Wednesday, March 19, 2003

I have not yet begun to fight!

I have not yet begun to fight!
-John Paul Jones

We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall
fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills;we shall never surrender.
-Sir Winston Churchill

I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.
-Nathan Hale

Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
-President John F. Kennedy

Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
-John Dickinson, The Liberty Song

These quotes have a common thread, the thread that is bound in the United States of America Flag, the People of America, and our common
values, dreams and aspirations.

We have a desire, a dream, a life, a pursuit of freedom and liberty.

These inalienable rights, dreams, and responsibilities, came to us from a higher order, our God. The idea behind God, can either be a
religion, a faith, a feeling, a dream, or concept. Behind all thoughts, is a way and means of moral and ethical living.

No words, or ideas, or thoughts can take away every living person's desire for freedom. But freedom can not be given, it must be taken
by each moral and ethical person. Taken and earned.

Now is the time, we pay for freedom with blood. But we either give that blood in our just pursuit, or it is taken from us.

War is not the best alternative, to solving problems and disputes. No one believes that. But we have the right and responsibility to
no one take away our freedoms.

Let me guide the way, with another quote.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and
inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are
instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes
destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation
on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness." --
Declaration of Independence as originally written by Thomas Jefferson, 1776. ME 1:29, Papers 1:315

This is one of the most beautiful documents ever created. Because for the first time, a free people created it's own form of
A government with a specific purpose, to create a government that would be free of the tyranny and dictatorships that our ancestors had
always experienced.

In our dream for a more perfect government, we examined world history, to find different forms of government.

In spirituality and in law, we have much of our heritage from the great empire of Rome. It's senate, magistrate, and popular

Look at we created, an Executive Branch, Judicial Branch, and Legislative Branch.

Each has a purpose and function:

The power of the executive branch is vested in the President, who also serves as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. The President
appoints the Cabinet and oversees the various agencies and departments of the federal government.

The judicial branch hears cases that challenge or require interpretation of the legislation passed by Congress and signed by the
President. It consists of the Supreme Court and the lower federal courts. Appointees to the federal bench serve for life or until they
voluntarily resign or retire.

The legislative branch of the federal government consists of the Congress, which is divided into two chambers -- the Senate and the
House of Representatives. Each member of Congress is elected by the people of his or her state. The House of Representatives, with
membership based on state populations, has 435 seats, while the Senate, with two members from each state, has 100 seats. Members of the
House of Representatives are elected for two-year terms, and Senators are elected for six-year terms.

Checks and balances are the constitutional controls whereby separate branches of government have limiting powers over each other so
that no branch will become supreme. Perhaps the best known system of checks and balances operates in the U.S. government under
provisions of the federal constitutuin.

There is a fourth branch of the government, and that is us, the people. Because without us, there is no nation, state or government.
Government is to be run by us, and ruled by us. The Government Exists for
the Sole Purpose of Serving the People, not Ruling
the People.

As such, when our lives and freedom are threatened, we have the right, no the responsibility to protect ourselves and our families. No
matter the cost.

Lyrics to the Song Let's Roll by Barry Preston

he said operator would you help me please
get a message to my family
make sure to give them all my love
i know i won't be coming home
i guess i should hang up this phone
but first a prayer to god above

let's roll, we can do it
just put your heart into it
and do what you've got to do
for the ones who count on you
stand tall, we can make it
this moment is ours, let's take it
there's a hero in your soul
let's roll

to the widow raising kids alone
to men and women wearing uniforms
we owe you everything
no matter what we have to face
we'll trust in god's unending grace
with stars and stripes on angel's wings

Let's roll, we can do it
just put your heart into it
and do what you've got to do
for the ones who count on you
stand tall, we can make it
this moment is ours, let's take it
there's a hero in your soul
let's roll

there's no need to doubt it
our finest days are not behind
make no mistake about it
our faith will stand the test of time

Let's roll, we can do it
just put your heart into it
and do what you've got to do
for the ones who count on you
stand tall, we can make it
this moment is ours, let's take it
there's a hero in your soul
let's roll

let's roll…..