American Surrender

March 14, 2021

By many accounts, the America we live today, shouldn’t even exist.

On a sunny but chilled spring day of April 19, 1775 a small group of “domestic terrorists” of their day, chose to stand and fight against advancing British regulars dispatched from Boston to destroy suspected arms caches at Concord, Massachusetts.

When colonial militia formed at what we now refer to as the Old North Bridge and Emerson’s “shot hear ‘round the world” was burned into the annals of history, there was no United States, no navy, and any resemblance of an “army” was but a loose collection of militia from each of the thirteen colonies.

Though the Second Continental Congress had authorized a Continental Army under the command of George Washing in June of 1775, by the time the formal Declaration of Independence came thirteen months later the situation was relatively unchanged.

England was, without a doubt, the mightiest military power of the day, and the odds of the Americans succeeding in their little fit of insolence against the crown were beyond long.  When those fifty-six lone souls declared to the world “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” they did so knowing full well that in the eyes of the Crown they were signing their own death warrants.

Now imagine a world today if that protection of divine Providence had not occurred.

No George Washington “father of his country” declaring in his inaugural address, “No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.”

No President Thomas Jefferson, and hence no Robert Livingston appointed U.S. Minister to France.  No Jefferson or Livingston, no Louisiana Purchase.  No purchase, no Livingston noting “We have lived long, but this is the noblest work of our lives…From this day, the United States take their place among the powers of the first rank.”

And that was just up to 1803.

No Lincoln to speaking outside Gettysburg, Pennsylvania “…that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

No Franklin Delano Roosevelt “we have nothing to fear but fear itself” or “yesterday, December 7th, 1941, a date which will live in infamy”

No straightforward Harry Truman “The United States and other like-minded nations find themselves directly opposed by a regime with contrary aims and a totally different concept of life.”

No Dwight Eisenhower “we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.” and “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.”

No John Fitzgerald Kenney “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”.  No “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…”  No “Ich bin ein Berliner”

No Ronald Reagan “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

Now add to the above the contributions made by American inventors, pioneers of medicine and the sciences, musicians, playwrights and artists. Contributions that to this day, are still, never ending.

And so, it is, with the current President of these United States on an irrational crusade to surrender America I simply ask:  Why?

Just why is Joe Biden so hell bent on surrendering our energy independence, our southern border, our national sovereignty (via Paris Climate Accords), our children’s future (via trillions of new spending)?

We have gone from our Founding Fathers putting their own lives on the line to forge a new nation to a mumbling mask faced monarch signing away our lives for the sake of his own divisive political ideology.

So much for that “I’ll be a president for all Americans.” promise.

PUBLISHER NOTE:  An edited version of this column appears in the March 14, 2021 edition of the Joplin Globe.

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