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Remembering What Matters from Winston Churchill

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British Prime Minister Winston Churchill died 54 years ago, last month. He saw and did more in one life than most could do in a hundred. He once observed: “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” 

Today, we are missing leaders who understand these principles, or the history behind them. That is the danger of our time. Take them in order. Pause on these timeless, binding guides to a prosperous future. 

Freedom is not about being unaccountable, reckless or irresponsible with lives of others – or your own. It has never been about indulgence, damning and endangering others, forcing others to do or think as we do, condemning differences that do no violence to our own. 

What does this mean? Freedom is not about the right to distribute, promote or abuse drugs – marijuana, cocaine, heroin or opioids – for personal gain, gratification or escape, if doing this hurts others, creates a higher propensity for domestic abuse, drugged driving, emotional burdens, societal violence, or elevated health costs. 

Likewise, freedom is not about asserting new rights or identities, pressing one’s views on others through government coercion, violence, or even law suits, if this involves impairing constitutional rights to think, speak, worship, publish and associate freely. 

Freedom is not about government at all – except in so far as guaranteeing personal freedoms limits government interference in our lives. Put differently, the freedom worth defending – that noble, simple sort – is about having fewer restrictions on life, only those needed to protect lives, liberty and happiness of other Americans. 

Thus, any presidential candidate who advocates legalizing dangerous narcotics to “spread joy,” who lumps people into identity groups instead of seeing them as individuals, who presses modern Americans to pay for ancestral sins, who denies “due process” rights during confirmation hearings, who spikes jobs to advance socialism or is silent as others do, who allows racism in their party but tags others without facts, who models hypocrisy – yet claims to support freedom – does not understand freedom. 

Freedom – to speak, worship, associate, publish, and remain un-coerced by an all-powerful government – is what men died for at Yorktown and Saratoga, Gettysburg and Vicksburg, Marne and Verdun, Normandy, Anzio, The Argonne, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Make no mistake. And if you doubt, read their memoirs – there are thousands. They call it history. 

They did not die to be told their families would finance luxuries, healthcare and the random obsessions of federal legislators, or those unwilling to work; they did not die to see their nation’s proud moral fiber, historic commitment to personal liberty, freedom of worship impaired or targeted by self-aggrandizing secularists; they did not die to see federal control asserted over their progeny in energy, health care, transportation and education. 

Honor – another idea out of style – turns on selflessness, sacrifice for others, risk taken for high purpose, not for personal gain. So, where is the presidential candidate who honors veterans daily, 

who honors those in uniform before themselves, who honors working class men and women by creating private sector jobs with lower taxes, fairer trade, higher growth, who honors parents by helping them prevent drug abuse not promoting it, who honors America’s 250 million faithful by not penalizing them for their faith, who honors their antecedents by understanding history? 

As for duty, mercy and hope – well, duty is another fading concept, yet one vital to our future. Candidates who fail to appreciate American history fail to understand that duty motivated much of our greatness. Hundreds of millions of selfless Americans placed duty to God, family, town and nation above themselves, in a life-and-death way not a will-o-the-wisp press release. 

Mercy – is also vital. It is not welfare, Medicare-for-All, Green-New-Deals that bankrupt our future and salve an “aspirational” candidate’s ego. Mercy is teaching people to work and creating conditions to grow their dreams and the economy – offering self-respect and income, decent jobs for a decent wage, self-respect not moral neglect. 

Mercy is remembering the American kids, parents and families who are condemned to hell-on-earth when a candidate advocates legal drugs, open borders, rogue-ridden sanctuary cities, no walls (which means no rule of law) and “everything for nothing.” Mercy is about accountability, responsibility and truth, not the reverse. 

And hope? That is what this column means to offer – along with knowledge that deep in our past lies the key to a bright future. We need only remember how we got here, to resume the illuminated path forward. Our Founders, best American leaders, and Churchill knew – what we are intent on forgetting: “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” Now we must put those words, back into action.

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Iris Aschenbrand
2 years ago

Wow! Are you sure this was said so long ago? It sounds like something that should be said today. Legalizing narcotics, lumps people in identity groups, pay for ancestral sins, denies due process, promotes socialism….it sounds like Mr. Churchill is living somewhere in America today. I hope Mr. Trump reads this speech. Perhaps it would do well to revive it for today’s vast array of problems we are facing. . If anyone can, it is our sitting President!

John Martakis
2 years ago

History as they says, if not understood, we are doomed to repeat its mistakes. This letter by Winston Churchill could be so applicable
today as the far left proposes ideas , that sound compassionate ,but are nothing more than the liberal democrats way to attain absolute power over our every day lives. This is a warning to never let our guard down and defend against ideas of social tyrants , masquerading as congressional representatives.

Fran
2 years ago

Amazing article. I’d love to see it appear in ever Op Ed newspaper in this country. Maybe some “sleepy” citizens will wake up!!

Jerry
2 years ago

The author does a good job of describing some of our problems and some solutions but the elephant in the room is not mentioned. That word is SIN. Our nation has become a perverted and sinful nation. A Holy God has bestowed abundant blessings on this nation for most of our history. God says in his Holy word that in these latter days he will remove these blessings because of our sins and he is doing exactly that. He said he would remove our wise statesmen, our wise generals and that children would be our oppressors and women would rule over us, Isiah 3:12. Vice President Pence quoted part of 2 Chronicles 7:14 in one of his speeches about God healing our land but he didn`t quote the part about out repenting. Repentance is the condition for God to heal out land. We must Repent and return to God if America is to be great again.

Gray Eagle Marine
2 years ago

The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom of worship, and there’s a big difference. Freedom of worship means we can go to church where we want, but outside that place of worship, we have no other freedom. Freedom of religion means that we are free to live out our faith wherever we are. The term Freedom of Worship was “invented” by Barack Obama. It’s an insidious effort to limit our freedom of religion. Please, let’s stop this trend to replace Religion with Worship. It’s beginning to be used everywhere, and it’s being used to force bakers, florists, and Christians business owners to bend the knee to those who would force us to accept their godless, socialist ideology.

mack
2 years ago

Winston Churchill one of my heroes. He prevailed after a lot of opposition. A man of strength and love of his country. President Trump will prevail too.

Kenny
2 years ago

Well said,May this country follow these simple and honorable steps

Myrna P. Wilkinson
2 years ago

I agree wholeheartedly with this article. Thank you for publishing it. I agree that we must put those words into action, which is my I joined AMAC.

Myrna P. Wilkinson
2 years ago

I agree wholeheartedly with this article. Thank you for publishing it to remind us. Yes we must put those words back into action, which is why I joined AMAC.

archie higgins
2 years ago

I did not know that Churchill was an American? Seems I can remember that somewhere foreign leaders are not to be give an invite to give a speech to American’s?
And somewhere in those important documents “unless America is under threat she is to tend to her own business”!! Should not everyone understand that after the
Union won their uncivil war that the federal government enslaved all American’s ?? As good men steeped off the ship onto the dock in New York they were order to
paid $300 or become part of the Union Army! How much more can a person be enslaved than this?? You fight and you might live. And if you don’t fight you will die?
Maybe if the south had had a real Army before they succeeded they would have had a chance at freeing everyone? I wish I had not seen the American flag with the Churchill story.

Glenn Lego
2 years ago

I have contacted my senators and representative about a number of things. Unfortunately they are all Democrats and don’t share my views. What do I do then?

Clark Kent
2 years ago
Reply to  Glenn Lego

Stock up on firearms, food and ammunition for the upcoming civil war. ‘Soap box, ballot box, cartridge box’ – Abraham Lincoln.

Glenn Lego
2 years ago

“freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” So many these days wouldn’t know any of these things if they slapped them in the head!

Wayne D Peterkin
2 years ago

Outstanding article!

Joel Young
2 years ago

Yep.

Dixie Lee
2 years ago

A good article, that are younger generation needs to think about.

denali
2 years ago

one very important correction freedom of religion not worship.

John Conklin
2 years ago

What a great article. This should be required reading by all school children throughout these United States.
Thank you AMAC

deb
2 years ago
Reply to  John Conklin

…but would they understand it? Young teachers taught (brainwashed) in state universities…dumming down our kids

Bob
2 years ago

Now if we can only get our society to understand the meaning of Freedom

Frank S.
2 years ago

This article proved very apropos for me, as I just finished watching (for about the fifth time) The Pacific. Briefly, for those who may not be familiar with The Pacific, it is the story of John Basilone (Medal of Honor winner who died at Iwo Jima), Eugene Sledge (author of Helmet For My Pillow), and Robert Leckie (author of With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa) as they fought the Japanese in the Pacific theater in WWII. It makes it real clear what these men, along with millions of others, endured and what they fought for. I contrast that generation with so many of today’s young generation (but certainly not all) and I’m left wondering what the hell happened. Back then we had a united country; today its all out identity politics and diversity. We spend WAY too much time talking about our differences, when we should be talking about what should unite us as Americans. Shame to the progressives and leftists intent on tearing us apart in the name of some kind of “social justice.” I spent over 32 years in the Air Force, nine years in Europe and eight years in the Middle East and Afghanistan. If one has never visited any third world s*$tholes, you probably can never fully appreciate what we still have in the US.

Morbious
2 years ago
Reply to  Frank S.

I read sledges and leckies books, as well as basilones bio, ‘Hero of the Pacific’. You’re right to call attention to that amazing generation. I believe that what happened was the fruition of a mostly underground movement, amovement that began in earnest in the thirties. Im refering of course to the long march of communism thru our institutions. Yes, there was sporadic resistance, but the process was never slowed, only temporarily driven out of sight. Many good people are shocked to witness what they think is a sudden outbreak of insanity. They see many millennials embracing socialism and they ask ‘where did this come from’. It seems like a bad dream and they wish to wake up. A seedling oak tree puts out a long taproot before it even looks like a tree. It is we; our gen, who tacitly allowed the communists access to our kids. Therefore we owe it to them, our country and western civilization to at least speak up. Thank you for your service. Ive only been to one s hole, the one thats sending us its citizens. I was utterly shocked at the realities of the third world. Our ruling class literally wishes to bring them all here as the surest way to create the feudal system they so lust after.

dino
2 years ago

AMERICANS need to work together to make and keep our country great.There are very many whining sore losers out there today bashing the President that the majority elected,yes the majority,don’t count the illegal votes financed by the democ rats.We should be a country united instead of a country divided which was mostly the result of the last fake president,barry I really hope that you read this,although I know that you won’t because I am not bashing AMERICA.

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