Many people ask me why I am a moral-conservative activist, meaning "Why do I fight for basic American rights such as free speech?" Why do I risk suspension at work, alienation of family and friends, and the label that goes with being what some unfairly call an "extremist" -- to stand forÂ moral standardsÂ established by our Creator?Â Because the things that I and my alliesÂ fight for, others fought for first, were wounded for first, went forward in fear first, and even died for first.Â These things are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.Â Or as the Superman story so aptly states, they fought for Truth, Justice, and the American Way.Â
And by the way, in my world, and in the world of any United States veteran, living or dead, Truth, Justice, and the American Way all begin with capital letters.
While the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are reportedly so unpopular, why do the very finest among us still sign up in droves?Â And many of them sign up for second tours of duty.Â "Duty"Â What does even mean now a days?Â Ask any veteran or active duty soldier and he or she will tell you: I fight for my buddy; I fight for my family; I fight so that others will live.Â These are all lofty and worthy motives.Â Where but in America do you find such people?
Why did veterans of the Vietnam War risk their lives when some in their homeland spit on them when they returned home from the battlefield, where many saw their comrades die in their arms?Â Â I maintain that most Americans always loved and respected them.Â I certainly do.
Such sacrifices as I've described are not found in other cultures.Â Sure, the Spartans sacrificed themselves.Â But they did that in pride.Â Yes, many Nazis died fighting, but they knew their cause was flawed. There's no honor in that. Many Vietnamese also died fighting, but most did so out of fear of Soviet reprisals. Many Iraqi soldiers also fell in the first and second Gulf Wars, but yet again, most fought us because of fear that Saddam Hussein would kill them and their families if they didn't.Â Only in America do we find the everyday hero, although the average American soldier, airman or sailor, would deny that hero status to their dying day.Â
But I say that their eventual dying day, past or future, sends a message to all their fellow Americans: "live worthy of my service."Â In other words, begin to live a life more worthy of my sacrifice and of that of my buddies.
Perhaps you could pray for them as I do:
Dear Heavenly Father,
I know that no on makes it into Heaven apart from faith in your Dear Son, Jesus Christ.Â But IF it were possible to enter in by some other means, the American soldier would be the first in line.Â His or her courage and commitment to preserving life and freedom -- such as displayed over and over by the infantryman, the nurse, the administrator who by virtue of their position might have saved a life or two; or the officer who had in the heat of battle, to make a decision that may have cost a soldier to lose their lifeÂ -- we pray for them and their loved ones.
Dear Lord, please forgive our country's transgressions against You.Â Please forgive our departure from your eternal Laws.Â And please forgive our personal neglect of your will for our lives and for our country.
May "God bless America" become a reality once again in our lifetime, as these gallant soldiers have so courageously fought for.
P.S. To all you veterans, here today or lying dead in other fields of battle, I openly and unashamedly say: "I love and remember you."
Dir., ValuesUSAÂ Â