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Monday, Aug. 29, 2016
America prides itself on its Made-in-the-USA brand of Patriotism; heavy on the pomp and circumstance but light on substance. We say we care about our military men and woman and our veterans, but we do a piss-poor job proving we give a damn. But by God, as he looks down upon America making it the best damn country ever, when the flag tips skyward and the first notes of The Star Spangled Banner belt forth, we scramble to pin our American Flag button to our American Flag polo as we stand at attention supporting the groupthink that everything in Bless-ed America is deceitfully righteous.
I know our military service members and veterans appreciate the two whole minutes we take out of our day at The Ballgame to give them a hearty pat on the back for a job well done keeping America safe—but that’s all we give them. We put down our beer, slip our phones into our pockets and once “…and the home of the brave” reverberates through the stadium we feel like we’ve done all we need to Support the Troops. We checked our patriotic participation box for the day.
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Friday, Aug. 26, 2016
People have the power to affect change in government at all levels, but many do not out of fear of retribution. That fear must end—especially in Lenawee County, Michigan.
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Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
Over the last few days, my social media feed has been filled with two different events from two different parts of the country that are both raising similar concerns about free speech on college campuses. The two events have occurred at Yale University and the University of Missouri and have boiled over into the national spotlight.
To the outside observer, upset students appear like coddled, overly-sensitive children who just happen to be the physical age to attend college without the mental maturity of being ideologically and philosophically challenged. It feels like the politically-correct culture run amok as colleges scramble to create “Free Speech Zones” and “Safe Spaces” for students, so they are not challenged, debated and hurt by things they do not agree with.
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Friday, Dec. 20, 2013
What happened to Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Roberson isn’t a First Amendment issue. It is an issue between him and his employer, A&E.
As anyone would know, I am an ardent defender of the First Amendment in its most broadest of interpretations. Any speech that is stifled for whatever reason is dangerous for all of us. That’s why I have no problem with Robertson saying how he feels. He has that right and I dare anyone to take that away from him, because even though I may not agree with what he says, I will defend his right to say it–as I have numerous times before.
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