There was a time when classes in American History were required for all students to graduate from high school. History lessons taught students about the hardships and struggles of daily life in colonial times, the writings of our founders, the War of Independence, and the often-contentious deliberations that created our Constitutional Republic. The Constitution and Bill of Rights were designed to protect and secure our Natural Law Rights, individual freedom, and private property rights today.
A nation’s history binds its people together with common philosophy, common traditions, and a sense of belonging to a community of souls, past, present, and future, that inhabit a defined place on earth. People who knows that history feel and appreciate the bond of respect, honor, loyalty, and duty they share with their fellow citizens. They recognizes that they are part of a long line of men and women that began at the nation’s birth and extends into the future.
For centuries, victorious armies destroyed the statues, monuments, symbols, temples, and writings of nations they conquered. In the Bible, Joseph saved the Egyptian people from starvation, and the Children of Israel became part of Egyptian society, protected by the Pharoah and his descendants. When Egypt was eventually conquered in a war with a North African tribe, the new leader erased all history of Joseph’s deeds and enslaved the Children of Israel. In our time, dictators routinely erase the history of the people they conquer. People who do not know their nation’s history are easy prey for the lies and immoral actions tyrants use to control a population.
There was also a time when each school day began with the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer to reinforce the patriotic emotion and that sense of morality required to perpetuate the spirit of a nation. Several generations of our children have now passed through the education system without learning the simple necessity of being tolerant of the beliefs and rights of others. The disrespect for the value of human life is evident in the daily acts of wanton violence eagerly displayed on media outlets.
When history is no longer taught in schools, when available history is outright propaganda, and when discussions about the America’s greatness is forbidden in schools and on social media, where can we turn to rekindle those important memories?
The repository of our history lies within each of us and in the memories of previous generations. The stories told by our parents and grandparents are the only true source we have left to teach us and our children the lessons of the past, what life was like for real people, and give us the moral and practical teaching we need to live our own lives in our own time.
Resist Tyranny and Trust in Freedom.
Dr. Dan’s guest on Freedom Forum Radio this weekend is Vietnam Veteran Dwight Moss, a man on a mission to re-educate Americans about history and morality through his personal life story.
Moss grew up on a family farm in western North Carolina. He became a Marine foot soldier deployed to Vietnam where he encountered more death than one would see in a lifetime. Moss, himself was close to death three times in less than ten months there. The last near-death event came abruptly after he had stepped on a land mine. With injuries from the heal to the throat, blood poured into the soil of Vietnam. The loss of blood caused total blackness. With no God to pray to at that time, he thought his end had come.
Moss later served in the Marines as an instructor and trainer for Navy corpsmen who would serve with the Marines in Vietnam. While in the Marine Corp, Moss also became a part-time lifeguard as a result of his recovery training from the land mine injuries. He is a Purple Heart recipient and was awarded a Meritorious Mast for life saving.
Moss is a licensed Real Estate Broker and a licensed Home builder. He is an aging competitive athlete. He is a Pastor; a Chaplain in VFW Post 7807 and he writes a weekly article for the Clay County Progress. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Clay County GOP. He ran a political race for the Georgia Senate as a young man in his twenties.
In discussing his childhood and experiences in Vietnam with Dr. Dan, Dwight, often overcome by emotion, confirms his patriotic concern for America’s future. China and her allies around the world are waging against the USA. Dwight Moss believes passionately that we are losing the battle, because we are not engaged in defending our nation.
Episode one of this fascinating interview airs on Saturday and Sunday, July 29-30, on WJRB 95.1 FM and is streamed live over the Internet.
Episode #2: Saturday-Sunday, August 5-6
Episode #3: Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13
Air times are Saturday, 8:00 AM and 9:30 AM, and Sunday, 2:30 PM and 7:00 PM. All programs are available by podcast following airtime here.