N.W.BOYER…Christian Author

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Survival and Leadership

People are worried about the world-wide Coronavirus, even though we are told “Don’t panic…be calm…wash your hands etc”  Grocery stores are beginning to have empty shelves and items ordered online are showing “Not Available.” Hard to believe, in certain places like Costco, actual fights have broken out over certain goods.   Should people take a deep breath and look at history for encouragement and to God for peace and assurance?  The answer is a resounding YES!

The world has gone through many trials.  It might be good to remember that our country and the world have faced hard times before. There were great costs and great loss of life, but the world went on and survived.   Not only World Wars, which we survived, but great economic terrors of the Great Depression, which we survived.  The whole world has gone through great and terrible pandemics, and the world survived.

What do we learn from history really?  No Presidental leader or leaders in government can do everything except stand strong, and together, against the severe problems faced. Perhaps it would be good to know some words from a President who faced great challenges in our nation years ago…Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“When Roosevelt took office, nearly a third of America’s workforce was unemployed. Many banks were closed and tottering on the brink of collapse. Business confidence was broken, the nation was rudderless. At his death, the US was the richest and most powerful nation on Earth, the position it has held ever since. Few historians doubt that Roosevelt deserves a large part of the credit for this achievement…” ( Max Hastings of the Independent)

We have much to be thankful for with our strong economy and our medical forces that spend around the clock vigil.   Let’s take a look back at history.

Franklin D Roosevelt

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933   (in part)

“I am certain that my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the Presidency I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our people impel. This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper.

So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days…

With this pledge taken, I assume unhesitatingly the leadership of this great army of our people dedicated to a disciplined attack upon our common problems.

Action in this image and to this end is feasible under the form of government which we have inherited from our ancestors. Our Constitution is so simple and practical that it is possible always to meet extraordinary needs by changes in emphasis and arrangement without loss of essential form. That is why our constitutional system has proved itself the most superbly enduring political mechanism the modern world has produced. It has met every stress of vast expansion of territory, of foreign wars, of bitter internal strife, of world relations.

It is to be hoped that the normal balance of executive and legislative authority may be wholly adequate to meet the unprecedented task before us. But it may be that an unprecedented demand and need for undelayed action may call for temporary departure from that normal balance of public procedure.

I am prepared under my constitutional duty to recommend the measures that a stricken nation in the midst of a stricken world may require. These measures, or such other measures as the Congress may build out of its experience and wisdom, I shall seek, within my constitutional authority, to bring to speedy adoption.

But in the event that the Congress shall fail to take one of these two courses, and in the event that the national emergency is still critical, I shall not evade the clear course of duty that will then confront me. I shall ask the Congress for the one remaining instrument to meet the crisis—broad Executive power to wage a war against the emergency, as great as the power that would be given to me if we were in fact invaded by a foreign foe.

For the trust reposed in me, I will return the courage and the devotion that befit the time. I can do no less.

We face the arduous days that lie before us in the warm courage of the national unity; with the clear consciousness of seeking old and precious moral values; with the clean satisfaction that comes from the stern performance of duty by old and young alike. We aim at the assurance of a rounded and permanent national life.

We do not distrust the future of essential democracy. The people of the United States have not failed. In their need they have registered a mandate that they want direct, vigorous action. They have asked for discipline and direction under leadership. They have made me the present instrument of their wishes. In the spirit of the gift I take it.

In this dedication of a Nation we humbly ask the blessing of God. May He protect each and every one of us. May He guide me in the days to come.”

(Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Inaugural Address, as published in Samuel Rosenman, ed., The Public Papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Volume Two: The Year of Crisis, 1933 (New York: Random House, 1938))

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World War II…Unforgettable

Having just finished writing and publishing a book on veterans who fought against tyranny around the world, I began to wonder if our recent generations truly understand what these wars were all about.  If you have a teen in your house or an appreciator of history, this is the time to share this blog.

My book, Men and Women of Valor in the Blue Ridge, not only gives the stories of World War II veterans, but of those in the Korean and Vietnam wars. (Click on book at far right for more information)

Men and Women of Valor Book Front revised

 

Therefore, as difficult and as unentertaining as it may be….for it seems the world only wants entertainment, I plan to run a series of three blogs introducing the reasons for each war mentioned and the results of great battles and great loss of life on both sides of the wars.

History is to be learned from…or we will live it again…with even worse consequences.  Here is a quote worth pondering:

“I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” – Albert Einstein.

Albert Einstein

There were several versions of his quote:   Supposedly, Professor Albert Einstein was asked by friends at a dinner party what new weapons might be employed in World War III. Appalled at the implications, he shook his head. After several minutes of meditation, he said. “I don’t know what weapons might be used in World War III. But there isn’t any doubt what weapons will be used in World War IV.” “And what are those?” a guest asked. “Stone spears,” said Einstein. 

This quote (or at least a version of it) dates back to the 1940s when the first nuclear weapons were being developed. Although Albert Einstein didn’t actually develop the atom bomb, his work did make such a device possible. Albert Einstein did not work directly on the atom bomb. But Einstein was the father of the bomb in two important ways: 1) it was his initiative which started U.S. bomb research; 2) it was his equation (E = mc2) which made the atomic bomb theoretically possible.  (Snopes Fact Checking)

Anyone who turns on a TV today is worried that some person or government will go too far and trigger the next great war.  Life as we know it could come to a screeching halt from a computer hacker based anywhere in the world.  Every phase of our lives, from our energy and water supplies, banking, grocery stores, hospitals, fire and police, cell phones, nuclear plants and much more are controlled by the electronics of today.  Einstein was a genius, but even he may not have seen that nuclear devastation may not be the only end of life as we know it.   Regardless, the wars that we have fought with our allies in the past were for one purpose…to keep the world free from tyranny and to give us “peace on earth.”   Men and Women of Valor Back FINALrevised

Yes, PEACE…what a wonderful word.   The Holy Scriptures tell us… “Peace, Peace and there is no peace.”  (Ezekial 13:10)  and yet we are told not to lose hope for Christ said… “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14.27

Yet, so often we are afraid…afraid of what the future may hold.  We cannot forget the sacrifices of those who believed that FREEDOM was worth dying for.  We, or the next generations, must not forget their stories and what they represented to us who are left to lead and to guide our nations. We have freedom of choice because of them.

Below is the first in a historical series to come: World War II…Korea, and Vietnam

VIDEO with narration. Turn up sound


PLAY FOOTBALL…HONOR YOUR COUNTRY

 

Football players make extremely high salaries…more than many CEO”s and other professionals.   This is the country that gave them the opportunity to be the best at what they do…play football.   Why it is hard to be thankful to those who spent hours teaching and training them in a free environment that has given this privilege, is hard to understand.   Politics aside….just LOVE your country….PLAY your best ball…and keep politics or personal “beefs” out of it.

Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva …who served three tours in Afghanistan,

It appears that the fans and those who buy football paraphernalia may feel the same way, according to the recent article by Greg Norman.

“Football fans across America were clamoring for the jersey of Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva on Monday, a day after the former Army Ranger broke team orders by being the only player to come out of the locker room for the national anthem. Villanueva, who stood alone while “The Star-Spangled Banner” was being played Sunday in Chicago, currently has the #1 selling jersey on the NFL’s web store, ahead of top players including Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Derek Carr.

“Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team,” Tomlin said when asked about Villanueva ignoring the order and coming out for the anthem.

Tomlin added the intent was to have his team focus on the game and not President Trump’s comments blasting players who chose to protest during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“Many of them felt like something needed to be done. I asked those guys to discuss it and whatever they discussed that we have 100 percent participation or we do nothing,” Tomlin said after the game. “They discussed it for an appropriate length of time and they couldn’t come to an understanding, so they chose to remove themselves from it. They were not going to be disrespectful in the anthem so they chose not to participate, but at the same time many of them were not going to accept the words of the president.” Villanueva, who served three tours in Afghanistan, decided to stand his ground instead and placed his hand over his heart while the anthem played. He has not spoken publicly since Sunday’s game.

One of Villanueva’s teammates, Cam Heyward, said “We support our guy Al. He feels he had to do it. This guy served our country, and we thank him for it,” Heyward told ESPN. Tomlin said Sunday that the team is not “politicians” but “coaches and professional athletes.”

My husband is the big football fan in this household, but we just came back from talking to a Korean War (Conflict) vet, who just about had his legs amputated because they were frozen.  His shoes were so worn that they flapped when he walked.  Men died all around him. Just as the surgeons were preparing him, they said for him to stand up just one more time. That was when the miracle happened.  He felt a rush of blood fly through both legs, saving them from the knife.  He believes God gave him a chance to do much more in life, which he has done. He could have died for his country or been an invalid the rest of his life.   He said that he can no longer watch T.V. programs on war.

It is my opinion that he may also have to decide if he will watch football if there is no more respect by some players for the National Anthem of his beloved America.  Head Coach, Mike Tomlin, said he wanted them “to be respectful to the team”.  I would challenge that by asking if respect for the team’s overall wishes takes priority over respect for the country?  It appears that we are mixing up freedom of speech (or political dissent) with rights and privilege for something we can never regain if it is lost…RESPECT FOR COUNTRY.

Thank you, M. C. and Alejandro.  You probably know something about the real love of country more than any of us.  Thank God because of you and the veterans of all wars, the fighters against terrorism and all patriots that we have a free country in which to PLAY BALL.

Post Comment:   Since writing this “thank you” to Alejandro, he seems to want to play down what he did that was right…coming out and standing for the National Anthem.  NO,  You did not “throw your teammates under the bus.  You honored your country.  Don’t do a dishonor by trying to resend what you did in order to go with the flow or be politically correct.  In Afghanistan, you would have stood alone if you had to in order to do what you thought was right.  Fortunately, you probably had a unit in your Army Rangers that would die, if need be, for their country.  I’m not sure about your football team.  Thankfully, their choices are not a matter of life and death.

VIDEO (Turn up sound)   The True Story of why Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner

 

All the verses, that you may not have heard, of our National Anthem.

 


Gold Stars

Gold Star

What do Gold Stars represent to a military family?    We can trace this special emblem back to World War I.  If a military member of a family died,  a flag that had been flown with a blue star was replaced with a gold one.  This allowed the world to know the price that this family had paid for the freedom we enjoy today.

The observance of the Gold Star Mothers Day began in 1936 on the last Sunday of September.  It was not until World War II that the Gold Star Wives was formed. Wives could then wear a Gold Star Lapel Button.   All members of the family can be recognized today as a Gold Star Family.   This  is why the Army believes that no one has given more to our country than those who have lost a loved one to war.

In 1954, an American Gold Star Mothers Headquarters was purchased in Washington, D.C. near the Lincoln and Vietnam Memorials, containing the records of all deceased soldiers from  World War I, World War II, the Korean conflict, Vietnam War and now the Iraq War.

On June 12, 1984, The American Gold Star Mothers received their charter which reads:

  •   Keep alive and develop the spirit that promoted world services   
  •  Maintain the ties of fellowship born of that service, and to assist and further all patriotic work 
  •   Inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, State, and Nation
  •   Assist veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam and other strategic areas  and their dependents in the presentation of claims to the Veterans’ Administration, and to aid in any way in their power the men and women who served and died or were wounded or incapacitated during hostilities.
  •  Perpetuate the memory of those whose lives were sacrificed in our wars
  •   Maintain true allegiance to the United States of America
  •   Inculcate lessons of patriotism and love of country in the communities in which we live
  •   Inspire respect for the Stars and Stripes in the youth of America
  •  Extend needful assistance to all Gold Star Mothers and, when possible, to their descendants
  •   To promote peace and good will for the United States and all other Nations.

More recently, 2008, the Gold Star Children, a non-profit organization, was founded to raise awareness about  children whose mothers or fathers were killed or died while serving in the United States military.  We would like to introduce you to one of these American children… Miles Eckerd and his gift to Lt. Colonel Frank Daily, who experienced a “new direction in life” from this small child…a Gold Star Kid.

The video below, shown on CBS News, will help all of us to understand the loss and grief that happens when just one soldier dies and leaves their family behind.  Blessings to them all.

Turn on sound.