Category Archives: Patriotism

A Teaching Opportunity – You Bet

September 26, 2016

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

Before I even get started, let me be perfectly clear: I support all aspects of the Constitution of The United States. I support the freedom of speech and the right to assemble as much as I support the right to keep and bear arms and the right to be secure in your person and your residence. That said, freedom of speech does not include saying things that put other people in jeopardy. The right to assemble does not include violating other people’s rights by closing down an interstate highway and the right to keep and bear arms does not mean you can use your arms against anyone you choose just because they may disagree with your ideology.

On September 8, I was once again embarrassed on the part of my State of Colorado when Brandon Marshall, a linebacker for the Denver Broncos, refused to stand up during the playing of the National Anthem. Of course, Marshall is not really a Coloradoan. He came from a high school in Nevada that refined his skills as a football player and sent him on with a lucrative scholarship to a Nevada college. He said he was “taking a knee” in solidarity with Collin Kaepernick, who also refused to stand during the ceremonies at am earlier pre-season game.

Now, the Aurora Central High School football team, or at least 10 or 15 of them, are also refusing to stand and salute our flag.

I have been following these stories because they hurt me down deep. Oh, I am not suffering from actual physical pain, but rather from the pain of spirit, seeing these misguided actions belittle what our nation is all about. Believe it or not, these people are in some cases supported by those they are openly offending. One disabled veteran on social media informed all her “friends” that she is more offended by people like me thinking that I speak for her.

Another social media response I found interesting was one that fully agrees with me, saying, “The aspect of this that bothers me is that the protests aren’t directed at something that is endorsing the actions being protested. The United States does not endorse or mandate the discrimination that is taking place…”

Another person identified herself as a mother and said she supported the actions of the Aurora school, saying that they should use this as a learning experience.

Okay, then, let us teach them. Let us tell them how the flag came into being. Let us talk about that day in June of 1777 when the Congress provided that the flag of the United States shall consist of 13 alternating red and white stripes under a union of 13 stars, white on blue, representing a “new constellation.” (That is a metaphor, for those of you are and teaching that may not recognize it as such.) Let us talk about the discussions that took place whereby those brave revolutionists sought to rescue people from the tyranny of an omnipotent king.

Let us teach them that the evolution of the flag began with those 13 stars and stripes and went to 15 stars and stripes in May 1795 and that our country soon realized that adding a star and a stripe for each state was not practical. In 1818 the flag reverted to 13 stripes, representing the original 13 colonies and added five stars to the field representing the addition of Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana and Mississippi.

There were times when the official flag stayed for several years or added just one star, but the nation was building and embracing those who desired the freedoms that the flag represented. When Texas became a state in 1845, the star representing this large former republic was no bigger that any of the others. It simply represented the equality of each state.

Of course, that 38th star, officially added to represent Colorado, which became a state in 1876, has a special place in my heart. I can see that star on today’s flag as being the fifth star in the seventh row and that is where I see the pain. I see my family that literally goes back to those days of revolution and now is represented by eight generations here in Colorado. I see those heartfelt words of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay as they authored The Federalist Papers in preparation of ratifying a constitution that guaranteed the rights of the people and recognized that the people had to grant power to a government, not the other way around. Let us teach those poor Aurora students a little more about what those Founding Fathers had in mind.

Let us teach these uninformed youngsters that standing for the presentation of the flag with the National Anthem is not a form of worshipping an object, but rather the recognition of the fact that they (the students) are not living in an entirely different world; a world they thankfully will likely never have to live in because those that went before them recognized what it takes to develop a true representative republic.

Let us teach them that allegiance to this country is not a form of bowing down to the government, but rather acknowledging the fact that we, as a people, must stay strong and not let government and tyranny rule our lives. Yes Mother, we should use this as a learning experience. I just hope and pray they will not be learning the wrong things. Our country and our freedoms depend on it.

Remember, I only send out these missives via email to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting in a weekly email, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

 

Bob

 

© Robert R. Cox 2016

 

 

 

Time to review the Declaration

July 4, 2016

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!

 

For the past few days I have had friends a family, mostly family, at my home for our annual July party. We had 51 for our meal on Saturday. Politics, for the most part are banned during these get-togethers, but this year concerns boiled to the top several times. Almost every time the subject came up someone expressed concern about where our country is headed and how much it has changed in the last decade. I was reminded that, while most people recognize the introductory portion of the Declaration of Independence, many do not know much about what is in the body of that important document – the document that started us on a pathway of becoming a sovereign representative republic.

 

I think that on such an important day as this day is we should reflect a little on some of the statements made in the body of the Declaration. We must remember that this document was a long time coming and that the King was the problem. Sadly, some of the allegations of the abusive power of the King sound all too familiar today:

 

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices…

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation…

So, today, of all days, we should sit back and reflect on what has happened to this country of ours and how we are going to get it back on track. Unfortunately, we may have to once again choose the lesser of two evils, but we must do it. We may have to agree to disagree, but we must do it. We may have to accept the leadership of one as opposed to the non-leadership of another, regardless of our knowing up front that we are not getting all we want.

Above all, this election cycle, we must look ahead. We must not allow the obstruction of administration of our laws by allowing the appointment of judges and justices based on their willingness to bow to extreme left-winged agendas.

We must not allow a lawless, liar to occupy the highest office in the land. We must read the Declaration and vow to remember what caused it to be signed by those 56 great patriots. We must celebrate the birthday with much more than parties and fireworks.

Have a great day

 

Remember, I only send out these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

 

Bob

 

© Robert R. Cox 2016

 

 

 

Education is failing

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

Two incidents that happened at schools hit the news hard this last week.

The first, which is a tragedy no matter how one wants to look at it, was the shooting of nine innocent people at the Umpqua Community College in Oregon. That unforgivable and inexplicable mass murder hit the headlines of every major newspaper and every television news station in the country.

I will not go into the arguments of gun control right now. Everyone knows how I fee about trying to pass more laws to restrict lawful gun owners so we can feel good because we are doing something. May Christopher Sean Harper rot in Hell for what he did.

The other incident, while garnering some coverage, only hit a few national programs and was barely mentioned on those. There were no “on the scene” reports from the networks. There were very few pictures, and by the time you read this most of the coverage will have been archived forever. But we should pay attention.

Some time back the administration of the Jackson Hole High School began making plans for their “Spirit Days.” The original plan called for each day of last week to have a theme; not an uncommon practice historically in high schools across the nation. So, the plan was to have Toga/Pajama Day, Lumberjack Day, America Day, School Spirit Day, College Day, Sports Day and Decades Day. The powers that be in the school decided to conduct a survey of sorts and, based on the results, decided to cancel America Day because it was “uncomfortable” to some of the students.

There is an ever-growing trend in this country to welcome people from other countries and encourage them to bring their country with them, rather than assimilate into America. That trend, I submit, is largely due to the educators in places like JHHS. This decision, while touted to be a “democratic” decision is a symptom of a major malady we are allowing to become epidemic.

The students that were uncomfortable are mostly Latino students that are taking every advantage of the American system and not being educated on their responsibility to show some respect for the country that has opened its arms and its treasury to them. Those same students would likely be all in favor of a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Why were there no objections from those of Italian heritage for the display of togas? Where were the American Indians to protest Cowboy Day? Why was there no mention of those who might be uncomfortable celebrating College Day when they knew they would likely never be able to attend college? The reason there was no mention of those other things is because the education and immigration systems have failed to instill the pride in America that should be on top of every curricula. Every student, especially those who are taking advantage of our generosity, should have to pledge allegiance to our flag or go back home.

While JHHS principal, Scott Crisp, abandoned the America Day, a large group of his students did not. They came dressed in red, white and blue. One student drove his noisy diesel pickup around the campus with an American Flag fluttering behind it. Kudos to those who were brave enough to show their pride in living in the home of the brave.

Remember, I only send out these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

Bob

© Robert R. Cox 2015

 

 

Time to re-ignite patriotism

June 15, 2015

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

Sunday I participated in the observance of Flag Day at the Montrose Elks Lodge. While some expressed disappointment over the relatively few people that showed up to experience the history of our flag, I was a little more optimistic because I knew I was speaking to patriots when I gave the Response. That handful of people gathered on the lawn west of the building are the people who we must turn to if we are going to re-ignite the enthusiasm that our founding fathers had nearly 240 years ago.

The local Boy Scout Troop professionally posted the flags of our history, beginning with the Pine Tree Flag, on the deck of the building. Those scouts are the men of our future and, as they stood and saluted our flag, I knew that all is not lost. We can bring this nation back to its greatness. We can forge leaders with the fire of patriotism.

As part of the response I quoted President Woodrow Wilson, who as an Elk and, at the request of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, set aside June 14 of each year to recognize the symbol of our nation – the Stars and Stripes of the American Flag. Wilson said something that we need to take to heart today:

“This flag, which we honor and under which we serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and shape of this nation. It has no other character than that which we give from generation to generation. The choice is ours.”

 

Two things resonate for me in that quote. First, that the flag is an emblem. Every act of bravery on the battle field, every time we place the flag on our porches and every time we stand up and salute that flag while The Star Spangled Banner is played, we are recognizing the flag as an emblem of who we really are. Secondly, that we must make a choice to give our beliefs and the “character” of that symbol to the next generation.

To me that means making sure that the Pledge of Allegiance is recited in every school, every day and that the young people reciting that pledge be made to understand just exactly what they are pledging their allegiance to. We must make an example of our willingness to fight for our flag, not only as soldiers and sailors and marines, but also as everyday citizens. We must refuse to sign covenant agreements that preclude the flying of the flag on the front of our homes. We must ignore those who do not have the mental capacity to understand that they can stomp on the flag only because someone else held that flag high and marched into battle.

The Elks Lodge gives every person initiated into the order a small American Flag as a memento of the initiation. Maybe it is time we adopted that practice in the schools of America and gave every graduating senior a flag and a message as to what that flag represents.

Our flag, just a symbol, but what a mighty symbol is has been, and what a mighty symbol it will continue to be if we make the choice to give its legacy “…from generation to generation.”

 

Remember, I only send out these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

Bob

© Robert R. Cox 2015