OLD IRONSIDES: USS CONSTITUTION
If you, dear reader, will permit a reprise from last year:
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IF EVER America needed a metaphor to resilience and durability and intelligent strength, this boat is it. Frigate she is; 38 guns, broadside weight of metal 792 lbs. The oldest commissioned ship in the US Navy. Yeah… she’s still around, just like her namesake.
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From the shores of Tripoli against barbarians 1804-07, to the open Atlantic against the British 1824-14, the men who sailed her distinguished themselves in naval history. Americans, too, are an amazingly resilient lot.
“USS CONSTITUTION is currently in a major three-year restoration process as she prepares for the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, in which Old Ironsides earned her now famous title and sealed her place in the history of American naval power.“
As metaphors go! Yeah, we’re on about restoring Old Ironsides, all right. From the first page to the First Amendment and onwards. There are a lot of barnacles and weed to scrape away and great gaping holes to be patched – nearly a century of predation by the Progressive cancer of statism.
I swore to Protect and Defend the Constitution, for it guards my Liberty. Not a day goes by that I do not give thanks to God for bringing me here to this land. 2010 is just around the headland, people. Beyond that 2012 may be the greatest battle Old Ironsides will ever see. I predict that she’ll win again, so that we may begin her restoration.
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Let us give Thanks to Providence for our Constitution, our Blessings and for our Challenges, all.