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Apr 24, 2010 - 9 comments

I was indoctrinated by my school, my church, and my parents to the fact that this nation was not necessarily founded upon the concept that we were to adhere to any exclusive belief at first. I did not understand God as a child, and doubt I will ever completely. But this I do know. Every morning, I used to stand with my hand over my heart and pledge allegiance to a flag. This flag stood for a republic, and one nation under God. Now as I stated, my finite mind has not the ability to fully comprehend the concept of an all powerful and loving creator. But I do understand the tyranny that many have given their lives to defend against. We, as Americans, are not only indebted to, but responsible for ensuring their sacrifices were not in vain. I know that many who remember making that pledge are today in positions that preclude them from carrying on the fight to protect the values that this nation was founded under. But the original colonists were facing greater odds. And now, as it was then, there are still those that will lay down their lives to uphold those values. They are in the desert, the mountains, the oceans, in the skies, our neighbors, co workers, families, and friends. Some in the armed forces, some not. If the days of tyranny return to a similar point as when we fought against English rule, there are those who will stand firm and give all to restore the importance of these ideals. Before the pen was mightier than the sword, decisions were made through blood rather than ink. And though the cost was great, its legacy made this the greatest nation in the world. I pray it never comes to such sacrifice again, but If the ballot boxes and the collective voices of those that remember the early morning reaffirmations that used to be made in every public school in the country are not enough, there are those of us that will do what is necessary to give the children of tomorrow the same values we were brought up on, and that through the smoke our flag will still wave.

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by peggy64, Apr 26, 2010
This is excellent. our forefathers would be proud.

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by April2, Apr 26, 2010
Amen. I'm proud of our brave men and women in the military who are williing to sacrifice their time (they do not get paid overtime!) and even their lives to protect our country. Most people who join the military do it because they love their country and are proud to be American. We still are a great nation, even with our flaws. We may not be perfect but we are still a free nation. I am so grateful to live in this country where we do have such freedoms, especially as a woman. I see so many women who have no freedom in other countries and it's sobering and only makes me that much more grateful for all I have.

I was happy to see my son's grade school still says the Pledge of Allegiance every morning, while facing the flag with their hands over their hearts. I understand a lot of schools don't do that anymore. My two older kids did do that in the DOD school they were in while in grade school but I did not see it once they switched to a different school for the rest of their school years. I think that's incredibly sad.
And I know it's because of freedom that people are able to burn our flag but it's still upsetting to me to see that and makes me wonder why they live in America if they hate it so? Do they really understand the great cost our forefathers gave for that flag, for our freedom? Where's the honor, the pride, the love for our country?
After 9-11 I saw that patriotic spirit return. I saw people forgetting about our differences for awhile and just banding together as one nation, one people. I saw people meeting in churches and crying and praying together, no matter what their religious affiliation. I saw people putting flags on their cars and flying them at their homes. I saw people being so much more patient with each other while driving, while in the stores, etc. I saw people's eyes meeting and smiling at each other and it struck me. I guess sometimes it takes a tragedy to bring us together, to show us what's really important. We were attacked on American soil and that shook people up. We thought we were invicible before that. We grew complacent, I think. I hope this opened a lot of eyes to show us that we should all be pulling together for this great nation, for each other, not fighting each other.

I am proud to be an American, even if my country may not be perfect (which country is?) We still are a great nation and I pray that we will always remember and appreciate the great sacrifices it took and continues to take to make this such a great nation.

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by margypops, Apr 26, 2010
Then if you all believe these things its time to stand up and make sure we still have them ...It will only happen if good people get out and make themselves peacefully heard ...We are no doubt headed for a New World order of Huge Government..the foundation has been laid... Banking Regulation = Global Tax

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by caregiver222, Apr 26, 2010
In a place called Fort Greene Park in the borough of Brooklyn in the City of New York.

In the park is a tall hill with a monument at the top.

Beneath the monument are the remains of over 11,000 patriots starved and tortured to death aboard the Britush Prison ships in Wallabout Bay.  It's considered politically incorrect these days to have a ceremony here. Instead when "Bonny Prince Charles" visits the mayor provides him with the key to the city.  A few kilometers to the east if a pleasant park named "Prospect Park".
Within the low line of hills is a place that was once called the "Heights of Guan".

General Washington called it "Battle Pass".

In 1776 The British, 12,000 strong, with over 500 ships in the harbor, crossed from Staten Island and advanced through Brooklyn, drums rolling and flags flying.

326 American's died at that pass, most bayoneted by the Hessian mercenaries after they surrendered.

They were fighting for the right to political representation, rather than answer to a "King" who had a hereditory position

In upper Manhatten on the west side is a small road named Corbin Drive.

On the Hudson River. side of that road is a plaque marking a gun position manned by Margaret Corbin. She manned a French 18 oounder and when her husband, a volunteer of Pennsylania artillery was killed she manned the gun and fired fourteen rounds before she was felled by the British guns and captured by the British. Washington promoted her to Captain.

She was said to have a flag that said: "There was naver a king born who wasn't a son of a *****, nor a queen born who wasn't one."

She is buried in a fine place at West Point overlooking the Hudson River.

Sleep well, brave Molly.

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by mammo, Apr 26, 2010
We are quickly losing the freedom these people have fought for and given their lives for.  If we don't let our voices be heard, we are letting each of them down along with our country.  It's sad what is happening, but we have a choice (for now) we can spend all our time talking about it, or we can make our voices be heard and do something about it.  Take advantage of a choice to do something while you still have the freedom to do so.

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by peggy64, Apr 26, 2010
You are so right, and the left wingers want to just insult and get us off of our focus. Which is, our country and the freedoms that we hold dear and are our heritage from our forefathers.  We don't want socialism. That is not what our forefathers fought and died for.  I want freedom. Socialism, is not freedom.

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by mammo, Apr 26, 2010
I agree!  The mentality of the left wingers leaves a lot to be desired, they have no goal, pride, nothing.  But you can bet when they are living in a socialistic society they'll be crying the loudest!

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by margypops, Apr 26, 2010
That was interesting Caregiver ,we may get to it but hopefully we will win by peaceful means , but win back we must is already out of hand ...

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by margypops, May 07, 2010
Have you all noticed the chaos happening it seems every day Saul.Alinski  First Create  Chaos .

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