There is only remembrance when you can not forget
As I began the post here on Canadian Remembrance Day, or Veterans or Armistice Day in America, did something I have not usually had time for on days like these, sat down to watch a couple films being the 46 minute 1998 National Film Board of Canada's John Mccrae's War In Flanders Fields and the 169 minute 1998 Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan where all of us went from wet Guelph, Ontario to muddy Flanders, Belgium and from midwestern Paton, Iowa to stormy Normandy, France in just seconds. What unites both is the idea of loyalty and fidelity to life in death as "if ye break faith with us who die we shall not sleep" and "not to reason why but to do and die," soldiers gave their lives for country and cause their leadership deemed essential, necessary, and right to keeping its Capracornian principles and ideals of society being freedom, liberty, and democracy, where "God is for us and no one can be against us." A blind allegiance to our civil government over ecclesiastical administration can lead us down the path that replace our spiritual institutions for the sake of the secular, a poppy over the cross, a pledge over prayer, a constitution over the Bible, or even a trip to the Legion over going to church who importance we neglect and thus disrespect.
But what exactly do we tend often in forgetting is the core of thought we should keep thinking upon, a context that makes common sense of the content that is to be unforgettable and remain immemorial, as there is only remembrance when you can not forget this.
Can such a nonsectarian quasisacred faith as civil religion "take up our quarrel with the foe" "between the crosses row on row," without recognizing its truly celestial Commander in Chief, a question that becomes easier to answer the further we move forward into the future and witness more failure militarily by world powers no one would ever have believed could fail. In a society that openly teaches us to "just earn it," we know that we come short of this, never can we on our own do so as we are without strength, powerless, and unglorified in His sight, we must humbly submit ourselves to one another, thus asking for Him to remove our pride and prejudices we daily sin by omission and commission for we forgive other debts as He forgives our debts. So, truly lest we forget memoriam eorum retinebimus angus Dei omnium Rex ta panta en Christoi synesteken forever, that is remember also the One we do know Who through we all shall indeed earn this once and for all.
Tea Party Occupy Wall Street Protestors waving the Red, Black and Blue
First came a Tea Party then a need to Occupy, with both a deeper sense of economic doubt and social inequality than had been felt before the grander political change, some believe that both should either benevolently merge or hostily takeover as one protest, running an independent presidential candidate in the upcoming American Presidential election with the message "Forget about change, they want dollars, instead give us liberty not debt!" as the working election slogan on the current state of affairs then see how policies like restoration of Constitution of the United States and the broken democratic process and political system with fair pay and taxation, ending the doubledipped advanced recession, megagreedy big bank bailouts and its supposed creator United States Federal Reserve Bank fly in real time and life.
If one reads between the lines quietly along the Allied Western Front, they can see nothing but negativity coming from the majority of people over their ultimate life purpose in this world, but indeed a time has come for a more positive solution to all the problems entering so rapidly into their lives.
Taking a couple steps back from the protests, the people within and those without need to realize that justice is something we do not find in this world, as it says in the Holy Bible Matthew 5:45 "That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." Like the philosophically virtuous question of ethics in the eyes of Aristotle and Plato, justice is the proper disposition to act what is just in action and to be think what is good in thought, bringing Athens in line with Jerusalem while holding to cautious warnings from both Tertullian and Paul to look to the next world and life. Speaking on the gift of eternal life, Jesus once famously said in the Holy Bible Mark 10:31, "But many that are first shall be last and the last first." and that we can all take to the bank.
Obama not our America changed
We had hope, change we could and yes we can, believe in.
But we did not realize that it was not a vote for a candidate of change for President, but a candidate that changed as President, as Obama was a flipflop of himself pre and post election. As candidate on the campaign trail, he was an excellent populist speaker on communication and supposedly horrible executive manager, yet as the President in the White House, he has been a perfect executive manager in government, only to lost his touch as that populist speaker. The only conclusion one American can simply come to, is that Obama, not our America, has changed.
It may have begun with us, but as we come to the light at the end of the long tunnel, it has ended with him.