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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.