THE IRON PEN by Daniel Hite

November 11, 2011

Thank a Vet

Filed under: Liberty,military,providence,Uncategorized,veterans — danielhite @ 12:01 am
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What we now call Veterans Day, was originally Armistice Day celebrating the official end of World War I on November 11, 1918 at 11:00 AM Paris time–historically remembered as 11-11-11–the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Today, 11/11/11, is a unique day of remembrance. Every American should take time to thank a vet and whisper a prayer of thanksgiving and dependence on the One whose providence has favored us and protected us through the centuries.

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the Name of the LORD our God.
Psalm 20:7 

May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

This will be a special summer for our family as we make a first-time “pilgrimage” back east to the Philadelphia and Boston area. Lord willing, we will stand where Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address, where the “shot heard round the world” was fired (Lexington to Concord), where they battled the elements at Valley Forge, and where over Fort McHenry the “bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.” We will also visit the sites of the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Boston Massacre, and those famous places where our revolutionary fathers not only pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor, but where many gave their last full measure of devotion. In years past, I have been moved at Arlington and Jefferson Barracks. A dream of a future trip is to walk the beaches of Normandy. Last night and today, I watched movies depicting Gen. Douglas MacArthur and other brave soldiers as well as brave Filipino partisans defending their homeland. I marveled at their focused devotion and the difficult and mortal sacrifices that were made. These as well as other places are what Memorial (“Decoration”) Day is all about. I can walk and talk freely today because of those who have defended my liberty with their own lives. We must never forget.

Today, we need a new birth of freedom in our beloved land. I believe that God births liberty in our hearts with His amazing grace. This grace is seen in the face of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave His blameless life so that we might live in liberty. That liberty is enshrined in our American history: it is thoroughly documented from Columbus to our pilgrim fathers, from fledgling colonial communities to to the halls of state and federal government. Our form of government will not survive without acknowledging it. We are one nation under God, and it is in God we trust. We must rededicate our “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.” Proverbs 3:5,6 admonishes us,

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths

His direction and protection come as we acknowledge and trust Him. It is my prayer that God may continue to bless America.

March 29, 2011

Libya–Shooting Ourselves in the Foot?

Filed under: defense,Islam — danielhite @ 8:18 am
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Remember how we armed Al Qaeda during the first Afghanistan war? Are we doing it again? As “the populace” erupts all over the Middle East and its neighbors–Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Qatar, Syria, and others–the question must be asked, “Who are these demonstrators and where are their sympathies?” In Egypt, the once banned Muslim Brotherhood are now major players in negotiations with the military. Nobody likes a dictator, but there are worse things. There are reports coming out of Libya that Al Qaeda members back from Afghanistan are part of the dissidents and are stocking up on weapons abandoned by Libyan forces–abandoned due to U.S. military intervention. We are talking RPG’s and other weapons that could be used against us. What are we doing? We hear about the revolt of “the people.” Who are these people?? As much as I would love to believe that the people want democratic reform, I am more concerned that a more determined group would press for an extremist Islamic regime, further stoking the instability of the Middle East. What is more humanitarian–a government under extreme Sharia law or a dictator trying to keep it out. I think the Libyan freedom fighters fresh from Afghanistan are laser-guiding fire back to the foot of American forces trying to kick out Gaddafi and his thugs. And this is serving America’s interests? I don’t think so.

November 11, 2010

To Our Vets

Filed under: defense,Liberty,military,Uncategorized,veterans — danielhite @ 1:22 am
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On this Veteran’s Day… 

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

(This song never gets old.)

September 20, 2010

If the Senate votes on DADT now, it acts irresponsibly

“My mind is made up, so don’t confuse me with the facts.” That is the mentality of Senate leadership pressing the passage of the Defense Authorization Bill which includes the repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy in our military. They have not performed their “due diligence.” Get this…There has been an ongoing Pentagon investigation towards a detailed report of this policy and its effects upon morale, etc. among our troops. Apparently, Senate leadership wants to rush this bill through BEFORE the report is released. It does not get any more irresponsible than that, especially in our so-called scientific age of empiricism. They are so bent on getting this to a vote, that they are striving for a “cloture” vote on Tuesday to bring it directly to the floor for passage without the standard procedural checks and balances of the normal process. In other words, they don’t have the facts before they vote. Sound familiar? Well this time it is not about financial and budgetary concerns, but about the heart and soul of our military morale; social experimentation with the greatest voluntary and professional defense force in the world. Even aside from the strong feelings on both sides of the homosexual debate, it is the lack of “due diligence” that makes this action the height of irresponsibility. Our politically correct and morally neutral national leaders apparently will not look at the moral grounds of this issue, but certainly you would think they would, at the least, study the social data BEFORE making such sweeping changes. I do hope and pray America wakes up before election day.

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