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Never Forget: The Inscriptions of a Nation

[Note: I received this in an email from a friend and great American in Washington, DC today. As we head into the July 4 weekend during this difficult time for our country, it touched me, and I hope it touches you as well.]

INSCRIPTIONS OF A NATION

In 1994, my good friend Clint Ensign, Vice President of Sinclair Oil published a small book containing the inscriptions from the major memorials, historic buildings and structures in the nation’s capitol. He titled it: “Inscriptions of a Nation – Collected Quotations from Washington Monuments”.

It was the culmination of years of effort on his part as he compiled hundreds of quotations and inscriptions from the many memorials and monuments in Washington D.C. during his many trips to Washington on business.

Of the hundreds of buildings, memorials and statues, it is interesting to note that the Washington Monument has no inscriptions, nor does the White House. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial inscriptions are the names of the 58,000 individual men and women who gave their lives in service of their country.

It is easy to take for granted that these great buildings which are just part of my daily routine and landscape as I walk past them every day. Rarely do I stop to reflect on what they represent.

As I have reflected on the events of recent weeks, I took Clint’s book off the shelf last night and wanted to share a small but fitting sample of the inscriptions of our nation this July 4th.

CONSTITUTION HALL

“LET US RAISE A STANDARD TO WHICH THE WISE AND HONEST CAN REPAIR. THE EVENT IS IN THE HANDS OF GOD”
George Washington

“REMOVE NOT THE ANCIENT LANDMARK WHICH THY FATHERS HAVE SET”
Proverbs 22:28

Library of Congress

“THE GROUND OF LIBERTY IS TO BE GAINED BY INCHES. WE MUST BE CONTENTED TO SECURE WHAT WE CAN GET FROM TIME TO TIME AND ETERNALLY PRESS FORWARD FOR WHAT IS YET TO GET. IT TAKES TIME TO PERSUADE MEN TO DO EVEN WHAT IS FOR THEIR OWN GOOD.”
Thomas Jefferson

“THE HAPPY UNION OF THESE STATES IS A WONDER, THEIR CONSTITUTION A MIRACLE; THEIR EXAMPLE THE HOPE OF LIBERTY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.”
James Madison

Supreme Court

“A CONSTITUTION IS FRAMED FOR AGES TO COME, AND IT IS DESIGNED TO APPROACH IMMORTALITY AS NEARLY AS HUMAN INSTITUTIONS CAN APPROACH IT, ITS COURSE CANNOT ALWAYS BE TRANQUIL.”
Cohens v. Virginia, 1821

United States Capitol

“THE GREATEST DANGERS TO LIBERTY LURK IN INSIDIOUS ENCROACHMENT BY MEN OF ZEAL, WELL-MEANING BUT WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING.”
Louis D. Brandeis

“LET US DEVELOP THE RESOURCES OF OUR LAND, CALL FORTH ITS POWERS, BUILD UP ITS INSTITUTIONS, PROMOTE ALL ITS GREAT INTERESTS AND SEE WHETHER WE ALSO IN OUR DAY AND GENERATION MAY NOT PERFORM SOMETHING WORTHY TO BE REMEMBERED.
Daniel Webster

“HERE SIR, THE PEOPLE GOVERN.”
Alexander Hamilton

 

World War II Memorial

THE WAR’S END
TODAY THE GUNS ARE SILENT. A GREAT TRAGEDY HAS ENDED. A GREAT VICTORY HAS BEEN WON. THE SKIES NO LONGER RAIN DEATH – THE SEAS BEAR ONLY COMMERCE – MEN EVERYWHERE WALK UPRIGHT IN THE SUNLIGHT. THE ENTIRE WORLD IS QUIETLY AT PEACE.

General Douglas MacArthur

Lincoln Memorial

“WITH MALICE TOWARDS NONE, WITH CHARITY FOR ALL, WITH FIRMNESS IN THE RIGHT AS GOD GIVES US TO SEE THE RIGHT, LET US STRIVE TO FINISH THE WORK WE ARE IN, TO BIND UP THE NATION’S WOUNDS, TO CARE FOR HIM WHO SHALL HAVE BORNE THE BATTLE AND FOR HIS WIDOW AND HIS ORPHAN, TO DO ALL WHICH MAY ACHIEVE AND CHERISH A JUST AND LASTING PEACE AMONG OURSELVES AND WITH ALL NATIONS”

Arlington Cemetery

“WE HERE HIGHLY RESOLVE THAT THESE DEAD SHALL NOT HAVE DIED IN VAIN”
Abraham Lincoln

DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI
(IT IS SWEET AND FITTING TO DIE FOR ONE’S COUNTRY)
Arlington Memorial Amphitheater

HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD
Tomb of the Unknowns

And finally:

Jefferson Memorial

“WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT. THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, THAT THEY ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN INALIENABLE RIGHTS, AMONG THESE ARE LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, THAT TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS GOVERNMENTS ARE INSTITUTED AMONG MEN. WE…SOLEMNLY PUBLISH AND DECLARE, THAT THESE COLONIES ARE AND OF RIGHT OUGHT TO BE FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES…. AND FOR THE SUPPORT OF THIS DECLARATION, WITH A FIRM RELIANCE ON THE PROTECTION OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE, WE MUTUALLY PLEDGE OUR LIVES, OUR FORTUNES, AND OUR SACRED HONOUR.”

May you and your families have a safe Independence Day and may we remind our loved ones that it is a blessing and an honor to be a citizen of this great nation.

That is all.

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HUGE: Gov. Greg Abbott Preparing Order to Begin Re-Opening Texas Businesses

The Evening Campaign Update

Living in Texas is a blessing in so many ways. One of the best of those ways has been to enjoy the blessings of a state run by Republicans for the last 26 years, and current Governor Greg Abbott is proving in many ways to be the best of them.

At a news conference today, Gov. Abbott announced that he will be among the first governors in the nation to issue an executive order to authorize businesses in our state shut down due to the Wuhan Virus to begin re-opening as soon as next week. Texas has been blessed to have been fairly lightly hit by the virus, with most of its counties outside of the major population centers experiencing either no cases or just a handful. Even the state’s huge cities, like Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, have been extremely lightly impacted compared to cities in other states.

Like President Donald Trump, Abbott promises the reopening will be strategically done in order to protect human life, and will no doubt include measures like self-quarantining by those who are most vulnerable to the virus. But the existence of a clearly effective treatment regime, thanks to the hydroxychloroquine/zinc combination, and social distancing measures that can be practiced by those in the workplace now make it possible for states to begin shifting from a shelter-in-place strategy to a quarantine-plus-treatment approach.

Here is an excerpt from a Fox News story on the matter:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday he plans to sign an executive order next week outlining guidelines for how businesses in the state can start to reopen after being shut down over coronavirus.

“Next week I will be providing an executive order talking about what will be done in Texas about reopening Texas businesses,” Abbott said during a Friday news conference, saying it will be done “in a way that will be safe for that economic revitalization.”

WHO IS GREG ABBOTT? HERE ARE 4 FACTS ABOUT TEXAS’ GOVERNOR

He added: “We will focus on protecting lives while restoring livelihoods. We can and we must do this,”

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As President Trump has consistently emphasized, a strategy designed to safely reopen the nation’s economy will not involve a one-size-fits-all timeline. Texas, in large part to its advanced emergency management practices that have evolved from decades of practice dealing with major storm, fire, drought and hurricane events, has been able to weather this latest storm better than most.

This successful addressing of the front-end of this pandemic now positions the Lone Star State to be on the leading edge of the coming recovery – and make no doubt about it: The recovering is coming.

God Bless Texas, God Bless Gov. Abbott and God Bless America on this Good Friday.

That is all.

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The Wuhan Virus Ordeal Will Produce Some Positives for our Society

The Mid-Day Campaign Update (Because the Campaign Never Ends)

I don’t mind admitting that my normally sunny disposition makes me grow quickly tired of writing about bad news. So, for today’s Mid-Day Update, I thought I would spend an hour listing some of the actual positive things I see accruing to American society as a result of the Wuhan Virus ordeal.

This is by no means intended to be any sort of comprehensive list, nor is it an effort to downplay the negative impacts of the virus and how our state and federal governments are reacting to it. But it was somewhat therapeutic for me to go through the exercise.

Below are my thoughts, and I would invite readers to respond with thoughts of their own that I can use for a second, similar update later this week.

More working from home. – Companies large and small are learning that large swaths of the jobs they need done can be done by people working from their homes without the loss of productivity. I predict we will see the number of new jobs conducted from home to be in the millions;

Less traffic has so many ancillary benefits. – Millions more jobs being done from home will result in millions fewer cars on the road every morning. This will result in fewer traffic jams, lower road maintenance costs, less demand for the construction of new roads or the expansion of existing highways, and less pollution;

The societal value of “big business.” – Speaking of those companies, Americans are getting to see just how valuable so many of them are in our society. As great American brands like Ford and My Pillow and Bayer and many, many more step up to manufacture and provide the equipment and medicines needed to fight this virus, they demonstrate that their value is in more than just the products they put out in the normal course of business;

Because we’re America, dammit. – A new generation of Americans is learning first-hand about the miracle of American enginuity. A few weeks ago, no test for this Wuhan Virus existed that would provide a result in less than a day. This morning, the FDA issued an emergency approval for a new test by Abbott Laboratories that will provide a result in … wait for it … TWO MINUTES. That is not a typo;

Parents reconnecting with kids. – Millions of parents are home-schooling their children right now. This will not only result in more parents doing this on a permanent basis – also resulting in fewer cars on the road – but is also giving parents more insight on what their kids are learning and how they are learning it;

Increased parental involvement in education. – That can only result in more parents becoming active in exercising oversight of their local school systems, and that will in turn inevitably result in more local control over education. That is undeniably a good thing;

We are learning how to pull together as Americans again. – Despite the best efforts of our despicable national news media to tear our country apart, there is a growing, palpable spirit of “we’re in this together” all over our country now. The media and other groups who fail to grasp this reality will suffer because of it in the long term;

We are gaining a new appreciation for service providers. – Millions of us are gaining a new appreciation for those who provide services in all walks of life as we go through this process. As we see so many restaurants, cafes and other service-oriented businesses shutter their doors, we are gaining a higher sense of appreciation for those who have been able to remain open, something that will likely linger with us when life returns to whatever the new, coming “normal” looks like;

Better sanitary practices. – Millions of Americans who seldom washed their hands after using the restroom are now changing their ways. That has to be a good thing, right? These new, better sanitary practices will not just help with the Wuhan Virus, but will also no doubt help to limit the impacts of the seasonal flu, common cold and other viruses;

A new appreciation for borders. – This is taking place not just in the U.S., but all over the world. A poll released late last week showed that a phenomenal 95% of Americans understand that President Trump’s crucial, early decision to ban most incoming travel from China was important. Even the government of Mexico is now policing its border with America more closely to try to prevent the spread of the virus. My goodness, even the members of the Earth’s ultimate globalist organization, the European Union, recently implemented the closing of national borders to non-essential traffic. The more people who understand the importance of borders and national sovereignty, the better off the world will become.

Again, this is not a comprehensive list, and I hope readers will look at it as nothing more than a good start. I welcome your thoughts on items to add to it.

Thanks!

That is all.

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Are we immunized?

Guest Piece by Kelly, via Red Chair Reflections

Immunize (verb) im-yuh-nahyz, ih-myoo-nahyz

  • to make immune
  • to render harmless or ineffective, to neutralize
  • law: to grant immunity (as to a witness)

There is a powerful scene in the HBO series John Adams where Adams’ wife, Abigail, sees the 1775 smallpox epidemic wreaking havoc in her community. Her husband was away serving in the Continental Congress and founding our nation, and she was raising their children and running their farm and everything else on her own. As she worries for the health of herself and her children while watching neighbors succumb to the disease, she makes the courageous but terrifying decision to inoculate her children.

This scene graphically illustrates the concept of what it means medically to immunize. A bit of the virus-infected bodily fluid is introduced to a healthy host, so that the body can begin to create antibodies necessary to combat the disease. Anyone who has had allergy testing and treatment with allergy shots understands the concept well. Over a period of time, serum containing small amounts of the actual allergens to which a person reacts is introduced in increasing amounts and eventually, serious allergic reactions are reduced or eliminated.

In other words, over a period of time, the virus or pathogen that could once have caused harm or discomfort is rendered harmless or ineffective in its quest. It’s neutralized.

Vaccinations have nearly eradicated miserable diseases like smallpox, polio, mumps, and measles. Imagine the courage it must have taken in those early days, before the modern-day sterile healthcare environments and exacting, highly regulated clinical testing of today ensured safety and efficacy. But also imagine being so terrified of a disease with a devastating outcome and no cure that you would risk infecting your children in a controlled fashion with the hope that a minor infection would immunize them against a more serious one. Every time I watch the scene above, it causes me to gasp. And yet, I don’t hesitate to get a flu shot every year, and I get boosters as needed for other vaccines as recommended by my physician with no fear or worry. You could say that the fear I might feel if I really thought about the idea of putting even an inactive form of the flu virus in my body has been neutralized because for years, I’ve been vaccinated and that vaccination creates a system of antibodies that render the live flu virus mostly harmless and ineffective to me.

In order for an anti-viral vaccine to create resistance to the spread of certain contagious disease over time within a population, a sufficiently high proportion of individuals must similarly be made immune to the disease by vaccination. This is the context of “herd immunity.” If everyone is effectively inoculated in a similar fashion, the disease caused by the virus can actually be eradicated because the virus no longer has readily available welcoming hosts to sustain its viability.

But this post isn’t about healthcare, or the science behind vaccines, or the debate around their effectiveness or necessity. This post is about immunization of a different kind. With all the discussion ranging from genuine and well-founded education and concern to the associated media-fueled hysteria and insanity around the coronavirus pandemic, combined with the nonstop barrage of social media hyperventilating and finger-pointing, I’ve started to wonder if we haven’t been immunized against a lot of traits, strengths, and characteristics that we used to be taught as young children. I am starting to wonder if we have been being slowly immunized against the understanding of what community used to mean. Against the concept of sacrifice of our own self-interests in service of others. Against self-reliance. Against Judeo-Christian values. Against personal responsibility. Against intellectual curiosity. Against capitalism.

Against patriotism.

Might I suggest that all of these cultural and social “chromosomes” are the building blocks of our nation’s DNA – community, sacrifice, self-reliance, personal responsibility, Judeo-Christian values, intellectual curiosity, capitalism and patriotism fused together in our nation’s identity since our nation’s birth formed the foundation of a country that has achieved more in its relatively short life than our founders could have possibly imagined. We have saved the world from plague and scourge both physical and military, we have invented electricity, the cotton gin, the automobile, air travel, the telephone, the personal computer. Our research and funding has eradicated disease, brought water to the desert, fed the starving and cared for the sick, freed slaves and unleashed liberty and freedom at home and around the world. We put a man on the moon. All of this, and so much more, in less than 300 years. When taken in consideration of the age of our country relative to the rest of our global neighbors, we are barely entering our adolescence as a nation. If the United States of America were my child, I’d be telling you she was a prodigy. In need of some course correction and capable of some mood swings and temper tantrums, for sure, but a definite prodigy.

 

Read the Rest at Red Chair Reflections

 

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Watch These Texas Pre-K Kids Sing the National Anthem

Today’s Campaign Update, Part II
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

If this doesn’t give you hope for America’s future, nothing will. – Because our granddaughters were doing a little cheerleading during the pre-game show, the Little Wifey and I attended the early part of the game between Mansfield Legacy and Mansfield High last night.

For the national anthem, they displayed this video on the stadium’s video screen. It’s the most precious, most unabashedly patriotic thing I’ve seen in a long, long time. Thank you, Mansfield ISD, for putting it together.

God Bless America.

That is all.

 

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Two Toddlers Give us a Glimpse of America Outside of the Perpetual Outrage Mob

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

See? There is still justice in America. – If you were as outraged last year by the absurdly-light 30-day sentence handed down to the attacker of Senator Rand Paul, well, take heart: That case was remanded back to the federal district court that issued it yesterday by the 6th Circuit Court of appeals. The 6th Circuit ruled that the district judge lacked a “compelling justification” for the light sentence for the commission of an assault on a member of congress so brutal that Sen. Paul is still trying to recover fully from it.

The new Three Stooges: Sleepy, Sleazy and Dopey.

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If Vaudeville – where the original Three Stooges got their start – still existed, these guys would be a huge hit.

This is what real America – as opposed to social media/conventional media perpetual outrage America – really looks like:

Those of us who pay close attention to the news and are active on social media tend to forget that. The merchants of perpetual outrage at places like CNN, the New York Times, Facebook and Twitter want you all to believe that America is this horrible place where everyone hates everyone else and where every day in every city is just another confrontation between Antifa terrorists and the Proud Boys agitators. Conventional media and social media outlets want you to believe that that is the world you all live in because that belief generates traffic to their websites and viewers to their TV channels.

That’s the America they’re all trying to create.

But real America is different, and the real America perseveres.

The real America is a place in which my wife and I could take our entire three-generation family to spend a week in New York City last December and never experience anything but lovely, pleasant interactions with people of all races, colors, religions and creeds in crowded places all over the city.

The real America is the place where you go to your grandkids’ elementary school for Grandparents’ Lunch day, and spend an hour watching hundreds of children of all races, economic standing and upbringings and dozens of teachers and school administrators do nothing but smile, laugh and dine with one another.

The real America is the place where you go to the local Wal-Mart or Target or grocery store and don’t for a moment notice or care what the race or political leanings of the people shopping and working there happens to be.

The real America is the place where tens of millions of people get up every morning and go to work and engage in all manner of collaborative efforts with people from all manner of backgrounds and ages and get real stuff done that generates economic growth and improves our society. And then they get a group of those same people together to go grab a beer when they’re done working.

The real America is the place where tens of millions of people still get up on the Sabbath and go to churches, synagogues and mosques in thousands of cities in all 50 states.

The real America is the place where millions of little kids like the two in that video run up and hug each other and express real, genuine love because that is their natural behavior. The people at ABC who posted that video on Twitter yesterday want you to think that is a rare thing, but it’s something you can see everywhere in America every day if you just pay attention.

The perpetual outrage and hate thrown at us every day by the conventional media and social media mobs are learned behaviors, not our natural state.

The real America is the place in which tens of millions of ordinary, every day people of all religions, all races, all colors, all social standings and all backgrounds refuse to learn those behaviors.

That real America drives the perpetual outrage mob nuts. Keep it up.

That is all.

 

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It Was a Perfect Independence Day

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

We celebrated America yesterday and loved every minute of it.:  We started the day by driving in our big, gas-guzzling SUV over to the neighborhood where our daughter and her family live, which is populated mainly by young families who have moved to our smallish town to take advantage of the wonderful schools here.

Rather than go over to Arlington or Fort Worth or other larger nearby cities to take in the long parades taking place there, the families in this neighborhood arrange a July 4 parade of their own each year. I timed it, and from start to finish, it lasted a little over a minute.

And it was perfect: A collection 8 or 10 golf carts, some amazingly-well restored classic cars, and a bunch of little kids dressed up in red, white, and blue, riding their bikes and scooters and even a couple of hover boards, all of which were decorated in red, white and blue as well. They were waving flags and saying “God bless America” and all the parents and grandparents clapped and laughed and waved flags of their own as the little parade passed by. Perfect. America.

My son and his family were joining us for dinner, so after the parade, the little wifey, my daughter and I wandered over to the local Target, where the clerks all appear to know my daughter by sight. Ok, just kidding, but she is in there a lot. A really lot, as are pretty much all the other young mothers with young kids in our little town. Trust me, this Target will never go out of business. It is a big box retail powerhouse.

There, we picked up a rack of ribs, some sausage, a can of pork and beans, and what I needed to whip up my famous macaroni salad, so that we could engage in the American tradition of pigging out on Independence Day. Oh, and cupcakes – we picked up some cool red, white, and blue cupcakes too, because DB don’t bake on July 4th.

Our own home is a little bit out in the country, up on top  of a hill. When we moved here a few years ago, we were warned that the area where we live has more fireworks stands per capita than anywhere else on earth. After witnessing three July 4ths and three New Year’s Eves here, I don’t doubt that that warning was absolutely true.

The 180-degree view from our back patio takes in downtown Fort Worth, 15 miles distant, half of Arlington, and the surrounding area. All told, there are probably about 1.3 million residents in that viewing area. We don’t do fireworks ourselves, and we are clearly outliers in our region. At times, it looked like pretty much everyone else was putting on their own fireworks displays last night. The booms started at about 8:00, as some of the neighbors started to get a little impatient, and went on until well past midnight.

It was glorious. It was perfect. It was America.

Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., hundreds of thousands of patriotic Americans gathered to celebrate our nation’s declaration of independence from Great Britain 243 years ago on the National Mall. There, a sea of humanity stretched from the Lincoln Memorial all the way to the Washington Monument, half a mile distant, and beyond. There, they listened to patriotic music, singing unashamedly along with the songs, waving little flags of their own, watched a wonderful fireworks display, and were awed by several flyovers of military aircraft. They also heard President Donald Trump make a speech that celebrated the history and the future of our great nation, a speech that contained no political content. None.

In the days leading up to July 4, the President had been bashed endlessly by the same TV networks and cable channels who refused to televise this great patriotic celebration of our nation, for politicizing Independence Day. Which turned out to be just another pathetic lie perpetrated on the public by a politically-motivated media establishment that is run by left-wing political hacks.

Almost all of the Democrat presidential candidates spent the day in Iowa, holding political events, bashing the President, and politicizing the day. Because of course they did.

As those candidates awake this morning and view news coverage of the very non-political Celebration of America that took place in Washington, and the photos of that massive crowd of Americans, they would do well to recognized that there are tens of millions of Americans who would have loved to have been in the nation’s capital celebrating their country, too. And each and every one of those patriotic Americans are growing extremely weary of the anti-American crap the Democrats are pushing.

Those millions of Americans heard the following words from their President last night, and they loved these words and believe them:

“We will always be the people who defeated a tyrant, crossed a continent, harnessed science, took to the skies, and soared into the heavens. Because we will never forget that we are Americans and the future belongs to us. The future belongs to the brave, the strong, the proud and the free.

We are one people chasing one dream and one magnificent destiny. We all share the same heroes, the same home, the same heart, and we are all made by the same almighty God. From the banks of the Chesapeake to the cliffs of California, from the humming shores of the Great Lakes to the sand dunes of the Carolinas, from the fields of the heartland to the Everglades of Florida, the spirit of American independence will never fade, never fail, but will reign for ever and ever and ever.”

Those tens of millions of Americans who love these words and believe these words will all be voting to re-elect the President who spoke them.

God Bless America.

That is all.

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The Results Of What Happened

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Today’s Campaign Update is very brief.  While President Trump was in the White House conducting all manner of state business on Saturday, The Most Corrupt Woman held a book signing at a table stationed between the bottled water and mega-packages of toilet paper at a Costco in Brookfield, CT.  Both 2016 presidential candidates were right where they belong.

God Bless America.

That is all.

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