Remember What Memorial Day Honors

  • Rick Scarborough
  • May 23, 2008

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Join me in celebrating Memorial Day this year by honoring those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.  The traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years, with many Americans forgetting the meaning and traditions of the day.  Often we do not observe Memorial Day as it should be, a day where we actively remember our ancestors, our family members, our loved ones, our neighbors and our friends who have died protecting our freedoms.  This year please join me in observance of Memorial Day by doing any or all of the following:

- Visit a cemetery and place a flag or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
- Visit any public memorial or celebration honoring those who have died for our freedom.
- Fly the U.S. flag at half mast until noon and then at full mast the rest of the day.
- Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3pm to pause and think about the true meaning of the day.
- Make a renewed pledge to aid widows, widowers and orphans of our fallen dead. This is a day to remember our heroes. Heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We can never let them be forgotten.

"Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from his honor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation's gratitude, the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan." General John Logan, General Order No. 11, May 5, 1868 proclaiming May 30 as a federal observance.



Last week, we were dismayed (but not surprised) when the California Supreme Court overturned the will of 60 percent of California voters in the latest episode of Judges Gone Wild.  This is yet another example of out-of-control judges overturning the will of the people. These judges have no regard for the fact that they work for the people and they completely disregard the rule of law when it suits their social agenda.   It is time we removed judges who set themselves up as kings and dictators over the people.

These judges have violated the office of trust they hold with the people of California. They have ignored the will of the people, they have overstepped their authority and they have imposed the tyrannical rule of elites on the free people of California.   We will stay on this issue. The fight to protect our God-given freedoms from the tyranny of the few was why we stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Judge Moore, why we have worked for the impeachment of judges in various states and why we were heavily involved in the process surrounding the recent U.S. Supreme Court vacancies. This is a fight worth fighting. This is a fight we must win. Or our children will not be free.

Another aspect of the California decision that I have yet to hear in the press is how this will affect the presidential elections. If you recall in 2004, many voters in Ohio were driven to the polls by the judicial issue and Ohio was a key state that decided the 2004 presidential election.  Deep in the heart of America, when a judge violates the trust the people have placed in him, the people are motivated. The next president of the United States could choose three or four members of the U.S. Supreme Court and many, many lower judges. And these judges will be with us long after the next president leaves the White House.

We cannot afford to stay home. We must vote. The stakes are too high to abandon our Christian duty to select our leaders. If we do forego our duty to vote, our nation will suffer for generations to come.



The media is reporting the super-delegates are the deciders in the Democrat Party. And they could be. They could be the swing vote for either Clinton or Obama as the Democrat nomination race comes down to the wire.

But what is a super-delegate? And how does someone become one? And is this very democratic of the Democrat Party?   After the 1968 Democrat Convention, the party made some changes to the nominating process. Before these changes party leaders and those with influence were alleged to have too much influence on the nomination process. The changes in 1968 made the party more responsive to the people.

However, in 1982 the Democratic National Committee (DNC) adopted a rule that set aside some delegate slots at the convention for Democrat members of Congress and state party chairs and vice chairs. Things changed gradually over the years to where today distinguished party leaders, selected state party members, all DNC members, governors and all Democratic members of Congress have super-delegate status.

In 2008, there will be about 800 super-delegates to the Democrat National Convention. These 800 super-delegates will probably decide who wins the party nomination. As of May 20, 2008, Obama was leading Clinton in pledged delegates 1,929 to 1,741 and super-delegates 305 to 277. Most pundits claim this race is over unless Clinton pulls off victories of about 80 percent in the upcoming primaries. However, every single one of the super-delegates could switch their vote at any time, so 800 votes are in play until the convention. And with Obama leading Clinton by only 188 pledged delegates, those 800 could be all the difference.

Not a very democratic system after all.  The only question remaining is will the Democrat Party nominate the winner of the popular vote.


It is essential we know who holds spiritual influence over our nation's leaders. We know that for people who take their faith seriously, their spiritual mentors exert a great deal of influence over them-for good or for bad.  Because of this, it is very important that we not only look at the faith of each candidate and the values that drive them, but if they claim a strong faith we must look at who mentors them in that faith.

This is why so much attention has been paid to Obama's pastor, Jeremiah Wright. He has a track record of hate speech, and of ignoring the biblical truth that all men are created equal and dividing us based on the color of our skin.  John McCain's pastor in Phoenix, Dan Yeary, on the other hand is a traditional preacher who opposes abortion and believes homosexuality to be a biblical sin, but says Christians have an obligation to love such sinners.


These are the pastors who have counseled and mentored the faith of the two probable candidates for president. It is something, along with a candidate's track record in office and stated positions, to consider as we fulfill our biblical duty to vote in this nation.

I would encourage you to listen to a series of sermons I taught earlier this year on "The Biblical Role of the Church in Government."   I have made them available to you at no charge on our Web site.

Additionally, would you consider supporting Vision America financially as we work with pastors nationwide and work to awaken the pulpits of our nation to proclaim righteousness once again? If you make a tax-deductible donation of any amount, and as a thank you I will send you a copy of my best-selling book, "Enough is Enough."   Please forward this alert to your friends and help us expand our outreach to Christians who want to see America restored to her Judeo-Christian heritage and revived.


I remain...Your servant and friend,


Pastor Rick Scarborough

"The leaders of Jacob and the leaders of Israel are leaders contemptuous of justice, who twist and distort right living, leaders who build Zion by killing people, who expand Jerusalem by committing crimes.  Judges sell verdicts to the highest bidder, priests mass-market their teaching, prophets preach for high fees, all the while posturing and pretending dependence on GOD: "We've got GOD on our side; he'll protect us from disaster."   Micah 3:9-11 Msg

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