The Ghost From Valley Forge

Discussion in 'Survival Reading Room' started by UncleMorgan, Nov 27, 2015.

  1. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I like peeling bananas and (occasionally) people.

    I thought for a long time before posting this. It's derived from Thelan Paulk's well-known poem A Ghost from the Past. I almost never do derivative poetry. But the message in the original was so important that I couldn't pass it by. This was, somehow, something I just had to write.


    By UncleMorgan

    (Respectfully adapted from A Ghost from the Past by Thelan Paulk)

    I had a dream the other night I didn't understand
    of a figure walking through the mist with a flintlock in his hand.
    His clothes were torn and blood-stained. He stood close beside my bed.
    He took off his tricorn hat and then he softly said:

    We fought our Revolution to secure your Liberty,
    and we wrote the Constitution as a shield from tyranny.
    To future generations we left this legacy:
    That the Brave should ever strive to keep this Land forever free.

    The freedoms we secured for you were always yours to keep.
    But tyrants labored endlessly while your fathers fell asleep.
    Now your freedom’s gone—your courage lost—you're no more than a slave.
    How can this be?
    he asked of me. Are there none left of the Brave?

    You bend your knee for the right to speak, and the right to own a gun.
    The right to start a business, or to build a place for one.
    On land you only think you own you pay a yearly rent.
    And you have no voice in choosing how that money's spent.

    Your children all are slaves in schools that do not educate.
    And your morals can't be taught there, by Order of the State.
    You read about the current "news" in a propaganda press.
    You pay a tax you should not owe, and fear the IRS.

    Your money isn’t honest coin of silver or of gold.
    You work for paper promises—and that’s how your life’s controlled.
    You pay for crimes that make our Nation turn from God in shame.
    You've taken Satan's number, and you’ve forfeited your name.

    You've given all your rights away to those who mean you harm,
    and they shut down your churches and seize your family farms.
    They keep our country deep in debt, put men of God in jail,
    and they can find no Justice where corrupted courts prevail.

    Your public servants don't uphold the solemn oaths they've sworn.
    And your daughters visit doctors so their children won't be born.
    Your leaders send your sons away to fight on foreign shores.
    And they bleed out their life’s-blood fighting other people's wars.

    Can you earn again the Freedoms for which we fought and died?
    Can you find once more the Courage, and the Faith, to stand with pride?
    Or are there no more values left that you would fight and die to save?
    Will you let you children wear in turn the chains that made you slave?

    Sons of our Great Republic, arise and take a stand!
    Defend your Constitution, the true Law of the Land!
    Preserve our Great Republic, and each God-given right!
    And pray to God to help you keep the torch of Freedom burning bright!

    As I awoke he vanished in the mists from whence he came.
    His words were true: we are not free, and we’ve only us to blame.
    For even now the tyrants trample our God-given rights,
    while we only stand and tremble—too afraid to stand and fight!

    If the Ghost from Valley Forge should some night call you in your sleep,
    and ask you what remains of all the rights he fought to keep,
    what will your answer be, then, when he calls out from the grave
    Is this the Land of Freedom? Did you stand among the Brave?

    Rise up, Brothers! Sisters! Take back the rights they fought to save!
    Then, when you hear that quiet voice, you won’t hear it as a slave.
    You won’t have to turn your face away or hang your head in shame.
    And your children, and their children, will be proud they bear your name.

    Last edited: Nov 27, 2015
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  2. Legion489

    Legion489 Rev. 2:19 Banned

    This may have been what he was talking about. Gut the Constitution. cuts off speakers, allows her commie-lib buddies to babble on, etc. Yes, it can and DOES happen every day here, in the land of the free and the home of the brave.


    November 25, 2015

    “I was wrong... CAN fight city hall and win!”

    That’s what one North Liberty resident and Iowa Gun Owners member told me after last night’s climatic showdown in the City Hall in North Liberty.

    You’ll recall that the town of North Liberty is working overtime to ban guns and illegalize self-defense on ALL city property – and they are seeking to criminally prosecute law abiding gun owners and put them injail for up to 30 days if they violate the resolution they are trying to pass!

    Gun owners in North Liberty and from all over Iowa FLOODED the council members with calls and emails – and it showed. The mayor reported receiving over 300 phone calls. Another councilman reported receiving ‘hundreds and hundreds’ of emails

    The anti-gun members of the council are clearly nervous right now, thanks to the power of organized grassroots gun owners like you!

    Last night’s meeting was conducted by one of the most high-handed and elitist mayors I have ever encountered in all of the town gun bans we’ve battled across the state.

    Mayor Amy Nielsen was visibly angry at the more than 75 gun owners who crowded into “her” council chamber

    She immediately cut people off, in mid-sentence, when their two minutes to speak were up – while giving plenty of open floor time to her allies in city government who were arguing for a gun ban. She would take no questions from the assembled crowd.

    Perhaps most shocking of all, however, was her treatment of an elderly veteran who raised his hand and calmly asked if he could ask a procedural question regarding how/when the council would be voting on this proposal

    After snapping back at him that he could not talk, the gentlemen politely asked, “When do we get to speak?” Without missing a beat, Mayor Nielsen immediately had the police chief put hands on this man and physically remove him from the chamber!

    (North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen ran one of the most heavy-handed city council meetings that we’ve ever seen anywhere in Iowa last night – having an elderly veteran physically removed from the council chambers for simply asking if he could ask a question!)

    It was breathtakingly arrogant.

    The good news is that while the rabid anti-gun members of the council were hoping to slide Resolution 13-60 through with minimal public awareness, those hopes were crushed last night! Every single public comment last night was 100% OPPOSED to this gun ban. Every single one!

    More, over half a dozen media outlets were in the room – helping us get the word out even more than we already have about what’s going on in North Liberty

    You can see media coverage of this eventhere,here, andhere.

    So now whatever Mayor Nielsen decides to do in North Liberty will be with the full public eye bearing down upon her and her anti-gun allies in city government.

    Last night, they punted, and took no action on this proposal

    What we do know is that at least one council member is firmly opposed to it. Another voted no on this proposal last time, and acknowledged that this policy would do nothing to stop crime. Another was absent last night. One is leaning towards it. Another was non-committal.

    This is not going to slide through as easily as Mayor Nielsen planned on – because she didn’t plan on Iowa Gun Owners and all of you getting involved in this attack on our rights.

    More, the council was already talking about ways to offer enhanced training and better communication with law enforcement as alternatives to passing this gun ban.

    So while this situation in North Liberty is not over – the anti-gunners on the council were dealt a heavy blow last night.

    To check out our video coverage of this event last night click below


    This is why Iowa Gun Owners exists, folks! We are your voice whether it be in the halls of the General Assembly, exposing anti-gun candidates in their districts at election time, or standing with you side by side in city halls across the state.

    We don’t represent the elected officials to you, like so many other organizations do, and try to compromise away your rights and tell you what you have to accept.

    Rather, we represent you to the elected officials (in this case the city council) and hold them accountable if they betray our 2nd Amendment rights.

    So if you’d like to renew your membership in Iowa Gun Owners, or join for the first time, feel free to do so today!

    North Liberty provides a case study, in real time, of where your money goes, as we used emails, sponsored social media, boots on the ground in town, and more to expose this attempted gun ban. Help us prepare for the next fight byrenewing your membership right away.

    We can’t thank you enough for all your calls and email into North Liberty! The 75 gun owners who assembled there last night also asked me to pass on their thanks to gun owners in Iowa who called and emailed even though you don’t live in town.

    We’ll keep you informed if this situation develops – for now Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Iowa Gun Owners.

    We have much to be thankful for here in Iowa – and your passion and zeal in defense of your right to keep and bear arms ranks right up there at the top!

    For Freedom,
    Aaron Dorr
    Executive Director

    P.S. Last night’s meeting in North Liberty was incredible. Over 75 gun owners packed the room and stood tall in defense of their right to defend their families while doing business on city property that they pay for with their own tax dollars.

    In a stunning display of elitism Mayor Amy Nielsen, who clearly was hoping to slide this proposal through with no one being the wiser, exploded on an elderly veteran who calmly asked when he’d be allowed to speak, and demanded that police remove him from the meeting

    To see our video coverage immediately following last night’s meeting, click below.


    For now, faced with overwhelming public opposition, the council took no action on the proposal and several of the members made it clear they will not support this gun ban should it come up for a vote

    Thank you for your calls and emails – they made all the difference here. Gun owners in North Liberty were particularly thankful for the support of their fellow gun owners from all over Iowa.

    We’ll keep you informed if this issue comes up again – in the meantime, if you’d like to renew your membership in Iowa Gun Owners (or join for the first time) I hope you’ll do so TODAY

    Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Iowa Gun Owners!
  3. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I like peeling bananas and (occasionally) people.

    Yay, Team! That's the kind of stuff I like to hear.
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  4. pearlselby

    pearlselby Monkey++

    Thank you, @Legion489. I read your post and am so happy you all did the right thing and all pulled together. I feel it will not come up for a vote for quite a while.

    Thank you @UncleMorgan for this post. The poem is beautiful. I fear we are too late, but, hope not.
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