Authored by: Jonathan Hursh
May 27, 2019
Happy Memorial Day and blessings and Comfort to those who have lost someone they love.
When I was a young, new recruit in basic training striving for the day I would earn the right to be called “soldier” in the United States Army– Everyday before we would receive classroom instruction covering any number of skills, concepts or tactics it was required that all recruits recite –at the top of our lungs: “THE LAW”.
At the time I don’t think I really even understood what it was we were saying – or why. I knew nothing of combat or deployments. I was a private first class…Which I assure you does not ensure a free drink and a comfy seat. In hindsight, I now recognize I had not yet grasped the gravity and reality of the real enemy –the very real threat to American freedom, opportunity, democracy– The American Way of life as set out and described in the United States Constitution, the Articles of Confederation and the United States Bill of Rights.
As I reminisce this memorial day, I observe the contemporary social and political climate. I am reminded today–It is up to the living to honor the dead. It is also up to the living to ensure the freedoms of the past do not fade away with the future…It is up to American citizens to ensure America remains the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Ronald Reagan warned,
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
Some years have passed since I was a young motivated idealist in basic training. I have grown to know the meaning of loss. I have experienced pain. And I know the sting of regret.
For these things I am thankful because with the loss, pain, and hard memories also comes a greater understanding. Understanding and awareness for the significance of my part to ensure my own and my country’s prosperity.
Some now are are actually plotting.
They DO gather in the night.
They ARE aligned with powers in this world who do not share the values or desire for freedom, love, peace and opportunity for all.
Social engineers armed with lies and manipulation in the pursuit of sex, money, power.
They are LAWLESS.
Now, as I type this I have more clarity as to why we we recite, “The Law”. I didn’t exactly know what it meant when I learned it…but I do now.
We are prepared to defend against all enemies of freedom; foreign or domestic.
NEVER underestimate the power of the American spirit. We are awake. We are alert. And America is Alive. So drive on.
🇺🇸THE LAW 🇺🇸:
🇺🇸This is our DOMAIN! 🇺🇸
Are we not men?
We are not men, we are beasts!
Because you have made us beasts!
We will not walk, we will not talk
WE WILL NOT GATHER IN THE NIGHT
We will only dress right, dress right, dress!
And as a last resort…
We will use cold blue steel—and stab, between the 2nd and 3rd ribs and twist!
Love, kindness, tolerance– may they be our FIRST resort… yet let us be prepared to fight and defend the values that ensure our prosperity reaches to future generations When those ideals are threatened.
Jonathan Hursh is currently working on authoring his first narrative documentary entitled,
HEROES IN THE SHADOWS: The Untold Stories of American Veterans
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