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It Is The Soldier

It Has Always Been The Soldier

It is the soldier, not the President who gives us democracy.

It is the soldier, not the Congress who takes care of us.

It is the soldier, not the Reporter who has given us Freedom of Press.

It is the soldier, not the Poet who has given us Freedom of Speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus [community] Organizer who has given us the Freedom to Demonstrate.

It is the soldier, who salutes the flag; who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, that allows the protester to burn the flag.

~ Father Dennis O’Brien, US Marine Corp. Chaplain

via Gateway Pundit


  1. Annie's Mom
  2. They teach, don’t they?

  3. srdem65

    A very nice essay from the good Father. I would only add that it is the “civilian” soldier, the one who serves then returns to civilian life, that makes it all work.

    No one in my family currently serves in the military, but the previous generation gave it’s all; every male over the age of 18 served in the military, one way or another.
    God Bless the men and women who serve today, and God bless their families that also serve by waiting.

  4. Carole

    Thank you Lynn II for posting Father Dennis O’Brien’s “It Has Always Been the Soldier.” I appreciate that you have honored our brave men and women in the armed forces and the veterans such as my husband. I have always seen my husband as an American hero for serving over 100 missions into Vietman on a B52. I also, see the birdies as brave American heroes for expressing their love for their country and standing their ground on true American ideology and their belief in safeguarding our constitution of the United States. I may be too wordy, but I know you will understand what I mean.

  5. A bit of history….

    World War I: Germany signs an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car in the forest of Compiègne, France. The fighting officially ends at 11:00 a.m., (the eleventh hour in the eleventh month on the eleventh day) and this is annually honoured with a two-minute silence.
    On that morning of November 11, while the world started to celebrate and word continued to filter down to the troops that the fighting would cease at 11:00, there were almost 11,000 casualties, including almost 2,700 killed.

  6. The Original

    I used to work with a guy who was a guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. That detail also is the honor guard at WH events. He hated the WH duty. He was there during the Clinton administration. It wasn’t a pleasant job . . . but the Tomb was another story. I asked him about how they dealt with the heat and cold. During the heat, they take out all of the lining of their clothes. During the heat, they add insulation, but sometimes it never really helps a lot.

  7. domanii

    Let’s bombard our senators with letters asking, no, demanding for a recount. One county in Florida alone had more votes than voters!

    • Missing Laura Bush

      Please also see this:

      Devvy has a plan of action.

      I am convinced the fraud is rampant. We need to pursue exposing it and get a recount in key swing states.

      Thanks, Lynn for posting the essay!

      • He/she sounds furious….some of us have already been through the anger stage….the majority have spoken and we move on from there…Supreme Court is going to take up voter ID….I’ll keep you informed on their decision…

      • There probably was a degree of fraud….until voter ID laws are instituted there always will be.

    • Annie's Mom

      Spew Alert!!!

  8. Annie's Mom

    O/T A blog can say anything. I am in sorrow over the election results. The Allen West 141% electorate number is false. I can’t find the link right now (Lynn, help?) but the ballot in St. Lucie Co. was a 3 page ballot…every voter had 2 cards…not 2 votes. This kind of falsehood does us no good. Was there fraud? Probably. We need to stick to the facts and not repeat and repost blog stuff that has no basis in truth.

  9. srdem65

    What I found out today: the FBI traced some odd e-mails from someone’s personal friend and uncovered an “affair” between the General and his lady-friend. OR: the lady-friend spoke in front of a group in October and said that the CIA annex in Bengazi was actually a jail facility holding some al-queada prisoners. OR: the General ruined his life, totally destroyed his family to avoid going before Congress and being found out a “liar”.

    Do we remember someone saying that our government somebodies were forming a “hostage negotiation team”, because MrStevens was “missing”.? Could it have been an attempt to free those “prisoners” held at the CIA annex?

    Makes sense: the Arabs take the Ambassador hostage, but he dies.
    So they then attack the CIA annex in an effort to free the “prisoners”. I always wondered why the attack stopped when the Americans were clearly outnumbered and out-gunned by the terrorists; could it be that they DID release the “prisoners” and that was the reason for the “stand down” command?

  10. Thank you for posting Father O’Brien appreciation of our fighting men and, yes, women , Lynn II. Since my older son will be leaving soon for Afghanistan and his brother is in the AFROTC at his university, this strikes a cord with me. I didn’t raise them to be warriors, but it is as it is. . .and if not them, who?

    • srdem65

      Nellyq, bless you and them. I pray for the safety of all our fighting men and women, but I’ll ask for a special blessing for you: peace of mind that your boys will return home safe and sound.

    • We all need to appreciate the sacrifices made with honor by our servicemen and women.
      You may not have raised them to be warriors, but you did raise them to be courageous men. That says a lot about who you are. 😉

  11. The Original

    59 precincts in Philly and 9 precincts in Cleveland with ZERO votes for Romney. Anyone believe that is true? Not me.

    • Francine

      Just coming over to post this! This article spins that it is not unusual due to demographics:

      • The Original

        Just do not believe it. Maybe one or two . . . not in a total as we know at this moment of 68. That just does not make sense.

    • The Original

      Can you imagine that had Gov. Romney won and it came out that 68 precincts in Mormon communities did not have one vote for BO? There would be DEMANDS for a recount . . . maybe even a demand for a new election.

    • One of those precincts is totally black, bankrupt, and their mayor went to jail. They’re all east, majority black and very liberal….not surprised by it at all.


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