A Republic, if you can keep it

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Question Of The Week, 7/30/06

Good morning. I keep trying to go to all my regular sources to come up with an idea for this weeks question, but something keeps coming back to mind before I can even finish reading an article. Kind of like that last song you heard before you turned off the radio, it just stays with you. So I guess your opinion must be important enough to me to be this weeks Question Of The Week. The 2008 Presidential Election isn't really that far off. We've all seen articles telling who may or may not be running. Now it is up to you to pick the Dream Team for the party of your choice for 2008. Who would you like to see become our next President and Vice President? It doesn't matter if they are running or not just, "who would you like to see"?

I'll post my answer in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Time For An Increase

I just contacted my elected officials to urge them to support a minimum wage increase. My decision didn't have anything to do with me being a union member. Which I am, but a good deal of the time I don't agree with the union stand on political issues or the candidates it supports. It didn't have anything to do with me supporting the Democratic Party. I don't, in fact I feel the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are just two branches of the same party. I did it because I feel it's long over due. It's time to stop forcing low paid United States citizens to hold two jobs just to make sure their kids are eating and have a roof over their heads tonight. Something our elected officials and big business executives don't have to worry about. I hope you will think about contacting your elected officials and telling them that if they'd like to do something for the folks that put them in office increasing the minimum wage would be a good place to start.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Does The POW/MIA Flag Cause Them To Feel Shame?

In the past I have read articles that told about disputes over the POW/MIA (Prisoner Of War & Missing In Action) Flag. There are some that for some reason just don't want to see it displayed. They don't want to see it on street light poles, have it carried in parades or flown at a War Memorial. I have a lot of trouble understanding this, but then I fly one here at home. It is to help remember the brave hero's that went to defend our country in every war we have ever been involved it and didn't come home. Their families didn't get the closure that the families of our KIA's (Killed In Action) got. They were left not knowing what happened to their loved ones. Yesterday I got an e-mail from my friends Chuck and Mary Schantag of the P.O.W. Network (something that was sent to them) I'd like to share it with you. It tells about one of these disputes that is taking place in Tennessee.


Greetings Everyone!

Well, I'm just flabbergasted that some Tennessee Politicians have taken such a heartless and cruel stand. Particularly Senator Rusty Crowe who is representing the District where the Mountain Home/ James Quillen VAMC is located. More importantly, he the guy who is Chairman of the Joint Select Committee on Veterans Affairs for Tennessee. Where is his mind? If he doesn't understand something simple like the POW-MIA Flag, how can he be trusted to make the right decisions on more complicated Veteran issues??

Please read the pasted emails below and check http://www.elizabethtontn.org/
We need to get the word out about his lack of support for our troops and his anti-Veteran stance to the Military Service and Veteran families in his District, and in Tennessee. If he can't be persuaded to change his mind, then we can all help the Veterans and Veteran supporters in his District to make sure this is his last election. We can put a "Boot Rusty" or "Dump Rusty" Web page on the Internet so this gets wide exposure.

I think he may be running unopposed if I'm reading the sample ballots on the Web correctly. No wonder he is so arrogant. Can someone in his district let us know about the nominations in TN District 3?

Can someone help us take a look at some of the other local Carter County and Elizabethton politicians involved in this who are also uninformed on Military Service and Veteran issues? They may not realize that this can become a national black-eye for them. Veterans, please don't remain silent on this issue!!

Remembering POW's and MIA's is basic! I've just quick counted, but according to the DPMO Web site it looks like at least 2 POW/MIA families from Vietnam and 10 POW/MIA families from Korea are represented by Crowe in Tennessee District 3. I'll bet the WWII MIA list for that district is huge. He obviously doesn't care about the hurt and pain in any of those GOLD STAR families.

POW & MIA families all over America who have no grave to visit are comforted by that black flag... don't forget... tens of thousands of U.S. service members are listed as missing in action from 20th Century wars. The following are estimates of the number of MIA's from World War II on:
World War II: 78,000
Korean War: 8,100
Vietnam War: 1,800
Cold War: 120
1991 Persian Gulf War: 1

And Matt Maupin is number one on the list for the 21st Century.

If anyone wants to email Senator Crowe- sen.rusty.crowe@legislature.state.tn.us

Here's his Web page... he must be a member of American Legion in name only, huh?

Details of the issue-PLEASE check this Web site:

Let's all get together and help Jerry Campbell and all those folks in Carter County, Tennessee support our troops, veterans and our POW & MIA families!



Not only do I fly the POW/MIA Flag here at home, I also wear a stainless steel POW/MIA bracelet. I've met and became friends with the family of the man whose name is on it. It bothers me to hear about people that don't want that flag to fly. Every time I see it I think of true American hero's, Gone But Not Forgotten. God Bless and watch over each of them and their families.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

City Council Meeting, Or Monday Night At The Fights?

I used to go to the Saint Joseph, Missouri City Council meetings every Monday night. My work schedule changed so I can no longer attend the meetings.I wish I could have been there last night. An article in today's St. Joseph News-Press makes it sound like they could bring in some extra revenue by selling tickets to the meetings. Or maybe they could be televised, call the program "Monday Night At The Fights".


(St. Joseph News-Press) 7/25/2006

Airing grievances puts goals on hold

Joe Blumberg
City Government Reporter

The St. Joseph City Council's goal-setting agenda had to wait Monday night as the more pressing issue was how to air grievances without wanting to throw punches.

The city council and the city manager delved into a serious and sometimes heated discussion of how they should operate, which many in the group ultimately considered a positive catharsis.

In one exchange, Francis Starr, husband of Councilwoman Joyce Starr, was escorted out of the meeting by Police Chief Chris Connally when he appeared ready to fight Mayor Ken Shearin.

During a long discussion about how council members should and could interact with city employees, Mr. Shearin accused City Manager Vince Capell of pitting Mrs. Starr and Councilwoman Donna Jean Boyer against him.

Mr. Starr repeatedly said "Whoa" and began laughing at Mr. Shearin's suggestion. Mr. Shearin then pointed his finger at Mr. Starr and said, "And you, too."

Mr. Starr was sitting directly behind his wife, next to the police chief, and about 10 feet from Mr. Shearin. He immediately rose to his feet and stepped toward Mr. Shearin, telling him not to talk to him that way.

Mr. Shearin remained seated, and Mr. Conally stepped between the two and led Mr. Starr out the door without incident. Mr. Connally later said he took action because of Mr. Starr's body language toward Mr. Shearin.

Monday's meeting at the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce offices was the second meeting in a continuing goal-setting session.

Al Purcell, a consultant who led the session, said groups typically go through three phases: forming, storming and performing, with some reaching high performance. The council and city manager are clearly in the storming stage, Mr. Purcell said.

He also said Mr. Shearin's behavior in the incident was "unacceptable."

Mrs. Starr said the incident didn't do any irreversible harm. She said Mr. Shearin shouldn't have gotten upset at her husband because Mr. Starr was just like any other member of the public. But she also said Mr. Starr "needed to leave."

She said she's "getting used to Ken's temper and outbursts" and that she needs "to stay calm, be fair and speak up."

Mr. Shearin said the council discussed many more important issues that should overshadow the incident.

"It was an emotional thing. There were a lot of hard realities discussed," Mr. Shearin said.

Mr. Shearin and other council members said they had problems with Mr. Capell's public reaction to them discussing issues with mid-level city employees. Others, including Mr. Capell, had problems with Mr. Shearin not including them in policy discussions.

"We've so badly needed this conversation that if we need to have another meeting, so be it," said councilman Mike Hirter.


I'm sure that some will feel a meeting like this was useless, not very constructive at all. But our last two mayors and city councils were known for passing city ordnances that many felt were far to intrusive. A few times they were even accused of using Gestapo like tactics. I don't think they will have time for that while they are having meetings like the one mentioned in the News-Press article. If these meetings will keep them out of our lives I'm all for them.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

A Must Read!

I hope you will take the time to stop by the Prague Twin and check out the report from inside Beirut. I don't think you'll find this in your local paper!

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Question Of The Week, 7/23/06

Good morning. I had something planned for this weeks question, but the Internet Goblin seems to have eaten a file I needed to get it posted while I was at work last night. So I had to find something interesting to take it's place. I've met a few attorneys in the past. I even consider some of them to be pretty good friends, but it is one of those professions you have to wonder about. So what do you think? This weeks Question Of The Week is. In general, are trial lawyers more concerned about justice or padding their bank accounts?

I'll post my answer in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

A Plan For The Safe Evacuation Of United States Citizens Is Needed

Some Democrats are calling on the Bush administration and urging them to get about 25,000 American citizens out of Lebanon quickly. I'm sure that if I was one of the 25,000 I would want out quickly too. But, we need to be thinking about getting them out safely too. Make sure Israel knows the plan. Don't forget when it comes to identifying a target Israel has a record that is a little less than perfect.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Navy Seal Needs Help

When I stopped by to check out Always On Watch I found out about Justin, a 27 year old war Veteran that has been diagnosed with leukemia and is in need of help. We hear a lot of talk about showing support for our troops. This might be your chance to show some of that support. I hope you will check out the link and see what you can do to repay Justin for serving his country. I'd also like to ask you to remember him in your prayers.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Question Of The Week 7/16/06

Good morning. Saturday night was my first night back at work after a weeks vacation. As soon as I walked into the break room I noticed my name on a list on the bulletin board. I will be laid off Sunday and Monday night. Tuesday is my night off. Hey, this is just like another vacation, but without the pay check. I could be bitter and post a question about free trade and how it effects our jobs, but I won't do that. I'm going to go ahead with my first plan. A couple of Border Patrol agents made some comments in a Jim Kouri column I read before I went to work Saturday. So we have them to thank for this weeks Question Of The Week. Do you think our Senators are really serious about securing our borders or were they just trying to get votes by appearing to support a hot issue?

I'll post my answer in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Good News For Missouri Property Owners

Everyone needs some good news from time to time and we sure don't get enough of it. If you own property in Missouri this (St. Joseph News-Press article) might set your mind at ease, for a while anyway.



New Law restricts eminent domain
Governor signs bill in St. Joseph

Jimmy Myers
Higher Education Reporter

A new law ceremonially signed in St. Joseph today by Gov. Matt Blunt restricts certain eminent domain measures and adds incentives to landowners.

Flanked by a gaggle of politicians all wearing the same color of blue shirts, Gov. Matt Blunt signed into law House Bill 1944, which takes away elected officials' power to give their eminent domain rights to developers. The law also provides compensation provisions and advanced notice of possible eminent domain use to landowners. In addition, the law places several provisions on condemned property and displaced residents.

The bill signing took place in a machine shed at the Hart farm south of St. Joseph on U.S. Highway 169 near the Ebenezer United Methodist Church. The contingent made a total of five stops around the state today.

Sen. Chris Koster, R-Harrisonville, an attorney who helped rework the language of the bill in the Senate, said though the bill singings were all taking place around idyllic green fields on four farms across the state, the bill affects more than just farmers and landowners.

"It also reaches inner cities and the most challenged neighborhoods in this state where some people have their homes taken at the hands of aggressive and sometimes greedy developers," Mr. Koster said during the bill signing.

The Missouri Farm Bureau has worked toward legislation regarding eminent domain for the last four years. Charles Kruse, president of the bureau, said at the signing Thursday that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision (Kelo v. the city of New London) where the court ruled that it is within the state's jurisdiction to decide the parameters of eminent domain, finally gave them nudge they were looking for. Soon after the ruling, Mr. Blunt appointed a task force to look into the eminent domain issues.

In the Kelo case, the state of Connecticut's eminent domain law allowed government entities the use of eminent domain if the government could raise revenue or for the purpose of economic development. Mr. Blunt said Missouri's new legislation prevents that from happening to landowners.

"There has to be a clear and compelling public need when eminent domain is used," Mr. Blunt said. "There are times we need eminent domain. But we do need to ensure that land owners are protected."

Sen. Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph, and Rep. Dr. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, a co-sponsor of the bill, were in attendance with about 50 citizens.

"Some people think that we didn't go far enough," said Dr. Schaaf of the parameters of the bill. "Some people said we went too far, so we probably did just about right."


Yes that sounds pretty good for now. So why would I say, " might set your mind at ease, for a while anyway."? Because I have a feeling that it's only a matter of time. A greedy land developer and a corrupt politician will team up to challenge the new legislation in court. I hope that House Bill 1944 can stand up to the test.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Crime Emergency Declaration!

In the past I have heard people say and read articles that tell us the more guns there are on the streets the more likely we are to be robbed, raped or murdered. As far as I know there is no place in the United States that has gun laws that are more restrictive than the Washington, D.C. area gun laws. If these people are right why is it that the D.C. Chief Of Police has found it necessary to issue a Crime Emergency Declaration? At the same time Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, possibly the state with the least restrictive gun laws in the country has announced,Florida's crime rate is down to the lowest level since 1971. So, does this mean that the people that live in Florida are a better class of people than the ones that live in the D.C. area? I don't think so. I think Florida's thugs and thieves figured out that there was a real good possibility their next would be victim might be armed and ready to protect themselves so they found a different line of work. Armed citizens are one of the best things we've got going to fight crime.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

More Polyheme

I had never heard of the experimental artificial blood product called Polyheme until I was getting ready to post my most recent Question Of The Week. Since then I've read just about everything (Type Polyheme into your search engine and you'll see why I'm not done yet) I can find about it. I still haven't found anything that makes me think it is something I'd care to have used on me. I just stopped by my old friend Jeffrey Bennett's web site The Federal Observer and found out that Geoff Metcalf had written an interesting column about Polyheme and human Guinea Pigs. If you haven't made up your mind about Polyheme or any other experimental medical products I'd suggest you read it.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Question Of The Week, 7/9/06

Good morning. I had a question all picked out, all I had to do was type and post it. Then I checked my e-mail and found out (interesting), "In 27 cities across the United States, seriously injured accident victims could end up in a medical experiment, without their knowledge or consent." Well so much for the question I'd planned on asking. I'll admit I don't know much about Polyheme. Maybe your answers will tell me a little more about product itself. This weeks Question Of The Week is three questions. Have you or anyone you know ever been given Polyheme? If you answered yes were any problems that may have been caused by the product noticed? Should emergency room doctors and staff be allowed to use products like Polyheme without getting permission from the patient or their family members?

I'll post my answer in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Help Needed

The Halper family of the Piscataway, New Jersey area are possibly going to lose the family farm. They are asking for your help. I only wish that there was more I could do. Why is it that I get the feeling that in some strange little known language "Eminent Domain" means Rip Off?

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Brought Back An Old Memory

Have you ever been reading something and have it trigger an old memory? That's what happened here. For several years (in the 70's) I worked on and traveled with a carnival. The one I worked for owned a small airplane it used for business trips. When I was on one of these trips with the show owners Son-In-Law we landed at a small airport to fuel the plane and feed ourselves. I don't remember where it was for sure, somewhere between Lennox, South Dakota and Southern California. I do remember a really cool sign (To me it was anyway) hanging on the wall behind the counter in the airport restaurant, "Pilots Creed, In God We Trust, everything else we check." I've always thought that was a real good piece of advice, and you don't have to be a pilot to use it.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Westboro Baptist Church Members Will Protest In Saint Joseph, Missouri Again

I've mentioned the Military Funeral protest held by members of the Westboro Baptist Church several times in the past. The last time would have been when I found out they were being taken to court (sued) by Albert Snyder, the Father of Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder who lost his life while serving in Iraq. They have came to Saint Joseph, Missouri to protest a couple of times now. The first time was when they came to protest at the funeral of Spc. Edward Lee Myers who also died while serving in Iraq. Later they returned to protest an ordinance the Saint Joseph City Council passed which ban protesting at a funeral. Since that time Missouri State legislators have passed a similar law. You would think that would have put an end to their protest. A July 5, 2006 St. Joseph News-Press article says it didn't. They will be coming back to Saint Joseph to protest the funeral of Pfc. Brian Bradbury of Saint Joseph who lost his life while serving in Afghanistan.


Church to protest soldier's funeral

St. Joseph News-Press

The military funeral of Army Pfc. Brian Bradbury has not escaped the notice of a Topeka church, which plans a protest at the Saturday service in St. Joseph.

The Westboro Baptist Church sent out press releases early Tuesday morning announcing the protesters' intent. A Westboro protest at a military funeral in St. Joseph last year led to the passage of a city ordinance and two pieces of Missouri legislation restricting the activities.

Followers of the Kansas church and its pastor, the Rev. Fred Phelps, believe God punishes American troops because of the nation's tolerance for homosexuality. Their protests at military funerals have angered grieving families and stirred elected officials to find a constitutionally sound recourse.

The St. Joseph City Council passed a measure in December making it illegal to protest near a funeral within an hour of its start and finish. The Missouri General Assembly, with St. Joseph lawmakers serving as sponsors, passed two measures of similar language, limiting the protest to 300 feet away from the funeral site.

Cmdr. Jim Connors of the St. Joseph Police Department seemed unsurprised on learning of the Westboro announcement Tuesday.

"We figured at some point they were going to try the Missouri law, either that or the city's," he said.

The state legislation goes by "Spc. Edward Lee Myers Law," namesake of a St. Joseph soldier who died in Iraq last year and whose funeral attracted Westboro protesters.

Mr. Bradbury, a 22-year-old soldier who died June 21 near Naray, Afghanistan, will be memorialized at 11 a.m. Saturday at Word of Life Church in St. Joseph. Burial will follow at Olive Branch Cemetery in White Cloud, Kan.

The Westboro contingent plans the Word of Life protest at 10:15 a.m. and picketing at the cemetery at 11:45 a.m.

On Sunday, the protesters shift to Kirksville, Mo., where the funeral of Marine Pfc. Rex Page will be held at the town middle school. Mr. Page died June 28 in Iraq.


I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'd support anyone's right to protest a just cause but there are some things we just should not do. Holding a protest at a funeral would be one of them. I don't care if it's the funeral of a mass murderer. Their friends and families have suffered enough without becoming the victims of terrorist, which is what I feel these protesters are. I don't know if Mr. Snyder will win his law suit or not, I pray he does. If his works maybe other families will follow his lead and the protesters will soon find that they no longer have the time or the money they need to hold their protest.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Some Things You Just Have To Share

Did you ever hear or read a story that you just had to share with others? This St. Joseph News-Press (Saint Joseph, Missouri) article would be one of those stories. The date it was published is reason enough, July 4, 2006. Go ahead and kiss the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution good bye.


Court ruling opens door to officers in searches

Alyson Raletz
Public Safety Reporter

Law enforcement could be banging on fewer doors in Buchanan County in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The 5-4 ruling gives officers serving search warrants the green flag to storm into residences and secure evidence without so much as a knock.

"I think it's a good thing. There's always a danger of persons destroying evidence," Patrol Buchanan County Sheriff's Department Capt. Howard Judd said. " I have had it happen to me a number of times with people flushing dope before we could get in."

Police for years have had the authority to serve search warrants without knocking, but only if they could prove the suspects possessed firearms, had stated they would destroy evidence or other exigent circumstances.

Now that burden of proof has disappeared, local officers are both relieved and hesitant to change their procedures.

The St. Joseph Police Department doesn't have a written policy on serving search warrants, but Capt. Kevin Castle, who reviews department procedures annually, said he doesn't anticipate a big change in operations.

"The ruling is really a reaffirmation of what's already going on." Mr. Castle said, noting city police only refrain from knocking in certain circumstances.

Mr. Judd said the Sheriff's Department soon plans to revisit its policy, which has been to always announce the search warrant prior to serving it, even if the circumstances allow deputies to skip the knock.

"That was important for the safety of the officers and the suspects," he said. "My thoughts are that we will always announce so no one can mistake that we're police."

Prior court decisions argued knocking before warrant service helped protect the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches.

Former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who retired before the case was decided in June, openly expressed reservations in January when the case was first argued.

She asked, "Is there no policy of protecting the homeowner a little bit and the sanctity of the home from this immediate entry?"

A St. Joseph attorney shares her concerns.

"Our privacy and individuality has been chipped away a little bit by this Supreme Court decision," said Dan Radke, who occasionally substitutes as a public defender for Buchanan County.

But Drug Strike Force investigators don't see it that way.

"It never should've been like that in the first place," acting commander Lt. Steve Gumm said.

Mr. Gumm used to serve as the unit's point person during tactical operations and was responsible for knocking and yelling the announcement before investigators bolted into the unknown.

"In the meantime, they're going to the bathroom and flushing as fast as they can flush," he said.

Now that officers have freedom from door pounding, investigators could seek more warrants from county judges. In the past, investigators were reluctant to serve warrants at residences known to have stashes of methamphetamine or cocaine, which are easier to flush, compared to drugs like marijuana.

In lieu of losing evidence, Mr. Gumm said investigators instead would attempt to catch suspects transporting the drugs in plain sight and avoid going to the residences altogether.

The drug unit is far from mandating knock-free searches in every case, however.

"It will depend on what kind of drugs are being used," he said.

The Associated Press

contributed to this report.


I'm never surprised to read about our Constitution being attacked, but I was a little surprised by the date the News-Press chose to publish the article.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Independence Day 2006

I wanted to post this just in case someone has forgotten what this day is supposed to be about.

I hope you and yours are having a Safe and Happy Independence Day.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Monday, July 03, 2006

I Suspect We Will Learn About More Such Cases As Time Goes On

These 19 United States Citizens (This article says, "I suspect we will learn about more such cases as time goes on.") are not going to celebrate Independence Day with their families tomorrow because they served their country during an unpopular war several decades ago. When the war ended they were left behind forgotten by everyone but their families and close friends. Now the country we were fighting at that time is one of our trading partners. Chances are stuff made by our former enemy is being sold in a store near you. I'm thinking we should leave every bit of that stuff on the store shelf until every United States soldier that was left behind in Vietnam is accounted for.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Question Of The Week, 7/2/06

Good morning. I hope all of you are enjoying your Independence Day weekend. If you come by here often you might already know I have a little problem with Holidays. So this weeks Question Of The Week will be several questions about the Independence Day Holiday.

1. When speaking to friends, family or co-workers do you call it Independence Day, or 4th of July?

2. How do you celebrate it, picnics, a few beers and fireworks with family and friends? Or do you take some time to think about the meaning of the Special Day?

3. I think we should be teaching younger family members why we celebrate each and every Holiday.If you were going to start a family tradition that would help younger family members learn why we celebrate Independence Day what would it be?

I'll post my answers in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Our National Debt

This has been quite the week. Wednesday my Wife and Grand Daughter (Our Grand Daughter is expecting)were involved in a traffic accident. Both of them, and the unborn baby are doing ok, sore. The car was totaled. Insured? Liability only. So we'll be car shopping and trying to figure out how we're going to pay for one. This morning I got up and figured out this is Saturday. The day I check out and record our National Debt, gives me something else to look back on at the end/beginning of the year. I had also planned on posting a Happy Independence Day message today, but when I saw the National Debt I wondered how anyone could have a "Happy" Independence Day when the country is $8,409,378,106,101.30 in debt? My unborn Great Grand Daughter will be at least $28,123.35 in debt when she arrives. Don't get me wrong I will celebrate Independence Day. By thinking about what our Founding Fathers and everyone that came before us did for our country, and wondering how we ever let this happen.

Have a Safe and Happy Independence Day.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.