There’s no doubt that our Republic is going through some trials and tribulations. That’s nothing new, but the current climate and severity is. After decades of incremental internal socialism and federal power grabs, we find ourselves waking up to a nation far different than what our Founders gave us. But this morning at Mass I was reminded that you can not destroy the human spirit, it’s yearning for faith, or for liberty.

My parish Priest is a Polish national. He grew up under the yoke of Communism, a political system that replaces God with the state and demands total subjugation of the human spirit. Yet his faith, and that of the Polish people, could not be destroyed. In the end that faith, and the faith of one Pole in particular, prevailed and contributed mightily to the downfall of the Godless belief system that sought to destroy it.

This morning our Mass was presided over by the Bishop of the diocese of Kharkiv in the Ukraine, himself also a Pole. Our priest had to translate for him as he does not speak English, but the inspirational story of the Ukrainian church was clear. The Eucharist given in the Vulgate was less clear, but the rhythm of the words and the familiarity of the ritual  was intrinsically ingrained in us, the same as the intrinsic truth of our founding principles are.

After the 1917 revolution the Bolsheviks  began a persecution of Christians which continued unabated throughout the 20th century until the fall of the Soviet Union. The persecution of the Ukrainian Catholics was particularly severe. In 1945 Stalin arrested or executed every Catholic bishop in the Ukraine. Every single church, monastery, seminary, and nunnery was destroyed. Even worship in your own home was prohibited and punishable by imprisonment. Despite this persecution however the faith of the Ukrainian people was never destroyed.  It may have been driven underground, but it never perished.

Now the diocese is rebuilding, both materially and spiritually. People are returning to the embrace of the church they were denied under totalitarian despotism. The rebuilding is not easy, but it is being undertaken with the spirit of faith which could not be destroyed.

So as we watch our own fundamental beliefs and heritage under systematic attack by the left, we should take heart and inspiration from the Ukrainian people. Although not as severe or overt as the persecution of Christians under communism, make no mistake that our foundational principles are under assault. But through our basic human yearning for liberty and freedom, commitment to our principals, and the courage of our commitments, we can and will prevail. The principles of our Republic are just, strong, and can not be destroyed. Although there are those who profess to be our countrymen who would destroy those principles, or at the least disregard and degrade them until they are no longer  the guiding force of our political system, they can not be undone or removed from our hearts, from our being. They will persevere. As long as we hold them dear and pass them on to our descendants, they will never perish. And in the end, regardless of the trials we endure, our Republic will, must, survive. Those of us who love our nation, who revere our founding, who honor our Constitution must not lose faith. We must resolve ourselves to the  fight and vow that the enemy will advance no more.

We have reached an impasse in this ideological culture war. There is no room for compromise, no territory to which we can retreat. In the arena of ideas we are diametrically opposed to the political opposition. Regardless of their motivations or intentions, they stand for the destruction of our Republic as we inherited it. We stand for it’s preservation.There can be no reconciliation between the two. Only one ideology can prevail.

And in this fight we will prevail. There can be no other option for us, for we stand as the last beacon of liberty in the world.

If the Ukrainian faithful can endure over  70 years of abject and severe persecution, to the point of death, we can endure the left’s assault on our beliefs and on our nation. And in the same way that they eventually triumphed over the forces of evil which enslaved their spirits, we can triumph over the forces of evil which wish to subjugate our liberty.

We Will.

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By LC 0311 Sir Crunchie I.M.H., K.o.E.

Former USMC infantryman, proud father of a current USMC infantryman and two Princesses who know what that means. Currently an NRA law enforcement firearms instructor, radar instructor, CPR instructor, a few others but you get the point. Catholic, conservative, heterosexual, gun owner, anything I can do to piss off liberals.

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Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery
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I just got back from a week long visit to my birthplace and old hometown of Broomfield Colorado. In that town is a small museum, a Veterans museum. It has artifacts and displays from all the theatres that the veterans of the town served in, as well as video displays and books. My late fathers lawyer, business partner, and best… Read more »

LC Sir M - Imperial Tobacconist™, K.o.E.
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OUTSTANDING post, Crunch!

LC TerribleTroy
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August 7, 2011 17:38

@ Jay (BTW good to see you, I wondered if you had defected considering the nonsense that’s been happening here the past few weeks) I wish I could share your optimism Jay. To a degree I do. We will survive…the question(s) being what will we have to do to do so, and what will our nation look like? I believe… Read more »

LC Sir M - Imperial Tobacconist™, K.o.E.
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I’m thinking of going to Cafe Press, and having Psalm 109:8 put on a few bumper stickers.

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
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Amen, Crunch. Great post. Jay, yours was as well. We have to keep this in our minds, how other nations have suffered worse than us, and we will stop this and reverse it faster because we are us.

LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondent
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Great stuff Crunch….You too Jaybear.

LC HJ Caveman82952
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LC HJ Caveman82952
August 7, 2011 19:10

One of your finest, Jaybear….Crunch, you never cease to amaze… I always keep in mind leftists are inherently self-destructive. I seek to assist them in accomplishng that goal with no collateral damage, meaing us, meaning America. I do not fear the notion of them in combat…………they talk too much. Many of them fear guns, most do not know how to… Read more »

Emperor Misha I
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August 7, 2011 19:13

Well spoken, Brother. My main concern is how long the Darkness is going to last if it descends upon us. I don’t want my kids to be a lost generation who never knew freedom except from their dad’s old stories. But no matter what, you’re absolutely right. We will prevail. Evil cannot win, not in the long run. It always… Read more »

LC Gregory
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LC Gregory
August 7, 2011 19:40

Right on, Crunchmaster. Just so’s ya know – I skipped ahead to the back of The Book. Don’t worry, we win in the end. But let me echo Misha’s comment – My main concern is how long the Darkness is going to last if it descends upon us. I don’t want my kids to be a lost generation who never… Read more »

LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
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LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
August 7, 2011 19:51

Back during the 1930s Emelyan Yaroslavskii, Chief of the Union of the Militant Godless complained to Stalin

Religion is like a nail, the harder you hammer it, the deeper it sinks.

Samsapeel1
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Samsapeel1
August 7, 2011 20:51

I agree with Troy. Also, Without a people and a place (i.e., a physical location), there is nothing to defend. Without a people who are free and a place where those people live, there is no freedom. Where is this place? And what are free men doing to get there and to defend it? Also, Do not believe the annual… Read more »

Shaitana
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August 7, 2011 22:33

IT doesn’t matter if only 1/3 supported it… all that is needed is for the few leaders to lead, the rest will follow. There are alot of followers on our side too, and they just need the right prompting. Once the few step up and do the right thing, the rest will follow. Mob mentality and social workings are the… Read more »

BoynSea
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BoynSea
August 7, 2011 22:50

Jaybear: It’s a small world; I located in Longmont as a 12 y.o. kid, in ’58. Boulder was not yet a socialist shithole, but it was working on it. I remember that my family not only didn’t lock the doors at night, we had no idea where the keys for the house were. Times were a bit tough then, but… Read more »

Samsapeel1
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Samsapeel1
August 8, 2011 05:36

Shaitana @ #: I see exactly what you’re saying. I’m just warning against thinking that if some large minority (33%) of Americans are, or become, conservatives that everything will fall into place, and there’ll be little to worry about. I think there’d be plenty to worry about even if we had 67%+. BoynSea @ #: be rebuilt from scratch by… Read more »

BoynSea
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August 8, 2011 06:53

Sams: I reckon I should have emphasized principles. However, to “simply re-institute the current Constitution” would, I think, go a long way to getting the country back on an even keel. Sadly, with the current crop of politicians, neither option is likely to be exercised. Like I said, I fear it’s going to get ugly before it gets better, but… Read more »

LC HJ Caveman82952
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LC HJ Caveman82952
August 8, 2011 08:58

Indeed…since congress cannot do their job, they now want a Politboro., the twelve………..to hide behind, cop a plea, rendering the house and senate to yes men….if so, why in the hell do we need them at all? We know we’ve been sold out, by both sides, so many different ways, to global banksters, to socialists and communists…..the FED, .it is… Read more »

BigDogg - Imperial Thread Killer (ITK)
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BigDogg - Imperial Thread Killer (ITK)
August 8, 2011 10:09

I hate to diminish the beautiful sentiments of Crunch and Jaybear, but I think it’s high time for brutal realism … we’re all frogs in a gradually heated pot of water. This thing has passed the point of no return; at least not without some sort of violent conflict. The only question in my mind is: how many of them… Read more »

LC Gladiator
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LC Gladiator
August 9, 2011 08:17

Do Americans Still Trust Their President?

Let’s see…he’s inexperienced, he’s racist, he’s a liar, he’s a muslim, he’s a marxist, he’s a manipulator, he’s a narcissist, he’s lazy, he’s irresponsible, he’s a baby killer, he’s on the low down, he’s an agitator, he hates America, he’s loves our enemies…

What’s not to trust?

nealinnevada
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nealinnevada
August 9, 2011 08:46

“We have reached an impasse in this ideological culture war. There is no room for compromise, no territory to which we can retreat. In the arena of ideas we are diametrically opposed to the political opposition. Regardless of their motivations or intentions, they stand for the destruction of our Republic as we inherited it. We stand for it’s preservation.There can… Read more »

LC HJ Caveman82952
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LC HJ Caveman82952
August 9, 2011 14:28

No retreat….ever! You cannot with these people, they view it as a sign of weakness…..the sole viable solution is to drive them away or neutralize the problem. I am no longer interested it talking to or arguing with anyone, I will simply work to defend my beliefs, property and friends. So let them prattle, ridicule; makes reloading so much more… Read more »

LC Xealot
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August 10, 2011 10:53

When Christianity is painted as an evil religion, and Islam is spun as misunderstood and prejudiced against… The world has some serious fucking problems. The Left doesn’t just seem hostile to American ways of life… or even America itself… they seem to be hostile to reality itself. All I’ve got to say about that is… good luck trying to fight… Read more »

LC Gladiator
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LC Gladiator
August 10, 2011 13:13