On Veteran’s Day, the best way we can show our appreciation for those who have served and are serving is to consider the purpose, the cost, and the principles of war for free nations. Without serious consideration of these things, our appreciation is weak and shallow. Without understanding and preservation of the principles of defense and war for free nations, we risk losing it all and making the service of our young and brave meaningless, purposeless and even the tool of evil politicians and industrialists towards their own ends, not those ends necessary to maintain freedom.
For my parents, who served in WWII, my daughter who served 8 years in the USMC, my son who enlisted in the USAF, and for all who I know and have known who have served and made this critical sacrifice, thank you for your service and I share these thoughts…
War is the absolute worst solution to mankind’s problems. It is horrific. It is indiscriminate. Its outcomes cannot be predicted. For every soldier that dies, a multiplier of some degree of innocent citizens who did not decide to go to war, or desire to be anyone’s enemy, are killed. The sovereign costs to nations and to the producers of those nations, from the individual taxpayer to the largest business producers, are staggering. The loss of national treasure and resources is the greatest waste of human capacity and productivity imaginable. Worst of all, the loss of human life is simply the worst of human tragedies.
And it is because the cost of war is so great, that free societies and nations must prepare for them. It is because the risks are so great, that free societies must have the best possible defense against real enemies. It is because, for free societies, the threat of tyrants, ‘isms and the insane, is so real that a free nation can never be caught defenseless or weak. It is exactly because of the unfathomable cost of war and tyrant’s constant, evil threat, that America must always be prepared.
It is also because of the tragic reality of war, that we must never, ever allow our elected representatives to take us to war without great debate and reasoning that can only have as legitimate cause — the just and right defense of individual liberty and freedom itself. It is because of the great cost, both human and financial, of war, that we must do everything within our power as a free people to avoid it.
And when in our future we debate, reason, and objectively analyze our situation, and we objectively and factually find no other alternative is available — we are left without peaceful remedy — then we must absolutely craft war strategy and tactics for clear and decisive military victory. We must never telegraph our intentions nor our strategies and tactics. We must not equivocate. We must act decisively and without mercy to destroy such enemies that would ever cause us to come to this decision in the first place. We must completely destroy this enemy such that they never in the future can rise up to threaten liberty, freedom and peace again.
We must never act halfheartedly, or without resolve — when this worst endeavor does become the only solution — as this empowers evil and weakens the ability to ensure the defeat of freedom’s enemies. We must never allow our brave warriors to engage in anything but right and just war.
As long as there remains in mankind’s hearts an evil that does not obey natural law — God’s law that demands freedom from tyranny for individuals and the free-societies in which they live — war will be the last resort and most costly solution, but the only solution that will ensure the freedom of such societies in these worst of human conditions.
For these reasons, every free society must have for its leaders those who are of sound character and resolve to never use this worst possible solution without completely exhausting all possible peaceful solutions. Every free society, if it is to remain free, must have a citizenry and citizens warriors who understand these principles and who will never allow their elected representatives to enter into unjust, wrong and unwarranted war.
Only a free people of character who restrain the evil of war unless warranted, and fully unleash its wrath when warranted, will remain free. Freedom is not for the weak and indecisive, or the evil and tyrannical.
Finally, the greatest human value is freedom and it must be defended for each individual from those tyrants who wish to enslave and control. Freedom, ultimately, given the unavoidable eventual clash between the tyrant and the free, can only be protected and sustained from time-to-time throughout history, through military victory. Those who abuse this worst of solutions, however, will never remain free.
It is for our veterans, then, that we must all understand these principles and insist that our elected representatives apply them to decisions related to our military and use of it. Without understanding and insisting upon adherence to these principles our appreciation for our veterans is, again, weak and shallow, as well as dangerous. We must always hate war. We must always use it as last resort for just and right cause in the true defense of freedom. We must never allow it to be used by tyrants to destroy freedom itself and enable tyranny. Today, the global political, economic and corporate elite have co-opted our military to be used as a global police force of global collectivist fascism. We must restore the proper and legitimate use of our military else we send our very best and bravest to the service of tyrants and evil.
Thank you, all veterans who have served and are serving the good cause of the defense of true freedom and individual liberty. Your service and commitment is necessary and right. I pray your service will never be taken for granted or used for any cause that is not just, right and necessary to the restoration and sustaining of freedom. Thank you.
DM Chaney “Thoughts on Liberty” (C) 2015
Note: Unless one has been willing to serve to defend our liberty and freedom from legitimate enemies — to act in their own self-defense and defense of the free society in which they’ve been blessed to live — or unless their own children have served in this worst but necessary human solution required to destroy the enemies of liberty, they cannot truly completely understand the costs, nor the losses, of war. As such, they should not be able to make decisions related to the deployment of other’s sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, aunts and uncles, to the stench of war. And it is to all those lost while fulfilling their honorable commitment and duty to uphold the principles of a free society’s defense, and to all those who have lost their children, parents, family or friends to this worst of human solutions, I am forever indebted.