Our Flag. Our Anthem.

Our Flag. Our Anthem.

Most would say that freedom of speech is pretty black and white. In two cases in particular I beg to differ. We live in a time where anything we say out loud will most likely offend every 1 in 5 people. No matter what it is, someone will find issue with what you say.

Our Flag represents all Americans, but most of all it represents our Freedom. Why would you burn down your best representative? You want to bring those that hate you to your side? Then wear that flag and wear it proudly. You want to anger those who hate what we stand for in America? Then sing our anthem and sing it loudly. That flag was sewn in a time where every American was persecuted by tyranny. That anthem was written in a time where our very freedom and unity was at stake in the war of 1812.

The only tyranny you have now in America is your mom taking away your smart phone at the dinner table. If you do not think you are being treated fairly by your government take a little trip to a country where you can’t pray or speak when you want and how you want. I’ve been there and I’ve seen it first hand.

Our flag represents all Americans, Red or Blue. Black or White. Our Anthem represents all religions and all creeds. Look to the Olympics and you will see the untainted pride of those that represent us on their athletic fields. The cheering and the 100% authentic patriotism is what should bring us together.

Trust me when I say that sitting down during the anthem because you are a household name will do absolutely nothing to help your cause. The only thing you will get is a week of publicity, good or bad. Somebody in the position of Colin Kaepernick who was given opportunities that no low-income African-American would normally have, should not be silently protesting in this way. There is no “effect” to his “cause”. Start a program and talk to local leaders. BE A LOCAL LEADER. Sitting on your bum during a song about inclusion of freedom will only get you mocked by both the left and right. It really just shows an ignorance of your knowledge in the plight of struggling minorities while introducing a certain level of “black privilege.”

People don’t realize the value of living in America anymore, we take everything for granted. Is there hate? Yes, but that will never go away because we are not perfect. One of my favorite meme’s about the status of the American youth is an image showing 18 year olds on D-Day in 1944 storming beaches, jumping from planes, and charging into almost certain death. While in 2016, 18 year olds need safe places, because words hurt. Wear our Flag don’t burn it. Sing the Anthem don’t turn your back on it. Be a leader. Be informed. Be smart.

“Even fools, keeping silent, are considered wise;┬áif they keep their lips closed, intelligent.” (Proverbs 17:28)


Ferguson a Muddled Reality

I moved to Ferguson last Spring, I did so not because the house was cheap and I needed a place quickly, I did so because I fell in love.

I fell in love with the horse farms, the old victorian houses, the big trees, and the large plots of land. You want to know what Ferguson has that most municipalities in St. Louis County do not? Family owned businesses. Ferguson is the perfect image of a town of entrepreneurs. I have one of the best butchers in St. Louis less than a mile from my house, a brand new cigar lounge (Montrey’s) that I am a proud member of, several excellent restaurants, and one of the best micro-brews in the state.

The above mentioned things are things I am proud of and things I know most towns around me do not have. The things I have yet to mention are the things that we DO have in common with every other city in America. We have a large amount of unemployed people living in our city. We have a large amount of underpaid people living in our city. We have underpaid/overzealous police officers in our city. We have too much municipal regulation in our city. We have high property taxes in our city. We have a weak underfunded public school system in our city. Everything I just mentioned can be found in most towns in America.

The cause of the Michael Brown fiasco was not a police officer doing a stupid illegal act (like so many have and gotten away with) the cause of the Michael Brown fiasco starts with the family. It is the family who is ultimately responsible for the misconduct of their children.

If little Johnny throws a baseball through the neighbors window then Johnny will be doing a lot of chores to pay off that broken window. Michael Brown was not a gentle giant. Michael Brown was a young thug that did bad things because he knew he could get away with it. Michael Brown did not obey the police because he grew up thinking that they were pigs. If you do not give someone a cause to like or trust you then they will not. Michael Brown died that day because he was stupid. He failed to submit to authority because he had no authority in his life. His parents were divorced and his mom had a blatant mistrust towards police officers.

Darren Wilson did not kill Michael Brown, Michael Brown killed Michael Brown.

It is extremely important that we do not draw conclusions from what the media has told us about Ferguson. Ferguson is no worse off than Ballwin or Manchester or any other middle class municipality in St. Louis County.

In the aftermath of the shooting in August and the decision in November most people did not legally and peaceably assemble. There was looting and burning, all of which was caused and instigated by organized thugs and riotous anti-government groups (almost entirely from out of state.) Michael Brown did not die because he was black. If even the most remote cause of his death was because of racism what makes you think that the black attorney general of the United States would not have prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law? If Darren Wilson had unjustly shot Michael Brown do you not think that the democratic prosecuting attorney would not have prosecuted him to the fullest extent of the law? Logic is always the answer.

Bottom line is this: Fake witnesses and real witnesses alike all purposefully lied and told the media what they saw and/or thought happened was what actually happened.

Confusion, slander, liable, and a general ignorant disregard for the way society should run was the cause of the Ferguson Fiasco.

I love Ferguson, Ferguson will bounce back, the value of my property will not lower and businesses will still build because in the end a blatant and illicit disregard for ones government and law enforcement will not be tolerated.

I am a combat veteran who fought for the rights of all Americans. I am proud father, a happy husband, and a homeowner at the age of 24. I have a good job and friends and family that I can rely on. I support Ferguson and Darren Wilson because it is logical to do so.

Do not be swayed by public opinion, decide for yourself through the powers of deduction and cause and effect what the real issue is here.

God Bless America.