend to know – and to participate in the process. For details, go to www.SCVotes.org.
Happy Memorial Day. May God Bless you and your family. May God continue to bless The United States of America.