The West is free today thanks in large part to one man – Winston Churchill. Historian and bestselling author Andrew Roberts explains how Churchill saved the world from Nazi Germany.
It is disturbing to hear that some leaders in the United States don’t see the importance of NATO. I don’t think it is an issue of who pays. Since when has that been the issue in the United States?
The principle of collective defense is at the very heart of NATO’s founding treaty. It remains a unique and enduring principle that binds its members together, committing them to protect each other and setting a spirit of solidarity within the Alliance.
Some ideas to consider:
Persecution of Christians is at an all time high.
The leadership of America is at a crossroads. We must do what we can to put a stop to it.
There is a real war on women. It is not here in the United States. We know where it is and we know who is doing it.
War is horrible. It is a nasty business for sure. We have, however, agreed to how war is conducted. Our enemy isn’t following the rules. What do we do?
This is disconcerting. Do we stoop to their level? I don’t think we should. Because they are beheading people doesn’t mean we should. There is a better way. We should find it.
Did somebody tell ISIS, ‘Look, we’re going to treat your guys well. Will you please do us a favor and treat our guys well?’ They don’t do that. We’re not playing by — we are playing by rules, but they have no rules. It’s very hard to win when that’s the case,” Trump said, adding that the United States’ ban on waterboarding is a sign of weakness.
Now Jesus had something to say about this. We should listen. It is called “Love Your Enemies”.
Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.
“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.
“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.
I don’t want to be lectured by a traitor [Edward Snowden] who speaks from a land that doesn’t have a constitution, or had one and it was entirely eviscerated by a thug [Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin] has just invaded another land. ~~ Charles Krauthammer
“Special Report with Bret Baier.” Watch here.
Peace through strength is something all of our great leaders have known. Our enemies may be reluctant to attack if that is the case. If they do, we are ready.
To preserve our freedom and liberty, we must be ready.
To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”
Winston Churchill’s “Sinews of Peace” address of March 5, 1946, at Westminster College, used the term “iron curtain” in the context of Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe.
Moscow, via Vladimir Putin, is seeking to expand its control in the world. Is it time for another Churchill to stand up and sound the warning?
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an “Iron Curtain” has descended across the continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia; all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject, in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and in some cases increasing measure of control from Moscow.
And from Bret Baier …
A little historical irony today: On this day 68 years ago at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill delivered one of the most famous speeches of the 20th century, now considered one of the opening rhetorical shots of the Cold War. In his ‘Iron Curtain’ speech, Churchill condemned the Soviet Union’s policies in Europe and declared, ‘From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent.’ Specifically, Churchill warned against the expansionistic policies of the Soviet Union and advised that in dealing with the Soviets there was ‘nothing which they admire so much as strength, and there is nothing for which they have less respect than for military weakness.’ The speech was warmly received by then-President Harry Truman, a Missourian, who was on stage with Churchill. The question is, 68 years later, could Churchill’s warnings apply to a former KGB agent named Vladimir Putin. And how would Churchill’s speech be received by the Obama administration, which at least so far, insists Putin wants an ‘off-ramp’ to the situation and a communication strategy that seems to center around making sure everyone understands that this is not ‘Rocky IV.’
Our Constitution is clear. The Fourth Amendment (Amendment IV) to the United States Constitution is the part of the Bill of Rights that prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and requires any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause.
Here is exactly what it says.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
For some reason, some politicians think our security is more important than our constitution. It is not. In the Constitution, personal security trumps national security.
Here are some thoughts from Judge Andrew P. Napolitano.
If you were looking for a needle in a haystack, simple logic would tell you that the smaller the haystack the likelier you are to find the needle. Except for the government.
Since Edward Snowden revealed the federal government’s unlawful and unconstitutional use of federal statutes to justify spying on all in America all the time, including the members of Congress who unwittingly wrote and passed the statutes, I have been arguing that the Fourth Amendment prohibits all domestic spying, except that which has been authorized by a search warrant issued by a judge. The same amendment also requires that warrants be issued only based on a serious level of individualized suspicion backed up by evidence — called probable cause — and the warrants must specifically identify the place and person to be spied upon.
Because these requirements are in the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, Congress and the president and the courts are bound by them. There is no emergency or public safety or wartime exception to them. These requirements cannot be changed by legislation; only a constitutional amendment, ratified by the legislatures of 37 states, can do so.
All of this is what lawyers and judges call black letter law — meaning it is well-understood, has not been seriously challenged and is nearly universally accepted. Except by the government.
The government — which thinks it can right any wrong, tax any event, regulate any behavior and interfere with any right — also thinks it can keep us safe from the terrorists among us by cutting constitutional corners, which it has done many times since 9/11. Among the constitutional corners it has cut is unleashing its 60,000 domestic spies upon us with orders to disregard the constitutional requirements for spying on Americans and gather all the data about us that they can by listening to phone calls and reading emails, as well as gathering the banking information, credit card information, utility bills, postal mail and medical records of everyone in America, without regard to individualized suspicion.
Our soldiers and troops risk their lives daily for our security and well being. They do it voluntarily, not being compelled by anyone to do so. They deserve to be listened to and respected by our leaders.
Wisdom is needed in dealing with war that is being waged against us. Let us pray for leaders who seek the counsel of those in the know.
In 14 years of continual combat, has there ever been a greater disconnect between our warrior class and the civilians who purport to lead them? American politicians still don’t understand our enemy, still don’t understand the capabilities and limitations of the American military, and — worst of all — they still seem unwilling to learn. They come from an intellectual aristocracy that believes itself educated simply because it’s credentialed — and they tend to listen only to those who share similar credentials. They’ve built a bubble of impenetrable ignorance, and they govern accordingly.
My father (Everett Wiley Wilson) served in WWII and was a veteran. This is the flag that was draped on his coffin.
God bless all veterans, men and women like my dad who serve to defend liberty.
This flag is in my office and reminds me daily of the sacrifices that are made for our country and others.
If you ask the people in Europe who won World War II, they don’t say the Allies; they say the United States won the war and saved the world. ~Bob Feller
This is classic but in some sense sad. And this from a member of Congress. The United States needs to be strategic.
“Well I think [Russian President Vladimir Putin] is playing chess and I think we’re playing marbles. And I don’t think it’s even close” –House Intelligence Committee Head Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace
The inscription at the Daughters of the American Revolution Memorial Marker in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania reads “Near this spot, lies Lieutenant John Waterman, died April 23, 1778, whose grave alone of all his comrades was marked.”
Some 2,000 Continental soldiers died at Valley Forge or in distant hospitals. Most expired not in the dead cold of winter, but in the spring, when influenza, typhus, typhoid and dysentery more than decimated the camp. Waterman died during this time.
His lonely gravestone on the grand parade ground was marked simply, “JW 1778.” He was later identified by his initials as a Rhode Island officer.
America understands what it takes to achieve and protect freedom. We don’t invade other countries to conquer them.
“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” ~Jesus (John 15:13)
Freedom in America started with the Revolutionary War.
The inscription at the Daughters of the American Revolution Memorial Marker in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania reads “Near this spot, lies Lieutenant John Waterman, died April 23, 1778, whose grave alone of all his comrades was marked.” Some 2,000 Continental soldiers died at Valley Forge or in distant hospitals. Most expired not in the dead cold of winter, but in the spring, when influenza, typhus, typhoid and dysentery more than decimated the camp. Waterman died during this time. His lonely gravestone on the grand parade ground was marked simply, “JW 1778.” He was later identified by his initials as a Rhode Island officer.
Our commitment to freedom continued in the Civil War. Perhaps no war like it strained our commitment to freedom and liberty.
In Grafton National Cemetery, Grafton, West Virginia rests Private Thornesberry Bailey Brown, believed to be the first Union casualty of the Civil War. Brown mustered into service in Company B, 2nd Virginia Infantry, and served under Captain George R. Latham as part of the “Grafton Guards.” On May 22, 1861, near present-day Grafton, a Confederate sentry ordered Brown to halt. Brown refused and shot the sentry in the ear. The sentry returned fire, shooting Brown in the heart.
World War I showed the need to defend liberty on the soil of other countries.
At Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York lies Sgt. Wilbur E. Colyer. Served in the U.S. Army in World War I and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery near Verdun, France, on October 9, 1918. His citation reads “Volunteering with 2 other soldiers to locate machinegun nests, Sgt. Colyer advanced on the hostile positions to a point where he was half surrounded by the nests, which were in ambush. He killed the gunner of one gun with a captured German grenade and then turned this gun on the other nests silencing all of them before he returned to his platoon. He was later killed in action.”
My dad fought in World War II. He survived but so many didn’t. What a sacrifice they all made for freedom.
Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee is the final resting place of Cornelia Fort. Nashville’s first woman flight instructor, she was giving a flying lesson as a civilian instructor over Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941 and witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Fort was the second woman to join the Woman’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, which ferried planes to free up male pilots for combat assignments. She was the first WAFS pilot to die in the line of duty. Cornelia Fort was killed while ferrying a BT-13 Valiant trainer when it collided with another plane over Texas on March 21, 1943.
Korea continued our need to help others protect freedom. We still help in Korea today. The fight goes on.
On April 5 1951, Naval Hospitalman Richard D. Wert was serving with the Marines as they cleared North Korean guerrillas from rural areas of South Korea and as they aided in driving the enemy beyond the Thirty-Eighth Parallel. While with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines during an attack on Chinese Communist forces, De Wert continually rejected medical treatment for his wounds to provide first aid to fallen marines. Under intense fire he provided treatment to four marines, De Wert was killed in action while tending to an injured comrade. The Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipient was originally buried in Korea, re-interred at the Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, N.Y, but in 1987 upon request from his family, was laid to rest in his home where his grave can be found in section 5 at the Massachusetts’s National Cemetery in Bourne.
With Vietnam, war became real to my generation. We all know many who didn’t return.
At Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Oakville, Missouri you can find Air Force Lt. Michael Joseph Blassie, who served in the 8th Special Operations Squadron. He was shot down and killed while piloting his A-37B Dragonfly aircraft in the vicinity of An Loc, in South Vietnam. His remains were buried in Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of The Unknowns as an unidentified soldier from the Vietnam War. After petitioning the United States Government for permission, his family had his body exhumed. DNA tests confirmed that the previously unknown soldier was, in fact, Michael Blassie.
September 11 propelled us into a new kind of war, the war on terror. It continues today with sacrifices made daily.
Staff Sgt. James M. Christen of Loomis, California died in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the Army’s 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, on his third deployment overseas. Sgt. Christen previously served two tours in Iraq. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Staff Sgt. James Christen now rests with many of his comrades from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan in Section 60, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
Reagan’s “Time For Choosing”” speech urged courage in defending against the threat of communism. Reagan was a strong believer in American exceptionalism, a notion that has gone by the wayside under the current administration. Consider the current state of affairs with the rise of ISIS and the growing threat of terrorism. Ronald Reagan advocated for “peace through strength” and was a true leader when it came to protecting America from her enemies.
He said, “We want our national policy to be based on what we know in our hearts is morally right.” We need to reestablish President Reagan’s vision for America, and we need to stop leading from behind.
Even 50 years later, the lessons that Ronald Reagan taught us are still so very applicable.