Memorial Day - Time to Renew the Spirit of America
The National Holiday Act of 1971 destroyed Memorial Day. It did so by making it a floating day to ensure a 3 day weekend. Memorial Day once served as solemn day to commemorate those who gave there last full measure of devotion to our republic. Today it is an empty excuse for carpet and appliance sales.
We are the beneficiaries of hundreds of thousands of servicemen and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Let us remember them, and let us renew our commitment to ensuring that that their sacrifices were not in vain. We need to deepen and renew the Spirit of America by defending our way of life, our Constitution, and our freedoms and liberties.
I fear we will never reverse this trend of the commercialization of our civic calendar, which is why Patriot Week is so important.
We can honor our sacred dead by relearning our Founding First Principles and history, and ensuring that those in power do the same.
AMERICA'S FIRST PRINCIPLES - KEY TO OUR LIBERTY AND FREEDOM
The Declaration of Independence declared that "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 . . . ." America is bound together by those founding First Principles: the rule of law; unalienable rights; equality; the Social Compact; and limited government. For too long we have forgotten them and ignored them - threatening our very existence as a free people. These are self-inflicted wounds - the very definition of suicide. The time has come for us to reclaim our First Principles and preserve our liberty and freedom.
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." Thomas Jefferson
I am an Oakland County Michigan Circuit Court judge.
I am the author of America’s Survival Guide, How to Stop America’s Impending Suicide by Reclaiming Our First Principles (Mill City Press; www.AmericasSurvivalGuide.com).
I am an executive member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Center for Civic Education, and member of the Board of Directors of The New Common School Foundation. I am a Trustee for the Michigan Council on Economics Education. I received The Great Influence Award from the Michigan Council for the Social Studies, a Special Tribute from the Michigan Legislature, and the Distinguished Public Servant Award from the Oakland County Bar Association.
I am a former member of the Michigan State Board of Education.