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    Memorial Day: The "Giant" is awake!

    MEMORIAL DAY: THE “GIANT” IS AWAKE
    05-31-2010 by Marilyn M. Barnwell

    Barack Obama went to Europe just before Memorial Day last year and apologized for America being American – and upset a lot of Americans.

    He is very young and very inexperienced politically and professionally. He doesn’t seem to this old woman to be very wise… or even very aware of which citizens from which nation provided him the power he now wields so carelessly around the world – and in the Gulf of Mexico.

    I wrote an article for my European friends last Memorial Day when Obama apologized for his country. At the time, I wanted to clarify how Americans feel about our nation – since the man elected to the Presidency seemed unable. Last year, the guy had only been in office a few months before making such a fool of himself. This year, no such excuse exists. He continues in foolish, unpatriotic profligacy.

    Many people in this Great Nation have learned during the past 17 months that being elected to the Presidency does not make a man a Patriot. A man, bearing the official title of President of the United States, who on foreign shores, apologizes for American arrogance is – I hate to say it – arrogant.

    Americans finally began waking up last year and realized they had become spoiled. It's true. It's hard not to get spoiled when you live in this beautiful, productive country. It takes discipline. Many people didn't (and still do not) have it. Too many citizens had become apathetic and government dependent – too many still are. But a 1942 prediction by a famous Japanese Admiral should be taken to heart by those who think their power absolves them from the futures they have yet to live.

    On January 9, 1942, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (whose idea it was to attack Pearl Harbor) wrote a reply to a letter from Hiroyuki Agawa (see The Reluctant Admiral). In the movie Tora! Tora! Tora! Hollywood reduced Yamamoto's comment after Pearl Harbor to: "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." In reality, here is what Yamamoto said: "A military man can scarcely pride himself on having 'smitten a sleeping enemy'; it is more a matter of shame, simply, for the one smitten. I would rather you made your appraisal after seeing what the enemy does, since it is certain that, angered and outraged, he will soon launch a determined counterattack."

    The Tea Party and other anti-socialism groups were motivated into being partly because of Barack Obama's European apology for American arrogance last year. Other poor judgments by this man have resulted in the waking of Yamamoto’s "sleeping giant" and it is learning how to do more than just protest. The giant is educating and involving itself in local and state politics. Thus, to some degree, we see the return of an energized America to the status of Republic and the rejection of socialized Democracy.

    Last year, my article said: "You have my apologies for the behavior of the man who calls himself this nation’s President. On any given day, more Americans oppose his condescending behavior than approve it. He and his wife may not be proud of America. We, the people, are.

    "Memorial Day is special to us. This day, Americans honor heroes who died in our nation’s service – and I hope our European friends honor them, too. So many American men died in service on European soil."

    This year, because of the Obama European apology a year ago, I say “thank you.” That apology was the beginning of a series of world gaffs that motivated Tea Party and other groups to say "Enough!" I encourage those from other nations to understand the difference in the attitudes of the American people and the historic arrogance of so many of our political Administrations.

    On Monday, May 31, 2010, we Americans celebrate the lives – not the deaths – of our heroes. If you wonder why our stock market and banks and postal services are not working today, here's why:

    On May 5, 1868, General John Logan (as in Denver’s Fort Logan where my Dad served in WWII) proclaimed the existence of Memorial Day in General Order No. 11.

    Graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery were first decorated on May 30, 1868.

    Southern women decorated the graves of Confederate soldiers even before the War Between the States ended in 1865.

    In 1873, the state of New York first officially recognized this holiday. By 1890, all Northern states recognized Memorial Day. The South honored their dead on different dates until after World War I.

    It was then Memorial Day was changed to honor all soldiers who died in service to our country rather than those who died just during the War Between the States… or, as some call it, the Civil War.

    Because of all the above, I found last year’s Barack Obama apologies to European nations for American arrogance to be particularly offensive. Arrogant men do not tread the shores of foreign nations and die for a cause called “freedom.” Arrogant men do, however, minimize such efforts… and even apologize for them. Perhaps men who have not served their nation via military service do not understand such things. Being a military man is quite different than being a community organizer, I guess.

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that be true, then I offer the following 20,000 words to explain why no apology from Americans to Europeans is necessary.

    1 The American Cemetery at Aisne-Marne, France; 2,289 American soldiers buried here

    2. The American Cemetery at Ardennes, Belgium; 5,329 American soldiers buried here

    3. The American Cemetery at Brittany, France; 4,410 American soldiers buried here

    4. Brookwood, England American Cemetery; 468 Americans soldiers buried here

    5. Cambridge, England; 3,812 American soldiers buried here

    6. Epinal, France American Cemetery; 5,525 American soldiers buried here

    7. Flanders Field, Belgium; 368 American soldiers buried here

    8. Florence, Italy; 4,402 American soldiers buried here

    9. Henri-Chapelle, Belgium; 7,992 American soldiers buried here

    10. Lorraine, France; 10,489 American soldiers buried here

    11. Luxembourg, Luxembourg; 5,076 American soldiers buried here

    12. Meuse-Argonne; 14,246 American soldier buried here

    13. Netherlands, Netherlands; 8,301 Americans buried here

    14. Normandy, France; 9,387 American soldiers buried here

    15. Oise-Aisne, France; 6,012 American soldiers buried here

    16. Rhone, France; 861 American soldiers buried here

    17. Sicily, Italy; 7,861 American soldiers buried here

    18. Somme, France; 1,844 American soldiers buried here

    19. St. Mihiel, France; 4,153 American soldiers buried here

    20. Suresnes, France; 1,541 American soldiers buried here

    This is a partial count of those American soldiers buried at these European cemeteries – and there are others – and it totals 104,366. Add to that Arlington and all of the other veterans’ cemeteries around America and Europe where our WWII (and WWI and other) veterans are buried. It is not only sad that the man elected to be President of this Great Nation needs a few days in Chicago more than he needs to honor the heroes who made it possible for him to serve in that office. It is a disgrace.

    Are Americans arrogant? Or is the man elected to serve as President arrogant? Or, do Americans just exude the self confidence that accompanies free people? How do you define arrogance? I define it as an attitude reflecting a lack of considered value towards a person – or a nation – that has given you much. I also define it as unearned and undeserved self pride.

    It's a little like accepting a Nobel Prize you haven’t earned. The attitude can be caused by envy or jealousy – or some other form of basic insecurity. One thing I know that arrogance is NOT: The willingness to die for freedom – America's or that of other people. The willingness to pay taxes for years to rebuild a far away, war-torn continent isn't arrogant (or greedy), either.

    It is called patriotism -- that feeling deep in the breast that makes us say so proudly: "I'm an American!"

    Admiral Yamamoto, a brilliant man, understood it too late. World's leaders, including America's own, need to remember that.
    Conservative Wife & Mom -- I'm a Conservative Christian-American with dual citizenship...the Kingdom of God is my 1st home and the U.S.A. is my 2nd.

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    Thank You Ma'am,
    Semper Fi

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    Thanks mom for posting this. Let us hope that patriots across this great republic are indeed waking up. Pray that it is not to late.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    This country will not stand tall again until that Kenyan in the White House is evicted. Our freedom will not be secure until then either. If we, the people have to evict him, either at the ballot box or otherwise, then we gotta do what we gotta do! And....one way or the other we will get the job done!

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    That was pretty good. You did some research for that one.

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    this article sucks

    It is memorial day.
    A day to remember all those who gave their life for OUR country.
    While we are reading about those who gave their all, lets devote most of the article to bash the sitting President of the United States.
    America, what a great country.
    Thank those brave men and women who died to give you the freedom to print such things.

    Can we just honor those who gave their all without bashing our President? The commander in Cheif of the Armed Forces?

    Can we?

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    Quote Originally Posted by theicemanmpls View Post
    It is memorial day.
    A day to remember all those who gave their life for OUR country.
    While we are reading about those who gave their all, lets devote most of the article to bash the sitting President of the United States.
    America, what a great country.
    Thank those brave men and women who died to give you the freedom to print such things.

    Can we just honor those who gave their all without bashing our President? The commander in Cheif of the Armed Forces?

    Can we?

    You know something YOU!! suck...That man don't deserve respect, he sure as heck don't give it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamecockfan1963 View Post
    You know something YOU!! suck...That man don't deserve respect, he sure as heck don't give it..
    Hoildays over. Now you Johnson's can get back to bashing Barry O'bamma.
    During Indepence day, can we separate the two? The holiday, and Barry O'bamma?

    I doubt it.

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    Thanks, CWM, a good read.
    Prov. 27:3 - "Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both"

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    Quote Originally Posted by theicemanmpls View Post
    It is memorial day.
    A day to remember all those who gave their life for OUR country.
    While we are reading about those who gave their all, lets devote most of the article to bash the sitting President of the United States.
    America, what a great country.
    Thank those brave men and women who died to give you the freedom to print such things.

    Can we just honor those who gave their all without bashing our President? The commander in Cheif of the Armed Forces?

    Can we?
    It is the office of the President of the United States that is deserving of our respect. The character of the office holder determines whether he is deserving of our respect. The current occupant...not so much.

    About 50 years ago someone addressed the aspect of character when he said "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character". MLK

    Character does matter.

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