The Grid Runner

America, We are in trouble.We, The People,¬†have forgotten how to work together and if there were ever a time to do so, it has come. The last great president we had said these immortal words:"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."~ Ronald ReaganHe was afforded the luxury of optimism. We haven't got that long. Through Social Media we have instant access to everyone's thoughts in real time. That coupled with the anonymity an on line presence offers, emotional reaction has come to govern our not-so-civil discourse. Trying to discuss issues facing us is impossible when there is no consequence for intellectual dishonesty, false narratives and hate-filled rhetoric presents a major hurdle to overcome. Ask yourself one thing, would you talk to people face to face the way you do on line? People are less inclined to filter their opinions when online but they are also less likely to filter their emotional reactions. When looking someone in the eye, there is a connection that cannot exist on Social Media. It is that connection…

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The American Crisis

The pamphlet known as "The Crisis" or "The American Crisis" was written in a dire hour. The Colonial Army, led by General George Washington, was at a low point. Having won no victory, many in that cold December were consider taking leave of the whole affair. At least, should they go home, they could have a warm meal and a bed to lie in with family gathered around. At this time of travail, when Liberty was merely declared in a document not yet realized, Thomas Paine penned the often quoted first paragraph. Having no proper medium to write the now famous words, he requested the head of a drum and scribed the immortal words..... "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows…

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The Bill of Rights

Our nation itself was born of the compromise between rival political factions who both imagined the other to be the personification of evil manifested in their day. The Federalists, who demanded strength and central authority with checks and balances built into its Constitutional framework, were accused of wanting to establish a new monarchy on American soil complete with an aristocracy. The Anti-Federalists, always skeptical of government in any manifestation, despised the idea of a distant authority imposing decrees on the citizens without recourse. According to their detractors, they intended to prevent national unity and strength of American resolve. The contribution of their political opposition was the adoption of the Bill of Rights. Both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights find their roots in the Declaration of Independence. It is that document that acknowledged our individual rights, established our common heritage and proclaimed the necessity of this new nation to rise from the division of colony and king. Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the¬†freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for…

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