In light of the mission in which we are all engaged in defense of our nation, we have all decided to address our enemies and train and educate ourselves and Americans at all levels of our society to the nature of this threat - primarily from the Islamic Movement, as well as the nation states which seek our destruction (too many to list here).
As we reflect on this past weekend, I believe it is critical to remember the other half of our mission - ensuring we and those we serve understand the true nature of who we are as Americans. Yesterday, July 4th, marks the 234th anniversary of the creation of the most powerful system of governance the world has ever known - and the most brilliant. America is the longest standing Constitutional Republic in the world. The men who signed the Declaration of Independence not only dissolved their allegiance to the British Crown, but made clear that it is our Creator who has given us our rights as human beings - Rights that can never be infringed upon by another man or government. Our government was created to secure our rights. The Founders knew the risks and pledged their lives, their fortunes and their Sacred Honor when they signed the Declaration. The principles defined in the Declaration were powerful enough to cause the signers representing the original 13 states to be persecuted for having the courage to do so. As history has taught us, this is always the price of standing up for the truth.
I reflect on this because I want to again challenge and encourage all of you to be bold in the endeavor in which we are all engaged. Give no quarter and take no quarter. Toughen your minds, your hearts and your bodies for what lies ahead. A time is coming where one or more of us will meet hardship and struggle. Some of you already have. This may come in the form of personal battles, professional costs, or a struggle for your very soul. Know that the same God who blessed this nation to be the beacon of liberty for all the world is the same God who desires to be there for you personally. Also remember there is an Enemy who seeks to destroy our efforts and separate us from each other. We must be on guard for strife among our ranks and we must grow in trust of one another. This is of utmost importance to our calling. Remember the work we are doing has a higher purpose, and, just like our Founders, this is a long road we are on. However, it is the one we are called to be on. The joy comes from being confident we are doing the right thing, for the right reason, and are blessed by the God who Divinely secured this nation we now defend.
Please take a moment to reflect on your place in this battle and seek to better understand what it is you are called to do within the team. Each one of us must be solid and complete individually before we can offer ourselves fully to this effort. I am proud to be a part of this and am grateful for whatever I can add to our victory.
God bless you all and God Bless these United States of America.
With great respect and admiration for all of you,