We the People, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Perhaps no other preamble in the history of the world says so much with so few words. This basic paragraph has the capability to stir ones emotions and love of country like no other. These simple words, joined together in gentle yet powerful prose, have echoed the cause of freedom across the globe since the first quill was drawn across the parchment in 1787.
In the preceding years, the young land that would become the most powerful nation on earth, began to suffer under the yoke of tyranny. A handful of brave and just men set the wheels into motion for the freedom that we enjoy today. Launching upon a course that would have them labeled as traitors and treasonous, these men stood firm in their cause against great odds. Their path was one that would either end in total freedom from tyranny or death. So against great odds and a determined and well trained foe, the birth of America began with blood being shed upon her soil. From this spilled blood would sprout the spirit and pride of America.
This fragile document has been the very basis and backbone of our nation since its ratification by the delegates of the National Convention. Against all odds the birth of America was complete. Pride in country was solidified. America the Beautiful had become a reality.
Through the early years of her life, America would experience growing pains but the pride of her people would not be broken. During these formidable years, tyranny would again rear its ugly head.
The people of America stood by and watched as the tyranny swept across the globe and countless souls stood and demanded that America and her freedom stand with the oppressed. However early on it was not to be and tyranny continued unabated.
On the morning of December 7, 1941, the people of the United States mainland were just beginning to awaken to a day of freedom and liberty. The citizens of Hawaii were awakening to a beautiful day that would quickly to into a nightmare of lessons learned when tyranny is not stopped in its tracks.
Shortly after the attack at Pearl Harbor, American pride was honed and the spirit of freedom would begin its journey around the globe. Being borne by the greatest generation this country has ever known.
The blood of America’s sons and daughters would water the seeds of that freedom.
The American pride and spirit would overcome the tyranny that had gripped the world and destroyed the lives of millions of people.
Through the years, America has stood for freedom. That stance has angered those that would once again bring about tyranny and the shedding of innocent blood. When anyone mentions the date of September 11, 2001, nearly every American can say without doubt exactly where they were on that fateful day.
Do you remember the images? Do you remember the feeling? Do you remember the fear as the realization sudden crossed your mind of what was happening?
Do you remember the lives lost? Do you remember the pride every time you saw the flag or heard of the heroism for days afterward? Have you forgotten now?
Now, on this weekend when we celebrate the birth of our nation tyranny is once again rearing its head and focusing its gaze upon us and those that would be free.
The time is nearing when we have to ask ourselves this question: Do we approve of where our nation is headed? Can we really just sit across a table from tyrants and reach a common ground? Do we approve of the massive spending? Do we approve of the increasing overreaching of the government into the private sector? Controlling business? Controlling banking? These seemingly innocuous steps are the very foundation of socialism.
Do we dare utter beliefs that some would consider treasonous? Do we love this country or just its government? Does the flag fly for us all or does it now represent a rudderless country set assail upon the waves of socialism and appeasement.
Many will say, oh there is nothing we can do or it really doesn’t affect me. I for one am thankful that great men, men of character and men of destiny did not utter those phrases so long ago. For if they had, where might we be today?
Over sixty-five years ago, the greatest generation ever known fought and died for these ideals of freedom. Years from now, will our children look back and perhaps mention us and the stand we took among those heroes? Or will they look back and wonder what their lives could have been like of only someone would have taken a stand.
The flag is to be inverted in times of crisis. We are rapidly approaching that point.