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Remember Our Heritage: Leading Men And Why Ladies Love To Follow Them

By Angela Wittman

PATHENRYAs we look back through history and read of the leading men of our nation, let us take note of these men and the characteristics they had in common as they lived and died for the birth of our Republic of the United States of America.

From the book America's God and Country, by William Federer, we read of leading men and how second President John Adams exhibited true patriotism while writing these words in June of 1776: "If it be the pleasure of Heaven that my country shall require the poor offering of my life, the victim shall be ready, at the appointed hour of sacrifice......But while I do live, let me have a country, and that a free country!"

And who can forget the fire and passion of Patrick Henry who exclaimed, "Give me Liberty or give me death!"

Or the courageous, compassionate leadership of General George Washington at Valley Forge who wrote: "No history now extant can furnish an instance of an army's suffering such uncommon hardships as ours has done.....To see men without clothes to cover their nakedness, without blankets to lie on, without shoes (for the want of which their marches might be traced by the blood from their feet)."

And let us not forget the integrity of the "Father of the American Revolution", Samuel Adams, who was the instigator of the Boston tea party and who declared in 1794, "I conceive we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world.....that the confusions that are and have been among the nations may be overruled by the promoting and speedily bringing in the holy and happy period when the kingdoms of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ may be everywhere established...."

Or the self-sacrifice of the citizen militia known as "minutemen" who laid their lives down at a moment's notice to defend the God-given right to live in freedom from tyranny.

In conclusion, I would like to give thanks for the leading men in my life who also show uncompromising character, integrity and Godly leadership.

Please know that you are the type of leading men ladies love to follow as you know how to lead with kindness, respect and self-control.

First to my husband, thank you for being a strong family leader and devoting yourself to caring for our family and always providing for our needs.

Secondly, to my dad, who taught me to challenge the "powers that be" and then persist in that challenge until I am satisfied with their answer.

Thirdly, to my new "boss", a local developer and builder who won my admiration, respect and loyalty years ago as I watched him respond with the utmost integrity, strength and true humility of Jesus Christ when he was challenged by city hall.

Also, I am grateful to Bill, a Viet Nam Vet in Granite City who exhibits Godly protective leadership of his family as when confiding: " I think my temperament is more directed as one of words will never affect me, might hurt my feelings somewhat, but never hurt me physically....I avoid fighting as much as possible but will defend myself or my family by whatever means necessary."

Lastly, to the Chairman of the Constitution Party of Illinois, please accept this lady's thanks for showing me how to stand firm in my faith in Jesus Christ and to NEVER compromise that faith and relationship with the Living Saviour to please any man or organization on this earth.

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**To learn more about our Founding Fathers and Christian Heritage, please make plans to hear nationally known speaker and author, William Federer, September 22, 3:00 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 6101 Telegraph road in Oakville, Mo.

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Originally published in 2002. Updated 11.07.2013

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