At the birth of our Republic, we fought a war to gain sovereignty over the right to vote and determine our destiny as citizens. Yet, as we celebrated the 244th Fourth of July this month, we find ourselves on the threshold of surrendering our rights anew, throwing away our right of self-determination by accepting unsecure elections.
Is America worth saving? That is the question we each must answer. Whether we are Democrat, Republican or Independent, now is the time to set aside these titles to ask ourselves, “Are we freedom-loving Americans first before party affiliation?”
Police officers are on the front lines every day, defending our communities from those who wish to do their fellow citizens harm. Oftentimes they are alone and unafraid, relying on their training in some of the most violent and precarious conditions while making life or death decisions in the blink of an eye. That blink can mean the difference between going home to their families or a murderer evading justice only to kill again.
The other side calls her the “perfect messaging unicorn.” But that’s the tragic thing about last Monday’s Supreme Court decision. As a black, female, Democratic, pro-lifer, Louisiana State Senator Katrina Jackson isn’t an outlier. If anything, the woman who wrote the law that five justices just struck down is a symbol of the consensus this court won’t recognize. “There’s nothing unusual about my views,” Katrina insists. Americans can disagree about a lot of things, but no matter how this country feels about abortion, women’s safety was never negotiable. Until now.
This is the truth.
Socialism; much has been written about it, and millions have died because of it, but for today’s millennials or their college professors they do not know history, care about it nor is freedom important anymore. Only I and ME, and what is in it for ME is important.
Freedom, independence, self-sufficiency: these are great and glorious concepts. We celebrate them this time of year because they’re so deeply engrained in our image of America. We see ourselves as a nation of rugged individualists: seizing the bull by the horns, charting our own course, walking alone into the forest with an axe slung over our shoulder.
On Friday, Killeen resident Javier Kristian Gutierrez was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the September 2019 murder of Kempner resident Vance Henry Helzer.