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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veteran's Day and the Constitution

By Douglas V. Gibbs

I served in the United States Navy from 1984 to 1988.  My duty stations, after basic in Orlando, Florida and A-School at Naval Air Station in Meridian, Mississippi, were aboard the USS Chandler DDG-996 and the USS Peoria LST-1183, split by a short stint at Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) Balboa, and wrapped up at the same PSD.  Those were among the most memorable years of my life.

During my time in the military, I was a writer as I am now, but my writings were more for my own enjoyment.  If I wasn't on duty, or working my daily tasks, folks usually knew that I was likely in my rack with a spiral binder, writing to my heart's content.  During that time period I was also, as I've always been, a voracious reader.  The books I read were of a various population.  My interests can sometimes be quite eclectic.  I adore science fiction, and appreciate fantasy fiction, but spend most of my time reading non-fiction, particularly of the political or historical nature.

One book, however, was always with me.  An old book, a young person's book that was about the United States Constitution.  Even then, the United States Constitution was important to me.

From my youth, the U.S. Constitution has remained an important item of history to me.  I have studied it, and the writings of those involved in it.  Less than a decade ago I had the blessed opportunity to become friends with a gentleman in Michigan through online radio.  Tim "Loki" Kerlin, as much as I knew about the Constitution, opened up new doors, and new paths of understanding.  And it was then that I finally fully understood my task when I was in the Navy to "protect and defend the United States Constitution," as provided in my oath.

Veteran's Day is about those who have served in the United States Military.  These fine individuals were willing to die on a battlefield or on the oceans to protect the freedoms of people they never met, and never had a conversation with.  They were willing to put on the line their lives for a people that often don't fully appreciate them, and even sometimes speak out against them, and in some cases spit on them.  The Military Veterans of the United States fought, and spilled their blood, so that even those that hate them have the freedom to say so.  And, the fulcrum of all of that is the United States Constitution.  The American System United States Military Veterans fought for, and still fight to protect and defend, was established by the United States Constitution.

The question is, while they are fighting for our freedoms abroad, are we fighting for those freedoms here in the U.S.?  After they are finished with their service to protect and defend the Constitution, will there be a Constitution still in place for them to come home to?

Thank a Veteran for serving this great nation not only by thanking them for their service, but by fighting the good fight right here in the United States of America.

God Bless America, and God Bless the United States Military Veterans.

And, Happy Veteran's Day, 2015.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary


Books by Douglas V. Gibbs

-- 25 Myths of the United States Constitution: If the United States Constitution is the Owner's Manual for America, 25 Myths is its Repair Manual.  A hostility against the United States Constitution exists in America.  Myths have emerged to desconstruct the original intent of the Document.  25 Myths of the United States Constitution exposes these myths by presenting a defense based on the original intent of the Founding Fathers as revealed by the debates during the Constitutional Convention, and the writings of the men of that era.

-- The Basic Constitution: An Examination of the Principles and Philosophies of the United States Constitution: The Basic Constitution takes a detailed journey through the text of the document that created the American System of Government, revealing that the United States Constitution is the context of conservatism. During the Summer of 1787, a brilliant assembly of American Patriots created the Constitution of the United States. After a tumultuous start, the elder statesman, Benjamin Franklin, reminded the delegates in attendance of the need to seek a firm reliance on divine Providence. The stormy convention birthed dramatic debate, unexpected compromises, and incredible changes of minds. Ideas clashed, and tempers flared. And during it all, James Madison took painstaking notes as the conciliatory Benjamin Franklin added his wisdom here and there, and George Washington often sat silent while James Wilson argued that liberty can only survive if the government of the United States is limited in its scope and power. Despite the heat and the political clashes, what emerged was a masterpiece - the greatest document ever conceived in history, save for the Holy Bible. They created a working government that would be a powerful lion to external issues, yet caged and restrained regarding the internal issues... creating a federal government given the task of promoting, preserving, and protecting the union of States, and the autonomous sovereignty of the individual States.

The Basic Constitution is written like a textbook, but in a manner that is comprehensible to every person who journeys through its pages. The book includes a glossary of terms, index, bibliography listing the resources used, The Declaration of Independence, and The Constitution of the United States.

-- Silenced Screams: Abortion in a Virtuous SocietyIn 1967 a young woman, alone in a small motel room, clung to life because of the sweet baby boy in her life.

In a rocky relationship, a woman turned her back on her husband so that she could abort their child. . . losing him forever.

Lying in a clinic, watching an ultrasound of her unborn baby, a young woman decided to change her mind about aborting her baby.

An old man, haunted by the roar of a train barreling down the tracks, remembers the horror of genocide.

Our rights are natural, God-given; so is it possible for abortion to be a right?

George Washington sat in silence as the framers of the United States Constitution debated life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness - concepts that could only survive if the government of the United States was limited in its scope and power.

Douglas V. Gibbs, Constitutionalist, Christian, and Political Advocate, provides arguments in "Silenced Screams" that reveal the truth behind the numbers, the lies behind the veil, and the reality of the culture of death that will make even the most ardent supporter of abortion stop for a moment, and seriously reconsider their position on the issue.

The book, "Silenced Screams: Abortion in a Virtuous Society," is a Pro-Life examination of the issue of abortion, seeking understanding of the age old issue by examining history, the United States Constitution, Christianity, and our sacred humanity.

Satan's greatest trick has been to convince an entire civilization that he doesn't exist.  His second greatest trick has been to convince civilization that killing their own children is not evil.

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