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Happy Memorial Day, 2016

May 30, 2016 | Filed Under Holiday, Memorial Day, Military, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Happy Memorial Day, 2016

As we take the day off to celebrate Memorial Day, we wish you and your family a great day.

Our Other Memorial Day Posts


Time to Remember The Many Americans Buried in U.S. Military Cemeteries Across the World

May 30, 2016 | Filed Under Adolph Hitler, Air Force, Army, Britain, Coast Guard, Education, Europe, France, Germany, History, Holiday, Japan, Marines, Memorial Day, Middle East, Military, National Guard, Navy, Veterans, Vietnam, Vietnam War, Warner Todd Huston, WWI, WWII | Comments Off on


Time to Remember The Many Americans Buried in U.S. Military Cemeteries Across the World

-By Warner Todd Huston

“From these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.”–Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address

As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day to pause in thanks for the sacrifices made by millions of Americans who died while fighting to preserve freedom, a documentary called “These Hallowed Grounds” reminds us that our war dead are not just interred here at home, but are spread across the world on battlefields almost lost to the memory of far too many of us.

When we think of our military cemeteries, those final resting places of so many American heroes, we usually think of Arlington National Cemetery, certainly. But do we think of the hundreds of American military cemeteries in such places as France, the Philippines, and other nations across the world? Sadly, not many of us do.

If you are like many of us, you may not be very well informed about all the many American cemeteries erected to memorialize our legions of war dead. To correct that deficit the PBS documentary “These Hallowed Grounds” is an excellent way to learn about these bucolic and solemn memorials.

Most Americans know of the World War Two cemetery at Omaha Beach, Normandy, site of one of the 1944 D-Day landings. But there are some twenty-one other cemeteries in eight other countries memorializing our dead from World Wars One and Two and the documentary tells the powerful tale of many of them.

Our many war cemeteries are maintained by the U.S. government’s American Battle Monuments Commission and contain monuments to some 125,000 American war dead. The names of another 94,000 missing soldiers are inscribed into the Walls Of The Missing at these locations and this film takes viewers on an important journey across the world to see and learn about them.
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Memorial Day Special: THIS Is What American Troops Are Made Of…

May 30, 2016 | Filed Under Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Holiday, Marines, Memorial Day, Military, Navy, Patriotism, Veterans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Memorial Day Special: THIS Is What American Troops Are Made Of…

-By Warner Todd Huston

To honor our troops for this year, I am going to share this story about their mettle. What follows are excerpts from remarks by Marine Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly made to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis on November 13, 2010. While leading his platoon on a combat patrol, Kelly’s son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, had been killed in action four days earlier in Sangin, in southern Afghanistan. Lt. Kelly was only 29-years-old.

Giving Thanks for Our Warriors

“Those with less of a sense of service to the nation never understand it when men and women of character step forward to look danger and adversity straight in the eye, refusing to blink, or give ground, even to their own deaths… No, they are not victims but are warriors, your warriors, and warriors are never victims regardless of how and where they fall. Death, or fear of death, has no power over them. Their paths are paved by sacrifice, sacrifices they gladly make… for you….

“Two years ago when I was the commander of all U.S. and Iraqi forces, in fact, the 22nd of April 2008, two Marine infantry battalions, 1/9 ‘The Walking Dead,’ and 2/8 were switching out in Ramadi… Two Marines, Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, 22 and 20 years old respectively, one from each battalion, were assuming the watch together at the entrance gate of an outpost that contained a makeshift barracks housing 50 Marines… Yale was a dirt poor mixed-race kid from Virginia with a wife and daughter, and a mother and sister who lived with him and he supported as well. He did this on a yearly salary of less than $23,000. Haerter, on the other hand, was a middle-class white kid from Long Island. They were from two completely different worlds… But they were Marines, combat Marines, forged in the same crucible of Marine training, and because of this bond they were brothers as close, or closer, than if they were born of the same woman.
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The Illinois Civil War General Who Helped Create Memorial Day

May 30, 2016 | Filed Under Air Force, Army, Civil War, Coast Guard, Holiday, Marines, Memorial Day, Military, Navy, Veterans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


The Illinois Civil War General Who Helped Create Memorial Day

-By Warner Todd Huston

A few years after the Civil War as the nation started upon its long road toward reconciliation, rebuilding, and healing the wife of one of the war’s union generals noticed the touching devotion of Confederate widows, wives and their children as each year they came together to place flowers and little flags at the graves of their fallen. Mary Simmerson Cunningham Logan was so moved by the devotion she witnessed that she urged her husband, Illinois General John A. “Blackjack” Logan, to look into creating what was to become Memorial Day.

General Logan was a Senator from Illinois and eventually became a candidate for Vice President on the 1884 Republican ticket, losing to Grover Cleveland and another Illinoisan, Vice President Adlai Stevenson. But before all that Logan was instrumental in creating Decoration Day, the celebration of the nation’s war dead that eventually became Memorial Day.

The following is the general order that Logan issued in 1868.

HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

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Shift in U.S. Against WWII A-Bombing of Japan is a VERY Bad Sign

May 28, 2016 | Filed Under Afghanistan, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Education, Freedom, George W. Bush, Government, Government Corruption, Holiday, Iraq, Islamofascism, Japan, Liberals, Memorial Day, Military, Nuclear Bomb, President, Progressives, Public School, Republicans, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston, WWII | Comments Off on


Shift in U.S. Against WWII A-Bombing of Japan is a VERY Bad Sign

-By Warner Todd Huston

On the even of Memorial Day when we take a moment in our busy lives to remember the sacrifice made by millions of soldiers who lost their lives in war since our nation was founded, President Obama went on another apology tour, this time to grovel in front of the Japanese in abject despair for dropping the atomic bomb on them during WWII. Sadly, too many Americans are just as foolish as he if the results of a new poll are any indication. It is all proof that the U.S. is losing its grip on reality.

Before I get too much farther into this business, let me just say to Japan that I am not sorry we destroyed two of your major cities with the A-Bomb. I don’t have even a tiny bit of sympathy for Japan’s loss. They started the war, they murdered and enslaved millions (not hyperbole), they attacked us, and even as their forces were clearly beaten they refused to surrender which would have necessitated perhaps a million more casualties should the U.S. have had to invade to pacify them. They even refused to surrender after we wiped out Hiroshima with a single bomb forcing us to do it again at Nagasaki.

Actions have consequences and Japan’s actions led to what they deserved. Period.

Unfortunately, today too many Americans are starting to regret the A-Bombing of Japan, the bombing that saved the lives of so many Americans and Japanese both. A new poll finds a bare one percent more Americans now disapprove of the bombing than approve.

A new CBS News poll found only 43 percent of Americans still approve of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki while 44 percent disapprove. This year’s result compares to 53 percent approving of the bombing in 1990 with 41 percent disapproving.

This is a travesty created by our failed miseducation system.
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Happy Easter 2016

March 27, 2016 | Filed Under Easter, Holiday, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Happy Easter 2016

As we take the day off to be with our families, we here at Publius Forum wish you and yours a very happy Easter Sunday.

6 “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
Matthew 28: 6-10 NIV


Dear Baby New Year, THIS is What Liberals Have in Store For You

January 1, 2016 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, Ethics, Free Speech, Freedom, Government, Government Corruption, Gun Control, Holiday, Jobs, Liberals, New Years, Police State, Progressives, Property Rights, Public School, Rape, Regulation, Sex Offenders/Rape, Taxes, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Dear Baby New Year, THIS is What Liberals Have in Store For You

-By Warner Todd Huston

The year 2015 is now in the rear view mirror and Baby New Year has waddled in, diaper and all. But baby, you are still young and naive and I hate to say it but you and the generation you are ushering in will have an awful time once you find out what liberals have in store for you.

First of all, you are lucky, Baby New Year, lucky that you even got a chance to see 2016. Were it up to any common liberal you’d have been aborted back in 2015 when you were still gestating. Granted there’s a chance you’d have seen 2016 only to have your body diced up and sold for its lucrative parts. In any case, thank your lucky stars that you escaped the liberals’ beloved slice and dice.

But don’t think you are too lucky. After all, the bleak world that liberals have already set in motion for you is not one you’re likely to enjoy.

Because, dear Baby New Year, liberals have already set the rules for your world as you grow up and it ain’t gonna be pretty.

You may think that you are waddling into the United States, the land of freedom, liberty and self-determination. But the liberals have already killed that hoary old ideal. And don’t speak too loudly because liberals have taken away your free speech. Say the wrong thing and you’ll be thrown out of your school, you’ll lose you job, and you’ll become an outcast to society… such as it is.
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Happy New Year 2016

January 1, 2016 | Filed Under Holiday, New Years, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Happy New Year 2016

A new year is very much like a blank book. A pen is in your hands and this is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself and our nation.

Have a wonderful, prosperous, safe, and happy 2016, everyone.

-Warner Todd Huston


Merry Christmas 2015: A Light Unto All Mankind

December 24, 2015 | Filed Under Bible, Christianity, Christmas, Holiday, Jesus, Religion, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Merry Christmas 2015: A Light Unto All Mankind

Merry Christmas, 2015

“And unto you a child is born.” With that promise Earth was given the promise of a light unto all men, a light that will lead us to our salvation if only we choose to accept that path.

Even if you are not a Christian, even if you’re not especially religious, if you claim another religion or none at all, the path that Christ walked when he was born into this world is a path from which we can all learn. It is one worthy of study and acceptance even if only as an example of the best way to live. Christ’s path is, indeed, a philosophy worthy of consideration for it is one based on service to your fellows, love for all, and a suppression of one’s selfishness in order to pursue a higher calling.

What could be a better path, even for the non-religious?

So, as we celebrate this Christmas Day, the day meant to memorialize the birth of Christ, and as we head into 2015 let us all strive to work harder to be of service to our fellows. Let us engage in those random acts of kindness that makes everyone’s lives so much more fulfilling–not to mention easier. Let us remember to say thank you to those who have done something for us and let us offer our own actions for others without expecting immediate repayment.

Let’s try and leave this place a bit better off than we found it.

I want to thank each and every one of you for having been such wonderfully loyal readers and for you folks that have only been recent visitors, may you find a home here for the upcoming days. We hope to give you a Christmas gift that never stops giving here at Publius Forum.

May God Bless you all and enjoy the day with your family and friends.

Merry Christmas and, if you don’t visit again before the end of the year, may you have a Happy New Year

Yours,

Warner Todd Huston
Publisher, PubliusForum.com


What is the True Meaning of Christmas?

December 24, 2015 | Filed Under Bible, Christianity, Christmas, Holiday, Jesus, Religion, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


What is the True Meaning of Christmas?

So, what is the true meaning of Christmas? Linus knows…


WATCH: Ronald Reagan Reads Life of Christ to Children at White House at Christmas in 1982

December 24, 2015 | Filed Under Christianity, Christmas, GOP, Religion, Republicans, Ronald Reagan, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


WATCH: Ronald Reagan Reads Life of Christ to Children at White House at Christmas in 1982

In the inaugural broadcast of NBC’s “Christmas in Washington,” part of the program included then-President Ronald Reagan reading “A Solitary Life,” a parable of the life of Jesus Christ, to children gathered at the White House.

After nearly 2,000 years, Jesus today is “the centerpiece of much of the human race,” says President Reagan. All the armies, govrnments, and powers of this world have not affected the world in any way as powerfully as this “one solitary life,” he explains…

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The Kwanzaa Scam: It’s A Fake Holiday Created by A Racist, Rapist And Torturer

December 19, 2015 | Filed Under Christmas, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government Corruption, Kwanzaa, Liberals, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


The Kwanzaa Scam: It’s A Fake Holiday Created by A Racist, Rapist And Torturer

-By Warner Todd Huston

Every year I post a piece about the shocking truth about Kwanzaa. That it is a racist holiday created by a rapist and torturer who poses as a “professor.” This year will be no exception.

Kwanzaa, the purported “African” holiday celebrated only in the United States, is the ultimate politically correct holiday. It is little observed, even by our own African American community, of course, but those that do celebrate it are wholly unaware that this faux holiday was created in 1965 by a man with a very troubled past. For Kwanzaa’s creator, Maulana Karenga, has a violent, racist criminal record, and is even a rapist who was convicted of torturing his victims.

Each year, with the onset of Christmas, we are treated to another gauzy, fluff piece about how great Kwanzaa is by yet another PC spewing columnist. In one article this year the world was treated to aggrandizement such as that in The Wave newspaper from Los Angeles, California with its titled, “As it nears its 50th year, Kwanzaa strives for relevance,” or another LA-based paper exited to tell us about the, “Symbols and Insights of Kwanzaa: Deep Meanings and Expansive Message,” and then there was last year’s Dallas Morning News piece titled,”Look forward to Kwanzaa celebrations with storytelling, music and more.” We even find such helpful sites as TeacherPlanet.com’s, “Kwanzaa Resources for Teachers.” And this year we got the happy talk from Illinois with City Plans Kwanzaa Celebration December 26. Yes, the world is filled with celebratory lionization of Kwanzaa.

But about a half dozen years ago, the Houston Chronicle got in the act with a piece by Leslie Casimir titled “Learning about Kwanzaa from the holiday’s creator.” This one, though, was a bit different than the usual how-great-is-Kwanzaa theme because this particular piece celebrated the inventor of the faux holiday, Maulana Karenga, himself. So, instead of merely celebrating the manufactured holiday, Casimir amazingly made a hero of the rapist, race monger and violent thug who created it! To Casimir, Kwanzaa creator “Maulana Karenga” was a hero.
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Ted Cruz Goes for Humor With Snide Christmas Commercial

December 19, 2015 | Filed Under Christmas, Congress, Elections, GOP, President, Ted Cruz, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Ted Cruz Goes for Humor With Snide Christmas Commercial

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is putting out a Christmas and comedy-themed campaign commercial that is a bold move because it’s supposed to be funny and funny isn’t not something many politicians do very well. But for me, this one works.

I am sure that many will hate this one… but it worked for me.


Happy Thanksgiving 2015

November 26, 2015 | Filed Under Thanksgiving, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Happy Thanksgiving 2015

As we all take the day off to be with family and friends, let us also remember to pray for and thank those Americans overseas in dangerous lands who cannot be home for the holiday.

May you all have a wonderful, relaxing day filled with the comfort of friends and family.

Also, please do take some time to look over our past work in the archives her at Publius. In the meantime, God bless you and have a Happy Thanksgiving and see you tomorrow. And we are thankful for your readership.


George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

November 26, 2015 | Filed Under Founders, George Washington, Thanksgiving, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation, October 3, 1789

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor — and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be — That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks — for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation — for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war — for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed — for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted — for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
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Pres. John Adams Thanksgiving: A Proclamation Recommending a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer

November 26, 2015 | Filed Under Founders, John Adams, Thanksgiving, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Pres. John Adams Thanksgiving: A Proclamation Recommending a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer

Delivered March 6, 1799 by President John Adams

As no truth is more clearly taught in the Volume of Inspiration, nor any more fully demonstrated by the experience of all ages, than that a deep sense and a due acknowledgment of the governing providence of a Supreme Being and of the accountableness of men to Him as the searcher of hearts and righteous distributer of rewards and punishments are conducive equally to the happiness and rectitude of individuals and to the well-being of communities; as it is also most reasonable in itself that men who are made capable of social acts and relations, who owe their improvements to the social state, and who derive their enjoyments from it, should, as a society, make their acknowledgments of dependence and obligation to Him who hath endowed them with these capacities and elevated them in the scale of existence by these distinctions; as it is likewise a plain dictate of duty and a strong sentiment of nature that in circumstances of great urgency and seasons of imminent danger earnest and particular supplications should be made to Him who is able to defend or to destroy; as, moreover, the most precious interests of the people of the United States are still held in jeopardy by the hostile designs and insidious acts of a foreign nation, as well as by the dissemination among them of those principles, subversive of the foundations of all religious, moral, and social obligations, that have produced incalculable mischief and misery in other countries; and as, in fine, the observance of special seasons for public religious solemnities is happily calculated to avert the evils which we ought to deprecate and to excite to the performance of the duties which we ought to discharge by calling and fixing the attention of the people at large to the momentous truths already recited, by affording opportunity to teach and inculcate them by animating devotion and giving to it the character of a national act:
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Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation

November 26, 2015 | Filed Under Abraham Lincoln, Thanksgiving, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation

During the Civil War, both presidents, Lincoln and Jeff Davis, issued Thanksgiving Day proclamations and celebration of the holiday as we know it grew as a result.

We all know about the famed Pilgrims who feasted with the local Indians in 1621, but after that the holiday was only observed once in a while. When he was the general commanding the American forces during the Revolution, George Washington issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in December of 1777. After the war, in 1789, he did so once again. Then, as President, John Adams also issued proclamations for two of his four years in the highest office of the land. But after that it was more or less a forgotten idea.

It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of a great war, that President Lincoln revived the tradition. The northern president wasn’t the only one to do this during the war, though. President Jefferson Davis had issued his Thanksgiving Day proclamation a year earlier, in 1862. Jefferson’s idea of Thanksgiving was a bit different than the one we think of today. The southern President had declared that the south’s observance would be a day of fasting and reflection, not feasting and revelry.

Of course, the holiday we are familiar with is connected to Lincoln’s proclamation. But, apparently the proclamation was not all Lincoln’s idea. It wasn’t just the war that spurred Lincoln to issue his proclamation, but a letter from a woman named Sarah Hale that convinced him to do so. Hale, the writer of the poem now called “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” had been trying to convince presidents to issue a Thanksgiving proclamation since 1846 and when Lincoln saw her letter he decided to follow her suggestion.

From there our formal national holiday was born.

President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation:

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.
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Happy Veterans Day, 2015: This is Why OUR Veterans Are Different

November 11, 2015 | Filed Under Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Holiday, Marines, Military, National Guard, Navy, Veterans, Veterans Day, Veterans Day, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Happy Veterans Day, 2015: This is Why OUR Veterans Are Different

-By Warner Todd Huston

America is a singularly different nation where it concerns our military veterans. We love them. We even have a national holiday to honor them. This is not so in most of the rest of the world. Elsewhere military veterans are not so loved as they are here.

Is that because the United States is the Sparta of the world, loving war more than anything else? Hardly. In fact its because our soldiers bring peace wherever they go, not perpetual war.

In other countries, soldiers are usually the dregs of society, living off the people while at the same time lording over them with machine guns and violence.

In other countries the military is feared by both the people and the government because all too often the army is used to take power and steal away the government for its own aggrandizement. There is no accident that the word “coup” is one rarely spoken in the USA unless when viewing foreign news.

So, not in America. In the USA we respect our soldiers because they respect us as much as they respect the law.

When an American sees a soldier an American will feel pride, not fear. When an American hears that a fellow is a veteran, an American thanks that fellow for his service.

In other countries when people see soldiers they fear them, they loathe them. In other countries they don’t want to sit near soldiers on public transportation, they avoid eye contact. Here we shake their hand and ask if they need anything.

So, from us to you, our dear military veterans, we thank you. We thank you for putting your lives on hold while serving us, while making sure we are safe and able to go about our business unafraid of danger, and for putting your own safety at risk.

Happy Veterans Day to you all.
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Seattle University Tells Veterans They Can’t Say ‘Controversial’ Pledge of Allegiance or Display U.S. Flag

November 10, 2015 | Filed Under Air Force, Anti-Americanism, Army, Coast Guard, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Holiday, Liberals, Marines, Military, National Guard, Navy, Oregon, Progressives, Veterans, Veterans Day, Veterans Day, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Seattle University Tells Veterans They Can’t Say ‘Controversial’ Pledge of Allegiance or Display U.S. Flag

-By Warner Todd Huston

Last week a dust up between Seattle Pacific University and a veterans group was kicked up when the university informed the group that they would not be allowed to say the Pledge of Allegiance and present the colors during their veteran’s day ceremony.

A group called the Military and Veteran Support Club at SPU had scheduled a ceremony to be held in the university’s chapel for the upcoming Veterans Day holiday. The group intended to perform the Pledge of Allegiance and wanted to present the colors during the ceremony. But the plans were nixed by the university because they were deemed too “controversial.”

As the veteran group noted on its Facebook page, “This integral part of veteran support was deemed controversial due to the fact that it may make some individuals “uncomfortable”. It is important to note that University Ministries initially approved the pledge and the presentation of colors, but then rescinded approval of this portion of the service.”
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Red Skelton’s Pledge Of Allegiance

July 4, 2015 | Filed Under Education, Entertainment, Flag day, Holiday, Humor, Independence Day, Movies, Patriotism, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Red Skelton’s Pledge Of Allegiance

-By Warner Todd Huston

This Independence Day holiday is an excellent time to revisit one of Red Skelton’s most endearing works: his recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and what that pledge means.

Through the 40s, 50s, and 60s, Red Skelton was one of America’s most revered funny men. He was everywhere in movies and all across the early TV. Skelton may be little known by today’s newer generations, but he is someone we should never forget for his patriotism and clean humor.

He made quite a splash in 1969 with his personalized pledge of Allegiance.

You don’t get patriotic entertainment like this anymore…

In the words of Red Skelton:
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John Adams’ Reminiscences of the First Independence Day

July 4, 2015 | Filed Under Declaration of Independence, Founders, History, Holiday, Independence Day, John Adams, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


John Adams’ Reminiscences of the First Independence Day

-By Warner Todd Huston

John Adams was one of the truly indispensable men among our founding fathers. He was the man that wrote one of the first fully written out Constitutions in human history when he wrote the Constitution of Massachusetts. He wrote a seminal book on government that helped inform the founders of our nation, he was an ambassador to France and other European nations, he was our first vice president, our second president, and more.

In fact, Adams was at the center of one of the incidents that set the tone for our national character. When the Redcoats responsible for the Boston Massacre were put under arrest, John Adams stepped forward to represent the Redcoats in court. Many of his fellow patriots were amazed at this offer, some even incensed at Adams for doing so. But Adams said that the rule of law was far more important than merely making points with the home crowd and the Redcoats deserved to have competent representation.
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239 Independence Days and Counting, But What Does it all Mean?

July 4, 2015 | Filed Under Declaration of Independence, Founders, History, Holiday, Independence Day, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


239 Independence Days and Counting, But What Does it all Mean?

-By Warner Todd Huston

Today America enjoys the celebration of 238 years of existence as a nation by noting the day we declared our independence from our Mother nation, England. Sadly, that celebration has, for too many, become the “July Fourth” holiday, a day of picnics, rote parades, “white sales,” and for some a day off work. Of course, we should not and don’t celebrate any “July Fourth.” We celebrate Independence Day, the day we formally separated from our parent nation and took those first unsteady steps into the world as a nation of our own.

So, what is this Independence Day all about? Well, for one thing we celebrate the gifts that our Creator has given us. That’s right, our Founding Fathers started this nation celebrating the gifts of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and those natural rights given to us by God, rights that no man can take away from us, rights no man can legitimately prevent us from observing.

Contrary to the God averse America we have devolved into, the Declaration mentions God, the Creator, or the divine multiple times and the Founders rested their entire claim of liberty and freedom on the claim that no government can legitimately take away the natural rights that mankind should and must enjoy.
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Happy Independence Day, 2015

July 4, 2015 | Filed Under Declaration of Independence, Founders, History, Holiday, Independence Day, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Happy Independence Day, 2015

We are taking this grand holiday off from blogging to celebrate the birth of our wonderful country and the freedoms from which we’ve all benefited. And around here it’s Independence Day NOT “July 4th.” We don’t celebrate a number we celebrate an event, one of the most glorious events in human history: the birth of our nation.

Have a wonderful holiday, thanks for being a loyal Publius Forum reader and God Bless America.

Warner Todd Huston


Wanted: A Real Man and a Father for Fathers Day (Happy Fathers Day 2015)

June 21, 2015 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Children, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Family, Fathers Day, Government, Holiday, Liberals, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Wanted: A Real Man and a Father for Fathers Day (Happy Fathers Day 2015)

-By Warner Todd Huston

Help Wanted: A father is needed.

America a father is needed: He should be strong of will, stout of heart, and serious in demeanor. He must love without being effusive. He must lead by example. He must have a soft spot for his daughters and tough hand with his sons. He must love his wife and family more than his own comforts because he understands that the duties he accepts as a father are more important than momentary amusements.

We want a man that will growl when their sons step out of line, the kind young boys don’t want to cross–not necessarily out of fear, but because they are loath to disappoint the old man. Give us a man who will happily show his gun collection to his daughter’s first boy friend. Let us have the man who those boyfriends can’t imagine calling anything other than “sir.”

Unfortunately, he is exactly the sort of man that liberals have targeted for elimination. Liberals hate words like maturity, protectiveness, patriarchy, and manliness.

Liberals celebrate backwards ball cap wearing, video game playing, punks who still want to act like they are 19 when they are nearing the 30s. Perpetual little boys who just want to have toys, see movies, go to concerts and jump into bed with what ever sort of woman strikes their fancy, the sort of man child who won’t think past a beer run planned for the weekend.

These are the kind of “men” that leave children alone with a woman struggling to survive. But they are just the kind liberals love because they leave human wreckage everywhere they go, people that big daddy government can rescue with big government programs and, naturally, more power for Democrats.

So, don’t give us Obama Pajama Boys. Forget the left’s meterosexuals. We’ll take a pass on their “coexist” bumper stickers and their gutless Priuses.

We don’t want your Brad Pitts, your moron Phil Dunphys, your drug addled Charlie Sheens or your pointless pretty boy Zac Efrons.

Give us Hugh Beaumont, Father Knows Best, let’s have more like John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. Give us more Billy Grahams, please?

But whatever you do, give us real men who have a sense of morality. The country is in desperate need of them.
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Obama Cancels July 4th Celebration in Embassy so as Not to Upset Muslims

June 8, 2015 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Declaration of Independence, Democrats/Leftists, Energy, Foreign Policy, Founders, Government Corruption, Green Energy, History, Independence Day, Indonesia, Liberals, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Obama Cancels July 4th Celebration in Embassy so as Not to Upset Muslims

-By Warner Todd Huston

So now our first Muslim president is canceling our own national celebrations in order not to upset Muslims, so we’ve got that going for us… which is nice. This week we’ve discovered that Obama’s crew staffing the U.S. embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia cancelled its celebration of Independence Day on July 4th so it won’t make Indonesians mad at us.

The celebration of July 4th was moved to June 4th so it wouldn’t upset Muslims celebrating Ramadan this year.

Obama’s ambassador to the majority Islamic nation, Robert O. Blake (Obama appointed in 2013) also said that the month-early Jakarta celebration of our Independence Day was in part meant to celebrate “green technology.” Because, I guess we separated from England so that we could make solar cells… or something.

So, not only does an Obama appointed ambassador move around out own national holidays in an effort to appease Islamists, but he then uses the re-scheduled event to push greenism.

Yep, that sounds like an Obamaite–America hating and all.
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The Illinois Civil War General Who Helped Create Memorial Day

May 25, 2015 | Filed Under Air Force, Army, Civil War, Coast Guard, History, Holiday, Marines, Memorial Day, Military, Navy, Veterans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


The Illinois Civil War General Who Helped Create Memorial Day

-By Warner Todd Huston

A few years after the Civil War as the nation started upon its long road toward reconciliation, rebuilding, and healing the wife of one of the war’s union generals noticed the touching devotion of Confederate widows, wives and their children as each year they came together to place flowers and little flags at the graves of their fallen. Mary Simmerson Cunningham Logan was so moved by the devotion she witnessed that she urged her husband, Illinois General John A. “Blackjack” Logan, to look into creating what was to become Memorial Day.

General Logan was a Senator from Illinois and eventually became a candidate for Vice President on the 1884 Republican ticket, losing to Grover Cleveland and another Illinoisan, Vice President Adlai Stevenson. But before all that Logan was instrumental in creating Decoration Day, the celebration of the nation’s war dead that eventually became Memorial Day.

The following is the general order that Logan issued in 1868.

HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

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Memorial Day Special: THIS Is What American Troops Are Made Of…

May 25, 2015 | Filed Under Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, History, Holiday, Marines, Memorial Day, Military, Navy, Veterans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Memorial Day Special: THIS Is What American Troops Are Made Of…

-By Warner Todd Huston

To honor our troops for this year, I am going to share this story about their mettle. What follows are excerpts from remarks by Marine Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly made to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis on November 13, 2010. While leading his platoon on a combat patrol, Kelly’s son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, had been killed in action four days earlier in Sangin, in southern Afghanistan. Lt. Kelly was only 29-years-old.

Giving Thanks for Our Warriors

“Those with less of a sense of service to the nation never understand it when men and women of character step forward to look danger and adversity straight in the eye, refusing to blink, or give ground, even to their own deaths… No, they are not victims but are warriors, your warriors, and warriors are never victims regardless of how and where they fall. Death, or fear of death, has no power over them. Their paths are paved by sacrifice, sacrifices they gladly make… for you….

“Two years ago when I was the commander of all U.S. and Iraqi forces, in fact, the 22nd of April 2008, two Marine infantry battalions, 1/9 ‘The Walking Dead,’ and 2/8 were switching out in Ramadi… Two Marines, Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, 22 and 20 years old respectively, one from each battalion, were assuming the watch together at the entrance gate of an outpost that contained a makeshift barracks housing 50 Marines… Yale was a dirt poor mixed-race kid from Virginia with a wife and daughter, and a mother and sister who lived with him and he supported as well. He did this on a yearly salary of less than $23,000. Haerter, on the other hand, was a middle-class white kid from Long Island. They were from two completely different worlds… But they were Marines, combat Marines, forged in the same crucible of Marine training, and because of this bond they were brothers as close, or closer, than if they were born of the same woman.
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Happy Memorial Day, 2015

May 25, 2015 | Filed Under Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Holiday, Marines, Memorial Day, Military, Navy, Veterans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Happy Memorial Day, 2015

As we take the day off to celebrate Memorial Day, we wish you and your family a great day.

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Democrats Tweet Us Another Reason to Loathe Them on Memorial Day

May 24, 2015 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Army, Barack Obama, Coast Guard, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government Corruption, Holiday, Journalism, Marines, Media, Media Bias, Memorial Day, Military, National Guard, Navy, President, Progressives, Veterans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Democrats Tweet Us Another Reason to Loathe Them on Memorial Day

-By Warner Todd Huston

Democrats really know how to celebrate Memorial Day, don’t they? We get another prime example of the hate Democrats have for America with the Party’s Tweet featuring Barack Obama eating ice cream in front of a gaggle of adoring “reporters.” And the troops, you ask? What troops?

At this point, if you are a real American, about all you can muster for Democrats is contempt and this Memorial Day Tweet wholly justifies that contempt.

Without further ado, here is that inappropriate Democrat Tweet

So, I’m guessing that when you think of Memorial Day YOU don’t think of King Barack and his adoring media. You might rather think of… oh, I don’t know… maybe our soldiers?

It was so bad, even CNN’s Jake Tapper slammed the Democrat Party for its stupid Tweet using a photo of Obama eating ice cream in front of a gaggle of reporters to celebrate Memorial Day.
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Happy Mothers Day, 2015

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Happy Mothers Day, 2015

To all our wonderful mothers, hope you all have a wonderful day.

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