DON'T CALL IT 'PATRIOTS DAY'
I LIKE GEORGE W. BUSH
By Geoff Metcalf
September 8, 2002
Despite his faults, Skull and Bones connections, and globalist tragic flaws he is by far superior to any democrat alternative. However, I am no sycophant. His errors, like his strengths must be acknowledged.
When I saw the Washington Times headline, "Bush honors 9/11 victims with 'Patriot Day'" I about gagged on my oatmeal. http://www.washtimes.com/national/20020906-541084.htm
"President Bush issued a formal proclamation designating September 11 as "Patriot Day," saying the more than 3,000 people who perished in the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil "will forever hold a cherished place in our hearts and in the history of our nation."
Wait a flipping minute! What presidential aid/wonk suggested this brain flatulence?
We already HAVE a "Patriots Day"! It is April 19th, and although Lexington Massachusetts may be the only city in the country to still celebrate it, it recognizes the beginning of our 'War for Independence', which established the republic.
The president has asked governors and government officials to honor those killed last year by flying the flag at half-staff September 11th. Cool! THAT is fine.
But in honoring last years victims let's not insult the memory of those original patriots who told a king, "with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."
"Mr. Bush encouraged all Americans to display the flag at half-staff from their homes and observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., when the first hijacked plane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York." Cool! But don't call it "Patriots Day"!
The proclamation says, "I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services and candlelight vigils." Cool! But don't call it "Patriots Day"!
The Patriot Day proclamation follows another designating Sept. 6-8 as "National Days of Prayer and Remembrance." FINE! But please lose the "Patriots Day" label.
Gary Hildreth wrote "The Price They Paid" in which he delineated what happened to those 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence. PLEASE….read it. http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/421.html
You might also want to read what happened on April 19th 1775. http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/lexington_20000420.html
April 19th 1775 was the day that the British (in a classic government gun control gambit) attacked their own citizens at Lexington and Concord Massachusetts. Americans fought back and the rest is badly taught history.
The President asks us to, "to join me during these Days of Prayer and Remembrance in praying for God's continued protection and for the strength to overcome great evil with even greater good." Amen! But DON'T call it "Patriots Day".
Presidents don't like to admit mistakes. However, to not do so in this case would be a tragedy.
Why are we engaged in a 'War on Terrorism'? Supposedly:
· To fight for the essence of America.
· Defense of our PRINCIPLES.
· To preserve our way of life.
· To defend freedom and liberty.
Three documents delineate the essence of America, our principles, our way of life, freedom and liberty. They are 'The Declaration of Independence', 'The Constitution', and 'The Bill of Rights'.
We honor the establishment of that American troika on 'Patriots Day'/April 19th.
Teddy Roosevelt once said, Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does NOT mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country."
President Bush HAS efficiently served the country and he continues to do so. However it would be an "inefficiency" to dishonor those patriots who "with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence," pledged "to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." By misappropriating the name of THEIR day of remembrance with a contemporary politically correct alternative.
Thomas Jefferson observed, "...the spirit of the times may alter, will alter. Our rulers will become corrupt, our people careless. A single zealot may commence persecutor, and better men be his victims. It can never be too often repeated, that the time for fixing every essential right on a legal basis is while our rulers are honest, and ourselves united. For the conclusion of this war [for Independence] we shall be going down hill. It will not then be necessary to resort every moment to the people for support. They will be forgotten, therefore, and their rights disregarded. They will forget themselves, but in the sole faculty of making money, and will never think of uniting to effect a due respect for their rights. The shackles, therefore, which shall not be knocked off at the conclusion of this war, will remain on us long, will be made heavier and heavier, till our rights shall revive or expire in a convulsion."
'Patriots Day' is, and should remain, April 19th. September 11th should never be forgotten and it deserves a national day of recognition. However, PLEASE….don't call it 'Patriots Day."
© 2002 Geoff Metcalf - All Rights Reserved
Geoff is a veteran media performer. He has had an eclectic professional background covering a wide spectrum of radio, television, magazine, and newspapers. A former Green Beret and retired Army officer he is in great demand as a speaker. Metcalf has hosted his radio talk show on the ABC/Disney owned and operated KSFO and in worldwide syndication. www.geoffmetcalf.com