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Can you believe that 75 years ago–beginning on February 21, 1945–60,000 US Marines attacked the small Japanese island of Iwo Jima? It wasn’t very safe. In fact, about 26,000 of the young men were killed, wounded, or missing by the time the battle ended on March 26, 1945 (that’s 43.33% casualties). 6800 of the young Marines were killed (11.33%).
The motto of New Hampshire is “Live Free or Die.”
When I was a child (I’m nearly 60), we were told of a great American named Patrick Henry of Virginia. In a speech back in 1765, opposing some unjust act of Parliament (the Stamp Act I think) he famously proclaimed “Is life so dear or peace so sweet so as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
What has happened to us? Do we think we shall live forever on this earth? Do we think we won’t die? We will. Of course, we should take reasonable means to avoid death. But really. We’re going to stop people from working and give away money we don’t have (throwing more debt to be carried by future generations) because we’re afraid of a virus? I guess we don’t really believe all that freedom and liberty stuff. Even our Churches are closed–the Church that once astounded pagans by her indifference to death-even in plague-knowing her true homeland was not here.
Lord, help our poor country!Published in