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Henry Knox, You didn’t Build That

May 10, 2017

 

Thanks to Liberal Politicians, the NEA and our Godless Public School System, we have a generation of young people who struggle to take initiative and solve problems without adult help.

There is no doubt that technology is also to blame. You and I didn’t exactly have Google at our fingertips 24/7 when we were transitioning to adulthood.

The problem goes deeper though…our culture has completely lost touch with our shared traditions as Americans. We’ve lost a sense of what becoming an adult entails.

Our colleges and government programs are letting our children and grandchildren down by coddling them rather than teaching responsibility.

Less than half of college students graduate.

And 1/3 of 18-to-34 year-olds still live with their parents.

Americans freak out if they can’t keep their adult children on their healthcare insurance until they’re 26. By 26 I had an enlisted four year Air Force Tour behind me, had become an Air Force Officer. I was married, a private pilot, had been an analyst at the National Security Agency and was on my way to becoming a Jet Fighter Pilot.

I graduated from college without one dime from my parents, without a student loan or any debt of any kind.

I had some kind of job beginning when I was ten years old. I picked up rocks, caught chickens, worked as a lifeguard, worked for Western Electric, worked for General Motors, was an All District High School Basketball Player, VP of FBLA, wrote a column for the school newspaper, explored caves for Civil Defense, was an Explorer Scout, a Fire Martial and went to New York and DC on my Senior Trip. I had spent 15 months on the northern tip of Japan. Then I turned 27.

I know people who would starve to death in a super market if they didn’t have a can opener.

Are you teaching your kids to be dependent? That they can’t build anything themselves? That they are doomed without government telling them what to think and what to do?

Would your child be helpless without a smartphone or boom box? How long would Junior survive on Utah Beach or Mount Suribachi?

On November 17, 1775 – Henry Knox was appointed to the rank of Colonel by George Washington. Knox was 25.

From December 5, 1775 to January 24, 1776, Colonel Knox led an Expedition to transfer 59 cannon (sixty tons – 120,000 lbs) captured by Ethan Allen, and move the British cannon over 300 miles from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston for the fortification of Dorchester Heights forcing the evacuation of Boston by the British. His force brought the cannon by ox-drawn sled south along the west bank of the Hudson River from Fort Ticonderoga to Albany where he crossed the Hudson, continued east through the Berkshires and finally to Boston. The route was frozen and ice covered.

This was considered the greatest feat of logistics during the Revolutionary War.

Before Henry Knox was 26, he was promoted to Brigadier General and Chief of Artillery for the Continental Army.

Knox had been on his own since he was 12 years old and his father died. He was an apprentice bookbinder at Wharton & Bowes in the Cornhill section of Boston.

Knox read and became a self-taught skilled engineer and military tactician. He learned to speak French as well.

At the age of 18, Knox joined an artillery company known as “The Train”

At 19, while returning from a friend’s home in Charlestown, Knox happened upon on King Street in front of the Customs House at the Boston Massacre, where 5 colonists were killed. This changed Henry’s life forever.

When Henry turned 21, he opened his own bookstore called the London Book Store. At 22, Henry formed the Boston Grenadier Corps under Captain Joseph Peirce.

At the age of 24, Henry married Lucy Flucker.

Henry was a volunteer in the patriot army at the Battle of Bunker Hill under General Ward.

After the Red Coat’s were rousted out of Lexington and Concord, they destroyed Henry’s Boston Book Store making Henry and Lucy homeless during the Revolutionary War.

At the end of the War it was Henry’s idea to start a Veterans organization. George Washington became the first President of America’s first Veterans Organization. Six years later, George Washington became The First President of the United States and our Founding Father. Henry Knox became one of his four Cabinet Members as the First Secretary of War.

Maybe examples like this are the reasons young Americans are not taught History? Henry Knox didn’t get a participation trophy.

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