“We Mutually Pledge To Each Other Our Lives, Our Fortunes, And Our Sacred Honor…”
With this last sentence of our Declaration of Independence, the fifty-six signers of that document not only committed themselves to uncompromising, complete devotion to the American Republic, but they also charted a path for all patriots to come. When the signers of the Declaration committed themselves to this pledge, they also signed the warrants for their own doom at the hands of the greatest military force the world had known to that point. It’s not that they did not know whether Washington and the Continental Army would be successful. Quite to the contrary; there was little reason to believe they would. This is what makes their commitment so very courageous.
No living American knows this feeling because our material capacity and warfighting capability exceed that of any adversary who has fought us or would consider doing so. The only question to answer today is whether we have the will to defeat our adversaries. Too many of the elected officials who commit our armed forces to the defense of our nation and our principles speak of every goal with the exception of the one that counts most: complete victory over our adversaries. But those who have taken the pledge of our founders when they accepted the solemn responsibility to defend our Republic are the most clear-eyed and committed to the ultimate goal: victory.
Reagan was once asked about his goal in the Cold War. His answer: “we win, they lose.” Well said, Mr. President. Let’s stand with the soldiers who win for us.
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