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July 03, 2004

Happy Independence Day!

I'm off to a family reunion. I'm taking a laptop because of possible business needs, but probably won't blog again until Monday. I'm sure there will be Good Stuff all over the 'sphere, just troll the blog roll. Start with Beth.

I'm going to leave you with these snippets of some of the most important words ever written (leaving out religious texts). Guess what, I *don't* think it's the UN Charter. The UN Charter exists, because these words below were written, and then believed in, by generations of Americans.

The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness...

Which led to this:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Which led to this:

"I, (state your name), having been appointed an officer in the (insert Armed Service), as indicated above in the grade of Second Lieutenant, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of The United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter. So help me God. "

Which led to this:

:

America's Wars: U.S. Casualties
and Veterans

American Revolution (1775–1783)

Total servicemembers

217,000

Battle deaths

4,435

Nonmortal woundings

6,188

War of 1812 (1812–1815)

Total servicemembers

286,730

Battle deaths

2,260

Nonmortal woundings

4,505

Indian Wars (approx. 1817–1898)

Total servicemembers

106,0001

Battle deaths

1,0001

Mexican War (1846–1848)

 

Total servicemembers

78,718

Battle deaths

1,733

Other deaths in service (nontheater)

11,550

Nonmortal woundings

4,152

Civil War (1861–1865)

 

Total servicemembers (Union)

2,213,363

Battle deaths (Union)

140,414

Other deaths in service (nontheater) (Union)

224,097

Nonmortal woundings (Union)

281,881

Total servicemembers (Conf.)

1,050,000

Battle deaths (Conf.)

74,524

Other deaths in service (nontheater) (Conf.)

59,2972

Nonmortal woundings (Conf.)

unknown

Spanish-American War (1898–1902)

 

Total servicemembers

306,760

Battle deaths

385

Other deaths in service (nontheater)

2,061

Nonmortal woundings

1,662

World War I (1917–1918)

Total servicemembers

4,734,991

Battle deaths

53,402

Other deaths in service (nontheater)

63,114

Nonmortal woundings

204,002

Living veterans

fewer than 500

World War II (1940–1945)

Total servicemembers

16,112,566

Battle deaths

291,557

Other deaths in service (nontheater)

113,842

Nonmortal woundings

671,846

Living veterans

4,762,0001

Korean War (1950–1953)

Total servicemembers

5,720,000

Serving in-theater

1,789,000

Battle deaths

33,741

Other deaths in service (theater)

2,827

Other deaths in service (nontheater)

17,730

Nonmortal woundings

103,284

Living veterans

3,734,0001

Vietnam War (1964–1975)

Total servicemembers

8,744,000

Serving in-theater

3,403,000

Battle deaths

47,410

Other deaths in service (theater)

10,789

Other deaths in service (nontheater)

32,000

Nonmortal woundings

153,303

Living veterans

8,295,0001

Gulf War (1990–1991)

Total servicemembers

2,183,000

Serving in-theater

665,476

Battle deaths

147

Other deaths in service (theater)

382

Other deaths in service (nontheater)

1,565

Nonmortal woundings

467

Living veterans

1,852,0001

America's Wars Total

Military service during war

42,348,460

Battle deaths

651,008

Other deaths in service (theater)

13,998

Other deaths in service (nontheater)

525,256

Nonmortal woundings

1,431,290

Living war veterans

17,578,5003

Living veterans

25,038,459

 

To which we add this: The New Fallen Heroes.

All of which is summed up in this:

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
-- Thomas Jefferson


Something the Left doesn't seem to understand, enamored as they are, of tyrants.

It ain't perfect, it's still growing, and it took the efforts of all of us to get where we are today - from the immigrants pushing across the wilderness, to the Robber Barons that spawned the modern left* - it took us all. And at one time or another, all of us, right, left, and in-between, have had our spell being an anchor, and not the sails.

*Yes, I said spawned. Without the excesses of the Robber Barons and their enablers, there modern left wouldn't exist with it's various raisons d'etre.

And any lefty bleating here about Halliburton, etc (who's losing money) will just find themselves deleted. It's my post, no pooping here.

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