What happened to taking personal responsibility for our actions

December 8, 2014

After all the recent demonstrations across the country I have to ask, what happened to taking personal responsibility for our actions?  We as a nation have continually elected individuals to serve as public servants who continue to take this country off the deep end of which we will soon be at the point of no return.

Our nation just went over 18 trillion in debt. Our president wants 263 billion as a response to what took place in Ferguson as looters and rioters destroyed the city. Yes, camera’s on police will stop all the violence in this nation. Sure we have a few individuals in uniform who may push the envelop of power but when citizens resist a command from a uniformed officer and becomes combatant, where is the accountability for their actions.

Each day our police and military personal dress in their uniforms to protect the American people with the knowledge they may take their last breath at anytime during their daily routine.  That is the price they may have to pay for protecting our freedoms which we value so deeply.

Why are individuals allowed to disrespect those in uniform by resisting a command to cease and desist in the activity they are engaged in, then when something  bad happens we do not hold those individuals accountable for their actions?  Obey the command, listen to the request and after all is said and done if you don’t like the treatment or the outcome of the situation file a complaint and/or hire a lawyer to resolve the issue at hand.

Death is a terrible thing when it is unexpected, we feel for the families that have lost loved ones through no fault of their own. Death by the hand of another individual is devastating for all families involved premeditated or not.

Tragedy can be averted in many cases if individuals respected their lives more then their hatred of the law.  Peaceful protesting is the American way to help spread the message in a responsible way not looting and rioting, burning down a city to make a point. No one wins there.

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Many Citizens Are Finally Giving Up

January 13, 2014

This Republic, The United States of America is one of the greatest, longest Constitutionally run government the world has ever witnessed and now many citizens are finally giving up on it.  With so many years of our elected officials continually working to destroy our way of life instead of enhancing it, working harder to get re-elected at the hands of lobbyists and special interest groups along with their own personal agenda the great individuals across the lane have finally said enough already.

The Tea Party Movement started just before the 2010 elections to shoot out we are “taxed enough already” and most of congress turned a deaf ear only to find this organization would be the downfall of many a politicians careers.  The common everyday citizen doesn’t care about the Republican agenda, or the Democratic  agenda any longer, they care about the American agenda once again.

Citizens all across the nation are taking heed to all that has been said concerning the direction our nation has traveled over the past 50 years and they are frightened. The fear the 17 trillion dollar national debt, they fear the blatant disregard our politicians have for our Constitution and all the liberties it provides us. The Patriots of this nation are ready to stand together once again as they had to do so many years ago fighting against a government that had an agenda contrary to their wants and beliefs.

As I traveled across the country talking to individuals during the 2010 campaign I realized just how upset the common folks were. Their stories were haunting. Losing their jobs, their houses and even some lost their families do to the economic hardship our government created for many of them.

The citizens are ready to make a statement for all to hear. They are crying out loud through the hillsides and the meadows, along the mountain tops and across the rivers hoping their voices will finally be heard by candidates who are once again running for America and it’s values instead of the good ole boys buddy system many have become extremely accustomed too.  Many have stated they want a candidate who will listen to the issues that are important to them not dictate what they feel strongly about.

The time is now as good people all over the nation gather to discuss running for office to remove those entrenched in the political arena secluded from reality for far too long.  We have a re-birth of individuals fed up with politics as usual, a resurgence of a love for country that trumps those with a love for the power associated with our Congress.  This next election will be one that will be remembered for a long long time.  We will see a swing in voters placing their ballots for an individual and not a political party, and that will be good.

Maybe, just maybe then we will stop spending trillions of dollars a year that we don’t have to spend just to shore up some free program to continue to get votes. Maybe, just maybe then  we will see our congress working to achieve greatness once again by holding themselves accountable to do what is right for America and not special interest.  We still are a long way from election night but there will be changes that we, patriots of this great nation, that we can believe in finally.


Where Were You 10 Years Ago?

September 12, 2011

Reprinted with permission  Terry Suominen

Ten years ago I was working a swing shift in a local casino just a few miles from the Strip. At two in the morning as my shift ended I raced home to get a few hours of sleep before my first class at UNLV was slated to begin. After awakening I took a shower and dressed as I ran out the door sometime around 6:30am. The next few hours will be etched in my mind until I take my last breath with only this writing as a reminder of what happened on that fateful day September 11, 2001. Not only will I always remember, but we will always remember.

I jumped into my Blue and White Bronco II with my books and a drink at 6:30am. The morning was nice so I put my window down and cranked up the stereo listing to my local favorite which played all the tunes of the 70′s and 80′s. As I made my way onto the freeway that would take me to the airport tunnel something seemed strange as I drove. I could not place the quietness immediately but as I drove I pondered the eerily quiet state surrounding me.

As my Bronco raced through the tunnel just minutes from the university I still was unaware of what was going on though I knew subconsciously there was a problem. At the end of the airport tunnel I could see a plane by the fence line idle and I thought to myself, “why is it so quiet this morning, what happened?” As I drove the skies were empty, not a flight was in the sky.

The trip to UNLV from the tunnel lasted 4 or 5 minutes which seemed like hours as my mind attempted to decipher my unusual surroundings. The music was playing as I approached the Tropicana and Paradise intersection just outside the parking area for my first class. Still the skies were quiet without an airplane attempting a final approach with its landing gear extended as they glided onto the runway for a landing. Still I didn’t understand the calmness.

I drove into the parking lot of UNLV and parked, grabbed my books and headed onto the campus toward Frank and Estella Beam Hall where my first class was to start in just about 15 minutes. As I walked toward the stairway there was a crowd gathered around the only TV in the area so I slowed down to catch a glimpse of what was being broadcast on that set.

As I moved closer toward the TV I could see thick black smokey clouds billowing from a building I did not recognize at first. So I moved closer to the crowd and now saw the World Trade Center buildings ablaze with flames spewing out the windows and that thick black smoke enveloped the top of the buildings. Several reporters were shocked and numb to the fact both towers where now ablaze as they reported from the ground close to the attacks. The first reporter I heard stated in fact two separate planes have crashed into the Twin Towers as they broadcast with individuals from around the Centers common grounds and up two a few miles away.

The first crash occurred at 8:46am PST as it plummeted the South Tower at a high rate of speed. Flames were coming out of the building and the smoke was filling the sky with every minute that passed by. The flight path that was taken was not a normal flight path according to witnesses. Later on it was revealed the plane that hit the first tower was American Flight 11. It is presumed all passengers were killed on impact as a huge explosion occurred seconds after the plane hit.

As the reporters continued the coverage attempting to remain calm and collective one reporter stated she had just gotten word that another plane had gone down somewhere in Pennsylvania. As the information was relayed we learn of yet another terrorist cell that hijacked United Flight 93. Later we learned the passengers decided to overwhelm the attackers which brought the plane down in Shanksville, PA averting an attack on the White House.

As I walked up those stairs for my first class of the day I was filled with disbelief only to remember our instructors words only one week prior. Our professor during a conversation stated America will be attacked someday. Our land will have enemy terrorists attempt to destroy this nation. Not because of the people but because of the policies of our government. See our government gets to involved in other countries decisions and foreign countries hate us for that.

The class was a terrorist class concerning Middle Eastern Nations. As we sat down on 9/11 at 7:15 am our world had changed. Once we were all in our seats the professor opened class with a discussion of what just happened. He insisted anyone who may have relatives or friends in New York to leave class to find out what they could. He then went on to have an open discussion on what just happened to our America.

We discussed many subjects that morning in that class. We talked about how people can hate this country enough to kill innocent victims. We listened to classmates talk about their disbelief that terrorists could attack our land just as the Japanese had at Pearl Harbor. We talked about our government and their role in governments around the world. Most importantly we talked about the World Trade Center and those thousands of innocent victims. Hoping and praying more lived than died.

Our lives, our country was changed forever as we watched two of the greatest symbols of freedom collapse before our eyes as thousands parish. To the victims, to the hero’s who gave their lives so others could live we offer our prayers. to the families of the fallen we offer our support. On this day September 11, 2011 we will remember and consistently be reminded of that frightful day 10 years ago. Peace to all those who suffered as we the greatest nation in the world remember and celebrate freedom, something no one can take from us no matter what who they are, what they are or where they come from. Freedom is the fight worth fighting for. God Bless.