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MEMORIAL DAY: WHY WE MUST STUDY WAR

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H/T Breitbarts Big Peace.

 

Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong — Ronald Reagan.

As citizens of a free country it is necessary that we acknowledge the sacrifices of the men and women in uniform that died to defend it. Civil society only survives in a world of violence and tyranny if there are rough men ready to do violence on our behalf.

Andrew Jackson, after winning the Battle of New Orleans, reminded us of the necessity of the soldier when he said our sacred liberties would be in trouble indeed if we only employ “lawyers” to defend the Constitution.

Days of memorial for those that sacrificed and died in service to their country are common in American history, stemming back to the Revolution. But the modern practice of celebrating Memorial Day as a national holiday was established after the Civil War as a way for Americans to pay tribute to their Union and Confederate dead. Some of these earliest commemorations were held at Arlington National Cemetery, which this year turns 153 years old.

However, as we look back and remember those that have died defending us we must note the famous line by philosopher George Santayana: “Only the dead have seen the end of war.” Modern Americans are being failed by an education system that no longer teaches about war and neglects its study to a dangerous degree.

Instruction regarding war, especially those fought by the United States, is vital for every educated citizen and not just the tiny number who now serve in the armed forces. It is important to not just respectfully mourn those lost in battle on this Memorial Day, but to understand why they fought and sacrificed.

There was a time in American history when almost every student would learn about the intricacies of American wars from a young age. In famous historian George Bancroft’sHistory of the United States of America, the standard history textbook in the 19th century, the battles of the American Revolution played almost more of a role than the ideas.

Bancroft focused on the sacrifice, toil, and hardship that George Washington’s troops faced and highlighted the necessity for this service to the new republic. This encouraged young Americans to join the ranks when their country called in the Civil War; they were inculcated with a belief that they owed a great debt to the previous generation for the great Constitution that protected their liberties and a duty to defend it for those that would come after. Without their sacrifices, and the service of generations of Americans, our grand experiment in liberty and government of, for, and by the people would have faded long ago.

Unfortunately, for modern American students, the “mystic chords of memory” connecting them with past defenders of liberty and the Constitution are being lost. How many today are taught about the suffering at Valley Forge, the heroism at Gettysburg’s Little Round Top, or the world-changing Invasion of Normandy that set a continent free?

Worse, students are left with a serious lack of insight into human nature and will be unprepared when war finally comes.

Thomas K. Lindsey, director at the Center for Higher Education at the Texas Public Policy Foundationrecently wrote about the frightening lack of military history education at American universities. “If the seeds of war are planted in human nature, the study of human nature, the humanities, needs to take account of it. For this reason, American history courses had always — up until recently — offered military-history courses,” he continued. “No more: Observers have noted an alarming decline in military-history courses in university history departments nationally.”

This lack of military history teaching is bad at the primary and secondary levels of education, but even worse at the university level where any focus on war itself is intentionally diminished. In an article by military historian Victor Davis Hanson he explains the results of a 2004 survey of the top 25 U.S. history departments:

When war does show up on university syllabi, it’s often about the race, class, and gender of combatants and wartime civilians. So a class on the Civil War will focus on the Underground Railroad and Reconstruction, not on Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. One on World War II might emphasize Japanese internment, Rosie the Riveter, and the horror of Hiroshima, not Guadalcanal and Midway.

Great works on war like Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War, Stephen Crane’s Red Badge of Courage, and Carl Von Clausewitz’s On War are now utterly neglected.

The burying of military history in modern academia may be a result of the generally anti-war views on college campuses, or a result of it not fitting in with the overall ideological agenda, but regardless of the specific excuse, it is a great disservice to those who want to be educated about the consequences of human nature. Citizens must have insight in how to avoid unnecessary wars and win necessary ones. Hanson had it right when he said: “A wartime public illiterate about the conflicts of the past can easily find itself paralyzed in the acrimony of the present. Without standards of historical comparison, it will prove ill equipped to make informed judgments.”

So, this Memorial Day it is important for Americans to re-learn the lessons of war, especially as the conflict in Ukraine continues to heat up and great powers like Russia and China become increasingly belligerent. We serve the honored dead by becoming informed about our nation’s great and small conflicts, and serve ourselves by cultivating a stronger understanding of human nature and the horrors of war, which will be priceless when, inevitably, the next battle comes.

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Russian SU-27 Jet Intercepts US Navy Spy Plane Over Black Sea

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H/T SputNik News.

The Russians would never dared to with Ronald Reagan was president.

When Reagan spoke our enemies pissed on themselves with fear.

When Bathhouse Barry speaks our enemies piss on themselves with laughter.

This has to stop and I say Donald Trump is the man to make it happen.

Hillary would use the reset button.

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A Russian fighter jet carried out an intercept of US spy plane flying over the Black Sea, according to US Defense officials, cited by the Reuters news agency.

A Russian fighter jet intercepted a US spy plane flying over the Black Sea, according to US Defense officials cited by the Reuters news agency.  The officials said that there were multiple interactions between two aircraft and called the intercept by the Russian jet “unsafe and unprofessional.” © FLICKR/ LANCE CHEUNG US Aircraft Reportedly Intercepted by Russian Jet Was in International Airspace – EUCOM The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the incident lasted about 19 minutes and the Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter came within 10 feet of the US Navy P-8 surveillance plane. Officials are now reviewing the incident with the pilot to determine whether it should be included in the annual meeting of US and Russian officials about more serious intercepts, the official added.

Read more: https://sputniknews.com/world/20160907/1045068086/russian-jet–intecept.html

Republicans Have Been Itching To Unload On The Clintons. Donald Trump Just Did 

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To correct the folks at NPR the last time a Republican candidate took the fight to the DemocRats was Ronald Reagan.

Now we have Donald Trump like Ronald Reagan is taking the fight to Hillary Clinton and the DemocRats.

Few things make Republicans more upset than the Clintons. And after weeks of missteps, Donald Trump gave them something to cheer about.

Source: Republicans Have Been Itching To Unload On The Clintons. Donald Trump Just Did : NPR

‘Aggressive’ Russians Buzz US Warship

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This is from Newser.com. 

These are the things that happen when the American Commander In Chief has no balls and leads from the rear.

This would not have go unchallenged by Ronald Reagan our last real leader.

Baltic Sea encounter was one of the most brazen in years.

A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft makes a low-altitude pass by the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea. (US Navy via AP)

(NEWSER) – In a move that American officials are calling “aggressive,” “potentially provocative,” “unprofessional,” and simply “unsafe,” Russian fighter jets and a helicopter buzzed a US warship in international waters Monday and Tuesday. The Guardian reports that US European Command says the encounters were “simulated attacks” on the USS Donald Cook and in the closest approach, a Russian Su-24 came within just 30 feet of the destroyer while it was conducting helicopter landing drills in the Baltic Sea just off the coast of Poland. The Navy says the aircraft didn’t respond to safety warnings in English or Russian.

A defense official tells the AP that a pair of Su-24s made around 20 close passes on Monday. On Tuesday, a helicopter taking photos circled seven times, followed by another pair of Su-24s that made almost a dozen passes, the official says. American officials say the Russian encounters count as “one of the most aggressive acts in recent memory,” the BBCreports. Reuters notes that the encounters may have violated a Cold War-era agreement banning “simulated attacks against aircraft or ships, performing aerobatics over ships, or dropping hazardous objects near them.” US officials say the incident is being addressed from diplomatic channels. There has been no official response from Moscow.

“Those Voices Don’t Speak for the Rest of Us”

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This is from 100% FedUp.

 

THIS IS A WARNING FROM REAGAN:”Those Voices Don’t Speak for the Rest of Us”…It rings truer than ever…

Ted Cruz Issues Huge Statement on What the Bible Says About Killing Muslims… This Is Brutal

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This is from the Conservative Tribune. 

I disagree with this headline saying this is brutal.

Ted Cruz is biblically correct and is correct in the observation the president needs to protect the American people.

He is also correct about the need of truly free enterprise with out government interference.

Sen. Ted Cruz said that he would not be violating his Christian faith if he followed through on his vow to “carpet bomb” Islamic State group militants — a statement that’s sure to upset liberals across the country.

The Texas Republican and presidential candidate told Newsmax Wednesday: ”Let’s be clear, the Bible says, ‘Thou shalt not murder,’ which is different from ‘Thou shalt not kill.’”

“Defending yourself is an obligation of any president. It is not murder,” Cruz added in the interview with Ed Berliner on “The Hard Line.”

Cruz pointed out that while America killed Nazis in World War II, it wasn’t murder.

“When you have the face of evil that has declared war … then it is the essence of duty to defend your nation, to defend the innocent,” he said. “When it comes to jihadists, they have declared war on us, and that’s what President Obama and Hillary Clinton refuse to acknowledge.”

The leader of the United States should fight radical Islam the same way President Ronald Reagan fought the Soviets when bringing an end to the Cold War, Cruz said. Reagan aimed his foreign policy around the notion of defeating communism — a strategy of “we win, they lose.”

Reagan “championed tax reform and regulatory reform,” Cruz said, which “unchained the American economy.” The economic growth that resulted from from his reform allowed the former president to rebuild the military and challenge Soviet communism “on every front, strategically we bankrupted the Soviet Union and won the Cold War.”

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This is the kind of leadership America needs at a time when terrorists show no fear. Our leader needs to be aggressive and principled when taking on the Islamic State group, and the last thing he should worry about is offending anyone in the process.

And this is exactly what the White House lacks under the current administration.

 

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Paul explains ‘automatic’ vs. ‘semi-automatic’ for Whoopi in embarrassing on-air gun lesson

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This is from BizPac Review.

Whoopi embarrasses herself every time she opens her uninformed mouth.

Ronald Reagan’s famous quote about Liberals knowing “so much that isn’t so” comes to mind when “The View” hosts recently discussed the topic of gun control.

Blindly praising President Obama’s latest executive overreach, Whoopi Goldberg told Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul on Wednesday, that she couldn’t understand any objection to “getting rid of automatic weapons.”

“Automatic weapons, they’re not for hunting. They do nothing. They’re only there to kill. And you’ll notice that a lot of things that have happened, have happened with automatic weapons,” Goldberg said.

The adoring crowd cheered before Paul had a chance to explain a few facts.

First, “automatic” weapons have been heavily regulated by the National Firearms Act since 1934.

What Goldberg was referring to was most likely semi-automatic weapons, which Paul was quick to point out.

“What we have is not automatic weapons,” Paul said. “It’s semi-automatic. So they fire in a fairly fast sequence, but you can’t pull the trigger and they come like a machine gun. Those are no longer out there.”

Paul, touted his Kentucky roots and said plenty of people use semi-automatics to hunt as well as for target shooting.

“But the other problem is,” Paul continued “if we take ownership away of specific types of guns, you really have to modify. Something that big has to be either legislation or possibly a Constitutional amendment.”

It certainly shouldn’t be unilaterally decided, with the authoritarian power of a king.

Read more: http://www.bizpacreview.com/2016/01/07/paul-explains-automatic-vs-semi-automatic-for-whoopi-in-embarrassing-on-air-gun-lesson-292046?hvid=3A6VvQ#ixzz3whNwlIsl

 

I Don’t Carry A Gun

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This is why myself and many people carry a gun.
I have taken a lot of flak because of my guns.
I get comments like He is John Wayne or Ronald Reagan.
I can only wish I was half the Patriot either of these men were.
I don’t carry a gun to kill people.
I carry a gun to keep from being killed.
I don’t carry a gun to scare people.
I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m paranoid.
I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil.
I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.
I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government.
I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry.
I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.
I don’t carry a gun because my sex organs are too small.
I carry a gun because I want to continue to use those sex organs for the purpose for which they were intended for a good long time to come.
I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone.
I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m a cowboy.
I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a cowboy.
I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man.
I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.
I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate.
I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.
I don’t carry a gun because I love it.
I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.

Ronald Reagan’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation 1981

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This is a message of Hope by one of the greatest men to become president.

Date: November 12, 1981

By: Ronald Reagan

America has much for which to be thankful. The unequaled freedom enjoyed by our citizens has provided a harvest of plenty to this nation throughout its history. In keeping with America’s heritage, one day each year is set aside for giving thanks to God for all of His blessings. On this day of thanksgiving, it is appropriate that we recall the first thanksgiving, celebrated in the autumn of 1621. After surviving a bitter winter, the Pilgrimsplanted and harvested a bountiful crop. After the harvest they gathered their families together and joined in celebration and prayer with the Native Americans who had taught them so much. Clearly our forefathers were thankful not only for the material well being of their harvest but for this abundance of goodwill as well.

In this spirit, Thanksgiving has become a day when Americans extend a helping hand to the less fortunate. Long before there was a government welfare program, this spirit of voluntary giving was ingrained in the American character. Americans have always understood that, truly, one must give in order to receive. This should be a day of giving as well as a day of thanks. As we celebrate Thanksgiving in 1981, we should reflect on the full meaning of this day as we enjoy the fellowship that is so much a part of the holiday festivities. Searching our hearts, we should ask what we can do sass individuals to demonstrate our gratitude to God for all He has done. Such reflection can only add to the significance of this precious day of remembrance.

Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people. Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 26, 1981, as Thanksgiving Day. In witness where of, I have here unto set my hand this twelfth day of November, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and sixth.

Manchin: ‘I need Republican help’ to fix gun sale checks

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This is from The Hill.

To borrow a quote from Ronald Reagan, “There you go again”.

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. VA.) mindlessly spouts the Democratic talking points about loopholes in the background check laws.

Under federal law, licensed gun dealers are required to conduct a background check, either online or by phone, before each firearms sale using the National Instant Criminal Background Check System or NICS.

In every state, the system searches for criminal convictions. But the system only scans mental health records in 30 states because it is not required under federal law.

“Right now, a lot of the states and a lot of territories and a lot of areas do not do it,” Manchin said. “We have to make sure we have a thorough job done and that people to turn their records in.”

The system also does not require checks at gun shows.

Manchin co-authored legislation on background checks in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. elementary school massacre with a Republican colleague, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) – though it ultimately failed after intense pressure from gun activist groups.

Manchin on Sunday reiterated his previous arguments that the legislation on background checks “is not gun control.”

“It’s just saying that, listen, if you go to a gun show, commercial transaction, we need to know who you are and if you’ve had a problem before,” he said.

 

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