There is no reward for the work we do, here, as great as the expressed appreciation for it by real patriots, the men and women who love the ideals of the America to which we have pledged allegiance, a nation committed to liberty and justice.
As other countrymen trade it away for temporal things, I find precious the people who, in turn, hold precious that peculiar historic anomaly, that great and fading nation; those who properly value, not the benefits of liberty, but its virtues… because we gave them to others; Our children who learned of truth and beauty, the needy who learned to create what was truly their own, and the immigrant who found here, for the first time, a promise of productive family life in peace. It is the SPIRITUAL prize: to live in a land, not that HAD, but that GAVE liberty, not that received, but that dispensed real justice.
In the ordinary course of business it seems inappropriate to call attention to it when we are complimented, by acknowledging compliments received, lest it seem like a kind of self-promotion. Such was a recent post by one of our earliest Reagan Wing regulars, Bill Young. But as I said, I appreciate those expressions deeply.
But I got a letter last Wednesday from a friend (from as long ago as I can account real friendships) that I want to acknowledge, quite overtly nevertheless.
Our parents became friends before either of us were born, as they shared being on Staff at a Christian College and we shared some common childhood memories of the ’50s. John Mathew was somewhat of a child prodigy, as was his father, Paul, (an engineering genius, to hear my parents tell it) and John took it upon himself to create a lending library of his vast collection of science fiction books (before he was 12). He was always very serious-minded and I occasionally could be.
And in a decade, as American Youth undertook, all around us, to re-boot American Culture, we both confronted the ’60s Cultural Revolution in similar ways: by re-examining our whole Worldview, critically, in detail, confronting our lives and their philosophical collisions with the claims of the New Left. And, although we worked entirely independently, we arrived at the same Spiritual conclusion, and that was the same conclusion that had anchored and, as much of it remains still anchors, the foundation of the American Revolution: the First Great Awakening.
We both toiled in the (truncated) Fourth.
The letter I received from him last Wednesday, contained a deceptively modest notice of a milestone in John’s life, inviting me to his retirement at Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska, from a Naval career, after 30 years. That notice contained appreciation for our mission, here, but it was in the expression of that appreciation that my friend disclosed the depth of his own parallel mission on our behalf.
For John is the timber of which free nations are built and defended, by faith in God, blood sacrifice of lives, and commitment to the principles of righteousness without which, no military might could, or will protect us from the cunning craftiness of evil men.Join me in saluting John and the tiny “Remnant” in the Armed Services whose role has been indispensable in the continuance of the Republic: the Watchmen, who endure hardship and the foolishness that surrounds them, willingly, quietly, for the sake of our nation. The invitation cover and letter:
Doug — It’s often unclear when a personal milestone is of interest to others. In this case, reflection over the last several months has brought you to mind. Attached find an announcement in case my milestone in June piques your interest.
I want to say I appreciate your efforts to push back the irresistible, encroaching darkness. 240 years ago we had a similar struggle between reasoned thinking and shallow sloganeering, and we won that round. Who was it that said democracy is a terrible form of government, but so much better than the alternatives? Regardless of the outcome to our government and culture in this round, remember how jealous the Lord is of His remnant. No one touches His special ones. Our tears are for our society and the hopes of those who have gone before us–not for ourselves.
Thank you for what you are doing.
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” — John Adams
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