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I. MEMORIAL DAY 2012: TIME TO REMEMBER THE PRICE OF FREEDOM!
Posted on NewsWithViews.com-By Attorney Rees Lloyd-On May 26, 2012:
“What we Americans of this generation observe as “Memorial Day” was originally known as “Decoration Day.” Graves of soldiers who had given their lives in the Civil War were decorated with flowers to remember and honor their sacrifice. Later, the observance was renamed “Memorial Day,” to commemorate the sacrifice of all who died in all the wars.
Originally, Memorial Day was observed on May 30 of each year. It was intended as a day of solemn remembrance of those Americans who gave their lives, so that Americans of all generations might be free.
The greatest numbers of Americans called on to go to war to defend freedom was that generation whose childhood was of the Great Depression, and whose young adulthood was of World War II. More than 16-million Americans served in WWII. That generation came to be known as the “Greatest Generation.”
Memorial Day as observed by the Greatest Generation in the 40’s, 50’s, and until the late 60’s, was observed on the traditional date of May 30. Millions of Americans joined veterans to in public ceremonies, or decorated graves with Flags and flowers in all 125 National Veterans Cemeteries and tens of thousands of municipal and private cemeteries across the nation. On Memorial day, most Americans paused remembered those who gave their lives for freedom in an attitude of gratitude.
Much of that changed when the Greatest Generation was succeeded by the generation of the politically and culturally ultra-liberal/progressive 1960’s, often now referred to as the “Hippy Generation,” or “Flower Generation,” or more aptly the “Destructive Generation.” It was the generation of explosive growth of Liberal Progressive Big Government commencing with President Jack Kennedy and grown gargantuan under President Lyndon B. Johnson in what he called his “Great Society” (sic).
Memorial Day at what was the height of big government, at least until current President Barack Hussein Obama ascended to the presidency, was no longer celebrated on May 30. Instead, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act (Publ. L. 90-363) was adopted in 1968, providing Memorial Day would be observed on the third Monday of May.
This was not done to more firmly educate and impress on Americans the meaning of Memorial Day. Rather, it was done by big government in order to provide three-day holidays for the ever expanding number of federal government employees. Government employees in government unions in the states, counties, and cities, quickly followed suit, all receiving convenient three-day weekend holidays.
With the change to convenient three-day weekend Memorial Day holidays for government employees rather than the day actually intended, the meaning of Memorial Day also seemed to shift. Rather than being a day set aside for sober and often somber remembrance of the service and sacrifice of those who paid the ultimate price to preserve American freedom, Memorial Day began to be remembered as the beginning-of-summer holiday, a happy time to remember to buy and consume food and beverages and to make merry at the beach or elsewhere, free of such oppressive burdens as remembering those who purchased by their blood the freedom of Americans of this day.
Thus, on Memorial Day 2012, while most of the 23-million living American veterans, and millions of other patriots, will still hold ceremonies and observances honoring America’s war dead, the much greater number of millions of Americans will observe the day in disregard for the meaning of Memorial Day, opting for a day at the beach rather than a day remembrance of the sacrifice of veterans for freedom.
Others, beneficiaries of the liberal/progressive government education establishment, may not be selfishly disregarding the meaning of Memorial Day: They may actually be ignorant of what Memorial Day is really all about, and why it has meaning in sustaining the American culture, and American freedom.
Perhaps the creation such attitudes of cavalier disregard of the meaning of Memorial Day, or ignorance of it, by the liberal/progressive government school education establishment through brainwashing the young into liberal/progressive multi-cultural mutants denied knowledge of their own American heritage or taught to despise it as “racist,” “imperialist,” “greedy capitalist,” etc., etc, is best exemplified on Memorial Day 2012 by the sign in front of Hockinson High School, in liberal south Washington State just across the Columbia River from Portland, OR, the Principality of Liberal Progressive Political Correctness.
The sign at Hockinson High Taft Show advises the students, parents, and community: “No School Monday 28, May.”
That’s all: Just “No school.” No explanation of why there is “no school”? It’s just another day off, kids—no reason for good liberal/ progressive government teachers and education bureaucrats to bother you with knowledge of why it is a day off by writing “Memorial Day,” let alone teaching you what Memorial Day is really about. Or why you are free.
As politically incorrect as it may be, I must respectfully suggest that on Memorial Day ought to be on observed on Memorial Day, May 30, even if the poor, oppressed federal and other government employees are meaninfly deprived of convenient three-day holidays by the taxpayers off of whom they live.
Further, I respectfully suggest that Memorial Day should once again be observed as it was originally intended—to remember those who have given their lives for freedom, to reflect on their service and sacrifice, and contemplate that such service and sacrifice may once again be required to pay the price of freedom.
In short, we Americans, all of us, owe a debt to the American who came before us, and by their military service, in which all gave some and some gave all, preserved freedom for us. We repay that debt to those Americans who came before us by our willingness serve and sacrifice as they did to preserve freedom for those Americans who will come after us.
May God bless and keep and each and every one of them. And may Americans never cease to remember them, and their sacrifice, for our freedom.
REMEMBERING THOSE WHO DIED THAT WE MIGHT BE FREE:
American Wars Killed In Action
Revolutionary War .............. 25,324
War of 1812 .......................... 2,260
Mexican American War ..... 13,283
Civil War ............................... 650,000
Spanish American War ....... 7,166
World War I ......................... 116,708
World War II ....................... 408,306
Korean War ......................... 54,246
Vietnam War ....................... 58,223
Persian Gulf War ................ 363
Operation Iraqi Freedom .. 4,421
Op. Enduring Freedom ...... 1,972
All Other Conflicts since
the Revolutionary War ....... 8,330
Islamist jihadist terrorism . 3,336
Operation New Dawn ......... 66
TOTAL: ………….1,354,003 [plus 88,000 MIA]
It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to fair trial.
It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves under the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.
(Poem by Father Dennis Edward O’Brien)
- REES LLOYD is 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. ]
- E-Mail: ReesLloydLaw@gmail.com
II. FALLEN HEROES AND THE ‘FLAVOR OF FREEDOM’!
Posted on WND.com-By CHELSEA SCHILLING-On May 25, 2012:
“Meet Sgt. James McIlvaine of Olney, Md. – a handsome 26-year-old U.S. Marine, devoted husband, loving father of two young children and dedicated man anyone would want the privilege of calling a friend.
McIlvaine, known for having a splendid sense of humor that could make a room full of people roar with laughter, served in the U.S. military for nearly eight years – including combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.
A natural leader, he knew a thing or two about loyalty, love of his country, service and sacrifice.
In fact, he sacrificed his own life for your freedom.
If ever there were a time to wave an American flag, it’s now. Check...
On April 30, 2009, his five-man explosive ordnance disposal team retrieved a roadside bomb beside an Iraqi police station in Al Anbar province, Iraq. A robot was used to disarm the device, but when the bomb was being transported to a safe location, it exploded without warning.
The blast killed Sgt. McIlvaine instantly.
Several Iraqi policemen and two other team members were killed as well: Staff Sgt. Tony Wojciechowski and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Tyler Trahan.
Acting quickly, Staff Sgt. Dustin Velzeboer risked his own life to save the remaining crew as a trailer filled with explosives caught fire after the initial blast. The wounded Marine jumped into the truck and drove it away as quickly as possible. As soon as he was far enough away, Velzeboer ran for his life. A large explosion decimated the vehicle, but everyone, including Velzeboer, was shielded from the blast. The Marine Corps awarded Velzeboer a Bronze Star with “V” device for his courage that day in Iraq.
But the deaths of those Marines filled their families and friends with unbearable heartache practically unimaginable by those who haven’t experienced such profound loss.
Sgt. McIlvaine left behind his wife, Cheryl, and children, Michael and Alexa, who were just 7 and 3 at the time of their father’s death.
Joanne Cembrook, a stunning Virginia woman, is McIlvaine’s mother.
“He was just the most fun person to be with,” she told WND. “He was a joy to raise. He had a great sense of humor and was always coming up with things to say. From the time he was a little boy, he was always sensitive to other people’s feelings. He was just a really great guy.
“The only consolation we have is that he died doing what he loved to do.”
One posting on a Facebook page honoring McIlvaine’s memory states:
“For those that will fight for it, freedom has a flavor the protected shall never know.”
- Author unknown (widely attributed to L. Cpl Edwin L. “Tim” Craft, 1968.)
That statement rings true for many U.S. men and women fighting in uniform – and the families who love and support them.
Cembrook is now part of a Gold Star family, a designation reserved for family members of U.S. servicemen who have died in combat while serving their country.
This Memorial Day weekend, a new short film, “The Fence,” honors the experiences of those grieving Americans who have lost a parent, child, sibling or friend at war – and offers an inside glimpse of their struggle for those who’ve never faced a flag-draped coffin carrying their fallen hero.
The film’s national premier will take place at Arlington National Cemetery on May 26, 27 and 28. (A schedule of showings is available at the Arlington National Cemet...)
“The Fence” is about Arty Cooper, a fictional character who has lost his only son in the Iraq war. While he grieves and tries to heal, a refugee Iraqi family moves in next door. The discovery of his new neighbors dredges up Cooper’s anger and pain.
He reacts by shunning them and building a fence around his property, blocking them out – and his emotions in. When his neighbor’s young daughter goes missing, the community is shaken. Arty is suspected and finally confronts his pain and fear. He finds that the beginning of his healing comes from a most unexpected place.
“I felt that they did a really good job of showing what you initially feel like and the realization that you come to afterward,” Cembrook told WND. “Initially, [Arty Cooper] wants to close in and doesn’t want to have anything to do with Middle Easterners. But he later realizes that basically we’re all kind of the same.”
“The Fence” is available at BuyTheFence.com or BuyTheMoviesSupportTheTroops.com or by calling (860) 767-9000.
She said the filmmakers made a magnificent effort to honor the experiences of military families who have been through the tragedy of losing a loved one at war.
“I think they’re really portraying it in a realistic manner,” Cembrook said. “I don’t think that they’re trying to sensationalize it. That’s what we worry about as a Gold Star family – that people are going to try to sensationalize death and war. For not having gone through it themselves, and just going on what they’ve learned from people who have gone through it, they really are portraying the feelings we feel as parents.”
She noted that Gold Star families often struggle with determining which projects to rally behind.
“We get approached a lot about doing interviews and people wanting to capitalize on our loss,” she said. “This is the first time in three years that I’ve really come forward and said, ‘This is something that I really believe in and really support.’”
Filmed with the help of Connecticut’s own 144th MP Battalion, “The Fence” has been called “everything that is great about independent film.” Its cast and crew came from Connecticut, New York, California and even Europe to bring to life a poignant and powerful wartime story of loss and the journey to healing.
“The Fence” writer, director and actor Jimmy Driscoll plays the role of Cooper. Rich Lepoutre is executive producer of the film and CEO of Dreyfus Films, LLC. He became involved with the project immediately upon meeting Driscoll and reviewing the script.
“Jimmy and I soon discovered that we shared a vision for making film that would entertain but that would also move people into a new understanding by peeling back a story, so that the audience could see and experience a story with different eyes,” he told WND. “It was also very important to both of us to produce art that respected the audience and the subject – no zombie or screaming teenager movies, for us.
“Since my family was already involved in supporting soldiers and soldier family causes, getting involved with ‘what if’ story of Gold Star families and the very personal fire walk they face was challenging and a privilege for me. From there I was hooked.”
In the late winter of 2011, with the help of the nonprofit organization Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS, Lepoutre met and interviewed Gold Star families at Arlington.
Those interviews with real-life families of fallen soliders – including one with McIlvaine’s own family – are now part of the DVD’s bonus section, called “Behind The Fence.”
This Memorial Day weekend, 50 percent of the net proceeds from DVD sales will go to TAPS,Give2theTroops and the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation.
Those interested in ordering a “donation copy” of “The Fence” DVD package may do so through secure websites at BuyTheFence.com or BuyTheMoviesSupportTheTroops.com or by calling (860)767-9000 to place a phone order. Discounts are offered for bulk orders of two or more copies.
A trailer for “The Fence” may be viewed here.
Meanwhile, Lepoutre is working on another project to honor U.S. service members called “Honor Bound.” His friend, Ray Bechard, conceived of the TV reality series that would share the untold stories of U.S. troops’ aid and kindness in the midst of battle.
“These professionals are redefining what it means to be a soldier,” said Bechard, an American journalist who just returned from Afghanistan to record the pilot episode of the show.
“In thousands of quiet ways, our soldiers often go beyond the prevue of their deployments to provide personal help to local populations, often at great risk. In doing so, they create a more fertile ground for freedom and liberty to flourish. ‘Honor Bound’ will feature how the modern American soldier is bringing new meaning to the word, ‘victory.’”
III. Courts: Honor Our Fallen Heroes by Honoring Your Oaths!
Posted on Liberty Legal Foundation-By Atty. Van Iron, Founder Liberty Legal Foundation-On May 25, 2012:
“On Memorial Day I will be remembering why Liberty Legal Foundation exists. Our mission is to restore the Constitution. Too many Americans have died painful, fearful deaths, far from home, defending the Constitution for us. To let the Constitution die by our inaction is unacceptable. Our fallen Heroes gave up all their tomorrows so that we and our children could have freedom. This is what motivates us at the Liberty Legal Foundation.
LLF decided to get involved in the Presidential eligibility fight for one simple reason: If the Courts refuse to enforce existing precedent, why fight to change precedent? Currently our judicial branch is refusing to do its duty. The question we present in our Certification Class Action lawsuits is simple: Will the courts enforce Supreme Court precedent defining the term “natural born citizen?”
There are three categories of citizen: Naturalized, citizen by birth, and natural born citizen. All three categories come from different parts of the Constitution.
Naturalized citizens are whatever Congress decides they are because Article I of the Constitution grants Congress the authority to “establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.” These laws change over time but only affect Naturalized citizens.
In Minor v. Happersett the Supreme Court defined the term “natural born citizen” as that term is used in Article II of the Constitution. The Minor court explained that there have never been any doubts that a natural born citizen was a person born in the U.S. with two parents that were U.S. citizens at the time of birth.
A few years later the Supreme Court’s Wong Kim Ark decision established the scope of the third category of citizen, the 14th Amendment citizen, creating the citizen-by-birth standard. The 14thAmendment’s citizen-by-birth category is clearly different from Article II’s Natural Born citizen, and from Naturalized citizens. Those that read Wong Kim Ark and claim that it negates Minor v. Happersett are either ignorant of basic rules of legal interpretation, or they are willingly blind, or they are liars.
All of this is obvious to anyone that wants to study it unbiasedly and understand our system of citizenship. We explained it, yet again, in our response in opposition to the DNC’s motion to Sanction me, filed with the Arizona District Court.
The problem is that most courts are corrupt and are easily influenced by politics. Because acknowledging this simple truth would bring down a sitting President, it is difficult to find a judge willing to do the right thing. Apparently all judges faced with this question to date have been more interested in their own professional career than they are in protecting the foundations of our Constitutional Republic. When you consider how many Americans have suffered and died to protect our Constitution, it is amazing to me that so many judges are so selfish that they are unwilling to simply uphold their oath of office and acknowledge the truth.
When men have died horrible deaths on foreign soil to protect the Constitution, can any man be forgiven when he ignores the Constitution to save his career?
I, for one, will not shirk in the face of threats against my career. If the courts are so corrupt that they will sanction me for defending the Constitution, then I’ll accept their sanction as a badge of honor. We at Liberty Legal Foundation will keep fighting.
God Bless America. God bless her Constitution. God Bless her fallen heroes. May they rest in peace knowing that they did not die in vain.
Van Irion, Founder
LIBERTY LEGAL FOUNDATION”
Note: Americans continue to wake up!
Thanks again to WND, The Post & Email, Obama Ballot Challenge Staff, Sheriff Arpaio and his Cold Case Posse, Attorney Van Iron (founder of Liberty Legal Foundation), Attorney Larry Klayman, CDR Charles Kerchner (Ret), Western Journalism, The Washington Times 24/7 and many others for their unwavering commitment and fortitude to continue the fight.
Thousands of Americans across the country are continuing to wake up to the fact that President Obama is constitutionally ineligible to hold the office of President, as substantiated by his newly released long-form Certificate of Live Birth, which shows that his father was in fact born in Kenya in 1936. At the time, Kenya was a British colony. Therefore Obama Senior was a British subject by birth (due to the fact that he was born within British-controlled territory). When President Obama was born in 1961, he acquired British nationality by descent, because his father was a British subject by birth. When Kenya gained its independence from Great Britain in 1963, President Obama became a citizen of the newly-formed nation.
Additionally, several new organizations, to include active websites, were established to educate and mobilize the American public on the significance of “natural born Citizen” and the 2012 Election, along with an initiative to assist ordinary registered voting citizens wishing to challenge President Obama’s constitutional eligibility and name placement on their state’s 2012 primary presidential ballot. The team that established and maintains this website is currently compiling election laws from all 50 states and in the near future will be providing forms, along with sample letters that registered voters can use to file a complaint. Also included is pertinent information regarding those lawsuits and/or complaints that have been filed by state, to include my own.
Word of Caution: Although its great that thousands of Americans are continuing to wake up and are actively taking some action to have President Obama taken off the 2012 Presidential Election Ballots we need to keep in mind that those individuals with unlimited sources and/or resources, to include the deep pockets of anti-American George Soros, our own local and national elected officials and others, with the help of the MSM, who have spent years planning and successively perpetrating what I now believe could be the greatest fraud in American history are not going to go down without a fight and thus, as a result, I also believe that now more than ever we need to stick together as Americans (it's no longer Democrat or Republican) at this crucial time when our country and/or Republic needs us more than ever to see this thru. A Republic for which so many Americans have and continue to give their all to uphold and defend.
So the question is: Are you going to be part of the problem by continuing to keep your head in the sand hoping this issue goes away by itself or are you going to be part of the solution by stepping up to the plate and doing what ever it takes to uphold and defend our Republic before its too late?-You Decide:
YOUR TURN: TELL CONGRESS TO PROBE ELIGIBILITY: ‘Not to resolve this monumental, unprecedented constitutional issue intolerable’!-Posted on WND.com-On April 10, 2012:
Note: The following video and article and/or blog post relate to this disturbing issue-You Decide:
I. Video: Foreign and Domestic: Exposing America's True Enemies!-Posted on YouTube.com-By TheJoshTolleyChannel-On July 7, 2012:
II. SCALIA FLUMMOXED ABOUT NATURAL BORN CITIZENSHIP: ‘Exclusive: Larry Klayman asks justice for definition of term used in Constitution!’-Posted on WND.com-By LARRY KLAYMAN-On August 31, 2012:
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Follow-up Letter To NM U.S. Senator Udall Requesting Congressional Investigation Into Allegations Made By Sheriff Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse!-Posted on We The People USA-ByJake Martinez-On July 21, 2012:
Follow-up Letter to NM Governor Martinez Requesting The Removal of President Obama From The NM 2012 Presidential Election Ballot!-Posted on We The People USA-By Jake Martinez on July 21, 2012:
Follow-up Letter To NM U.S. Senator Tom Udall Requesting Congressional Investigation Into Allegations Made By Sheriff Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse!-Posted on We The People USA-By Jake Martinez-On April 11, 2012:
Follow-up Letter to NM Governor Martinez Regarding The Removal of President Obama From The NM 2012 Presidential Election Ballot!-Posted on We The People USA-By Jake Martinez on April 12, 2012:
God Bless Our Country/Republic.