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God’s Helpers, the Guardians of Freedom

“We must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have. It is a weapon that we as Americans do have. Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors.”

– Ronald Reagan

May we continue to have the courage in this great nation to maintain within our own land the freedom that is the source of our strength, our greatness, and our happiness. May God continue to watch over this single greatest nation in the history of the earth.

But God needs His helpers to watch over us. It is our veterans who, through their often thankless sacrifice, their forgotten bravery, and their untold courage, preserve our sacred freedom. I know all of you – many of you veterans yourselves – join me in simply saying, thank you. Thank you for your service to our nation, to our people. Thank you for keeping us free.

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40 Responses to God’s Helpers, the Guardians of Freedom

  1. Thank you for the film of President Regan.
    At that time if I were asked if the issues of today would arise. I would
    have said no, without huge means of stopping them. It seems every day another major issue is upon us. When I was young studying WWII,
    I always wonder how did Hitler take over. Wasn’t anyone one paying attention…………..

  2. When I posted about Vietnam on the Jane Fonda thread, I realized what a huge thing it had been for the draft to have been instituted. But I don’t remember a lot of debate–there may have been some–I was younger and had other concerns in those days. The draft was a giantic step. I am not even sure it could ever be put in place again in this country. So we must treat our professional warrior class perfectly.

    • There’s a negative side to not having a draft because Americans by and large today are unaffected by what’s going on in the world because they don’t have a personal DNA stake in it. It’s easier for them to ignore the professional military.

      I was in the prime of life during the Viet Nam era, and I can remember the military draftees (and few volunteers) taking the brunt of the antagonism against the war for just deciding to do their duty. A large part of the public was more sympathetic to those who evaded the draft by going abroad. They were the heroes while the confused 18 year olds who went were spit upon and called pigs.

      • Me, too re: the Vietnam era. And may shame rest upon those who defiled the young men and women who gave all in service to our country…including and most importantly, Jane Fonda.

        • I posted on this on the Jane Fonda thread on here. Feelings ran high–people were all over the map. My father, a Republican, was so teed off about the war, he worked a yr for nothing so no taxes would go to it. He put $100 bills in protestors’ cans on the St Louis Univ campus–he also said if it was still going on when my bros were of age, we would move to Canada. I am telling you–these were fraught times–the stuff today is mild. And now, I always feel a little empty when I see people going to Vietnam on vacay or as in the other nite, house hunters on HGTV scoping out apts there. We have to remember, everything changes…

          • Even though “Rules for Radicals” was published in 1971, I wonder if Alinsky’s rule to pick and personalize the target was not already a tactic among the Soviet-paid dissent.

      • I was not a confused 18 year old.
        I enlisted in the Air Force when I was 17.
        I graduated high school, turned 18 and 1 month later I was getting off a bus on Lackland AFB.
        Many of the friends that I had were being drafted into the Army.
        I preferred the Air Force because of the schools that they offered at that time.
        That time was 1969.
        Many years ago.

      • As a kid in the 60’s I did pay attention to all that went on.
        I remember the table at big family gatherings. I would take
        breaks from playing and listen to all the adults discuss the
        current events. I guess that is why I enjoy this sight. I feel
        secure knowing other people are paying attention and at least
        discussing the issues.

  3. Thank you for the beautiful words and video tribute to America’s beloved veterans, Keith. It brought tears to this old lady’s eyes to hear the love of country and strength in the voice of a great American patriot – Ronald Wilson Reagan.

    • I believe Ronald Reagan loved our country. I clearly remember the optimism he brought to our country via his presidency. We lived in the “bottom fell out of the oil fields” Texas at that time.
      A stark contrast to the divisiveness we are now are living through. I hope enough people remember the before and the “after,” i.e. the “now.” We must make our voices heard and our votes count in 2014!

      • He not only loved his country but he served his country. Although he had poor eyesight he went from enlisted reservist (before WWII) to reserve officer until the end of WWII. He had my full respect and was proud to serve under him.

  4. Beautiful post, Keith.

    I wonder what Reagan would think about FCMABBHO. I wonder what he would think about an electorate that not only elected him once, but twice.

  5. One more comment and then I am done for the night..(night here)
    My friend gave me a book of daily readings – “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young.  No offense intended toward our Jewish friends and loved ones.
    Todays reading was in part:
    “I know what each of your days will contain, and I empower you accordingly.  The degree to which I strengthen you on a given day is based mainly on two variables:  the difficulty of your circumstances and your willingness to depend on me for help.  Try to view challenging days as opportunities to receive more of My Power than usual.  Look to Me for all that you need, and watch to see what I will do.
    “…as your day, so shall your strength be.”  Deuteronomy 33:25b