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By Attorney Rees Lloyd
July 9, 2016

“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver.

"The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resis-tance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.”

Gen. George Washington, Commander-in-Chief, spoke these words July 2, 1776 to the soldiers of his Revolutionary Army as the War of Independence began. Few thought then that Gen. Washington’s ragtag volunteer army of patriot soldiers could triumph over England, then the greatest military power in the world. One of every twelve of those American patriot soldiers would die in that war, which went on from 1776 to 1883, America’s longest war until Vietnam.

But by choosing resistance instead of abject submission to the increasing tyranny of England’s King George III, those Revolutionary War veterans under Gen. George Washington secured freedom, and established the first free constitutional government based on the “consent of the governed” in the history of civilization.

We of this generation are the “unborn millions” of whom Gen. Washington spoke. We live in freedom today because of the sacrifices veterans who fought and died for free-dom in the War of Independence, and all the wars which have followed.

American Independence Day, the 4th of July, is a time to annually rejoice in our free-dom, and also to remember that our freedom was bought by blood, from the Founding Fathers of the first generation of free Americans, through the veterans of all the Ameri-can generations who served in all the wars, to the sons and daughters of America of this generation who serve today in the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force to preserve and protect the freedom our American Founding Fathers bequeathed to us.

All together, from the War of Independence of 1776 until today, some 1.4-million! veter-ans have given their lives in defense of American freedom.

We Americans of today owe a great debt to all of the generations of Americans who came before us and preserved for us our most precious possession: Freedom. We pay that debt to those Americans who came before us by preserving and protecting freedom for the Americans who will come after us.

The question presented on this July 14th is: Do Americans still have the courage and love of freedom to fight for freedom against the tyranny of Islamic fascism and terrorism in the War Against Terrorism today that Commander-in-Chief Gen. George Washington and the patriot soldiers of the Revolutionary War had in fighting for freedom and against tyranny in 1776? This is no idle question: The very existence of a free constitutional America is at stake as Americans decide upon resistance to Islamofacist tyranny, or abject surrender to it.


We Americans have before us as the model for resisting, and defeating tyranny the fin-est exemplar of service to God and country: General George Washington. He is the greatest American of any generation, our First American President, honored as "The Father Of Our Country," saluted by those of the Founding Fathers’ generation as "First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen," as expressed by Revolutionary War Gen. Henry "Lighthorse Harry" Lee.

Gen. George Washington was hailed internationally by such as French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte as the "greatest man of his era,” a new “Cincinnatus,” because Washington, like the Roman General Cincinnatus walked away from power to return to his home as a citizen. Washington did this although offered life tenure as U.S. President, or even the title of "King," all of which he rejected as incompatible with patriotic virtue and devotion to individual freedom in our republic.

Gen. George Washington and the soldier patriots of the Revolutionary War made us free. He and they set the example of what must be done to keep us free. We must be willing to emulate it, make the fight, and make the sacrifices they made, if Americans are to remain free “citizens” of a free democratic republic and not the “subjects” of an Islamofascist totalitarian “caliphate” beheading “infidels,” slaughtering “infidel” children, raping and stoning women to death, under 7th Century Islamic Sharia Law in place of our Constitution.

Today, Americans face an even more “cruel and unrelenting enemy” than did George Washington and the Founding Fathers: Tyrannical Islamofascist jihadist terrorism. But we no longer have a Gen. Washington to fight that tyranny in defense of freedom.

Islam is a political ideology cloaked as a religion, fanatically determined to destroy American freedom and impose Sharia law worldwide, giving Americans but three choices: (1) convert to Islam; (2) abject submission to Islamic governance as subservi-ent subjects paying a special tax; or (3), to die, to be killed in the name of Islam.

George Washington, the Founding Fathers, and the citizen soldiers of the American Revolutionary Army, and each war thereafter did not apologize for America’s stand for freedom, did not seek to appease the power that threatened to deny and destroy free-dom, did not bow before tyrants, did not invent euphemisms for tyranny but called it by its name. They chose “brave resistance” rather than “abject submission.” And we are free because of their courageous choice.

The question presented to us is whether we, the “unborn millions” of Americans for whose freedom George Washington and his soldiers fought, and each generation fought, still believe, as did Gen. Washington, the Founding Fathers, and the soldiers of the American Revolution, that we must also choose “brave resistance” rather than “ab-ject submission” in order to preserve and protect the freedom that they bequeathed to us.

Gen. Arnold Schwarzkopf, who commanded in Desert Storm, famously and succinctly said: “Some things are worth living for. Some of those things are worth dying for. One of those things is freedom.” Do we American believe that? Are we Americans today “re-solve[d] to conquer, or die,” as Gen. Washington said, against the Muslim terroristic tyr-anny of today in order to preserve freedom for “millions of unborn” Americans?

This means sacrifices for freedom. More than 12,000 Americans out of a population of approximately 4-million died fighting against the imperialist English monarchy of King George III for a free American republic. It must be remembered that only a minority of Americans were willing to sacrifice and fight for our freedom: One-third of the Ameri-cans supported the war; one-third were neutral; one third actively supported England against their fellow Americans, choosing submission rather than freedom, many fleeing after the war to Canada, still a colony under governance by England.

I have no doubt that those Americans of this generation serving in our Armed Forces are possessed of the full measure of devotion to liberty that was possessed by the Founding Fathers’ generation. Those serving today in Afghanistan, Iraq, and wherever freedom is threatened by the fascistic drive for world domination in the name of Islam, are making that sacrifice.

But can we say that the generation of Americans now in governmental power and media dominance in America, who call themselves “progressives,” i.e., ultra-liberal neo-sociialists who flee from name “liberal,” are equal to the Founding Fathers in any respect, including in particular the will to choose “brave resistance” over “abject submission” to Islamist tyranny in order to preserve American freedom?

Not to put too fine a point of it, but compare, for instance, Commander-in-Chief George Washington and Commander-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama, the first American president to “bow” to an Islamic Wahabist tyrant, or the first in an international gathering of world leaders to be photographed with his hand raised above his head in a fist but with his index finger raised demonstrating the signal of solidarity of Islamic jihadists as Obama passed by leaders of Muslim countries in a photo-shoot, all those Muslim leaders smiling broadly as they saw Obama’s index finger silently signaling solidarity with Islamic jihadism.

Or compare President Thomas Jefferson who sent the Marines to subdue Muslim ter-rorists in Libya with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who would be Commander in Chief. She is a modern Lady MacBeth, risen to power by clinging to a corrupt husband, possessed of such ruthless self-serving ambition for power that after the U.S. Ambas-sador and three other American patriots were slaughtered in Benghazi, Libya, on her watch and due to her malfeasance in office, she would spew to Americans and the world a blatant fabricated lie that they didn’t die because of Islamic terrorism but be-cause of an amateur “movie trailer” demeaning Muhammad, and would later pound the table in Congressional testimony to shriek: “What difference does it make!’ who killed those Americans and why.

It makes a difference! If she doesn’t know that, then Hillary Clinton is manifestly mor-ally and temperamentally unfit for any public office, let alone the Presidency. It is a long way from Gen. George Washington to Barack Hussein Obama, He Who Bows, and from Thomas Jeffersons to Hillary Clinton, She Who Lies — and all downhill.

Thomas Jefferson, possessed of the greatest mind ever to reside in the White House, or any American house, was the principal author of the American Declaration of Independence, the greatest and most inspiring declaration for freedom ever writ. His personal motto was: “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”

As an American revolutionary and Founding Father, Jefferson did not apologize to, bow to, or grovel in appeasement to he English tyrant King George III. As third U.S. President and Commander-in-Chief, Jefferson did not apologize to, bow to, or grovel in appeasement to the oppressive Muslim tyrants who preyed on American ships, and freedom—Jefferson sent the U.S. Marines to Tripoli, without apology, or concern about “the Muslim street,” or political correctness lest Muslim feelings be hurt and they “be offended.”

Does that Jeffersonian determination to choose “brave resistance” over “abject submis-sion” reside in the minds and hearts of those who lead America today, many of whom, including Barak Hussein Obama and Hillary Clinton, call themselves “progressives,” euphemism for net-socialism. Is the transformation of the presidency from that of George Washington to that of Barack Hussein Obama by any commonsense under-standing “progress”? Does the American Spirit of 1776 reside in the minds and hearts of Americans today, or have Americans become so “transformed” by the politically-correct, progressive liberalism of Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the modern Democrat Party that this July 4th they are prepared to choose “abject submission” if the alternate is “brave resistance”?

Jefferson wrote in our American Declaration of Independence that we Americans be-lieve that “all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” The question presented is: Do Americans today still believe that?

Do Americans still believe, most particularly do self-described “progressives” believe today, as Democrat President Jack Kennedy said, that “the rights of man come not from a generous government, but from the hand of God?” Or is it to the hand of the government to which contemporary Americans look as the source of their rights, as “progressive” governmentalism incrementally creeps over seemingly every aspect of American life, while belly-crawling to appease Islamic terrorism?

Do we Americans, from the most humble to the most exalted in the White House and the present regime, still believe that the choice must be for “brave resistance” and not “abject submission,” that the price of freedom is paid in the blood of patriots, and that price must be paid if we are to preserve freedom for “unborn millions” of Americans?

If that is not believed, from the most humble home to the White House, from those with roots in the Founding Fathers generation to the most recent legal immigrants who de-sire to become Americans -- and even to the millions of illegal aliens squatting in America who seek all the rights of Americans with none of the responsibilities, including the responsibility to obey American laws and defend American freedom -- if that belief no longer exists that there must be resistance to tyranny rather than submission to it, then American freedom is in peril.

It is important, therefore, that on each Independence Day, and every other day, we re-member the values, and sacrifice, of those who created, and preserved, our free consti-tutional republic.

In that regard, that we contemporary Americans have a wealth of information at our fin-gertips as to our own history, more accessible information than any generation has had to know who we are as Americans by knowing our American roots.

The lesson of history is clear — from the tyranny of England’s King George, to the tyr-anny of national socialist fascism of Hitler in WWII, to the tyranny of communism Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, and Pol Pot in Korea, in Vietnam, and in the Cold War, to the tyranny of Islamofascism today — if we do not walk in the footsteps of the Founding Fathers, we will walk away from freedom.

We will walk away from freedom to the soft tyranny of an all-encompassing governmentalism, whether it calls itself “progressivism,” “Marxism,” “socialism,” or “communism,” or by any other name, promising security but leading ultimately to governmental soft tyranny, or the harsh tyranny of Islamist Sharia Law.

Islamic jihadism is today as great a threat, or greater, than was the fascist axis of Nazi Germany’s Hitler-Italy’s Mussolini-and Japan’s Emperor Hirohito in WWII, or the social-ist totalitarianism of Stalin-Mao-and Pol Pot under communism, which is the ultimate expression of socialism. This is true no matter the good intentions of liberal “progres-sives” and their Orwellian euphemisms for the tyranny of governmental control over every aspect of life.

Finally, it should be remembered, on every Independence Day -- and every other day -- that it is American veterans, those who served when our country called them to arms to defend freedom, who have chosen “brave resistance” over “abject submission,” and preserved our freedom.

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It is veterans who have paid the price for freedom, of whom “some gave all, and all gave some.” As noted above, some 1,400,000 American veterans, from the Revolutionary Army under Gen. George Washington in 1776 to today, have given their lives for American freedom in all the wars, including those Americans serving in the War Against Islamic Terrorism today, who are suffering terrible wounds, and dying, for freedom.

May God bless and keep each one of them. And may God continue to bless the United States of America, the greatest, because the most free, nation in the history of the world.


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Rees Lloyd, a one time ACLU staff attorney, is the co-founder and director of the Defense of Veterans Memorial Project of the American Legion Dept. of California, and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.

A longtime civil rights attorney and veterans activist whose work has been honored by, among others, the California Senate and Assembly, and numerous civil rights, workers rights, and veterans rights organizations. He has testified as a constitutional expert at hearings before the U.S. House and Senate representing The American Legion.

He has been profiled, and his work featured, by such varied print media as the Los Angeles Times and American Legion Magazine, and such broadcast media as ABC's Nightline and 20/20, Fox News In The Morning, and, among others, by Hannity. His writings have appeared in a variety of national, regional, and local newspaper, magazine, and other publications. He is a frequent radio commentator, and a sought after speaker.*

[*For identification only. The views expressed here are solely Rees Lloyd's and not necessarily any person, entity or organization he may otherwise represent. ]




We of this generation are the “unborn millions” of whom Gen. Washington spoke. We live in freedom today because of the sacrifices veterans who fought and died for free-dom in the War of Independence, and all the wars which have followed.