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The Price of Liberty

Thank God for American Patriots

By Mark Alexander · Jun. 28, 2012
“This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take. Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion.” –Thomas Jefferson (1825)

With Independence Day upcoming, one would have to be brain dead or liberal (a distinction without difference) to avoid the comparison between the imperial powers from which our Founders broke free and the Imperial Presidency which now threatens the Essential Liberty they, and generations of American Patriots since, have defended with their “Lives, Fortunes, and Sacred Honor.”

Contrast the current Commander in Chief’s wanton and willful disregard for his sworn oath to that of generations of uniformed American Patriots who have spilled blood in keeping with their oaths to Support and Defend our Constitution.

That contrast is particularly clear to me today.

This morning, I join many other parents who are delivering a son or daughter for in-processing at one of our fine Military Service Academies. My firstborn son is breaking tradition with our family’s naval legacy by joining the Air Force Academy’s Cadet Wing, having turned down his appointment to the Naval Academy. However, he alone has set the course for his future with God as his North Star, and that bearing, which guided him to the AFA, will not lead him astray.

In a few hours, he will form up with his squadron and affirm his first oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic [and] bear true faith and allegiance to the same…” I know this young man will honor that oath throughout his life as he has already – earning the American Legion Award for Patriotism four years ago when just an eighth grader.

After leaving my son, I depart west from Colorado Springs to attend the retirement ceremony for a career Navy captain tomorrow morning. My friend and colleague, a USNA graduate whom I first met more than a decade ago when we were on a National Defense University panel, has steadfastly devoted more than 35 years of his life to support and defend our Constitution. I am deeply honored to be included in that ceremony.

So, within the course of the next 24 hours, I will witness my son at the beginning his active military service, and my colleague at the ending of his.

These two events serve as bookends to the generational spirit of American Liberty enshrined by our Founders in the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. They also stand in stark contrast to BHO’s determination to undermine Liberty, by offending constitutional Rule of Law at every turn – most notably by his successful effort to nationalize the entire American health care system, upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court this morning. Our hope now is for legislative repeal. Moreover, he is determined to undermine the moral integrity of our uniformed service branches. (I can say that publicly; my son no longer can.)

However, amid Obama’s efforts to erode the pillars of American Liberty, I should interject here that we at The Patriot Post won a small victory for Liberty this week in regard to our mission of service to American military personnel.

Among other projects supported by proceeds from our Patriot Post Shop is the free distribution of our Essential Liberty pocket guides to U.S. military personnel and support groups across the nation and around the world.

Several months ago, Navy investigators notified us that they were considering legal action under the UCMJ against Marine and Navy officers who received our Essential Liberty guides and distributed them at promotion ceremonies in Afghanistan. Apparently, some Obamaphile took offense at the distribution of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution to officers and enlisted personnel.

Fortunately, as notified this week, wiser heads prevailed and investigators have concluded that there is no impropriety in requesting and distributing the booklets. This is a bittersweet victory, however, because this investigation cost a great deal of income seized from taxpayers, and it caused a significant amount of heartburn for those under investigation. While we do not know what effect it might have upon the willingness of officers and enlisted personnel to request Essential Liberty guides, we rest assured that their commitment remains unwavering to their defense of Essential Liberty.

Moreover, this investigation is an indication of how deep the Obama decay and degradation has penetrated even the ranks of military JAG and IG offices … and how effective his Leftist cadre assaults on Liberty have been. But, American Patriots by the tens of millions remain steadfast in our resolve to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” the exposition of Liberty as first enshrined so eloquently in our Declaration of Independence – so help us God.

As an Fourth Class AFA “doolie,” one of the quotes my son will be required to memorize is this from 19th-century libertarian philosopher John Stuart Mill: “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”

Indeed.

On the commemoration of the signing of our Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, that the date would “be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not.”

Adams continued, “I am well aware of the Toil and blood and treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means, and that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”

Ahead of Independence Day next Wednesday, we will publish a special edition devoted to our Founding Fathers.

On that, and every day of the year, let us “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof” (Leviticus 25:10 as inscribed on the Liberty Bell). Please pray for our Armed Forces standing in harm’s way, that we might live free.

Publisher’s Note: As was the case at the Dawn of American Liberty, we are but a small band of American Patriots facing an empire of statists, but we are steadfast in our sacred oath to sustain our Constitution. Please help us combat the ideology and propaganda of the Left in order to restore the integrity of our Constitution.

On behalf of Liberty, if you are able, please support our 2012 Independence Day Campaign. We still must raise about $190,000 to meet our goal and there are just 6 days left.

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194 Comments

Bruce R Pierce in Qwensboro, Ky said:

"Who is John Galt"

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM

John Kelly, Col USAF (Ret) in New Jersey said:

Mark, Congratulations on your son beginning his military service. He follows your familiy's legacy of "Service Before Self." Kind Regards, JCK

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:08 PM

OAC in Lake Park, GA said:

Who in their right mind would join this military?

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:10 PM

The Editor replied:

"Who"? Young Patriots devoted to Liberty who know that it is in "the times which try men's souls" (T. Paine) that our country needs them most. My son is neither a "sunshine patriot" nor a "summer soldier." He is a genuine Patriot who will honor his oath. Frankly sir, those who retreat now, be damned!

Mark Alexander, Publisher

sfj in Alabama replied:

AMEN! I've worked in and around the military since 1966 but have never witnessed what I'm seeing every day (I'm USAF civilian/Retired military). The military is celebrating "gay pride" this month and there are more nanny state rules (not military related) that we have to follow that I've ever seen. Forget the mission, following orders and regulations just be sure to be kind to the GLBT members. I recently saw a picture of a male marine returning from a deployment kissing another male marine in the mouth. Makes me sick. I'll be glad when I retire.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM

WTD in AZ replied:

Not the same breed of the Corps that stormed the beaches of Iwo Jima. Can't qualify for that old Marine tattoo, "death before dishonor".

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Lee in Georgia replied:

I'll tell you who... one of the finest young men this country has produced, one the finest Christian young men you'll ever hope to meet, full of service to his community, an Eagle Scout, genuine in his desire to help others and to serve his country even under the worst conditions, a gentlemen and a Patriot's patriot by birth, by blood and by conviction. That's who.... and he follows in the footsteps of many others, including my family members, in the various branches of service who currently serve whether beginning in one of the academies or not. Pray these warriors are on your side when the call to arms is sounded against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 3:35 PM

WTD in AZ replied:

My Navy – the victorious Navy of WWII – has been severely wounded by a bunch of foolish bureaucrats who never have and never will face an enemy in combat. One of my grandsons, like Mark’s son, breaks a tradition of Navy service as he takes that oath as a cadet at West Point. By God’s grace and his parents nurturing, he well fits the positive attributes you describe. He is prepared and ready for that ruinous social engineering garbage forced on the military. Against its negative influence, he will honor his oath, and strive to the best of his ability to be a competent military professional in an Army that’s an integral part of the Armed Forces whose purpose it is to defend this country, and the liberty of its citizens. And, he will do that despite the mismanagement and misuse of the military by misguided civilian leadership.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 6:49 PM

sfj in Alabama replied:

I hope the "new" military doesn't ruin him. So many good people join the military full of patriot fervor and ready to serve only to discover that the military is not what they thought it was. P.C. senior NCOs and officers force you to accept behavior and lifestyles that are offensive. If you speak up you are labeled a "rebel" and not a "team player". After that, you are done. I pray for this young man and hope he has the "right stuff" to succeed.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM

WTD in AZ replied:

Thank you. Your prayer and ours are to the source of his strength. "Seek the Lord and His strength"

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 7:55 PM

OAC in GA replied:

When was the last time our Government let our finest win a war? Our finest simply followed the foolish orders from their commanders who followed the foolish orders from the politicians. Yes, I pray for our brave soldiers, just not sure what they are fighting for anymore. And I am afraid those same finest may turn their guns against our civilians........

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Rob Risko in Michigan replied:

I wouldn't do it again under the circumstances. But I'm here now and trust that God will cause the American "We the People" to finally stand and fight and I will be here to support the Constitution, not any elected leader made so by "We the People," but the Constitution. And not with the activist understanding of Lincoln.
Funny...I wouldn't recommend anyone join the military today, but my sister-in-law who would have sent her son to Canada to avoid him serving is now supporting his desire to do so. DADT repeal, "the decayed and degraded state" of moral and Constitutional duty within the military may have given her a change of heart.
SAD!

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 3:38 PM

ter in nevada replied:

Last week I rec'd a letter from a soldier in afganistan. I was shocked to
hear that they are not allowed to defend themselves unless there is no
escape. The new rules of engagement. Why would the military allow our
loved ones to be sitting ducks? To be shot at, gernade attacks and other weapons trained on their outpost base. I am heartsick over this. Why would the military even send them knowing the new rules of engagement?

Friday, June 29, 2012 at 3:27 PM

David Ward in Gilbert, AZ said:

Mark, God speed you and your son.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Jim C. in Oklahoma City, OK said:

Congratulations to both your son and colleague, both great accomplishments! As a 226+ year USAF veteran I will continue to stand up and defend as I am able. The SCOTUS made a terrible mistake, hopefully the next POTUS will straighten it out!

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:14 PM

OAC in GA replied:

Am afraid the next POTUS will be the same we have now.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:20 PM

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA replied:

OAC in GA,

And the next POTUS will be as you fear unless and until the American People realize their votes have consequences to our Republic. When a citizen votes his own interest it is most likely to the detriment of the country as a whole.

The study of civics must be renewed and altruism should be ennobled once again.

Joseph O'Donnell
One VA Patriot

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:59 PM

David in Durham, NC replied:

That is not possible!!!

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Gary Weerts in Crossville said:

I supported and defended the Constitution and people of the United States during 24 1/2 years of service in the USN. I am committed to continue to do so to the best of my ability. The chief executive of our country has a sworn duty to do the same, but the current one not only does not, but shows disrespect for our patriots and our flag. President Obama is a disgrace to the office he holds.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:15 PM

colorado art in littleton, co. 80122 replied:

AMEN.. Where are the patriots willing to assure he pays the penalty for his high crimes and misdemeanore the same as military would be required for violating this same oath.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM

MNIce in Minnesota replied:

There is one word nobody with a decent respect for the office of the President of the United States should use in the same sentence with "President". That word is the name of Mr. Obama.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Patricia kimbell in Celina, TX said:

The words "defend and support the constitution" are definitely not in that slacker Obama's vocabulary. Remember the word "slacker" from WW2. It fits Obama perfectly.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Jim Gilbert in Dallas, TX said:

Yes......... There is treason in high places. At present, the highest I can go is but to my knees in ferverent prayer. I pray that in the future we will not have to go much higher than the voting booth. Even there i sometimes feel defeated amist the deceit set before me...........

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Dioneikes in Colorado replied:

Naaaaaaaah! We still got the one thing that Obummer fears - private citizens with private arms. If he gets re-elected, we will have cause to use them. He will come after the Second Amendment to be sure if he gets a second term, then it'll be "all bets are off".

"When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have joined them to another. ... when a government evinces a clear design through a long chain of abuses and usurpation to reduce its people to live under absolute despotism it is THE RIGHT, THE DUTY of the people to alter OR ABOLISH it, laying on its foundations a NEW government that will secure these ends." - Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 4:28 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

Keep the course and never feel defeated for, "in defeat will come our greatest victory, in there winning all they'll have is shame." A native American saying.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:41 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

My prior comment was meant for someone else. As for myself, I have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and to obey all lawful orders. I will not take up arms against my own government just because I don't like someones policies. We can disagree and fight the good fight. Diversity is our greatest strength.

We must not loose sight of the piece about a young man who chose his own path and is willing to die for his country.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Bubba in USA said:

Mark, congratulations to your son. The Academy has changed significantly since I matriculated there (class of '87). He will be challenged to articulate why rights are God-given; to defend those who are put down for belief in the God of the Bible; to fight, often against compliant and "careerist" leaders, for what is right and honorable.

America, as conceived, died today. We need young men like him to be in the mix.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:18 PM

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA replied:

"America, as conceived, died today. We need young men like him to be in the mix."

I would have believed Justice Kennedy would have been the deciding vote, not Justice Roberts.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Rodney Galles in Millersville, Maryland said:

what many if not most progressives seem to forget or discount is that we who have served in the Armed Forces swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. There was no expiration date upon that oath. I am confident that most if not all retired or former military personnel still stand prepared to resume defending the Constitution by votes or whatever else may be required. it is not sedition or treason to deplore the current state of our nation and to despise the individuals who have brought us to this state of affairs. Mr. Obama and his enablers in the Congress have restricted, deprived and in may ways infringed upon the rights of our citizens. This must end with the defeat of these people in November or we will be sadly embarked upon the deconstruction of the Republic. It must not stand against us.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Sandy in Indianapolis, IN replied:

I am afraid that too much has happened to return to the center. With our SCOTUS ruling on Obamadeathtrap, that machine is too big to stop once it has been unleased. We have sat back and watch as generations of OUR children are dumb-downed by our government and NEA, teacher's union. Our kids know no History, and what little they have is to hate what we stand for and our fore-fathers! Yet our elite lawmakers kids go to private school to ready them to Rule Us/Ours.

And remember when Joe Wilson called out at the State of Union: You Lie. He was correct: Illegal Immigrants ARE eligible for Obama DTinsurance. We can't manage Medicaid, EBT cards - a postage stamp! Now we hand over to the very elitists that exempted themselves from this massive power for them (or their families) over-see and get rich.

Today is a very bad day and I am praying hard for my Country or for the help and guidance deciding where go when I leave here, as our most wealthy have already done in greater numbers than ever before.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 2:17 PM

John in Monroe Twp, NJ replied:

Once you've decided where to go, let us know. I fought once for our country in WWII. I suppose I could do it again, but I'm gtting a little too old to be of any great service. Except I WILL vote in November..

Friday, June 29, 2012 at 7:04 AM

Ben Phillips in Costa Rica then MO. come Fal said:

Congratulations Mark

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Stephanie in Idaho said:

Mark - Thank you to you and your son. We have twin sons (our only children) serving in the Navy right now overseas and could not be more proud. Your heart will swell even more with pride when you see him again!

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Eb from NJ in Brick, NJ said:

Bruce, I suggest you Google John Galt; he is a character in the book Atlas Shrugged.
Mark, I would like to join David by wishing you and your son Godspeed.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Bruce R Pierce in Qwensboro, Ky replied:

If you know his history you should have understood the statement behind the question.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Ken in Blue Bell, PA said:

I would not let my son fight for this country. It is not my country. It has been taken over by Obama and his Nazi cadre and the scum that support him. When the revolution begins, I will let him fight to take back our country and I will be there right beside him.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM

OAC in GA replied:

AMEN

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:35 PM

sfj in Alabama replied:

AMEN twice

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA replied:

Amen thrice.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 1:17 PM

wjm in Colorado replied:

There are millions who will stand with you to take back America the hard way, should the ballot box prove ineffective.

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Harry in Chicago replied:

I would agree. In fact, I just put a lengthy reply on here about this very issue.

Monday, July 2, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Rod in USA said:

The Republic died today at the hands of liberal justices who clearly cannot see the light of day. Ruling the mandate a tax is just crazy: True it is a tax but it is ludicrous.... the government can now order me to purchase anything andf call it a tax and feel right with themselves. We all became slaves today.

Who is John Galt?

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 12:34 PM