The purpose of memorial day

Today is memorial day here in the United States of America.  The purpose of the holiday is to remember those who have died, and perhaps most especially to remember the fallen soldier that gave his life to protect our way of life. Our soldiers come from every walk of life, but they all give the same sacrifice or pay the same price.

In our self indulgent society, so far from the damage and carnage of war, it can be easy to lose track of those distant sacrifices. Today has the potential to become just another holiday.  Just another chance to go boating, or have a barbecue or go shopping at the mall.  After all, the old folks that are still alive will go to the trouble to put flowers on my great grandpa’s grave.

Thinking that the older generation will carry the moral and mental burden of remembering the past is a dangerous first step by the current generation toward repeating the past.  The self indulgent and godless attitudes of nobility in days gone brought war and death.

Is there any reason we should we expect that an attitude of indifference and scorn from our elected representatives toward those they represent will bring anything other than mistrust and eventual measures to reign in their self indulgent practices?

The current leadership deficit and the long lines in the shopping mall are producing an ominous din of discontent here in America.  Debt is out primary tool and liberal ideals are the justification. The God of this land taught the important of owning land and established capitalism as a means to teach men to work for their daily bread.

Today, I remember the many lives that my freedom cost. I also know that the only way to protect and ensure that freedom is to remember the God of this land and what he has asked us to do. I remember that the purpose of freedom is to ensure that men can worship how where and what they want.

Today I shun the tools of debt and fear and ease that scheming people would use to enslave America to an ideal that shouldn’t be and really can’t be sustained. Wake up America! Wake up and shake off your debt.  Shake off your selfishness.  Return to family and responsibility.

If we do, it won’t be long before our God remembers us and blesses us again with happy fruitful families.  God bless America.

Excellent video about types of Government

A friend passed along this video that gives a very good 10 minute presentation about the five types of rule (or Government). It follows the spectrum from Monarchy through Oligarchy, Democracy, Republic and finally to Anarchy. Rather than discussing the forms of government or ideals contained in them as “right wing” or “left leaning”, it suggests a continuum that ranges from absolute power (100%) vested with the government to no power (0%) being vested with the government.

What’s even more interesting is the way in which it follows various historical societies and shows that they eventually fall into oligarchy. The republic has been the most prosperous and most likely to ensure freedom for its people when compared to all other forms of government.

It’s chilling to see where we started (and what our founding documents establish as the law of our land), and where we are today. How frightening that we seem to be barreling head long into an oligarchy. The question remains, what will be required to change course and will the American people be willing to make the sacrifices that will be required to achieve it?

Have a look at the video and leave a comment with your thoughts.