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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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Who Will Slay Goliath?

May 12, 2016

★★I am so sick of these sinless holy saints who judge Donald Trump unfit.

The Apostle Paul was on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians when Jesus used him for other purposes. King David got the wife of his best General pregnant and then had his General killed. God so loved David that He chose the City of David as the birthplace of Christ. God uses sinners because WE ARE ALL SINNERS AND FALL SHORT. This may come as a shock but even I, Gene McVay, am a sinner and certainly not the Judge of others.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. We do know that don’t we?

We have a Goliath in Washington gobbling up the very essence of America while strengthening our enemies and casting our Veterans aside in favor of Illegal Aliens. King David died 2,986 years ago so we need somebody else to slay the DC Goliath. Who will do it? Will you do it? Will Hillary Clinton do it? Bernie Sanders will give Goliath free tuition to college and buy him a Toyota Prius.

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Will God use Donald Trump to save America? We live in a country occupied by reprobates worse than Sodom and Gomorrah. God has been kicked out of school and booed by the Democrats at their convention. God has been kicked off of all government property. More than 60 million innocent infants have been murdered while Americans call good evil and evil good.

David did not look like a boy God could use to slay Goliath. Do you remember the story? Young David took food to his brothers at the front and was talking to the soldiers:

“When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”

‘Now what have I done?’ said David. ‘Can’t I even speak?’ He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before. What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.

David said to Saul, ‘Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.’

Saul replied, ‘You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.’

But David said to Saul, ‘Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.’

Saul said to David, ‘Go, and the Lord be with you.’

Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.

‘I cannot go in these,’ he said to Saul, ‘because I am not used to them.’ So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.

‘Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. He said to David, ‘Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?’ And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. ‘Come here,’ he said, ‘and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!’

David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.’

As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.

So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.

David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.

When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron. When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp.’

LOOKING BACK AT LINCOLN’S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS

April 11, 2016

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I watched a video of a man on a college campus asking college students who won the Civil War. None of the students could answer the question. Maybe I am more aware of our history since my great-great-grandfather fought to preserve the union and was a POW at Andersonville Prison almost the entire 14 months it was in operation. Joseph P. McVay lived in Arkansas before Baxter County, where I was born, existed. I hope you will share this story with your children and grand children.

President Lincoln named General George Meade Commander of the Army of the Potomac on June 28, 1863. Within a week, Union forces under General Meade defeated Confederate General Lee’s forces at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The following day Lee’s troops left Gettysburg without being pursued by the Union army, much to Lincoln’s consternation, who believed that further military engagement might have ended the war then and there. Lincoln had great grief over Meade’s lost opportunity and wrote a letter of reproach to General Meade but did not send it. Lincoln then wrote to General Howard, describing how he was “deeply mortified” about Lee’s escape after the battle.

The governor of Pennsylvania quickly assigned local attorney David Wills to create a national soldiers’ cemetery on the battlefield. Edward Everett, a nationally known orator, was invited as the main speaker at the Gettysburg cemetery dedication, scheduled for October 23. After he requested more time to prepare, the event was moved to November 19. On November 2nd, David Wills, invited President Lincoln to give a “few appropriate remarks.” Knowing that the town would be crowded, Wills offered Lincoln overnight accommodations in his home.

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On November 18th Lincoln and invited guests traveled to Gettysburg by rail, arriving about dusk. Lincoln stayed in the Wills home, where he completed his short Address. Huge crowds converged on the village, filling every available space.

The battle had shattered the once-peaceful town of Gettysburg, a battle so intense that it produced more than 51,000 casualties. This landmark Civil War struggle left an indelible mark on the region and the president who came to memorialize it. In the days that followed local residents were thrust into unfamiliar roles of tending the wounded, burying the dead, and repairing the war-torn countryside.

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This was the occasion which produced Lincoln’s most famous speech. Although Lincoln routinely held the attention of his audiences for up to two hours as a candidate for President, the Gettysburg Address can easily be read in under two minutes. With the applause from the crowd, it would have taken Lincoln a little longer than two minutes.

The following is The New York Times account published on November 20, 1863:

“THE HEROES OF JULY.;
A Solemn and Imposing Event.
Dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburgh.
IMMENSE NUMBERS OF VISITORS.
Oration by Hon. Edward Everett–Speeches of President Lincoln, Mr. Seward and Governor Seymour.

THE PROGRAMME SUCCESSFULLY CARRIED OUT.

The ceremonies attending the dedication of the National Cemetery commenced this morning by a grand military and civic display, under command of Maj.-Gen. COUCH. The line of march was taken up at 10 o’clock, and the procession marched through the principal streets to the Cemetery, where the military formed in line and saluted the President. At 11 the head of the procession arrived at the main stand. The President and members of the Cabinet, together with the chief military and civic dignitaries, took position on the stand. The President seated himself between Mr. SEWARD and Mr. EVERETT after a reception marked with the respect and perfect silence due to the solemnity of the occasion, every man in the immense gathering uncovering on his appearance.

The military were formed in line extending around the stand, the area between the stand and military being occupied by civilians, comprising about 15,000 people and including men, women and children. The attendance of ladies was quite large. The military escort comprised one squadron of cavalry, two batteries of artillery and a regiment of infantry, which constitutes the regular funeral escort of honor for the highest officer in the service.

After the performance of a funeral dirge, by BIRGFIELD, by the band, an eloquent prayer was delivered by Rev. Mr. STOCKTON, as follows:

O God, our Father, for the sake of the Son, our Saviour, inspire us with thy spirit, and sanctity us to the right fulfillment of the duties of this occasion. We come to dedicate this new historic centre as a National Cemetery. If all the Departments of the one Government thou hast ordained over our Union, and of the many Governments which Thou has subordinated to the Union be there represented; if all classes, relations and interests of our blended brotherhood of people stand severally and thoroughly apparent in Thy presence, we trust it is because Thou hast called us, that Thy blessing awaits us, and that Thy designs may be embodied in practical results of incalculable, imperishable good. And so with thy holy Apostle and with the Church in all lands and ages, we unite in the ascription: Blessed be God, even the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Moses, and the God of all comfort, who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. In emulation of all angels, in fellowship with all saints, and in sympathy with all sufferers, in a remembrance of Thy works, in reverence of Thy ways, and in accordance with Thy word, we love and magnify Thy infinite perfections, Thy creative glory. Thy redeeming grace, Thy providential goodness, and the progressive, richer and fairer development of thy supreme, universal and everlasting administration. In behalf of all humanity, whose ideal is divine, whose first memory is thy image lost, whose last hope is thy image restored; especially in behalf of our own nation, whose position is so peerless, whose mission is so sublime, and whose future is so attractive; we thank Thee for the unspeakable patience of thy compassion and for the exceeding greatness of thy loving kindness. In contemplation of Eden, Calvary and Heaven, of Christ in the God on the cross, and on the throne — nay, more — of Christ as coming again in all-subduing power and glory; we gratefully prolong our homage by this altar of sacrifice, on this field of deliverance, on this mount of salvation, within the fiery and bloody line of these mountains and rocks, looking back to the dark days of fear and of trembling, and the rapture of relief that came after, we multiply our thanksgivings and confess our obligations to renew and perfect our personal and social consecration to thy service and glory. O, had it not been for God! for our enemies, they came unresisted, multitudinous, mighty, flushed with victory and sure of success; they exalted on our mountains; they reveled in our valleys they feasted, they rested, they slept, they awakened, they grew stronger, prouder and bolder every day; they spread abroad, they concentrated here; they looked beyond this horizon to the stores of wealth, to the haunts of pleasure and the seats of power in our Capital and chief cities; they prepared to cast the chain of Slavery around the form of freedom, and to bind life and death together forever. Their premature triumph was the mockery of God and man. One more victory, and all was theirs. But behind these hills was heard the feebler march of a smaller but still a pursuing host; onward they hurried, day and night, for their country and their God; footsore, wayworn, hungry, thirsty, faint, but not in heart; they came to dare all, to bear all, and to do all that is possible to heroes. At first they met the blast on the plain, and bent bebefore it like trees; but then led by Thy hand to the hills, they took their stand on the these rocks, and remained as firm and immovable as they. In vain were they assaulted; all art, all violence, all desperation failed to dislodge them. Baffled, bruised, broken, their enemies retired and disappeared. Glory to God for this rescue! But, Oh! the slain, in the freshness and fullness of their young and manly life! with such sweet memories of father and mother, brother and sister, wife and children, maiden and friend. From the coasts beneath the Eastern star; from the shores of Northerm lakes and rivers; from the flowers of the Western prairies; from the homes of the midway and the border, they came here to die for us and for mankind! Alas How little we can do for them! We come with the humility of prayer, with the pathetic eloquence of venerable wisdom, with the tender beauty of poetry, with the plaintive harmony of music, with the honest tribute of our Chief Magistrate, and with all this honorable attendances; but our best hope is in Thy blessings. O Lord, Our God, bless us. O, Our Father, bless the bereaved, whether absent or present Bless our sick and wounded soldiers and sailors. Bless all our rulers and people. Bless our army and navy. Bless the efforts to suppress this rebellion, and bless all the associations of this day, and place, and scene, forever. As the trees are not dead, though their foliage is gone, so our heroes are not dead though their forms have fallen. In their proper personality they are all with thee, and the spirit of their example is here. It fills the air, it fills our hearts, and as long as time shall last it will hover in these skies and rest on these landscapes, and pilgrims of our own land, and of all lands, will thrill with its inspiration, and increase and confirm their devotion to liberty, religion and God.

Mr. EVERETT then commenced the delivery of his oration, which was listened to with marked attention throughout.

Although a heavy fog clouded the heavens in the morning during the procession, the sun broke out in all its brilliancy during the Rev. Mr. STOCKTON’s prayer and shone upon the magnificent spectacle. The assemblage was of great magnitude, and was gathered within a circle of great extent around the stand, which was located on the highest point of ground on which the battle was fought. A long line of military surrounded the position taken by the immense multitude of people.

The Marshal took up a position on the left of the stand. Numerous flags and banners, suitably draped, were exhibited on the stand among the audience. The entire scene was one of grandeur due to the importance of the occasion. So quiet were the people that every word uttered by the orator of the day must have been heard by them all, notwithstanding the immensity of the concours.

Among the distinguished persons on the platform were the following: Governors Bradford, of Maryland; Curtin, of Pennsylvania; Morton, of Indiana; Seymour of New-York; Parker, of New-Jersey and Tod, of Ohio; Ex-Gov. Dennison, of Ohio: John Brough, Governor Elect, of Ohio; Charles Anderson, Lieutenant-Governor of Ohio; Major-Generals Schenck, Stahel, Doubleday, and Couch; Brigadier General Gibbon; and Provost-Marshal-General Fry.

PRESIDENT LINCOLN’s ADDRESS.

The President then delivered the following dedicatory speech:

Fourscore and seven years ago our Fathers brought forth upon this Continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. [Applause.] Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We are met to dedicate a portion of it as the final resting-place of those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense we cannot dedicate. We cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it far above our power to add or detract. [Applause.] The world will little note nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. [Applause.] It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the refinished work that they have thus so far nobly carried on. [Applause.] It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that the dead shall not have died in vain; [applause] that the Nation shall under God have a new birth of freedom, and that Governments of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth, [Long continued applause.]

Three cheers were then given for the President and the Governors of the States.

After the delivery of the addresses, the dirge and the benediction closed the exercises, and the immense assemblage separated at about 4 o’clock……………

The President and party returned to Washington at 6 o’clock this evening, followed by the Governors’ trains. Thousands of persons were gathered at the depot, anxiously awaiting transportation to their homes; but they will probably be confined to the meagre accommodations of Gettysburgh till tomorrow.”

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The following day Edward Everett wrote a letter to Lincoln complementing him on his address. Lincoln responded with a short note.

Media response to the dedication was mixed:

“The dedicatory remarks by President Lincoln will live among the
annals of the war.” ~Chicago Tribune

“The cheek of every American must tingle with shame as he
reads the silly flat and dishwattery remarks of the man who
has to be pointed out as the President of the United States. … Is
Mr. Lincoln less refined than a savage? … It was a perversion of
history so flagrant that the most extended charity cannot view it
as otherwise than willful.” ~Chicago Times

“The ceremony was rendered ludicrous by some of the sallies of
that poor President Lincoln. Anything more dull and
commonplace it would not be easy to produce.” ~the London Times

“We know not where to look for a more admirable speech than
the brief one which the President made…. It if often said that
the hardest thing in the world is to make a five minute speech.
But could the most elaborate and splendid oration be more
beautiful, more touching, more inspiring than those few words of
the President?” ~Providence Daily Journal

“… we pass over the silly remarks of the President: for the credit of the nation we are
willing that the veil of oblivion shall be dropped over them and that they shall no more be repeated or thought of.” ~Harrisburg Patriot and Union

Eyewitnesses also had comments:

“Not a sovereign in Europe, however trained from the cradle for state pomps, and however prompted by statesmen and courtiers, could have uttered himself more regally than did Lincoln at Gettysburg.”

“I was thrilled each time and at Gettysburg possibly more by his presence than by anything he said.”

“He stood in the gravity of his mien and manner as a seer with a message, as a prophet with a vision.”

“The deep feeling of the speaker, combined with masterful self control and firmly set purpose, made a profound impression.”

“On coming away I said to a classmate, ‘Well, Mr. Lincoln’s speech was simple, appropriate, and right to the point, but I don’t think there was anything remarkable about it.’ ”

“I at once asked my fellow student, who was from the South, what he thought of it? ‘Mighty good, for Old Abe,’ he replied.”

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If you made it this far, thank you for learning this important history and may God bless you.

THE CONFEDERATE FLAG & AMERICAN HISTORY

June 23, 2015

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Let me preface my epistle with this, my great-great grandfather was a Southerner who lived in Arkansas and fought for the Union Army. He was a prisoner in Andersonville Prison almost the entire time the prison was open. Nobody in my family fought for the Confederacy. Thousands of citizens in North Arkansas remained loyal to the Union.

However, the Confederate Flag was hoisted above the State Capitol Buildings of the following states listed in the order of their secession:

1. South Carolina
2. Mississippi
3. Florida
4. Alabama
5. Georgia
6. Louisiana
7. Texas
8. Virginia
9. Arkansas
10. Tennessee
11. North Carolina

In addition to these states, the southern part of New Mexico Territory formed a secession convention, which voted to join the Confederacy on March 16, 1861, and appointed Lewis Owings as the new territorial governor. They won the Battle of Mesilla and established a territorial government with Mesilla serving as its capital. The Confederacy proclaimed the Confederate Arizona Territory on February 14, 1862 north to the 34th parallel. Marcus H. MacWillie served in both Confederate Congresses as Arizona’s delegate. In 1862 the Confederate New Mexico Campaign to take the northern half of the U.S. territory failed and the Confederate territorial government in exile relocated to San Antonio, Texas.

Confederate supporters in the trans-Mississippi west also claimed portions of United States Indian Territory after the United States evacuated the federal forts and installations. Over half of the American Indian troops participating in the Civil War from the Indian Territory supported the Confederacy; troops and one general were enlisted from each tribe. On July 12, 1861, the Confederate government signed a treaty with both the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indian nations. After several battles Northern armies moved back into the territory.

Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, was never formally ceded into the Confederacy by American Indian councils, but like Missouri and Kentucky, the Five Civilized Nations received representation in the Confederate Congress and their citizens were integrated into regular Confederate Army units. After 1863 the tribal governments sent representatives to the Confederate Congress: Elias Cornelius Boudinot representing the Cherokee and Samuel Benton Callahan representing the Seminole and Creek people. The Cherokee Nation, aligning with the Confederacy, alleged northern violations of the Constitution, waging war against slavery commercial and political interests, abolishing slavery in the Indian Territory, and that the North intended to seize additional Indian lands. In all, about 12,000 American Indians served in the army of the Confederacy and around 6,000 served in the Union army.

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The largest force in Indian Territory was commanded by Confederate Brigadier General Stand Watie, who was also a chief of the Cherokee Nation. Dedicated to the Confederate cause and unwilling to admit defeat, he kept his troops in the field for nearly a month after Lieutenant General E. Kirby Smith surrendered the Trans- Mississippi. Finally, Watie rode into Doaksville near Fort Towson in Indian Territory and surrendered his battalion of Creek, Seminole, Cherokee, and Osage Indians to Lieutenant Colonel Asa C. Matthews, appointed a few weeks earlier to negotiate a peace with the Indians. Watie was the last Confederate general officer to surrender his command.

Colonel Matthew Arbuckle commanded the 7th Infantry Regiment and led four companies to reinforce Fort Smith in 1821. In 1824, he moved the regiment farther west, establishing Forts Gibson and Towson, the first military posts in the Indian Territory. Fort Towson was named for Nathaniel Towson, Paymaster General of the Army.

The simple fact is that we can lie about our history but we CANNOT change our history. If America refuses to learn from history, we are doomed to repeat our history. Very little of America’s good history is taught in schools while the Father of Our Country is often disparaged.

George Washington did not fight the Revolutionary War from the Pentagon! He and many others mutually pledged to each other their Lives, their Fortunes, and their sacred Honor. The soldiers in the Continental Army saw themselves as Cincinnati and Washington was called the American Cincinnatus. Today, hardly anybody even knows who Cincinnatus was but every school student in Colonial America knew his story.

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After Washington won the war, he spent six years as President of the Society of the Cincinnati, America’s first Veterans Organization. He immersed himself in Veteran’s issues including jobs, healthcare, pensions and care for their widows and orphans.

After those six years, George Washington became our First President and other members of the Veteran’s Organization became Our Founding Fathers. These men were not politicians who gained power with cute sound bites promising free stuff, they were Patriots who fought for freedom and loved America. Did you know that the leaders of a Veteran’s Organization became the leaders of The United States of America? While President Washington flatly refused a third term as United States President, he remained President of the Society of the Cincinnati for the rest of his life. While George Washington only wore three stars on his uniform, no military officer in the United States can EVER outrank him by Federal Law.

As politician after politician promises to improve education, our education slides farther down the ladder of mediocrity. When prayer was banned in school, America was number one in the world, now we are 28th in education.

If our children knew our history they might love America as I do. If you want your children to know our history, you will have to teach them yourself. Like each of us, there is good, bad and ugly in our Nation’s past. I respect those who morn their Confederate ancestors who died for a cause they believed in as I honor my great-great grandfather, Joseph P. McVay, who emerged from the Civil War a broken man stabbed by a Confederate bayonet while in captivity.

AN ALERT AND KNOWLEDGEABLE CITIZENRY

April 26, 2015

 

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The Greatest Generals and Admirals are gone forever. First and foremost, George Washington who led amidst his men enduring unpleasantness and uncomfortable conditions while trying to hold his ill equipped and untrained force together. Public Schools don’t teach students much about Washington today but he took on the greatest empire in the world and won OUR FREEDOM. The sun never set on the British Empire as Britannia ruled the world. John Pershing who was thrust into the War to End all Wars after perusing Poncho Villa on the Mexican Border and Dwight Eisenhower who walked a tight rope to keep all our allies focused and working together to defeat the Axis Powers of Nazi Germany, Japan and Italy.

Although General Washington only wore three stars during his lifetime, by act of Congress he was promoted to the rank of General of the Armies and nobody can ever outrank our founding father. Washington gave us this sage advice, “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”

The only officer promoted to the rank of General of the Armies while living was General “Black Jack” Pershing. He chose to wear four gold stars while later Generals with the lower rank of General of the Army wore five star insignias. I wonder if these officers and others like Omar Bradley could even make Major in our military today.

After the ongoing purge of our best officers and senior enlisted personnel by the Obama Administration, we are left with a lot of air heads who blindly follow the party line. The Vice Commander of Air Combat Command who told airmen that speaking to Congress about plans to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt amounts to treason is a prime example. He stepped down from his position and had his hand slapped but that’s about as bad as it gets these days. Especially if one is only echoing the sentiments of his bosses, in this case reaching all the way to the Oval Office.

What shocks me most is the fact that an Inspector General actually substantiated this General’s abominable abuse of power! The government IG system is little more than a huge fraud. IG’s work for the military commanders or Agency Directors, THEY ARE NOT INDEPENDENT! It is my belief that if there was ever a criminal investigation of the IG system a lot of people would end up in prison. I had a front row seat watching several so called IG Investigations. One such investigation involved one of my men who was obviously guilty. The female IG concluded her investigation and came into my office to brief me on her findings. She told me she could not substantiate the allegations and then said, “That’s what you wanted to hear isn’t it?” I told her I wanted to hear the truth. Although I have seen her since, she has never looked me in the eye or spoken to me again. I have seen so many cover-ups and lost respect for so many military leaders, that I have become the mother of all cynics.

There can only be one reason the Air Force is aggressively moth balling the A-10. I believe America is systematically being provocatively weakened and the one weapon the terrorists fear most is the A-10.

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I never flew the A-10, I was privileged to fly the glamorous supersonic air supremacy fighters, the F-100, F-101, F-4 and F-16. I never had a desire to fly the subsonic Thunderbolt II affectionately called the Warthog. I have always appreciated the importance of the A-10 to ground forces in the Close Air Support mission. I believe the Air Force considered giving the A-10 to the Army at one point but realized the Army already had more aircraft than the Air Force.

I can’t speak to the President’s motives but I have observed his actions beginning with the release of the Terrorist leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in 2009 and systematically releasing many other Terrorist Generals including trading five for a U.S. Army Combat Deserter. Our military has been weakened beyond imagination and rules of engagement demanded by the administration favor the enemy.

Money is not the measure of military capability just as it has no bearing on education. Education is about learning and the mission of the Defense Department is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country. Waste within these government empires is monumental but it is NEVER the waste that is cut!

I have never understood these military Turf Battles. At one point the Department of Defense tried to save money by developing standard items to be used by all services. They started with a belt buckle. The services could not agree. Then an Air Force Chief of Staff decided to test a new uniform with rank insignia consistent with virtually all our allies. That Chief of Staff also did something that changed the face of Airpower from an unwieldy hodgepodge of forces to a sensible structure. While I respected and admired the Chief, most ridiculed him.

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During the Vietnam War commanders had to deal with other commanders to complete their missions. The Strategic Air Command blocked all the airspace above 28,000 feet and popped in and out occasionally to drop bombs. Fighter jets had different commanders as did rescue, reconnaissance, tankers and tactical airlift. I was one of a handful of senior officers who worked on what was termed the “objective wing.” After I rent my clothes and gnashed my teeth for a few months, our modern structure immerged, the Provisional or Expeditionary Wing. Everybody in that wing works for One Commander. Even the mighty Strategic Air Command became part of a single command with the fighters and tankers. Before I retired, the Air Force allowed me to command the Cope Thunder Provisional Wing equipped with six billion dollars worth of hardware from the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserves, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and Canadian Air Force. I had F-16, F-15, F-18, F-15E, F-14 and CF-18 fighter aircraft, F4 “Wild Weasel” Suppression of Enemy Air Defense aircraft, E-3B AWACS airborne early warning and control aircraft, KC-10 Tankers and C-130 Tactical Airlift. Search and rescue was provided by the U.S. Army and I did lose an F-15 that crashed in the Alaskan wilderness without injury.

Most of the air combat during the Gulf War was conducted by the 14th and 15th Provisional Air Divisions. In short order they created the highway of death leading from Kuwait and had belligerents trying to surrender to TV cameramen and drones. President George H.W. Bush stopped the attack short of Bagdad and essentially ended the last armed conflict of the 20th Century. The forces could have easily and quickly delivered the knockout blow to Iraq then and there.

I have tremendous confidence in the combat forces we have although they have too many distractions and too much social experimentation. Fighter pilots can no longer control their own cockpits and drone controllers can do nothing without a consensus from petrified military commanders. Hundreds of people are watching every drone flight on big screens from the Pentagon and White House to Intelligence Agencies and Field Units. Most drones are flown from the United States through optical cable under the Atlantic and then linked to a satellite over the Middle East. There is a two second delay between the time a control input is made and the time the drone responds. So far, takeoffs and landings are controlled just like model airplanes with a controller looking at the drone and relinquishing control when the Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is airborne.

The time has already passed when cutting government fat should have been the top priority. Unfunded liabilities such as Obamacare, Social Security, Medicare, Military and government Pensions, etc. now exceeds $700,000 for ever legal and illegal man, woman and child in America. The government tinkers with data to fool the public and intimidates companies that lower the U.S. Credit Rating. Practically everything you see is an illusion built on a house of cards. The stock market is propped up with bogus money printed 24/7 and backed by thin air. The Federal Reserve takes its share off the top but the Fed has NEVER been audited so who knows the whole truth? The few courageous people in Congress who try to get some control of spending are attacked like they are enemies of the state. The media and liberals think shutting down the non essential parts of government for a few days is the end of the world. Trust me, thoughtful, systematic reduction of our government by 50% is what is sorely needed! Before we had the United States Department of Education, the U.S. was FIRST in Education in the world, now we are 20th in math.

The Federal Government has FIVE Service Academies, West Point, Annapolis, the Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy. Seriously, we cut combat units at the drop of a hat but no one will dare to even suggest consolidating some service academies. Very few will suggest the government cut one single SUV or luxury private jet used by government officials like they were their own personal toys. The federal government and even a few state governments tax meager military pensions and use them as a revenue stream to fund their insatiable appetite for more and more reckless spending.

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Who warned us to beware of the military? That would be Supreme Allied Commander, Five Star General and former President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower. The year I graduated from Mountain Home High School, President Eisenhower gave his farewell address to the nation, his final public speech as President. It was delivered in a television broadcast on January 17, 1961. Perhaps best known for advocating that the nation guard against the potential influence of the military–industrial complex, a term he is credited with coining, the speech also expressed concerns about planning for the future and the dangers of massive spending, especially deficit spending. Here is part of that speech, heed it well:

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.

In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite.

It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system — ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.”

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Dwight Eisenhower passed away four months before Neil Armstrong, a former F-9F, F-100 and F-101 pilot, made man’s first footprint on the surface of the Moon. Americans are so bad at History that I fear we will never learn. Most people live in the moment without a thought about tomorrow. Many people who drive $70,000 SUVs have not saved one penny for retirement or a rainy day. In that respect, many people see nothing wrong with a government that lives like there is no tomorrow.

An alert and knowledgeable citizenry is just a big pipe dream.  I can only do what I can do.  I guess I do enough worrying for everybody?