I’m old enough to remember when the words socialism and communism were regarded as evil in the United states.  The freedoms and capitalism our country was founded on were to be guarded and protected above everything else.

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner. Liberty is a well-armed lamb.  – Benjamin Franklin

Since I don’t have children, I’m not up to speed on what is being taught in the school system, but it’s my suspicion that history lessons are not at the top of the list…  am I right?  A couple of encounters with the youth of Wichita, Kansas has shown me that they are not well-rounded in their knowledge of history.  People, if we don’t know where we came from and learn from past mistakes – we are surely bound to repeat them!

The socialist candidate makes it all sound so appealing, doesn’t he?  He’s going to GIVE some folks everything at no cost – well, isn’t that special???  Guess what…  A college education will still cost somebody – do they care about that?  Somebody’s taxes will go sky-high through the roof to GIVE others everything for free.  Does that matter?  Raising taxes by as much as 98% which is just crazy…  to GIVE a college education to another.

There is something in the capitalist world that accomplishes the same thing – they’re called SCHOLARSHIPS.  There are scholarships by the truckload that yes, have to be EARNED, but if you want a healthy chunk of your college education paid for – that’s possible in a capitalist nation!  No, nobody is going to give you a free lunch – because as my mother always told me – there’s no such thing as a FREE lunch.  Somebody is going to pay for the lunch – please remember that.


I love America, I love my freedom AND I want to uphold our precious CONSTITUTION.  Never in the history of this country has there been a socialist running for president.  I don’t want to feel the Bern…  our country would soon feel the burn from the Bern.  The insane part is that he’s not even a registered democrat…  huh???  How does that happen???

Look, I’m just asking that you have all the facts about Socialism before you vote.  As always, it’s my prayer that we are less red, less blue – and blend into a united purple as we kneel in prayer before our GOD to seek His face and turn from our wicked ways – only then will our sin-sick nation be supernaturally healed.

PRAYER FOR AMERICABe an informed voter.  Please read about the practice of SOCIALISM in other countries and pray in these last days before the election.  🙂





My father was a Veteran of WWII. He fought in the battle of the Aleutian Islands from June 1942 through August 1943. Japanese garrisons were established on a pair of islands owned by the United States, west of Alaska. Japan had seized the uninhabited islands of Attu and Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands. It was the only land that Japan would claim that belonged to the U.S. during the war. It’s believed the Japanese held the two islands to prevent the U.S. from invading Japan via the Aleutian islands.

The occupation was a blow to American morale. In May, 1943, U.S. troops retook Attu and three months later reclaimed Kiska. This experience helped them prepare for the long “island-hopping” battles to come as WWII raged across the Pacific Ocean.

I am so proud that my daddy was a part of that and he survived and was able to come home and enjoy the rest of his life with mom and me. The sad thing is that he died at age 62, unable to retire and really enjoy his “golden years”.

I give this background because I feel I need to explain why I feel so patriotic at times. I tear up when I hear the National Anthem. I feel pride for the soldiers in this country. The men who are willing to go fight for our freedom should be paid more than the men wearing helmets out on a football field – to be sure!

Today the most wonderful thing happened. I don’t believe anything in this life is coincidence and this is no exception. I was walking out of the Village Inn restaurant toward my car. A car pulled into the stall next to mine. I stood behind my car waiting for the folks to get out of their car so I could get in to mine. I watched a frail little woman come around the car from the driver’s side. She opened the passenger side and an older gentleman got out. He was a little bent, but his cap caught my attention. He was a Vietnam Veteran.

I debated in my mind and said a quick prayer. Should I speak or not? At that moment, as though God allowed me to see it, I saw the silver cross he wore around his neck – it was like God was telling me it would be alright to speak. I did.

We had the most wonderful conversation! They told me about their married life and traveling all over the country. It touched my spirit to hear about how they made a home wherever they went and raised their family. They told me they would not choose a different life if they could. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Their love of God and country reinforced my sense of patriotism and made me even more proud to be an American!

Just before they went in to the restaurant and before I got in my car, I mentioned that I was spending the entire week of Independence Day in prayer for America. They asked if I’d mind if we agreed in prayer for America and it was an awesome season of prayer and I knew God was in the center of that circle!

What a great day to go out for lunch, huh??? God bless America – and America, bless God!



I was not able to get any video of the parade in Maize, but here is a little clip from the celebration in our neighboring city, Hutchinson, Kansas:

Wichita is the largest city in Kansas. We are so large that I’m not sure we have the budget to decorate properly for Memorial Day. Our downtown looks pretty at Christmas, but we lack some when it comes to the more patriotic holidays.

I am blessed to live only a few miles from Maize, Kansas. Maize is a city that is definitely growing by leaps and bounds. Last year, eighty-six new single-family housing starts were issued! That is a record year! Five new businesses were started, and a new Industrial Park plan is now in place. It’s a booming little city!

As Maize grows, I hope it does not lose its cozy feel. On Memorial Day they line their main street with American flags, a subtle reminder of the day. There is a patriotism there that I really appreciate.

I know Maize is not the only city to put flags out for Memorial Day, and I salute all cities and towns that see fit to decorate properly for this day!

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. – Billy Graham

Maybe it’s just me, but when I see the American flags lining the main street in Maize on Memorial Day, or Decoration Day, it stiffens my resolve to be a better American citizen. I know this country is not perfect, but it is still the best country in the world!

I pray that God will continue to bless America. I also pray that Americans will bend the knee and bless God in return.

“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. “Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.… 2 Chronicles 7:13-15



I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Today is Flag Day. Aside from remembering Betsy Ross, who made the first American flag, it’s a day to honor and respect our country and what has made it great. As we quickly approach Independence Day, let’s begin to think about all the greatness that is America. Let’s be grateful that we are Americans.

If anyone, then, asks me the meaning of our flag, I say to him – it means just what Concord and Lexington meant; what Bunker Hill meant; which was, in short, the rising up of a valiant young people against an old tyranny to establish the most momentous doctrine that the world had ever known – the right of men to their own selves and to their liberties. – Henry Ward Beecher

Let’s not take our American citizenship, freedoms and rights for granted. So many in the world are not as well off (and spoiled) as we are. Be thankful if you were born an American.

When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect. – Adlai Stevenson

Today is a good day to concentrate on the rights we can exercise to help our country stay strong and great. The right to vote and the right to free speech are two of the most important freedoms we have. Get out and vote and let your voice be heard.

Remember our troops today. Freedom is not free as we all know. From this blog writer, thank you to everyone who keeps this country free. I appreciate you!

May God bless America. May America bless God.