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What price shall we pay for freedom?

As the sun began to set on D-Day, June 6, 1944, this question had been answered by more than 9,000 soldiers who either died or were wounded as a result of the Allied invasion on the beaches of Normandy. Their bravery and sacrifice provided the break the Allied forces needed to destroy the choke-hold the Nazis previously gained over Europe by allowing more than 100,000 additional troops to make it safely onshore and begin the task of securing coastal French villages. The sheer number of troops sent onshore by the Allied forces during the invasion of Normandy led to the success.

Though an official tally of the casualties from D-Day was never completed, estimates in the range of 425,000 troops have been mentioned. This number includes both Allied and German soldiers who were either killed, wounded or came up missing at some point during the battle. 209,000 of this number were Allied soldiers while an estimated 200,000 were German. The Allies also managed to capture 200,000 German troops. In addition to military troops, somewhere between 15,000–20,000 French civilians died during the battle.

Question — How valuable is the United States to you?

A) Do you believe, as many in the entertainment industry and government seem to, that America has lost her luster, should extend apologies the world over for her existence and deserves to go the way of socialistic nations? Nations whose “leaders” care only about their personal power and seek to make pawns of the population — a population made up of those whose sole desire is gaining personal handouts with no desire to give back something valuable in return?


B) Should she remain the strong, free nation she has been in the past, for who the Founding Fathers willingly pledged everything they had to bring about her birth — a nation who beckons those who want a better life to come to her shores and seek it out?

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If you answered “A” — you probably consider the bloodshed on Normandy wasted. Beware — those who offer you handouts now will do so for only a given period of time. The day will come, however, when you will be required to pay a price (i.e. — if you dance to the music — you will pay the piper).

Consider the cattle on the rolling hills. They graze in peace and their every need is provided; however, there is a price attached to that peaceful life:

- Most of the male calves are castrated at an early age and later become the main attraction on someone’s dinner plate.

- After her calf-bearing years are over, or money becomes tight and the rancher must cut down the size of his herd, most of the cows follow the same path.

People, of course, are not cattle, thus self-centered people constantly looking for freebees will not end up on a dinner plate. They will, however, eventually lose the freedoms they now take for granted and end up in some form of slavery to the government’s “ranchers.”

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If you chose “B”, the question you must now answer is — “What price will you pay for freedom?” If the United States is to survive as a great nation, we must all answer this question, then act upon that answer.

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