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Nov 13, 2021

This program will discuss the poem "It is the Veteran" and the article "It isn't the Veteran."  


The poem "It is the Veteran":

It is the veteran, not the preacher who has given us freedom of religion. It is the veteran, not the reporter who has given us freedom of the press. It is the veteran, not the poet who has given us freedom of speech. It is the veteran, not the campus organizer who has given us freedom to assemble. It is the veteran, not the lawyer who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the veteran, not the politician who has given us the right to vote. It is the veteran who salutes the flag, who serves under the flag and whose coffin will be draped by the flag.

The author lists four of the five freedoms enumerated in the First Amendment of Bill of Rights: religion, speech, press, and assembly; he neglected to include “petition for a redress of grievances.”  He then lists our right to a fair trial, as stated in the Sixth Amendment.  He then lists our right to vote, as listed in the Fifteenth Amendment.  Most, but definitely not all, veterans salute the flag and take their oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”  

Freedom is a gift from God, not from man.  The Declaration of Independence affirms this fact in the second sentence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  The veteran does not give us our liberties, nor does the government.  Our government is formed to protect our liberties, as stated in the third sentence of the Declaration of Independence: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”  

Veterans, at least most, have sacrificed to preserve and protect our liberties.  The veteran did not give us our liberties; God did that.  The veteran preserved and protected our liberties.  Some soldiers gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, as did a high school friend of mine, Bob Hutchinson, who was killed while serving in the US Army as an infantryman during the Vietnam War.  Others, such as my brother Gary, who was wounded while serving as a US Army infantryman during the Vietnam War.  I served as a helicopter pilot for the Marine Corps in Vietnam during the Vietnam War; although I was shot at, I returned unscathed.  Finally, we have veterans such as Lloyd Austin, the current Secretary of Defense and retired US Army general, and General Mark Milley, the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who seem to be diligently working to destroy our military and persecute and punish, through the ghoulish vaccine mandates, the most loyal and patriotic soldiers.  The mandatory vaccine policies that Austin and Milley are implementing that will undermine the health of our military personnel, thus placing our nation in grave risk, vividly illustrate that not all veterans are worthy of adulation.

Proverbs 14: 34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

The author of the article “It Isn’t the Veteran,” (he does not give his name) seems to have the philosophy of the scornful.  Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts.  He does not believe that our rights come from God or the veteran but come from agitation by the disaffected.  He supports Black Lives Matter, a violent group run by avowed Marxists and occultists.

Five people died during the January 6, 2021 demonstration at the US Capitol, but the only death by violence was that of Ashli Babbitt, callously shot by a Capitol Police Officer.  Never forget Ashli Babbitt.

The program title, Liberty and Posterity, comes from the US Constitution, the preamble of which states that one of the reasons for writing and ratifying the Constitution was to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity,” our posterity being our children and descendants not yet born.  As a reminder, on the Liberty and Posterity program, we view all events and activities in relation to reality, truth, and Biblical morality.  If you have a problem with that, the problem is on your end, not ours.

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