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the U.S. Marine Corps, YouTube and the U.S. Navy,
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Update 1/21/2010: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced today a sweeping vision for making Internet freedom a plank of American foreign policy. The Association's reaction: The notion of the regulation by any man of the non-violent thoughts and activities of other men should be sent to the trash heap of history, and that goal should be a plank for both American domestic and foreign policy.



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has had on all its websites,
this one, as well as all
our predecessor sites
dating back to the 1990s.

U.S. Naval Veteran Donald Rumsfeld visited Shanksville
on March 27, 2006.

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We support our Troops,

We support our Grunts,
We support our Swabs,
and always have, and always will.
War is a dirty, mean, messy business,
as every combat veteran knows.
War itself is never to be glorified.
But we believe that America is the best country on earth.
We believe that America's manifest destiny is
 to light the lamp of liberty for all the world to see.
And we are for America First.
If all that appeals to you,
then WE are the assistance group for veterans
you are looking for.
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This site belongs to YOU. It is for YOU, and not selectively for some more defined group.
Don't live in fear of things you cannot control.
With the US Navy Veterans Association, you are safe to ask any question you want, to form opinions be they opposed to ours, or in agreement with us, and to make your voice count.
The Association believes that all American Patriots are part of the greater US Navy family.

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"The Navy of
 the United States
is the right arm
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        - Teddy Roosevelt


"...the bombs bursting in air..."

The boundaries of freedom for the United States in the 21st Century no longer lie off the waters of Pearl Harbor or the East River of our beloved New York, or at Barrow on our Arctic Ocean, or on our Gulf Coast.
All that ended with 9/11.
The vacation from foreign turmoil we enjoyed at the end of the Cold War in 1991, a vacation which lasted for ten years, is over, America. We face new enemies.
It was a good vacation.
Now we need to wake up.
This is a New Frontier.
And that New Frontier of man's Freedom is joined today wherever the enemies of little girls going to school, those who want to sell drugs, those who hate the United States, those who preach Islamic fascism, and those who preach hatred or seek the destruction or alienation of our freedom of speech, of worship, or of movement, want it to be joined.
Bring Them On.
This is the real New Frontier.
And, speaking for the membership of the United States Navy Veterans Association,
 We are Ready.

There is a message for you under most pictures

"That our Flag was still there..."

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2010-2011 National Association Directors and Key Officers:
All United States Navy Veterans Association Directors and Staff Officers serve without compensation.


Jack Nimitz, USNR (ret.)
National Chairman ©

In his campaign statement for election as National Director, Jack said he "... does not like to pull rank ...has a lack of admiration for those who do on the officers' boards of other veterans' organizations, opposes an elitist approach to what is or what is not good for American national security, welcomes all opinions, and seeks an Association with an expanding, and young, membership." Jack also suports the REAL ID Act as providing a required, and additional, measure to American national security.
Jack is a lifelong resident of Texas, and also a member of the Reserve Officers Association of the United States.

John Richardson... Director for Development and Operations-
 John has had a distinguished career with the Department of the Navy. He has considerable expertise in the area of non-profit finance and in the ares of non-profit development and operations.


Brian Reagan, General Secretary
In his 2006 update to his campaign statement for re-election as National Director,
Brian said: "Here's  what's wrong with self-proclaimed experts chosen by the media commenting on anything: 
On May 18, 2006, BBC-TV had an "expert" on air worldwide commenting on a major lawsuit  relating to IPod. It turned out the guy had shown up that morning at the station to apply for a low-level computer techie job.
While this is an extreme example, the fact is major news media in the U.S. pick their favored 'non-expert' du jour to comment on major issues every day:
In September, 2004 PBS-TV's Lehrer Report featured a retired military officer currently working  for a think tank, who said, as to the Missile Defense Iniative, 'So far, there is no actual proof the system can deflect an incoming missile.'! What kind of proof is he asking for? An actual incoming IRBM from Kim Jong Il? The whole purpose of the system, an American 8th grader could tell this 'expert,' is to DETER incoming missiles, and the success of the system is found in the hopeful fact there will never be actual proof.
[ America "proved" the accuracy of the system,  the Association wants to point out as an update to to Brian's statement when, in March, 2008, a US Navy missile shot down with pinpoint accuracy, a disintegrating satellite about to hit the planet Earth.]
This clown's comments on BBC-TV on IPod sounded no more smart than the comment of this so-called military expert on the Lehrer Report."
Brian also suports the REAL ID Act as providing a required, and additional, measure to American national security.
Brian is a resident of Tennessee.
Brian is considered by the Association as an authority on journalism and journalism techniques, and the distinction between those techniques as utilized domestically, and as utilized outside the borders of the United States.

John Markman...Chief Financial
John has had a distinguished career with the Department of the Navy and is an authority on non-profit organization finance.

Wiley Hance, USNR (ret.)...National Vice-President, Education -

Linda West, USN (ret.)
Secretary, Support Group - ©

Katherine Hughes, USN (ret.)...Assistant Director for Public Information

Karen Adair, USN (honorable service)
Government people adore her!!
Assistant Director for Government ©

Brandi Darcy, USN (honorable service)
Assistant Director for ©

Patsy Mii, USN (honorable service)
Chairperson, Compliance ©

In her resume, Patsy says: "I loved the Navy when I was in it. I love the Navy today. Diversity is important in America. It is one of the most important aspects of our freedoms, that sets us apart from the countries our ancestors came from."

In her resume, Suzanne says: "I am an African-American. I believe that affirmative action is good for America and, having served in the Navy as an enlisted woman, good for the Navy."
Suzanne is a lifelong resident of Chicago, Illinois.

Melissa Anderson, USNR (ret.)
Straight Talk for Navy Moms
Chairperson, Navy Moms Committee,,, ©

A list of recent NAVA and Association Presidents, General and Assistant Secretaries, who, while in office, collectively serve as an advisory panel to the Executive Board, can be found at the bottom of the Mission Statement Page.
A list of Association State Chapter Commanders can be found on the State Chapters Page.
Key Officers for the Association's Newstand organizations can be found on the respective Newstand Pages.

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"Supporting the physical welfare and protection of our Armed Forces in combat while simultaneously opposing the national security of the United States, is at best an intellectually paradoxical position, a position straining  hard to become an oxymoron.
Nevertheless, in this blessed land of Liberty, we must, and do, support the right to speak of any American or any veterans' group which disagrees with that proposition.
But we also believe the average active duty service member, the overwhelming majority of our troops in Iraq today, and the average veteran alike, not only agree with that statement, but that they also put the national security of their country first, ahead of their own personal welfare.
That is what 'Duty, Honor, Country' is all about.
And there is no higher calling than theirs."
-United States Navy
Veterans Association
Executive Board
Public Resolution
8/31/ 2005
" Islamist fundamentalism is, fundamentally, a lie. There is nothing fundamental about Islamism, the hijacking of a respected religion into a political creed which preaches jihad, "holy war," by any means, against all men, women and children who are not Islamic.
Islamist fundamentalism is terror. It is fascist terror incarnate. It threatens with immediate death every citizen of Western civilization. Its threat is real, and it is imminent. That clear and present danger will not go away until the individuals who comprise the threat are destroyed, every last one of them. Politicians who say otherwise are liars, and they compromise with the devil in so saying, or implying.
Islamist fundamentalism is today, in the 21st Century, a greater threat than that faced by the U.S. in the last century by Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan or international Communism. It is a greater threat than those because it is popular among masses of madmen who inhabit the third world and whose leaders are capable of  both developing and using any weapon modern technology permits them, in order to kill every person they and their jihad hate.
Its that simple."
-United States Navy
Veterans Association
Executive Board
Public Resolution 
"Presidential decisiveness on issues pertaining to the national security of the United States is a far, far better thing than a President who wrings his hands endlessly, or submits each matter pertaining to our national sovereignty to some international body for their approval by committee."
-United States Navy
Veterans Association
Executive Board
  Public Resolution  

"The Executive Board of the Association views with disdain the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, announced on Flag Day, 2004, no less, merely to deny jurisdiction in a case brought by an American atheist to throw out the words 'under God' from our Pledge of Allegiance, on the technical grounds the appellant did not have standing because he was not the legal custodian  of the minor asked to recite the Pledge. Only three justices wrote substantive opinions saying our Pledge was constitutional as constituted.
This Assocaition joins with those three. Here is what we would have written:
'The founders clearly intended that the anti-establishment clause in the Constitution promote an idea  neither of an atheist America, nor even of a secular America, but, instead of a non-sectarian official policy. Jefferson - our third president - wrote in his Notes on the State of Virginia, that "God, who gave us life, gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God?  That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that His justice cannot sleep forever."
In Washington's First Inaugural Address in 1789, he told the nation, '"The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained."
And James Madison - one of the chief Framers of the Constitution and our fourth President -  wrote, "Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered a subject of the Governor of the Universe. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."
John Adams, second President and one of the Framers, warned in 1798, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other."
And Thomas Paine, Virginia legislator, born in England, whose pamphlet Common Sense had such an effect on the American Revolution, wrote, "The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Where, say some, is the King of America? I'll tell you, friend: He reigns above."
The Founding Fathers saw no reason , in or outside the Constitution, why America could not officially be a non-sectarian, pluralistic nation, but one which, at the same  time, professed official respect for the Providence from which all our rights, the same rights which are at the core of our government, flow.'
That's what we would have written."
United States Navy
Veterans Association 
Executive Board
Public Resolution 
On March 28, 2006, Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the United States Supreme Court cross-examined the attorney from the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States on a case involving the right of the President of the United States to try foreign war criminals in tribunals other than the civilian courts of the United States. In the course of that cross-examination, Justice Breyer said that the War on Terror was not a real war at all, and that the President's requested powers of trial meant that any President of the United States could walk into "Toledo, Ohio" tomorrow and set up tribunals to try Americans for any purpose whatsoever. The oral response of the Solicitor General's office to Justice Breyer was, in our opinion, weak, and too meek. Here is how we would have responded to Justice Breyer's interrogation:
"You do not intimidate us, Mr. Justice, by your questions, or by the position you hold, regardless of whether we win or lose this case. Your statement that the War on Terror is not a war, or not a war the moral equal of our Civil War, or World War II, is a false statement. And if that is the starting point as to where we disagree, it is probably also the finishing point, and we are not going to call you names accordingly as to that disagreement, since we are Americans, and we would hope you would afford us the same courtesy, because that is a purely political disagreement between your side and our side. The War on Terror against Islamist fundamentalist terrorists is every much a war threatening the United States and its social fabric as World War II ever was. During World War II, by the precedent of this very court, the President of the United States, using executive national security privileges which could, and should be, regulated by our American concepts of due process by our courts, had the right to try foreigners who violently posed a threat to the United States in a judicial system separate from the formal judicial courts of this nation.
The statement that, by so arguing, we are saying that the President of the United States can walk into "Toledo, Ohio," or anywhere else for that matter and start trying people for no reason at all, or any reason he sees fit, is preposterous on its face, and constitutes political pandering, and no person, lawyer, or otherwise, who poses that sort of analogy from the bench, is fit to be a judge anywhere in America, no less the Supreme Court of the United States."
- US Navy Veterans Association Executive Board Public Resolution
" 'U.N.izing' how the United States deals with any foreign policy situation, where there is a direct security threat against the United States, inherently means some sublimation of our national sovereignty. Protection of the national security of the United States lies, and should lie, in the final analysis, with the American people, and their Government.
And our national sovereignty is inherently put at risk when  powerful foreign ideologues preach a 'Caliphate' world order designed to take over the United States and destroy its way of life, as Al Quaida and their allies, which are to true Islam as the Ku Klux Klan was to true Christianity, do.
When Khrushchev said to Nixon in the kitchen debates, "We will bury you," he meant it. And the national security threat was real.
The threat from the new Klansmen of the jihad is just as real. They are even more resolved than Khrushchev was, and they will not rest until we are buried, or they are."
-United States Navy
Veterans Association
Executive Board
Public Resolution 

There are messages under every picture

We are resolved as follows in the total humility of our opinion, and not in speaking as anything other than as common Americans who believe in Providence:
"Our strength as a Nation lies not in our military or naval might, nor in our economic or financial prowess. It lies, primarily, and instead, in our moral values to know, as a people, right from wrong, both domestically, and internationally.
God has neither foreordained America as the leader of the world; nor has God foreordained the success of the United States and its cause. 'While God may not be on our side,' as Abraham Lincoln once said,'we should all humbly pray that we are on His side.'
What Providence has done, we humbly believe, is to speak to the universal freedoms of every man and woman born on the face of this earth, and to bless the United States with the only government document of any state ever written, the Decaration of Independence ratified by our Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in saying so, that these rights come from Providence, not from government, that they are universal, for all men and women everywhere, from the beginning of time to the end of time, and that man is the master of government, and that government is not the master of man.
It is the manifest destiny of the United States to proclaim those truths, that shining city, that light unto the world.
That is our destiny.
Not more. Not less."
-United States Navy Veterans Association Executive Board
Public Resolution  
6/14/ 2004
'The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.'    
- Edmund Burke

"There is a Non-Proliferation Treaty in the U.N. In simple English, states which voluntarily have signed it which don't have nuclear weapons, pledge not to develop them.
In Simple English, some of those states have violated that Treaty.
What is more important is the spirit of the Treaty, and that spirit, regardless whether a given country state is a signatory or not, is that if the world has a bunch of small states with half-crazed governments turning out nuclear weapons, the world itself is in clear and present danger.
There are nine nations today with known nuclear weapons: North Korea, China, the United States, Great Britain, Russia, France, India, Pakistan and Israel. Most of them understand nuclear deterrence in a responsible sense, but that is saying nothing, for even one nuclear weapon, including dirty radioactive bombs, in the hands of one irresponsible man or woman, is one nuclear weapon too many. Nevertheless in the 1960's there were predictions that at this time at least 30 nations would have nuclear weapons. So nuclear proliferation is a containable problem, and international cooperation on this issue should be requested.
But if requests for international cooperation are not successful, and the national security of the United States is at stake, then we as a people should be resolved, despite the loss of lives, to act in our own self defense without asking anybody's permission first, or listening to their Monday morning quarterbacking after the fact.
The United States, as the world's only superpower, in the age of terror in which we live, has a moral obligation to step in in such a case, as necessary, to see that the spirit of Non-Proliferation which President Kennedy spoke so eloquently about at Georgetown University in 1963, is enforced."
-United States Navy
Veterans Association
Executive Board
Public Resolution 
"The globalization of nuclear weapons is everybody's problem"
- Mohammed  al-Baradeh
  Chairman, IEAA, United Nations

Freedom Of Speech is a cornerstone of America

"We have some very simple military advice as to the War on Terror abroad for future American presidents as to how to deal with the jihadists who strike at us first ('Square  0'):
1. Invade their countries with overwhelming conventional forces and turn their deserts into glass. Overthrow their governments, but no protracted guerilla war like Iraq.
2. Withdraw and let them sort out their own internal anti-American political mess.
3. Work diplomatically, non-militarily and with covert action to hurt and destroy their new anti-American regime as much as possible, for as long as it takes. No accomodation. No containment. Nothing less than destruction of their regime should be the goal.
4. If they go back to square 0, start 1, 2 and 3 all over again.
No overstretching our currently underfunded Armed Forces in fighting protracted guerilla wars on the Asian land mass. A well-defined short-term mission with a publicly announced end game in advance. In and out. Guarantees of long-term support for indigenous, truly popular pro-American forces capable of defending themselves with minimal U.S. troops on the ground. No surrender to, or negotiation with, the Islamist enemy, ever. Announced, unswerving, strategic goal of the unconditional destruction of every Islamist terrorist worlwide.
This model, we should point out, was successfully used by the Administration of President George H. W. Bush, in the U.S. invasion of Panama in 1989, to overthrow the government of General Manuel Noriega, who, like Saddam and others before him, claimed to be democratically elected. The foreign policy concepts behind the Noriega invasion were scoffed at at the time by the Association's predecessor organization"
-United States Navy Veterans Association Executive Board
Public Resolution 
6/15/ 2004


Kelly Craven passes on this email story from a U.S. Armed Forces military father in April, 2006:

”One of my sons serves in the military. He is still stateside, here in
California. He called me yesterday to let me know how warm and
welcoming people were to him, and his troops, everywhere he goes, telling me how people shake their hands, and thank them for being willing to serve, and fight, for not only our own freedoms but so that others may have them also.

But he also told me about an incident in the grocery store he stopped
at yesterday, on his way home from the base. He said that ahead of several people in front of him stood a woman dressed in a burkha. He said when she got to the cashier she loudly remarked about the
U.S. flag lapel pin the cashier wore on her smock. The cashier reached
up and touched the pin, and said proudly,’ Yes, I always wear it and
probably always will.’

The woman in the burkha then asked the cashier when she was going to
stop bombing her countrymen, explaining that she was Iraqi. A
gentleman standing behind my son stepped forward, putting his arm around my son's shoulders, and nodding towards my son, said in a calm and gentle voice to the Iraqi woman:

’Lady, hundreds of thousands of men and women like this young man
fought and died so that YOU could stand here, in MY country and accuse
a check-out cashier of bombing YOUR countrymen. It is my belief that had you been this outspoken in YOUR own country, we wouldn't need to be there today.
But, hey, if you have now learned how to speak out so loudly and
clearly, I'll gladly buy you a ticket and pay your way back to Iraq so you can straighten out the mess in YOUR country that you are obviously here in MY country to avoid.’


Everyone within hearing distance cheered!”

On December 10, 1941, Adolf Hitler, when he declared war on the United States, made a bet. He bet that German youth, racially pure in his view, and subscribing to the semi-mystical philosophy of Nazism, would have no problem overwhelming an American youth based on a decadent, and racially mixed, democracy. It was the same bet the Japanese militarists had made three days earlier, at Pearl Harbor.
Hitler and the Japanese were both mistaken.
The boys of democratic America stormed many beaches between that December and 1945, in the Solomons, the Marshalls, New Guinea, on the shores of North Africa, Sicily, Normandy, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
In March 1945, Carl Timmerman, a German-American, led his U.S. Army infantry platoon, composed of Polish-Americans, Italian-Americans, German-Americans, Jewish-Americans and Native Americans, over the bridge at Remagen, driving into murderous Nazi machine gun and mortar fire. His men fully expected that this, the first bridge over the Rhine into Germany to be taken in World War II, would be blown to bits under them as they tried to cross. When it was over, the American flag flew for the first time on the soil of Nazi Germany, and within two months, the war in Europe was over, and the American mothers of those platoon members who lived, would welcome them home.
As with Remagen, in every battle, each and every time it was
the bravest sons of American democracy who prevailed over those who proclaimed their racial superiority and their fanatic belief in the dictators who ruled them.
It was a lesson, and it is a lesson, we at the United States Navy Veterans Association hope nobody ever forgets.
Although the anti-American jackal Benito Mussolini had
declared war on the United States, 20% of
all U.S. Armed Forces personnel who served in
World War II, we should point out, were Italian-Americans, 
a percentage larger than any other ethnic group other than African-Americans.
The first American patriot to be killed in battle during the American Revolution, at the Boston Massacre of 1770, was Crispus Attucks, a runaway black slave.
During the Revolution, during World War II,
it was America first, for all of us.
Today, it still should be.

The original Declaration of Independence
"Sweet Land of Liberty"
Courtesy of the National Archives

From Every Mountainside...

In June, 1776, a delegate to the revolutionary Continental Congress in Philadelphia proposed a resolution which said "that these united Colonies have a right to be, and are, independent of England." It passed and a committee was appointed to draft
a declaration of independence. At its head was John Adams of Massachusetts and on it was a young Virginia House of Burgesses representative, Thomas Jefferson, known for his quiet personality and, when he spoke, both his high pitched voice and his soaring rhetoric, and his writing.
Adams went to Jefferson and told him that Adams would not draft the declaration. He told Jefferson he had three reasons: first, that he, Adams, was disliked in the Congress because
of his outspokeness; second, because it was better that a Virginian from the middle colonies do the job; and third,
that Jefferson had the right rhetorical skills.
Jefferson accepted.
The American Declaration of Independence was passed by
the Continental Congress on the early evening of
July 4, 1776, as the sun was going down on our beloved Philadelphia, the first capital of these United States. Benjamin Franklin, a delegate from Pennsylvania, in asking his colleagues to sign in defiance of the mightiest power in the world, England, at that time,  said, "Gentlemen, we can either all hang separately, or we can all hang together."  Strong words then, strong words today. They all signed.  Real Americans would do the exact same thing today.

Let Freedom Ring

Let Freedom Ring

"When the Declaration of Independence was first read in public and the Liberty Bell was sounded in celebration, a witness said, 'It rang as if it meant something.' In our time it means something still. America, in this young century, proclaims liberty throughout all the world, and to all the inhabitants thereof. Renewed in our strength, tested but not weary, we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom."
- President George W. Bush
Inaugural Address
January 20, 2005
Let us say this about our brethren in the Muslim fundamentalist world who hate America so much:
We respect their political contumacy of what is right. Defiance is so very, very American.
... But we love our defiance of them more.
May God Bless the United States of America.

The Constitution Has Never Failed America

The U.S.S. Constitution, 1997
America Has Come Far, But Has Far Yet To Go
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They say there is a place,
for everybody, in the world
which comforts and completes them....
And when they find it,
they yearn to learn
its stories, and its history....
That place is America,
and its story is Freedom.


On a quiet autumn afternoon in 1875, on a back street in a residential neighborhood in Paris where nothing much ever happened, work began on a great statue. The work was paid for by over 100,000 ordinary Frenchmen, was funded in part by a lottery, and was intended as, and became, a gift of the people of France to the people of the United States. The statue’s appointed sculptor, Frederic Bartholdi, did not even like Americans.

            The statue’s huge body, built of copper and bronze, was modeled on the shapes and curves of Bartholdi’s mistress, and she held in her right hand a torch, and in her left, a tablet inscribed simply with the date: July 4, 1776.

            On July 4, 1884, nine years in the making, the statue was officially handed over to the American Ambassador to Paris.

            The statue, dismantled, was shipped in 1885 across the Atlantic to the United States, on board a French sailing vessel. The ship, the Isere, almost sank.

            After much debate and controversy during which France was vilified and American fundamentalist ministers denounced the statue as “pagan”, Americans built a pedestal for the statue on Bedloe’s Island in the New York Harbor, which had housed an abandoned fort, and, previously, had been a paupers’ graveyard.

            The statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886 by President Grover Cleveland. Only two women were invited to the ceremony.

            A poem, written by the great Jewish-American poetess, Emma Lazarus, herself an American immigrant, was inscribed inside the pedestal by the people of the United States in 1903. It reads:

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she with silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, for I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

            Bertholdi said he believed she would stand for eternity.

            She holds her lamp brightly lit today, facing the Old World, and she is still the hope of a billion dreams of millions of souls every day and night from every nation on this planet.

            She is the Statue of Liberty.


Un après-midi tranquille d'automne en 1875, sur une rue arrière dans un voisinage résidentiel à Paris où rien beaucoup ne s'est jamais produit, le travail a commencé sur une grande statue. Le travail était payé pour près plus de 100.000 Français ordinaires, a été placé en partie par une loterie, et a été prévu comme, et est devenu, un cadeau du peuple de la France au peuple des Etats-Unis. La statue désignée sculpteur, Frederic Bartholdi, n'a pas même aimé des Américains.

                Le corps énorme de la statue, établi du cuivre et du bronze, a été modelé sur les formes et les courbes de la maîtresse de Bartholdi, et elle a tenu dans sa main droite un incendier, et dans sa gauche, un comprimé inscrit simplement avec la date : 4 juillet 1776.

                Le 4 juillet 1884, neuf ans dans la fabrication, la statue a été officiellement remise à l'ambassadeur américain vers Paris.

                La statue, démantelée, a été embarquée en 1885 à travers l'Océan atlantique aux Etats-Unis, sur le conseil un navire de navigation français. Le bateau, Isere, est presque descendu.

                Après que beaucoup de discussion et de polémique pendant lesquelles la France a été diffamée et les ministres fondamentalistes américains aient dénoncé la statue en tant que « païen », les Américains ont construit un piédestal pour la statue sur l'île de Bedloe dans le port de New York, qui avait logé un fort abandonné, et, précédemment, avaient été cimetière d'indigents'.

                La statue a été consacrée le 28 octobre 1886 par le Président Grover Cleveland. Seulement deux femmes ont été invitées à la cérémonie.

                Une poésie, écrite par les grands poetess Juif-Américains, Emma Lazarre, elle-même un immigré américain, a été inscrite à l'intérieur du piédestal par le peuple des Etats-Unis en 1903. Il lit :

« Gardez, les terres antiques, vos storied la splendeur ! « pleure elle avec les lèvres silencieuses. « Donnez-moi votre fatigué, vos pauvres, vos masses blotties aspirant à respirer librement, les ordures misérables de votre rivage de coulée. Envoyez ces derniers, le sans-abri, tempête-tost à moi, pour moi soulèvent ma lampe près de la porte d'or ! »

                Bertholdi a indiqué il a cru qu'elle représenterait l'éternité.

                Elle tient sa lampe brillamment s'est allumée aujourd'hui, faisant face au vieux monde, et elle est toujours l'espoir d' milliard de rêves des millions des âmes journalières et de la nuit de chaque nation sur cette planète.

                Elle est la statue de la liberté.



One young Cuban woman, so desperate for the freedom this Country offers, from the likes of Fidel Castro and the tyranny Communism represents, shipped herself in a crate not much bigger than a small filing cabinet via DHL to Miami, to get away from Cuba, 
on August 25, 2004.
Maybe she could make speeches for us, better than we ever could, to the anti-American street murderers employed by people like Muqtada Al Sadr and Usama bin Laden.
If you make it to U.S. soil as a Cuban refugee, under current rules, generally you get to stay.
As she stumbled out of the box at MIA, the young woman, clutching her only possessions left in all the world, a cellphone and a water bottle, cried, and reportedly kissed the floor of the DHL warehouse she was released in.
...The ground of freedom in the United States.

Cuban refugees escaping from Castro
For one reason:To come to Freedom!
launch their homemade raft from Cuba, 2006

No one has said this out loud en los Estados Unidos, but we will: those Cubanos who have loved, and do love Cuba, have made an exodus to Miami y los Estados Unidos since 1961. An when this Communist thug Castro and his ilk fall, those exiles, their children and grandchildren, will reclaim their country.
Cuba, again, will be free, and these people, who never gave up the faith, will be the cornerstone de la nueva Cuba.

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One can make all the arguments one wants about the necessity of realpolitik in American foreign policy, parsing this and parsing that.

But, to quote with apologies from "West Wing" White House Press Secretary C.J., on a show about North Korean nuclear blackmail of the United States:


"America was built on freedom. Every country in the world has less freedom than we do. That's why they want to come here."


That's the REAL argument, folks, about our national security, and the most important one.


Circular as it may seem, our freedom is based on our security, and our security is based on our freedom.

There is no moral equivalence between the forces of freedom on the one hand, and the forces of Islamic jihad and theocratic tyranny like those we are seeing operate in Afghanistan and Iraq,  on the other, in the world today. These two sets of forces are not moral equals..
The War on Terror is not a war on the process of guerilla warfare. It is an ideological, and substantive, war on Islamic jihad and its politics of anti-Americanism.
One of these notions is based on the gift of true Providence; the other is based on true evil.
There are those Americans, men and women, who were never embarassed by patriotism, who, throughout history, have fought that fight for freedom, and who have always had their opponents: Those who called them traitors, war criminals, and people who used illegal means to achieve their ends.
President Eisenhower was once asked why the free world had to use underhanded tactics to fight Soviet imperialism. He replied bluntly, "Because you have to fight fire with fire."
To those who call real American heroes names, whose vision for a little America is that she can act on her own behalf only in concert with third worlders in the U.N., we say forthrightly, we know which side you are on.
Of the two sides, only one can prevail.
And the United States Navy Veterans Association believes it will be America's side.

"We do not live in Freedom," an American immigrant philosopher versed in music once said, "Freedom lives in us."
This new website of the United States Navy Veterans Association was dedicated on September 11, 2001, and everything you see hear, everything you hear here, everything you read here, was re-formed as of that date. We Americans are constantly re-inventing ourselves as a people, and that is part of our wonder for the rest of the world, and part of our glory. 9/11 made such a new American renaissance a necessity.
We will rebuild, we are told, on the site of the old World Trade Center, a new Tower, One World Trade Center, 1776 feet tall, over one-third of a mile high, the tallest building in the world.
The United States needs its perpetual rebirth. It needs to move on to new frontiers, but never to forget its past.
And to those who oppose us, we say, simply: "Bring Them On."

New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani after the attack
on our World Trade Center, 9/11/2001, on site

"In a sense, all wars are started by people who are consumed by both paranoia and homicidal rage.
We hope and pray, and believe, that the American people have less of those things in their hearts than other people.
But, if our enemies start a war with that motivation, we have a right to finish it.
We are by nature a pacific people. And we believe, that in the eyes of Providence, that holds us, as a Nation, in good stead."
- United States Navy Veterans Association
Executive Board Public Resolution

"There is no difference between the Nazi threat during World War II, the threat of Soviet imperialism, and the threat of Al Quaida today. None.
They were, and are, in the case of Al Quaida,  threats posed by the forces of world domination. They were, and are, in the case of Al Quaida,  threats against the Freedom of Man. They were, and are, in the case of Al Quaida, all threats against everything this Country stands for, including its diversity.
In the case of the first two, they deserved to be driven off the face of the earth, not because we wanted to, but because we had to. Likewise for the third.
We do not need the approval of others to defend ourselves against them, or to fight them."
-United States Navy Veterans Association
  Executive Board Public Resolution
  July 13, 2004

"'Politics is an honorable profession',
as Robert F. Kennedy once said.
It is honorable because it is the profession which creates policymakers who make policy
and pass legislation for our American democracy.
And it is that democracy and its workings which permit everyone to speak.
In the final analysis, that is our cause,
the cause of America."
- United States Navy Veterans Association
Executive Board Public Resolution,
7/4/ 2004

"Six hundred years ago, the world's only superpower was
Charles V's Spain. Man has been on this planet for one million years, and, those who do not remember the past, we believe,
are condemned to relive it. Spain's empire is hardly
remembered today, other than by historians.
America does not, and should not, seek empire. We should remember the simple past of our Republic, and seek
to keep alive and vibrant its values.
We should never challenge Nature
or Nature's God with our own arrogance.
With that wisdom, we hope and pray, God will bless our endeavors."
- United States Navy Veterans Association
Executive Board Public Resolution
September 11, 2004
"Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility."
- Proverbs 18:12
Breaking News, September 25, 2006:
By Executive Board Resolution this date, the Association becomes the first major American veterans' group to call for a boycott of the U.S. gasoline retailer CITGO because it is owned by the Government of Venezuela, run one-man-rule style by the anti-American thug Hugo Chavez. For more detail on this story, and on Chavez, see the NSA Newstand's initial article "Sandstorm," which is updated periodically, appearing at the top of the initial edition of the
National Security Affairs Newstand on our Homeport Page.

"Militarism can be defined as an ideology which says all political problems in the world are susceptible to
a military solution.
If that is the definition, this Association does
not stand for miltarism.
But the definition we posed in the first paragraph
is a straw man. It is not a question for American foreign policy, and never has been a question, as to whether every political issue in the world pertaining to U.S. national security needed to be solved, exclusively, by either military or non-military means. Warfare is merely diplomacy by other means, Clausewitz once said, and we agree.
The balance between military means
and diplomatic means, to achieve
the purposes of the United States
in the world is, just that,
a balancing question, not an either-or proposition.
Any politician, or John McLaughlin for that matter,
who disagrees can, first of all, and we invite all those so inclined, to address the substance of this resolution."
- United States Navy Veterans Association
Executive Board Public Resolution
September 14, 2004

"God created man so that one day all people would stand before Him in judgment. It is not up to the United States to make that judgment. But it is the mission of our Armed Forces, for all the enemies of the United States, to speed up that appointment date."
- GEN Norman Schwarzkopf, USA (ret.)

"We cannot plan future military campaigns in the War on anti-American Terror as if they are parades down Pennsylvania Avenue. But plan these campaigns, and execute them, for the forseeable future, we must.
We must be obdurate as well as straightforward with the American people as to the sacrifice needed in these campaigns. We need to be as persistent and as patient as our enemies. This was a problem in the past: That we were not. That is why we lost the only war we did.
And we cannot pretend that these enemies do not exist.
This War, like the Cold War, will not end until one side or the other is, irrevocably, buried.
It should not be our side. It should be theirs. And it should all end on a day and time of our choosing, not theirs."
- United States Navy
Veterans Association
Executive Board Public Resolution,
May 2, 2005

"The history of America is now the central feature of the history of the world; for the world has set its face hopefully toward our democracy; and, O my fellow citizens, each one of you carries
on your shoulders not only the burden of doing well for the
sake of your own country, but the burden of doing well and seeing that this nation does well for the sake of mankind."

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

-Theodore Roosevelt
 Twenty-sixth President of the United States
 Founder of the modern United States Navy

America Is...

We're fighting for our Country in the Global War on Terror.
We're fighting for our freedoms, and the Freedom of Man, against enemies who despise both those things.
That's why our loved ones are overseas.
We have to win.
We will win.
Not just for ourselves, but for all human kind.
"People who consider themselves, as is their right to consider themselves, ethnic-Americans, regardless of what word they put before the hyphen,  or who are immigrants, whether legal or illegal, need to, as individuals, have personal humility in their hearts by reason of the fact Providence has permitted them, in the time they have on this planet, to live in the greatest and freest country on earth, and to believe they are Americans first, and that their children and descendants born here will be Americans first.
And they need to say both those things out loud, without prompting by Senator Kennedy or anyone else, in whatever language they choose, to all their friends, their enemies, their acquaintances and to the general world public, including the public in the countries they came from.
They do not need to believe substantively in anything in particular as to what this country should stand for,
or whether this country shoud substantively stand for anything at all.
Therein lies the truth and the greatness of America; therein lies why we are different from all other countries, and why we are the best country on earth: Ours is a country built exclusively on the proposition that any government's most fundamental duty is to protect the rights of its individual citizens, and all persons, and the belief that those rights do not come from government itself.
Here are the exact words of Emma Lazarus, a Jewish-American who grew up in New York City, written in 1883, as they appear on the pedestal of our Statue of Liberty, a gift to this country from the people of France:
'...From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame,
'Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!' cries she
With silent lips.  "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"'

Emma did not say "...[or] your huddling masses yearning to breathe free." She said "...[and] your huddling masses yearning to breathe free."

Those two things we mentioned above should be the real standards for current immigration. Not how many years you, legally or illegally, or your ancestors, have lived here. Not anything to do with economics or whether somebody needs you to pick grapes or clean toilets. Nor what country you came from.
Those two qualifications, those two standards, alone. Demonstrated.
It's that simple. Or that complicated."
- United States Navy Veterans Association Executive Board Public Resolution

"No foreign person, government or entity should own any debt of the Government of the United States unless, as part of the debt agreement, they sign a written statement that they will positively support, in the sole opinion of the Executive Branch of the United States Government, the foreign policies, all of them, of the United States currently, and into the term of the debt, or that the debt, principal and interest remaining, will be unilaterally terminated by the Government of the United States, without notice or refund.
There is too much United States debt held by foreigners. Many of them, including governments, are anti-American. These people hold us hostage. This is blackmail, and all blackmailers are human scum. This whole thing needs to stop, and it needs to stop now. Loan us money, fine. Loan us money and not be our friend, not fine. Be on our side or we do not need your money.
- United States Navy Veterans Association Executive Board Public Resolution

...The Greatest Land...

"Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Nikita Khrushchev said to Western ambassadors at a reception at the Polish embassy in Moscow on November 18, 1956:
 'My vas pokhoronim! ' 'We will bury you.'
We buried them, by outspending them on national defense and doing an end run around their military economy when we knew they could not keep up with us, during the Reagan Administration.
We need to do the same thing with the Islamic jihadists, and the rogue nuclear states which threaten us today, like North Korea and Iran.
We need to bury them. Nothing less."
- US Navy Veterans Association Executive Board Public Resolution
5/26/ 2009

“This you knows.  The years travel fast.


And time after time

I’ve done the Tell.


But this ain’t one body’s Tell.

It’s the Tell of us all.


And you got to listen it and ‘member.


‘Cause what you hears today,

you got to tell the newborn tomorrow.


I’s looking behind us now,

into history back.


I sees those of us that got the luck

and started the haul for home.


It lead us here and we was heartful

‘cause we seen what there once was.


One look, and we knewed

we’d got it straight.


Those what had gone before had knowing

of things beyond our reckoning. . .


. . .even beyond our dreaming.


Time counts and keeps counting.


And we knows now. . .


. . .finding the trick of what’s

been and lost ain’t no easy ride.


But that’s our trek.

we got to travel it.


And there ain’t nobody knows

where it’s gonna lead.


Still and all, every night

we does the Tell. . .


. . .so that we ‘member who we was

and where we came from.


But most of all we ‘members

the man who finded us. . .


. . .him that came the salvage.


And we lights the city.

Not just for him. . .


. . .but for all of them

that are still out there.


‘Cause we knows

there’ll come a night. . .


. . . when they sees the distant light. . .


. . .and they’ll be coming home.”



--- With apologies to Savannah in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome



Every reader over the age over the age of 12 in America knows what we are talking here, and whom we are talking about.


“It was the height of American patriotism for President Barack Obama in Ghana the week of July 5, 2009, to say that he chose to visit Ghana in Africa as President of the United States because of Ghana’s respect for “constitutionalism”.  Ghana threw out, to publicly educate our readership, a left wing military dictator years ago and subscribes to a constitutional provision that constitutionalism rules out over a personality cult with regard to the leaders of any country. 


It is the height of hypocrisy for any President at the same time he is making these statements in Ghana, to support or says he supports or says that he recognizes the likes of the dictator Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, who threw out the constitution of Venezuela because it prevented him from being elected as a life term dictator in Venezuela.  Hugo Chavez did this in Venezuela by reason of lining up the poor people against the rich people in Venezuela and the poor people in Venezuela outnumber the rich in Venezuela 9 to 1 at a minimum.  This is exactly what Adolf Hitler did after President Hindenburg died in Germany in 1934. Based on his popularity, Hitler lined up the German people and had them override the constitution of the Weimar Republic to declare him both Chancellor and Leader of Germany for life.  These things which Hugo Chavez did in Venezuela and which Hitler did in Germany in 1934 are exactly what the elected President of Honduras Zelaya attempted to do in Honduras, when the Honduran Supreme Court declared that his acts were unconstitutional. 


It is the height of hypocrisy for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, upon the orders of the President of the United States, to say that we support any government democratically elected, meaning one man, one vote, regardless of what they seek to do to interfere with, alienate, regulate, or deny the fundamental constitutional rights that were announced by the founding fathers of this Republic in the first official document of our government, the Declaration of Independence, which was passed on July 4, 1776, which said that these rights, these fundamental constitutional rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness come not from government, not from a president, but from Nature and from Nature’s God.  This same concept is established in the Declaration of the Rights of Man of the French Revolution of 1793. The same concept is established as a fundamental definition of all of our rights as individuals in the Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations.  The concept of one man, one vote is irrelevant and needs to be universally made irrelevant, for purposes of United States foreign policy, with regard to any government which claims to be democratically elected, be it Hitler’s, Chavez’, Hamas’, Hezbollah’s, or the government of the Mullahs’ in Iran, which deny fundamental individual human rights that are given to every individual at the moment of his or her creation.


The words of President Obama in Ghana seem almost as if they are part of a spin that he says to one audience in a far away place, Africa, while at the same time his minions in Washington are saying totally different things in the world here.  That hypocrisy deals specifically with saying that the United States recognizes constitutionalism in Ghana, as it should, but at the same time denies fundamental constitutional rights based on a one man, one vote theory of democracy, to people in Venezuela or to the people in Honduras or to Jews who lived in Nazi Germany or to Jews who might elect to live under a Hamas government or a Mullah-run government in Pakistan or to others who believe in all of those fundamental freedoms which are contained in our Bill of Rights and, who might elect to live in Iran.


This is more than simple inconsistencies. It goes beyond that.  This is shear hypocrisy.  These are people in control of the foreign and domestic polices of the United States who have no concept whatsoever what it fundamentally means to be an American.


This Public Resolution is not meant to advocate simply the “protection of the rich,” and surely there are many rich people both in the United States and throughout the world who would disagree with what we have said here.  It is meant, however, specifically, to espouse the notion that the pursuit of material happiness is a fundamental doctrine of this Republic and its Founding Fathers, and that all individuals in this country have the right to make that pursuit, and those who propose socialism or socialistic notions are proposing things which are totally un-American and totally anti-American and contrary to that political system espoused by of our Founding Fathers.  This Association is not opposed to a governmental social safety net for the disadvantaged in our society; the disadvantaged that exist today and the disadvantaged that will continue to exist in the future.  In fact we espouse that social safety net and seek to supplement it by our activities.  But that is fundamentally different from an attitude on the part of particular politician or government office holder who says that the only force of welfare needs to come from government, and that the only good government is a socialistic one, and that anybody who opposes that notion, needs to be shut down in terms of what they have to say or in terms of what they have to advocate, or in terms in what they seek to do.  Socialism and its offspring ideologies are not American concepts; they are fundamentally foreign concepts.  There is no reason on earth why we Americans need to adopt them or should adopt them. 


This Association is probably the only IRS-recognized war veteran membership organization which openly says these things and at the same time provides, not in terms of the totality of our programs, but in terms of a part of the totality of our programs, specific assistance to veterans and members of their families who have been left out by official government mechanisms.  If you believe in what we say, and  we certainly do, and seek, as all patriots do, to assist those veterans and those members of their families, you need to look no longer for any other group to support.”


United States Veterans Association

National Board Public Resolution

July 21, 2009


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