Wednesday, January 16, 2008

IT IS THE VETERAN

It is the VETERAN, not the preacher,
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the VETERAN, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the VETERAN, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the VETERAN, not the organizer,
Who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the VETERAN, not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

Thank you, VETERAN, for your part in maintaining the freedom that we all enjoy as Americans.


Submitted by the Staff and Students of
Mt Carmel Christian Academy, Luray, VA.

2 comments:

Tyler B. Yandall said...

Wouldn't the Constitution be the source for these rights and the veteran the defender?

Kenneth Stepp said...

Mao, a leader of Communist China, once said that "Power comes from the barrel of a gun." That is a true statement. American veterans, with guns, have enforced the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution, to make it a living document--and not just a propaganda paper like Constitutions are in many foreign lands. Veterans are enforcers of the Constitution and Constitutional rights. It is like "which came first, the chicken or the egg?" George Washington and his gang of sharpshooters brought the United States into existence--under the Articles of Confederation; thus the veterans came first. Next, in order to form a more perfect union, the Articles of Confederation were replaced by our present Constitution. Of course, a Constitution that never had the veterans to defend it is easily overthown, but veterans with no Constitution to defend are just another band of rebels searching for a cause. Veterans need the Constitution, and the Constitution needed the veterans--they are mutually dependent.