May 26, 2015
Memorial Day Commemorates Freedom
I find it profoundly disheartening to hear politicians of all parties and professed beliefs talk incessantly about the prime importance of the economy and the exalted status of prosperity. Those of us who are “poor” in America today would be rich by the standards of our Founding Fathers and the men who shivered and died at Valley Forge. Bluntly stated, when our greatest health problem is obesity, including the fat poor, then our greatest problem is not poverty – at least not poverty of the body.
The notion that America was founded to help make us wealthy was deliberately introduced into American political thought beginning with academia in the 1920s by Marxists, who rewrote American political history into the battle between economic classes. This noxious idea seemed to infiltrate general political rhetoric with Bill Clinton’s odious theme of 1992: “It’s the economy, stupid.”
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but what Memorial Day really means is that everything we have, least of all the “stuff” we have, right down to the blood that flowed from the bodies of men dying on distant beaches in service to our Land of Liberty, is worth it to preserve and to protect that liberty.
May 25, 2015
What Memorial Day Means
By Bruce Walker