Monday, February 8, 2016




Today, Feb. 8, 1997, is the 19th anniversary of my dad's death! I can't help but wonder how, if my dad were alive today, how he would be dealing with the way things are in this country today....he,, a U.S. Marine veteran of WWII, who was always up to date on our country's leaders as well as our country's stature in the world for which he fought in active combat back then. He lost a lot of his hearing due to a grenade or bomb that exploded extremely close to him, but he'd point out how much more so many others lost....limbs, and their lives as well, all for us to retain our freedom.

My dad was a true patriot to his very inner core. My mom told me how when he was being drafted into the U.S. Army during WWII that he was the first married man with kids to be drafted in our county. But then she would mention right after that how angry she was with him telling how he was standing in line and recruiters from various other branches (Marines, Air Force, and Navy) were calling for men to enlist with their branch and he proudly volunteered to enlist with the U.S. Marines. She was so angry....yet I knew she was so proud of him as well!

But if he could see how this country has gone downhill since then, especially these last 7 years, like how this president writes executive orders to override Congress, orders that are slowly dismantling our freedom month by month, week by week, and even day by day now as Obama is in his last year of dictatorship. Well, that's what it is when someone doesn't abide by the rule of law, the Constitution, nor remains within his limitations of power, overriding the other 2,, Congress and the Supreme Court! He does just what he pleases.

But oh, my dad, a staunch Republican, would not approve of the establishment wing of the Republican party at all, but would stand by a true conservative, one who deems high with respect our Constitution, laws and balance of powers (executive, legislative, and judicial) not just by words and promises but by actions, the basic principles of our freedom by which we are guaranteed by our Constitution. By this time, my dad would have found, if not already knowing this, the way to remove Obama legally from office, deeming him a traitor and enemy of the State (country) and the Hillary thing. Oh my, would he be ranting about her and her lawbreaking and "traitorship" as well!

Growing up, Dad was a big reader and highly intelligent, having skipped 2 grades, attending college for 1 year at the age of 16. He was very knowledgeable about so many subjects which, being a barber after attending barber school when he returned from the war,that was a great help for conversation with just about all of his customers. I learned at the funeral home on visitation from some of his former customers how "Dude knew something about everything." But Dad's big interest was knowledge and so the supper table in the evenings and on weekends was about many things, but he focused a lot on politics, being one who never missed voting and was always the first voter in line at our precinct. He didn't let work be an excuse to not vote ever. It was as important to him as going to work was to support his family, having grown up dirt poor....and then even more poor during the depression! He knew his obligations and honored our country and our family because nothing came between him and his love for family and country!
"All great change in America begins at the dinner table."

- Ronald Reagan

Dad, I sure miss you and wonder what you would think of our country and the world situation today and what you would be saying! But I think I already know! You'd be right there with all of the veterans, the true patriotic veterans, who fought for this country and served this country well, even those who were not in active combat like he was! I can see you cutting hair (a barber for many yars) and discussing current events with your customers......just sick over the situation we have now.
I miss my dad so much, but yet I am so glad he's not here to experience this hell our president is driving our country to! I really am, knowing just how distraught he would be!

By the way, this picture of my dad, mom, sister & brother was maybe 2-4 years while Dad was in the Marines before I came along and I think right before he went overseas to battle in the Philippines.

My dad loved Reagan!

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - Ronald Reagan

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