A Time Like This…

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living, One Nation Under God

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This is one of my favorite photos ever. It’s an image of my Montana rancher, WWII radio-operator, hard-working, 1-room schoolhouse, educated to the fourth grade Grandpa. I miss this man. Pretty much all you need to know about this fella is summed up in this image. And if that’s not enough, this poem relays the rest… I reckon our country could use a few more men like this right about now.

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God, Give Us Men!

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A time like this demands

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Strong minds,

great hearts,

true faith

and ready hands;

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Men whom the lust of office does not kill;

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Men whom the spoils of office can not buy;

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Men who possess opinions and a will;

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Men who have honor; men who will not lie;

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Men who can stand before a demagogue
And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking!

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Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
In public duty, and in private thinking;

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For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds,

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Their large professions and their little deeds,

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Mingle in selfish strife, lo!

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Freedom weeps,

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Wrong rules the land and waiting Justice sleeps.

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~ Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881)
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I’m also over at BibleDude today with an archery piece where I discuss the learning curve…
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5 thoughts on “A Time Like This…”

  1. pajamachick says:

    We need many more men like this!! Back when men were manly and knew what true leadership was….

  2. ephale says:

    This line: “Freedom weeps, Wrong rules the land and waiting Justice sleeps.” My dad spent some time in Washington when I was little, and has some stories to tell. He would have made a difference there, but would not bend his moral standards in the way it would have taken to stay. Integrity is not dead, but it’s not welcome in the very places it’s most needed.

  3. i like this photo too.

    i can’t keep up with everyone’s blog posts. so you will continue to see me here less often leaving comments. but, you are still in my heart.

    Love, nance

  4. lschontos says:

    My Dad was a radio operator in WWII too Darlene. Your Grandpa sounds a lot like him, and you’re right – we could use a lot more like them.

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