Many us of tend to get so engrossed in the markets that we often forget or are distracted to the point of forgetting, that the reason we are able to sit in comfort in front of a computer screen or engage in arguments over the Internet, without fear of the government knocking down our doors, etc., because brave men, paid the ultimate price to secure our liberty for us.
Such was indeed the case, 70 years ago to this very day, when American and Allied troops waded ashore in the face of a wall of lead and explosions, on the beaches of Normandy, France. Every single time I read their stories and about the events of that day, I am moved by their courage, their dedication and their honor and bravery.
I try to think what it must have been like to approach a beach in those landing crafts, knowing full well that the moment that ramp goes down, you are exposed to enemy gunfire which is not going to end unless you can somehow reach that enemy and silence him before he silences you. Amazing, amazing bravery.
"When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe." … Frederic Bastiat
Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state, and the sovereignty of God. – Archbishop Chaput
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