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TFH 1/24: Lord Baden-Powell – a Reprise

Five years ago to the day I posted my first “Their Finest Hour”. The honoree was Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, known by boys and men as the founder of Scouting.

On January 24, 1908, the first Boy Scout meeting was held. (links to original 2007 TFH post)

And, Life Scout Allan Bourdius (2-Time Philmont Scout Ranch Veteran), is now proud to reiterate:

On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my Country; to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

And

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.


In closing, I also remember one very important thing out of the Scout Law. In explaining the importance of “A Scout is…brave”, this is a quote from the Boy Scout Handbook I’ve never forgotten, and always try to remind myself of when I face challenges:

A Scout is brave, even when he is afraid.

I hope to never be in true danger, but if I am, that I will act in spite of it.

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A dilemma

As readers of this space know, most of my regular content fits with the blog title: the stories of heroes, in particular those who have received the Medal of Honor or DSC/NC/AFC. I am ever in awe of the deeds of these great Americans, as I hope all my readers are too.

For December 6, I found a Medal of Honor Citation that jumped off the page at me for recognition (as if any MoH citation is mundane) because of who the individual was. I had started cutting and pasting and writing the blog post when I found out something troubling. This hero later renounced his Medal as a protest against our government and Nation, and returned it.

I am a believer in the United States and our freedoms, including that of dissent. Lord knows I have enough issues with our government that I better believe in protecting dissent. I have a hard time though recognizing someone who rejects that our Nation can legitimately honor his actions while pursuing policies he disagrees with. To me, honoring this man in this space diminishes the deeds, courage, and sacrifices of the other 3,457 recipients of our Nation’s highest honor.

Am I wrong? Way off base? There are five USMC Navy Cross recipients whose deeds fell on this day in 1950 I can choose from, or honor all five, as an alternative.

I have a record of honoring heroes with whom I disagree politically. There’s only one Medal of Honor since 1900 that was awarded for actions on December 6. I’m just having a hard time understanding how a man who saved 20 American soldiers can reject his Nation’s gratitude under any circumstances.

Please let me know what you think. Comment or send a tweet to me @allanbourdius

Thanks.

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Why I am a Conservative

I was born into and raised in a Democrat household. Supporting Democratic candidates and their positions was all I knew until my early twenties. Even though I wasn’t quite old enough to vote, I helped campaign for Michael Dukakis in 1988 (as an aside, if we fast forwarded 20 years then, I’m sure the Democrats and their ACORN co-conspirators would have been happy to have me vote). And yes, I voted for Bill Clinton in 1992 – a short-sighted decision that I will rue until the day I die.

To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, I remember very vividly coming home from school on March 30, 1981 – the day President Reagan was shot. I was not quite ten years old yet. I remember wondering why my mother was so upset, since I knew full well how much she hated Ronald Reagan. I may even have asked her why she wasn’t happy about it…it’s a little foggy on that point.

So, what changed? I can point to one single occurrence that changed my point of view forever, and it happened in January or February of 1995. One night after work at my salaried, but gross of about $10/hour, job I went to buy groceries. I’m sure my load of food consisted of hot dogs, ramen noodles, and macaroni and cheese mix, since I couldn’t afford much else. The man in the checkout line in front of me opened his wallet to pay, and I saw a bankroll that I could only dream about – a wad of Ben Franklins that was easily 3/8 of an inch thick. How did this individual pay for his purchases? viagra buy cheap With USDA food stamps. I saw this individual leave the parking lot in a luxury car; memory has it as an Infiniti, but it could have been a Lexus or one of the others. I trudged off through the sleet and snow to the bus stop.

Now, I’m conjecturing a little bit, but the conclusion I drew at that point was the individual I observed probably obtained those food stamps in exchange for a product or products that wouldn’t exactly have qualified as food. Either that, or he was committing out-and-out fraud.

In any case, this really irritated me. I couldn’t have gotten food stamps to feed myself; I know, because I inquired one desperate moment when I was dead broke not six weeks before. I saw the whole system then as broken, and I realized that with my votes I had sustained the whole house of cards.

This was also the opening days of the 104th Congress and the Contract With America. Back in November, 1994 I recall my then dismay at the Republicans’ sweeping victory – but now I took another look. What did I find? Ten proposals for legislation that I agreed with.

Then I did something I’m not certain I had done since I first had to in high school: I read the Constitution of the United States of America. Two things stood out to me above all, and they were the text of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments:

Amendment IX
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited to it by the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Why these two parts? In the case of the Ninth Amendment, one of the “regulars” at the bar I spent too much time at (yeah, I was a “regular” too) often griped about how he couldn’t work unless it was through his union. By all means, labor unions have the right to organize based on the free association rights guaranteed by the First Amendment (“right of the people peaceably to assemble”); but doesn’t the Ninth Amendment guarantee one’s ability to exercise a right to free disassociation?

In the case of the Tenth Amendment, I went back through the Constitution and counted. I found that (I admit I just now recounted) that there are only follow site forty-six specific powers ceded by the States and people to the Congress and the United States. None of which, by the way, could be construed to include the aformentioned food stamps. The rest of the Constitution enumerates what our government buy Proscalpin can not do.

Now, I know the Left loves the text of Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 that reads, “provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States” – and believes that this gives the Congress an omnibus writ to do basically whatever they want. If that’s the case though, then why do the texts of the 13th, 15th, 18th (since repealed), 19th, 23rd, and 24th Amendments include provisions that “Congress shall have power” to enforce said amendments with legislation?

I then also came to realize that the Constitution’s framers got it right the first time; the 17th Amendment served only to weaken the 10th Amendment by removing the representation of the States from the Federal Government and over representing the people.

What came next? Well, I got myself a paperback copy of The Federalist Papers and read the whole background behind the framing of the Constitution (time well spent riding the bus) – and became even more dismayed and incensed at how far our Nation has decended from what the Founding Fathers intended.

I realized the fallacy of liberal philosophies and policies. I quickly began to rip apart in my mind all of the supposed reasons for believing in liberal policies and exposed them in my mind for the lies and falsehoods they are. I rejected the very premises of them. I realized that the heart of Liberalism is intellectual dishonesty.

Well, then I looked at my paycheck and for the first time I really asked myself a question that I know many have: Who the hell is FICA, and why do they have all of my money?

I realized then that if my taxes were halved (yes, earning $20,000 a year gross meant at the time that I shelled out about 30 percent of my income to the government, including state and local taxes), I wouldn’t be riding the bus anymore; I’d be able to afford a beater used car.

And then, yes, I started listening to talk radio. First was Fred Honsberger on KDKA – my shift started at 3:00 PM when he came on the air. I graduated from there to Rush Limbaugh – who I had previously had nothing but disdain for, even though I had never listened to him or read anything he had written. What I heard was everything I was feeling. What I heard was everything I knew now to be the truth about the United States and the freedom, liberty, and opportunity handed down from our forefathers.

We’re now up to March or April of 1995. The last phase of my transition from unthinking, lemming Democrat to Conservative came in two parts. The first was when I sent an e-mail to Fred Honsberger (as I remember, the topic was reverse racism) which he read on the air. The second was I changed my residency to Pennsylvania, and registered to vote as a Republican.

In 1996, I supported Steve Forbes in the Presidential primary. I voted for Dole/Kemp that year for President. I proudly voted for George W. Bush both in 2000 and 2004 (I’m pretty sure I voted for McCain in the ’00 Primary, but don’t remember for certain). I wrote in Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal in this year’s primary, and while he’s not the pure Conservative I’d hope for, I’ll be voting for John McCain tomorrow, and working as a poll inspector to try and help assure that this election isn’t stolen by the forces who do and will trample our Constitution.

In the end, the answer to the question “why am I a Conservative?” is simply:

I can see, I can read, and I can think.

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We don’t feed the trolls

Been getting some comments lately from what I’ll call a “typical liberal”, that is, a left-wing nut case who leaves the same comments under two IDs. (OMG, I’ve been “seminar called”!) It comes as no suprise to me that these upstanding folks act completely anonymously and don’t have the courage to stand behind their words. So, I’m not posting those comments for that reason, and also because frankly, they’re vile.

I will, for example, never accept a comment which denigrates the memory of our fighting men and women of the Armed Forces. Never.

Then there’s this tidbit, from a brave soul known only anonymously as “BarackStar”:

Obama is training people to vote, it’s simple vote Democrat, straight
ticket, no Al Gore moments for the blue hair jews in FLA, or the illiterate
illegal non citizens McCain has let into this country.

Disgusting.

I don’t care if you disagree (“I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the the death your right to say it”), but with free speech comes responsibility to stand behind one’s words.

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Why I call Barack Obama the New Soviet Man

(Images collected around the Internet)

First, there’s the imagery that Mr. Obama has either chosen or endorsed. Anybody who doesn’t see the iconography of Soviet propoganda isn’t being honest.
Then there’s his associations with Communists, Marxists, and their policies. See:
And there’s lots more…just search for “Barack Obama” and “Marxism” or “Socialism” or “Communism”.
Then, there was the new words to the old Soviet tune as heard on the Glenn Beck Program:

Mark my words: should the American people make the disasterous move and elect Barack Obama on November 4th, there will be a move to repeal the 22nd Amendment so that the “Blessed Leader” can benevolently rule the revolution so long as he lives.

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Their Finest Hour – A Preview

Beginning October 3rd, I will be beginning a series that probably won’t be daily, but one that will run for over four years, through December 19, 2012. This series will honor the greatest human achievement in history.

Apollo+40: America Goes to the Moon

Forty years ago on October 3, 1968, the Flight Readiness Review for Apollo 7 – the first manned flight after the Apollo 1 tragedy – was held, clearing the mission for launch about a week later. This was the beginning of the final drive that put the only twelve human beings – all of them proud Americans – on the surface of the Moon between July 1969 and December 1972.

To whet all your appetites, here is the trailer for the documentary In the Shadow of the Moon. Enjoy!

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Every day is a gift

One week ago today, I was driving on the Ohio Turnpike south of Cleveland when I was clipped in the left rear by an 18-wheeler, proceeded to spin across three traffic lanes without being hit by anything, and crashed into the center concrete barrier. As providence would have it, the only damage was to my car – I walked away completely unhurt, but with very frazzled nerves.

Today, I made the same trip along the same stretch of road feeling very nervous. The skid marks I left on the pavement are gone, but I did see the black marks on the concrete where my car hit. On passing, I said a brief prayer of thanksgiving for the protection that He assuredly extended to me last week.

Every morning when I wake, I thank Jesus Christ for being given another day. All the more so now, I also ask Him every morning what his plan for me on this day is.

Everything comes from Him above; no life is possible without our Lord and Savior. If you don’t give Him thanks daily, I encourage you to do so! As I now pray daily to ask the Lord what is His mind for me, I know not where he will lead me, but I know that I will trust in Him.

Thanks be to God!

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