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Remember Remembering Day

By May 31, 2021Commentary

At a time when disregard of the value and meaning of country is at a low, Memorial Day is a good occasion to remember why we should remember and memorialize certain segments of our community.  A country is a community of people within a set of geographic boundaries.  It is a fundamental human unit of government at this point in our history.  Countries and their governments should exist for one purpose–to allow for a better quality of life for citizens and a greater fulfillment of their individual, self-determined destinies.  Unfortunately, throughout human history, governments have more often served as a vehicle for one person or small group of people to impose their will upon the broader populace.  When we remember those who fought and died to protect our country, they were fighting to preserve a free way of life, not just for us, but unusually in the case of the United States, to protect the freedom of others.  The stirring words of our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, should be read every day, by every citizen, so that we remember what is so important about this country and its role for humanity:

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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

And it isn’t just what they are fighting for, it is what they were fighting against.  They most often fought against those authoritarian governments that claiming to act in the best interest of people, really existed only to advance the aims and well-being of those few in the ruling cabal.  That fight can find no better expression than in the words of Milton and Rose Friedman, which have special resonance in our country today:

A society that puts equality–in the sense of equality of outcome–ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom.  The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.   

I don’t agree that the force is introduced for good purposes, it is introduced for selfish personal gain, but no better description of the goal and inevitable true driving force of communism, socialism, Black Lives (don’t) Matter, white liberal progressiveness and other isms can be found and it is always worth fighting to the last person against the hell that inevitably accompanies any of these becoming the government in a country.  Not here must be our motive.  We won’t let the few determine the lives of all.

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  • Al Gardiner says:

    Thanks again for continuing to post great content.

  • Debbie says:

    Your comments touch on something I read late last night from the novel “East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

    He writes, “And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am about. I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for that is one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system. Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts. If the glory can be killed, we are lost.”

    Words so timely in today’s world and yet written in 1952.

    This is what I am about, as well.

    Thanks again for your blog, Kevin.

  • Colonel Travis says:

    Amen, Kevin.

  • rob says:

    I believe most people in this country, including the “elites”, support the ideas that they truly believe are best for the majority, and not simply trying to line their own pockets. Of course their beliefs are all up for debate and reasonable people can disagree on how to proceed. I’ve listened to the thoughts of enough ex-presidents to be convinced that every one of them, including all the ones I thought were terrible presidents, every one of them loved this country and tried to do what they thought was best. Every time I hear someone claim that Obama or Trump or Nixon or Clinton or whoever were secretly trying to destroy the country, I feel like I’m listening to a fool and unfortunately there are many millions of them.

    • Kevin Roche says:

      I agree that people aren’t primarily financially motivated, but I think the desire to run other people’s lives is a strong factor among some groups, and when people push positions that they clearly haven’t thought through and evince a minimal understanding of relevant facts, I don’t accept that they are advocating something they legitimately think is best for the majority

  • J. Thomas says:

    Tolerance of and support for any and all government or social policies, ideals, theories and programs that; label us, segregate us, count us by our features and divide us are at the root of our undoing. Support for the parsing history by what’s liked and disliked is part of this division. There has also been a well orchestrated process of replacing knowledge with feelings, coddling in place of accountability and omission substituted for truth. It’s being force fed to us via the media every day and it’s pure poison to our future.

    Name me the last competent presidential candidate that we’ve had to choose from? Therein lies the real issue …

    • rob says:

      I think the voters are even more incompetent than the candidates. I feel like I shouldn’t be allowed to vote because I don’t know enough to make an educated decision, and if I shouldn’t be allowed to vote then I’m thinking neither should at least 80% of the rest of the populace.

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