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Defence of Fort M’Henry: The Story of our National Anthem

Today, on the 200th Anniversary of the writing of our National Anthem, I thought it would be interesting to learn about the night Francis Scott Key penned it. ~~~~~ Francis Scott Key was a lawyer from wealthy Maryland family which owned an estate called Terra Rubra. He was born in August of 1779, and at the age of 10, Key was sent to grammar school in Annapolis. He graduated at 17 and began studying law there, working in his uncle’s law firm. By 1805, he had a thriving law practice of his own in Georgetown. He eventually appeared before the […]

A Second Declaration of Independence

  Hat/Tip to David Shapiro at   When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to assume that their president, hostile to the principles that formed the nation and determined to act with malice toward its inhabitants by suppressing their rights and enabling its enemies to prosper in their attempts to destroy it, must be confronted, a rational response for the nation is to encumber itself no more with such a president and reject his authority and the acolytes who carry out his wishes. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men […]

A 1945 Radio Presentation of “Road to Serfdom”

Here is a radio presentation of Road to Serfdom.  It was aired in 1945. You had better believe that if liberals had their way, Road to Serfdom would be outlawed as “hate.”  Ironically, or not, Road to Serfdom was outlawed in the Soviet Union as well.

The Declaration of Independence: As Relevant Today as it was in 1776

Note: This was originally posted on July 4, 2009. It’s Independence Day. I wish you all a great day, and ask you to contemplate the meaning of the holiday. To assist, here is a transcript of the Declaration of Independence. 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 […]

The Life & Times of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson came into this world on April 13, 1743 in Shadwell, Virginia. He was born into a very prestigious family, with near royal lineage on his mother’s side. His father gave him his work ethic, and it seems he passed his intelligence down to Thomas. Jefferson was born into one of the most prominent families of Virginia’s planter elite. His mother, Jane Randolph Jefferson, was a member of the proud Randolph clan, a family claiming descent from English and Scottish royalty. His father, Peter Jefferson, was a successful farmer as well as a skilled surveyor and cartographer who produced […]

The Story of our Declaration of Independence

Jefferson never claimed originality of the idea of governance, “of the people, by the people and for the people,” instead he remarked that he was only distilling “common sense” on the subject

Happy 237th birthday to Old Glory

Captain Monty Ashliman, Jr, Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Lemoore in California has written a beautiful and moving piece about the standard of our beloved country, Old Glory. Here it is, in its entirety… On June 14, 1777, the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress adopted a resolution that gave birth to our national flag. For so many years, this day has gone relatively unnoticed; celebrated mainly by veterans and families like you who know the meaning of service and have fought for what our flag represents.  The legendary American author O. Henry once wrote, “You can’t  appreciate […]

One President Refused to Celebrate D-Day: “Full Victory, Nothing Else”

The Normandy invasions were so long and tediously prepared for, so intricate in design, so impossible to envision in the whole, or to envision having a chance of succeeding, that now 70 years later, without careful, thoughtful consideration with study of this most important of freedom crusades, we cannot comprehend it. Even with careful consideration, comprehension must surely be dim unless you were there. Reading of the sacrifices of those who perished and those who survived, is overwhelming. In mid-May, 2014, Michael Beschloss, writing for the New York Times, gives us a glimpse of what a D-Day anniversary was like […]

Memorial Day: A Thank you for the Ultimate Sacrifice

Here is a re-post of a Memorial Day Op-Ed. ~~~~~ Last year, I wrote a Memorial Day article and posted it on my blog. Here it is, and after I revisit that article, I would like to add a thought or two to it. As we mark Memorial Day this year, let us reflect on why we set aside one day to show our gratitude to the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to preserve our freedoms and the American way of life. United States soldiers have gone into battle in each and every corner of the […]

‘We are forever indebted’: #ArmedForcesDay trends as Americans thank those who serve

Hat/Tip to Gratitude and tributes to the heroes who serve in our nation’s military flooded Twitter as Americans marked Armed Forces Day on Saturday. ~~~~~~~~~~ This Armed Forces Day & every day, we are so grateful for the service of the men & women who wear the uniform: … – Senator Ted Cruz   ~~~~~~~~~~ Thank you to all those serving in our military as we celebrate Armed Forces Day today. We are forever indebted. – Senator Tim Scott ~~~~~~~~~~ Give a follow and a thank you to @usairforce @USArmy @USNavy @USMC and @USCG #ArmedForcesDay – Bush41 Library ~~~~~~~~~~ […]

2 Million Bikers to DC 9-11 Honor Ride Is Just Four Months Away – New in 2014, a Biker Distress Fund & Concert

In just four short months, we will be remembering the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City’s World Trade Towers, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and Flight 93, taken down by American heroes, ending in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Just four months, and thirteen years will have passed. Those taking part in the 2 Million Bikers to DC Honor Ride are already making plans. Logistics have become a big concern, as the Ride grows every year. One of the needs these patriots have found necessary is the Biker Distress Fund. Every year someone is injured, gets sick and […]

Rare WW II Color Footage Released (Graphic)

Some recently discovered WW II footage was released.  It is graphic, so you may not want young eyes around it when you watch it… It adds just a little more appreciation for all of the sacrifices made by our troops throughout WW II. H/T:  The Libertarian Republic

Battleship, USS Texas Turns 100

The world’s oldest Dreadnaught battleship, the USS Texas, turns 100 this year.  When she was launched, she was (briefly) the most powerful ship afloat.  The USS Texas also participated in WW I and WW II.  Here is some video…   Watch the latest video at video.insider.foxnews.comThe USS Texas has required extensive repairs over the years. It has held up, but only with a considerable effort from volunteers. Here is a relevant video…  

Warnings from George Washington

I noticed the other day while scouring liberal web sites that one liberal in typical liberal fashion asked, “What happened to the ‘small arms treaty’ conservatives have been so paranoid about? You know, BIG government wants to take your guns! It appears it’s just like all the other paranoia right-wings are attracted to … nothing to it!” Now, that’s paraphrasing, but here is the actual post: Via: American Liberal Times Whatever Happened To The So-Called “U.N. Small Arms Treaty?” Not so long ago . . . in a land far far away . . . (The land where some “Righties” […]

Meet the 1718 Puckle Gun!

The next time a gun grabber tells you that the Second Amendment only applies to muskets, introduce her to the Puckle Gun… Whereas our Sovereign Lord King George by his Letters pattents bearing date the Fifteenth day of May in the Fourth Year of his Majesties Reign was generously pleased to Give & Grant unto me James Puckle of London Gent my Exors Admors & Assignes the sole priviledge & Authority to Make Exercise Work and use a Portable Gun or Machine (by me lately invented) call’d a Defence in that part of his Majesties Kingdom of Great Britain called […]

Comparing WW II to ObamaCare

I caught this over at Atlas Shrugs, and thought I’d share it here.  The period of time between Pearl Harbor and the end of WW II is rather close to the period of time between the passage of ObamaCare (so we could see what was inside it), and the roll-out of the totally useless (unless you are an identity thief) ObamaCare website.  Let take a look at the accomplishments of the Greatest Generation, shall we? Atlas reader Walt puts it in perspective: During the 3-1/2 years of World War 2 that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in […]

Reagan: Christmas Address, 1981

As a last minute addition to the Christmas posts here at the CH 2.0, here is the 1981 Christmas address of then President Ronald Reagan. Reagan actually stood for something, unlike the current occupant of the office of President of the United States. H/T: Weasel Zippers

Churchill’s Christmas Eve Address: December 24, 1941

I saw this, posted by Publius, at Big Government, and thought I would share it here.  We’re all facing struggles at this time, but in 1941, we were facing something darker.  To reflect that, here is Winston Churchill’s Christmas Eve address to the American people, dated December 24, 1941. I spend this anniversary and festival far from my country, far from my family, yet I cannot truthfully say that I feel far from home.  Whether it be the ties of blood on my mother’s side, or the friendships I have developed here over many years of active life, or the […]

Pearl Harbor Day 2013

While we are busy paying attention to the political issues of the day, we cannot forget that today is Pearl Harbor Day. Here is some media to drive home what happened there-70 years ago today. USS Arizona Before: After: USS Oklahoma Before: After: And some  longer documentaries… It saddens me that we are losing the greatest generation.  Before long, none will remain to tell their stories.   At that point, it will be up to us to keep their memories alive.  They did so much for us, it is a small price to pay.  If any […]

Band of Brothers Paratroopers, Babe Heffron and Earl McClung Have Passed Away

In the last week, two American heroes, Babe Heffron and Earl McClung, have passed away. Both were members of the famous Easy Company, Second Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division.  Here is more on the passing of Babe Heffron… Edward J. “Babe” Heffron, 90, the former Easy Company private whose World War II experiences were chronicled in the cable TV miniseries Band of Brothers, died Sunday, Dec. 1, at Kennedy Hospital in Stratford. Mr. Heffron served as a machine gunner with the Second Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division from 1941 to […]