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Audie Leon Murphy Warrior Poet

THE CROSSES GROW ON ANZIO

Oh, gather ’round me, comrades; and listen while I speak
Of a war, a war, a war where hell is six feet deep.
Along the shore, the cannons roar. Oh how can a soldier sleep?
The going’s slow on Anzio. And hell is six feet deep.

Praise be to God for this captured sod that rich with blood does seep.
With yours and mine, like butchered swine’s; and hell is six feet deep.
That death awaits there’s no debate; no triumph will we reap.
The crosses grow on Anzio, where hell is six feet deep.

ALONE AND FAR REMOVED

Alone and far removed from earthly care
The noble ruins of men lie buried here.
You were strong men, good men
Endowed with youth and much the will to live
I hear no protest from the mute lips of the dead.
They rest; there is no more to give.

So long my comrades,
Sleep ye where you fell upon the field.
But tread softly please
March o’er my heart with ease
March on and on,
But to God alone we kneel.

FREEDOM FLIES IN YOUR HEART LIKE AN EAGLE

Dusty old helmet, rusty old gun,
They sit in the corner and wait –
Two souvenirs of the Second World War That have withstood the time, and the hate.

Mute witness to a time of much trouble.
Where kill or be killed was the law –
Were these implements used with high honor?
What was the glory they saw?

Many times I’ve wanted to ask them
And now that we’re here all alone,
Relics all three of a long ago war –
Where has freedom gone?

Freedom flies in your heart like an eagle.
Let it soar with the winds high above
Among the spirits of soldiers now sleeping,
Guard it with care and with love.

I salute my old friends in the corner,
I agree with all they have said
And if the moment of truth comes tomorrow,
I’ll be free, or By God, I’ll be dead!

Audie Murphy Medal of Honor Citation

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So Help Me God – The Battle for the Heart and Soul of America

Life presents in black and white.  Doesn’t it?  Right and wrong, good and evil, light and dark.  I know metaphorical expressions wear us out, but these well-known comparations suggest for us what is and is not acceptable behavior.  They’re a product of natural law.  Unchanging principles and morality many believe endowed by God.

“A fundamental presupposition of Natural Law is that man’s reasoning power is a special dispensation of the Creator and is closely akin to the rational or reasoning power of the Creator himself.  In other words, man shares with his creator this quality of utilizing a rational approach to solving problems, and the reasoning of the mind will generally lead to common-sense conclusions based on what Jefferson calledthe laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.’“  The 5000 Year Leap : A Miracle That Changed the World(Paperback) – 2011 Edition

Natural law is a precept embraced by our founders based on the thinking and writings of ancient Roman lawyer Cicero.  Cicero defined natural law as true law.

“True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and ever-lasting; it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions…. It is a sin to try to alter this law, nor is it allowable to repeal any part of it, and it is impossible to abolish it entirely.  We cannot be freed from its obligations by senate or people, and we need not look outside ourselves for an expounder or interpreter of it.  And there will not be different laws at Rome and at Athens, or different laws now and in the future, but one eternal and unchangeable law will be valid for all nations and all times, and there will be one master and ruler, that is God, over us all, for he is the author of this law, its promulgator, and its enforcing judge.  Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature, and by reason of this very fact he will suffer the worst punishment.” Cicero, taken from Great Political Thinkers: From Plato to the Present Sixth Edition and quoted in The 5000 Year Leap.

In a civil society, absent written laws, natural law is observed by humankind.  At least by those who choose not to live in breach of humankind’s enduring principles and “the laws of Nature and Nature’s God.”

“(Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.)”  Romans 2:14-15

I stand in good company proclaiming that we arrived in this world knowing right from wrong.  Like freedom, it was written on our hearts.  People argue against that.  Especially if they do not accept the natural order or a Supreme moral authority.  The moral authority that defines right and wrong.  It’s the reason we do not need written laws to know that lying, stealing, and murdering are wrong.  Going against what we inherently know, puts us in a place where people and nations lose their way.  Life without contentment is frustrating.  During our brief time in this world, contentment is impossible if there exists a nagging feeling that what we’re doing is wrong.  Unnaturally wrong.  When our man written laws make the unacceptable acceptable or turn evil to good then, as we say over here in the hills, we are on the rocky road to perdition.

It’s an age-old internal struggle. Spiritual warfare some call it.  We choose to follow a Supreme moral authority or we cast it off and decide for ourselves what’s right and wrong.  We become our moral authority with ever expanding boundaries. When boundaries expand to encompass others, others who may not hold to what we embrace as moral and natural, we see fits of rage and demands that they not be allowed to have a business or even exist in the public square.  Observe today’s America.  People cast off the concept of a Supreme moral authority, what is or is not natural, and then insist that others not only accept their behavior, but also endorse it.  That is where the battle for the heart and soul of not just people, but for a nation ensues.

In the latest effort to rid ourselves of divine influence, Democrat led committees no longer require witnesses to end their sworn oaths with “So Help Me God.” They’ve removed the Supreme authority from the oath.  So, who is it that’s holding them ultimately responsible for truthfulness?  Go read Kelleigh Nelson’s excellent article on the subject.

If you’ve read this far without moving on, maybe your asking what exactly is it I’m babbling on about.  It’s not hard, you know.  I need not provide a list, but I will.  Go read Romans 1.  The letter from the Apostle Paul to the Romans may as well have been addressed to America and for that matter the entirety of Western Civilization.  America cannot exist as America living in the gloomy gray between black and white, light and dark, good and evil.

© 2019 J. D. Pendry, J. D. Pendry’s American Journal, All Rights Reserved

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God Bless America

That Ragged Old Flag

By Johnny Cash

I walked through a county courthouse square
On a park bench, an old man was sittin there.

I said, “Your court house is kinda run down,
He said, “No, it will do for our little town”.

I said “your old flag pole kinda leaned a little bit,
And that’s a ragged old flag you got hanging on it”.

He said “have a seat”, so I sat down,
He said, “is this your first visit to our little town”

I said, “I think it is”
He said “I don’t like to brag, but we’re kinda proud of

“That Ragged Old Flag”

“You see, we got a little hole in that flag there,

When Washington took it across the Delaware.

It got powder burned the night Francis Scott Key sat watching it, writing
“Oh Say Can You See”

It got a rip in New Orleans, with Packingham & Jackson tugging at its seams.

It almost fell at the Alamo beside the Texas flag, But she waved on tho.

It got cut with a sword in Chancellorsville,
Got cut again at Shiloh Hill.

There was Robert E. Lee and Beauregard and Bragg, And the south wind blew hard on

“That Ragged Old Flag”

On Flanders Field in World War I,
She took a bad hit from a Bertha Gun,

She turned blood red in World War II
She hung limp and low by the time that one was through.

She was in Korea, Vietnam, She went where she was sent by her Uncle Sam.

The Native Americans, The Black, Yellow and White; All shed red blood for the Stars and Stripes.

And here in her own good land, She’s been abused, burned, dishonored, denied and refused,

And the very government for which she stands Has been scandalized throughout out the land.

And she’s getting thread bare, and she’s wearing kinda thin,

But she’s in pretty good shape, for the shape she’s in.

Cause she’s been through the fire before
and she can take a whole lot more.

So we raise her up every morning
And we bring her down slow every night,

We don’t let her touch the ground,
And we fold her up right.

On second thought, I do like to brag
Cause I’m mighty proud of

“That Ragged Old Flag”

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Clowns to the left of me Jokers to the right

By J. D. Pendry

Here I am.  Stuck in the middle with you. Stealers Wheel, Stuck in the Middle With You, 1972

I was in the Army a few months when that song was recorded.  In the Army and out, it’s been my fall back philosophy.  Nowadays it’s the predicament of much of America, isn’t it?  Stuck in the middle.  Right in the middle of an internecine struggle for power and control of our country.  We watch, read, and listen to salvos fired back and forth from left and right and we the people become collateral damage to dysfunctional Congressional monkeyshines.  When Republicans were in charge, the leadership failed to solve our most pressing problems.  Now that the Democrats run half of Congress, it’s apparent there is no interest in solving any problems pressing or otherwise.  Just a warning shot across the bow of Congress.  Americans are watching.  Your hissy fits were entertaining for a few days, but no longer.  While you show your ignorance, the Republic suffers.

Did you notice, that whether clowns or jokers, they preface every statement with a declaration of, what most Americans want, what most Americans know, what most Americans believe.  Rarely does anything come from their mouths that I want, know, or believe.  What I hear is much silly political rhetoric the polar opposite of what I am quite certain I do know.  Do you reckon that’s some sort of psycho warfare?  If most Americans believe the President is a Russian agent, then I must be misinformed.  Probably I need to watch more CNN.  I understand they could use a few viewers.  Maybe my viewing time could be considered a charitable donation.

Do you want to know what I do know?  How’s this?  It won’t be long until someone creates a sexual harassment or a discrimination charge against Attorney General (AG) Barr.  From some well coached and well paid high school acquaintance he may or may not have drank beer with.   It’s the modus operandi of the Clowns on the left.  Dutifully playing their role, the Jokers on the right will declare, without a scintilla of evidence, their disgust and demand an immediate resignation.  Much as the jokers have been doing for the past two years.

What else do I know?  I suppose that depends on who you ask, but for another day.  I know the typical nattering Washington politicians, news media talking heads in general, and practically all mushy headed school kids do not fear creeping Islam.  They are not afraid of advancing Socialism and Communism.  Despite hearing room and television theatrics, they are not concerned with political corruption unless they can hang something, true or false, on to a hated opponent.  Which itself is a devious and deceitful form of corruption.  If they really cared would Mrs. Clinton be free?  Jesters and jokers, they’re not too concerned with corruption because a majority of them have their hands in the till.  There’re many millionaires running around Washington on civil servant salaries.  Honor, integrity, selfless service?  Long ago, all of that caught the express train out of Babylon on the Potomac.

What else do I know?  Washington crooks are like rabid animals.  When they’re cornered, they lash out with every lie, false charge, innuendo, and insult they can dream up.  The media ever ready to pick up their story line and run with it.  They want to spend our money on something they cannot change and cannot control.  The climate… They’ve convinced the younger generation that they’re going to die when the earth goes up in flames – in 12 years.  Don’t these kids have enough to fear already?  There’s that evil Confederate flag.  Those evil war monuments.  Statues of our founders.  The Ten Commandments.  The trauma of seeing mural portraits of George Washington on the school house walls.  Our horrible history.  Awful conservatives who want to speak on campus.  MAGA hats.  They hate the idea of legally armed citizens, yet don’t have the sense to look south and watch the Venezuelan army gun down previously disarmed citizens.  Their news source is probably Fakebook and Twitter, but all things considered probably as truthful as MSNBC or CNN.

Well I don’t know
Why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that
Something ain’t right
I’m so scared in case
I fall off my chair
And I’m wondering
How I’ll get down the stairs
Clowns to the left of me
Jokers to the right
Here I am
Stuck in the middle with you

Yep, run over in both directions I’m right there in the middle with you.  Think I’ll go reinforce the bunker.

© 2019 J. D. Pendry, J. D. Pendry’s American Journal, All Rights Reserved, EMAIL JD: jd@jdpendry.com

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Using the past to destroy the future

By J. D. Pendry

We are a country of immigrants.  Have you heard that?  A decent political meme maybe, but is it true?  Not quite.  We are a nation of citizens who bought into a Constitutional Republic, the foundation of Judeo-Christian values, and the exceptional concept of individual liberty.

Many survived perilous journeys across the Atlantic only to perish during the first year of the Jamestown and Plymouth settlements of the early 1600s.  These early settlers were primarily Protestant Christians.  In the case of the Plymouth settlement, they were separatists fleeing to Holland to escape persecution from the Church of England.  Later making their way to North America. The Pilgrims never called themselves Pilgrims.  It was a name used in various writings making, in some cases, biblical references to pilgrims.  The Plymouth “Pilgrims” are often confused with Puritans that settled the Massachusetts Bay Colony about 30 years later.  The Puritans were theocratic and their laws quite rigid.  They gave us the Salem Witch Trials.

It would be incorrect to call these early North American settlers Americans in the same sense as today.  What is undeniable is that these early settlers arrived here with a strong Christian value system, the work ethic necessary to survive and eventually prosper, and the American spirit of freedom.  Although a hundred years before our founding, this was the beginnings of the greatest adventure of humankind.  Determined, hardworking people set the foundation for the world’s only exceptional nation.

I’d wager this is not the historical summary one likely hears today.  Instead, we hear about European invaders killing Native Indians, stealing their land, and spreading disease.  We hear about how awful these colonizers were.  We do not hear about the indigenous often-brutal intertribal warfare that existed for centuries before the arrival of European settlers.

These were people of their time.  They lived within cultural norms of their era.  Throughout recorded history, cultural norms apply to all societies.  Who are we?  We are people of our time.  Our problem is we’ve deliberately changed cultural norms to the point one can’t be sure these days if there is such a thing.  We insist on group identities each with its own accepted behaviors.  Some of these groups are not happy to be left alone to live their lives, that, by the way, is a historic American cultural norm.  Instead, some want to force others to accept and embrace their lifestyles – impose their beliefs onto others, most certainly not a historic American cultural norm.  That’s closer to fascism.

Not only have we changed the norms for our own time, but we try to apply our behavioral norms to cultures centuries past.  Worse than that, certain ones of us attempt to measure the worth of our nation based on centuries old cultures of the original settlers and founders.  I believe that’s born of abject ignorance of our history and a lack of understanding of human nature.  Or as American Journal contributor Dee Armstrong suggested: maybe it’s old fashioned stupidity – choosing to remain ignorant.  That it appears is also a new American norm.

It begs the question doesn’t it?  Who are we, as a collection of supposedly logical and educated people, that we can be led down a pathway of passing judgement on centuries old culture using today’s political correctness silliness and our fundamentally transformed cultural norms?  And then use that flawed judgment to measure our own self-loathing worthiness?

There are some universal truths.  We cannot change the past.  We cannot predict the future.  We can get it right today.  When will we stop applying today’s political correctness and social justice attitudes to people who lived and died in completely different eras?  What is the purpose of vilification and destruction of our past?  A nation without a past is a nation with an uncertain, if any, future.

There is a concerted effort, it seems, to take down America’s iconic historical figures.  An effort to eradicate history or at least the portions of it that do not meet the ever-fluctuating standards of the new American normal.  Can we not be satisfied with getting it right today?  Or, is it more important to some that we take down the foundations of our country from our Judeo-Christian value system to our founding?  When you’ve convinced generations that we are a historically bad nation then it’s an easy sale to convince them we remain a bad nation today, therefore, we must be fundamentally transformed.

We use history to ensure we do not repeat the mistakes of the past thus ensuring a better future.  Removing, demonizing, and hiding the past divides and destroys the future.  Read Truth in Sarcasm for a view of the fallacies of our time.  Our heritage is our heritage.  We do not have to like it.  We must learn from it and not use it as a bludgeon against those we dislike. 

© 2019 J. D. Pendry, J. D. Pendry’s American Journal, All Rights Reserved, EMAIL JD:  jd@jdpendry.com