Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 4, 2013

God bless America this July 4th

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — True patriots are people who without reservation or equivocation love our motherland and will understand and come to terms with our devotion. Why? My rationale led me to a triumvirate conclusion.

As such it will take three stalwart entities to prove the efficacy of my hypothesis. First, we Americans could never arrive at a position of strength and leadership without a superlative leader, a leader which would care enough to orient, teach, discipline and protect us from ourselves as generally we are our own worst enemies. We need a triune God, more specifically Jesus Christ who incidentally left us with this great commandment: Love one another.

Secondly, our Founding Fathers who persevered through our young nation’s most trying events to issue forth with those documents which were to strengthen minds and bodies to resolve mightily that by “God and these tenets we shall abide even bask in freedom.” God’s will led them — and we followed suit — to greatness. We must discern however that no instrument of leadership comes remotely close to God’s word: the Bible.

Finally, we come to our third entity. America’s history is replete with incidents of our being led into wars, ostensibly to fend for ours or someone else’s freedom. God made it rather clear in 2nd Corinthians 3:17 “Now it seems, found that freedom is a commodity worth defending and if necessary fighting for...” I’m reluctant to speak of my freedom “credentials” lest I boast. Perhaps 26 years in an Air Force uniform, a nasty tour in Vietnam where a deadly dioxin Agent Orange got a piece of me, will afford me the latitude to speak freely of this beloved aspects of America’s glory day: Independence. For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never known.

We must maintain a formidable military all the better to ensure our freedom. Think of the three as a leg on a stool — indeed a three-legged stool. All three must work together to be effective. Remove one and you’ve got nothing. This analogy has been around a long time. Take any one of the three away and we’ll achieve or come by a new status — third world.

Master Sgt. Ed Simmons, U.S. Air Force,  retired, Bluefield