Our flag flying high in the sky, a beautiful sight

Honor the U.S. Flag and the patriots who keep it flying!

Always great to witness patriotism as seen in the video The Star Spangled Banner, compliments of Bass Pro Shops to wish all a Happy Labor Day and to honor the U.S. flag and the patriots who keep it flying.

We live freely in an amazing, complex, country. I am grateful for those who sacrificed for our freedom and for those who serve to protect our nation. That’s huge.

I have encapsulated the glory of freedom in my innermost being. I feel like one of those people I see in photos and videos who traveled abroad and had their freedom challenged or lost. Returning to America, they race off the plane, kneel down, and kiss U.S. soil.

I love witnessing that exuberance for freedom. It expresses their gratitude … a shared gratitude with those who love our country.

Love it or Leave it

Some have expressed the sentiment, love it or leave it, but do not burn our flag or rampage our country. A witticism seen online during the 2019-2020 pandemic:

Due to COVID-19, you are asked to sequester at home and burn your own residence.

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My family tree is like this huge oak tree

Patriotism began with my parents and a father who served, down to uncles, nephews, husband, brother, and our son, all who served fearlessly, with regard for others and love of God and country. Being that close to those who have served, you have a greater appreciation of the sacrifices they made and what they hold dear to their hearts.

In one generation alone, my father and four of his brothers served during WWII and post-war – John, Wally, Ray, Pete, Harold, and Marvin. Children of immigrants who loved their country.

Those who serve, vote

You are fortunate if your parents vote. Mine did. And I remember the great discussions and the enthusiasm in voting for their leaders and their next President. The world stopped every four years, and all eyes were on the voting booth.

I revere my forefathers more with passing years as I sense their great sacrifices for the benefit of others. Thank-you!

Lyrics to National Anthem

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Francis Scott Key

Honor the U.S. flag and the patriots who keep it flying to show your love for our nation and to honor the many who sacrificed for our freedom.


2019 and Ticking

pool balls in a row read 2019

Two weeks down, and no deal … yet

2019 is ticking. Christmas and New Year’s Day have come and gone. Hallmark Christmas movies are no longer running. Yet congress is at a standstill, and the government is shut down.

Congress says they want immigration reform first, before border security. They do know they are the ones to make those reforms happen. It’s a shell game. A, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”

Time is ticking. It’s time to move forward and to negotiate with a President who is following the directives of the people to implement a border crossing policy and to button down illegal immigration.

Securing the border sets parameters, who’s in and who’s out. We need to know where we stand. The only ones profiting from open borders are cartels, coyotes, and gangs.

Illegal immigrants could immigrate peacefully and safely under U.S. protection – and with no more expense than paying a coyote – had we parameters for them to follow at the border.

President Trump is responsible for our security, and I am thankful he is working to that end. He is working to improve our infrastructure and to infuse technology into our nation’s security.

I have a simple suggestion for consideration. Had I spent seven years debating immigration like government has, I could no doubt come up with better ideas to put on the table. However, My Beautiful Wall with Door and Doorbell would offer security and hospitality: http://www.donaldjtrump.bz/trump-build-wall-beautiful-door-doorbell/

Attention, Mathematicians

Time to get out the slide rule or pocket calculator to find the real cost of border security. Put a plus sign before what the current, ongoing cost is to maintain border security without a border wall and subtract the amount of the President’s $request before congress for a border with technology. The net of those two numbers is the bottom-line real cost of the President’s plan for our security.

How hard can this be, folks?

Build Big Beautiful Wall With Door and Doorbell

2018 pool ball illustration

Governing from Behind the Eight Ball

Eight ball to play pool or billiards
Trump behind the 8-ball

President Donald Trump talks about a wall at our southern border for immigrants, a wall with a big, beautiful door, and that puts him behind the eight ball.

We’ve always had a door on the southern border for immigration. I first learned about it 40 years ago from Mom.

We propped the door open. It was a giant turn-style. Hispanics and immigrants seeking opportunity were embraced. They brought skills, values, and a work ethic. Businesses rolled out the red carpet to welcome a people who value hard work.   Y’All come!

Immigrants Welcomed

Back then, we were living in Aurora, Illinois, and my mother managed an assembly line that built telephones at Western Electric in nearby Montgomery.

Mom knew businesses welcomed immigrants. She heard there were signs at the southern border with big letters, Welcome! Come to Aurora!

In current times, the evolving of immigration to illegal-immigration has become nothing more than  a political debate thanks to a do-nothing congress clashing with a changing America that requires security.

Congress Fails to Act

Congress has made immigration a  political game, tugged around by voters and special interests groups. Our leaders shrink from action and lack creative thinking.

It’s time to call for a bill rather than a recess. Put an immigration act on the books.

Our open door on the border once served to welcome our neighboring country with whom we share a continent. Today it’s a detour for immigrants and a loophole for gangs, terrorists, and drug traffic.

We simply want a door on that wall — a door with a doorbell!

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