A Battle for the "Soul of America"

It’s interesting how things travel on the Internet. I received an article today that was written by Jeremiah Denton, a retired Navy Admiral and Senator from Alabama. If you’ve got a minute, you can read a quick biography here. Without going into too much detail, here are some highlights of Jeremiah’s life that might give you some perspective:

In June 1965, he was assigned to Attack Squadron 75 on the USS Independence flying the Grumman A-6 Intruder. On 18 July 1965, while pulling up after leading a bombing attack on enemy installations near Thanh Hoa, he was shot down and captured by North Vietnamese troops. While held prisoner, Denton became the first American subjected to four years of solitary confinement. In 1966, during a television interview by the North Vietnamese and broadcast on American television, Denton gained national attention when, while being questioned, he blinked his eyes in Morse code, repeatedly spelling out the covert message “T-O-R-T-U-R-E”. During his captivity he frequently served as the senior American military officer in numerous camps in and around Hanoi.

In November 1980, Denton became the first retired flag officer ever elected to the U.S. Senate.

Now, the reason I bring all of this up…

I received an article written by Admiral Denton that appeared in the Mobile (Alabama) Register on March 10, 2004. In it, the Admiral addressed his concerns about John Kerry running the country; concerns that he expresses in a clear, concise, truthful, and relevant manner. You see, Admiral Denton was a Democrat who has switched parties. He also served in the Senate with Kerry. Beyond his criticism of Kerry, he speaks eloquently about how we are engaged in the battle for the “soul of America” and how many politicians today seem bent on “abandoning our historical effort to be “one nation under God” in favor of becoming “one nation without God,” with glaringly unfavorable results.” Stop whatever you’re doing today and read the full text here.

Now, while researching the origins of this email, I was reminded of another issue related to the good Admiral that I could hardly believe (but have subsequently found to be true.) The Democratic-controlled California Assembly refused to allow Admiral Denton speak on the floor and thusly cancelled any Independence Day celebration this year. Read an account of the situation on WorldNetDaily or the memo written by California Assemblyman John Campbell.

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