Reflecting on Veterans Day 2015 – Truth is often a casualty of perceptions

November 12, 2015 AD
military deaths in American warsSource: The Civil War Trust

A nearly inexhaustible list of movies fete the heroics of American military personnel in the various wars in which America was at war. If you think of the first movie to come to mind, its theme will be around a world war or Vietnam. Movies shape perceptions.
For a moment, let’s allow facts to reshape perceptions.
The chart is a creation of the CIVIL WAR TRUST, showing 620,000 casualties. Demographic historians continue to digitize documents to glean new details. One historian’s tally is 750,000 []. As far back as 1870, “Francis Amasa Walker, superintendent of the 1870 Census, estimated that the number of male deaths was “not less than 850,000.” []
To date, the Great Civil War retains the title of most gruesome of all wars. According to the CIVIL WAR TRUST, “Most casualties and deaths in the Civil War were the result of non-combat-related disease. For every three soldiers killed in battle, five more died of disease. The primitive nature of Civil War medicine, both in its intellectual underpinnings and in its practice in the armies, meant that many wounds and illnesses were unnecessarily fatal.”
As many or more Americans died in Civil War prison camps as died in Vietnam.
To date, we Americans have killed more Americans than the sum of our foreign enemies. Our worst enemies live among us. We are our own worst enemies.
Today, ignorance of history and God’s expressed will for mankind “fuel” perceptions held by our internal enemies. False perceptions drive fascists in office to disarm Americans while those who know our history also know the purpose of the Second Amendment as a defense against tyrannical government.
Romans 13:1 tells us all beneficial authority comes from God. When governmental authority goes contrary to divine authority, Acts 5:29 teaches us that “We must obey God rather than any human authority.”
It was British governmental authority that was contrary to divine authority that gave rise to and legitimized the American Revolution. The Unanimous Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776 stated this point:
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Grievances against this sitting president very closely parallel those grievances of 1776 against the tyrannical British government.
President Barack Obama suggests he may stay on as president another term in defiance to the supreme law of the land. Is this probable? Consider the number one grievance of 1776:
“He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.”
No political party can save us. Only God can save us from ourselves.
John White

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