With St. Patrick’s Day just past and the NCAA Bracket mania in full bloom, I thought it might be well to consider how some of the ways the month of March has impacted us historically. Therefore, I have opted to highlight some historic and significant dates for you to peruse. For those of us in the southern portion of the nation, it is often perceived as the doorway to spring making its entrance. I write this because I have become increasingly aware of how little history those coming out of our schools today know. I am convinced that if we do not know history we cannot learn from it and will be in danger of taking additional laps around that proverbial mountain repeating and expanding upon our mistakes.
MARCH DATES OF IMPORTANCE – AMERICAN REVOLUTION…
- March 1, 1781, brought us the formal ratification of the Articles of Confederation and Congress became the sole governing body of the new American nation. These Articles continued in effect until 1789 when the current Constitution was adopted.
- March 4, 1789, was the first meeting of the new Congress under the new United States Constitution. The meeting was in New York City.
- March 5, 1770, was the date of the Boston Massacre where Crispus Attucks, an African American was killed. As a result, British Captain Thomas Preston and eight of his soldiers were arrested and tried for murder with John Adams defending the British. Six of the British soldiers were acquitted but two were convicted of manslaughter, branded, and then released.
- March 23, 1775, patriot Patrick Henry ignited the American Revolution with his speech before the Virginia convention saying, “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
- MARCH DATES OF IMPORTANCE – WW I and II
- March 2, 1943, during WWII in the Pacific, a Japanese convoy was attacked by 137 American bombers as the Battle of Bismarck Sea began. The convoy included eight destroyers and eight troop transport ships carrying 7,000 Japanese soldiers heading for New Guinea and ended the Japanese efforts to reinforce their troops in New Guinea.
- March 5, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed a four-day “Bank Holiday” to stop panic withdrawals by the public and the possible collapse of the American banking system. Also, on this date, Winston Churchill gave his infamous “Iron Curtain” speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.
- March 11, 1941, marked the beginning of the “Lend-Lease” program allowing Britain to receive American weapons, machines, raw materials, and training and repair services. The initial appropriation was $7 Billion and grew to $50 Billion by 1946 in aid to our Allies in WWII.
- March 13, 1943, a plot to kill Hitler by German officers was foiled when the bomb planted on his plane failed to detonate.
- March 21, 1918, the Second Battle of the Somme began as German General Erich von Ludendorff launched an all-out drive to win the war. It lasted until April 6, 1918, and resulted in the Germans reclaiming about 35 miles of territory and the combined casualties of both sides were approximately half a million men.
- March 21, 1943, another attempt to assassinate Hitler failed because the conspirators could not locate a short fuse for the bomb to be carried by General von Gersdorff.
- March 31, 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps, the CCC was founded. Unemployed men and youth were organized into quasi-military formations and worked outdoors in national parks and forests.
- Now we come to the elections of 2016 and America is, once again, facing dire times. It is decision time regarding the future of this nation. Do we remain the Constitutional Republic our founders established or do we allow the tyranny of an all-powerful central government strip us of our liberties and constitutional rights? REMEMBER NOVEMBER, America needs you now more than ever. We are entering “crunch time” in the political process of determining the nominees for president and in the next few days or weeks there will be much MADNESS demonstrated and the mud and muck will likely be so deep a pig would avoid the Sty. Many Republicans seem to have forgotten Ronald Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment of not bashing another Republican publicly. It is a classic example of “win now” regardless of the cost and a demonstration of the Alinsky model that the “end justifies the means”. It does not! Providing ammunition for the enemy that is potentially deadly could be defined as insanity, not political expedience. While all is fair, the saying goes in love and war it is a mistake to incorporate that mentality into a political campaign.Republicans were being offered a “slam dunk” election and as they have in the past two presidential cycles are in danger of continuing the propensity to shoot themselves in the foot and rather than getting beat, beat themselves. Thus, we can call this portion of the cycle “Political March Madness” for if we get this wrong America loses. I pray that sanity soon prevails and each candidate and their handlers will pause long enough to view the Prize and the Big Picture. If they do not, it is quite possible we could lose the White House and the Senate again and Hillary Clinton in the White House and Harry Reid controlling the Senate would be the end of the line for any hope of a Constitutional Republic as well a packed Supreme Court that would decimate the constitution and strip us of many of our treasured rights as citizens.
Therefore, I am begging each one to CONSIDER the BIG PICTURE. I am not telling you who to vote for but am pleading with you to prayerfully and carefully evaluate what is best for America. The splintering of the Party is troubling and I remain hopeful that something will transpire to bring us together and that something should be the awareness of the disaster of failing to STOP HILLARY and the DEMOCRATS in November. We will determine America’s fate by our decision. We will have no one to blame but ourselves if we lose this nation. WE CAN STOP THE DEMOCRATS and KEEP AMERICA FREE!
God bless you and God bless America!