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How History Will Remember Fidel Castro

With the death of Cuban strongman, Fidel Castro, it becomes necessary to put his impact in a bit of historical perspective. Far too many people have begun to pay glowing tributes to him, and are trying to soften the image of a dark and brutal dictator. By choosing to nullify the evil, liberals are doing a grave disservice to history. To be fair, you could find traces of good in Stalin, Hitler, Chairman Mao, and numerous other evil dictators throughout the course of history, if you chose to look hard enough, but the fact remains they were evil men who killed millions of people and paved a trail of misery and despair for millions more. Fidel Castro is no different, so let's not allow a rewriting of the truth. Castro came to power in February of 1959 after Fulgencio Batista fled into exile and left room for the Marxist-Leninist revolutionary to fill the void as President. Over the next fifty plus years, he ruled Cuba with an iron fist as a full-fledged dictator. He curtailed free

Why I Write

Why do I write? That is a really great question, actually. I have been asked that quite often over the last several months. It isn't an easy question to answer and the answer is probably not what most might think. I started this journey ten months ago in a hotel room in Winchester, Tennessee. I felt a nudge, a calling if you will, to do more than just share a few news stories with people and give a couple of sentences to summarize the importance of them. I felt God was clearly guiding me to add my voice to the many voices already out here. I didn't start this endeavor for wealth or fame. I would be lying if I didn't tell you that I would love to write full-time and make a living at it. But it is a lot deeper than that. So why do I write? I write because I truly and deeply love our founding fathers and the unique vision they laid out for this republic in which I reside. I write to keep that vision alive and to ignite that same flame in the hearts and minds and souls of

The Real Essence Of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is filled with amazing aromas that trigger memories of days gone by. Remembering those childhood days at my grandparents and the sights and sounds of a bustling kitchen. The smell of the turkey roasting in the oven as it mixes with the smells of the cranberries, mashed potatoes, carrots, fruit salad, and pumpkin pie. The sound of laughter and banter from aunts and uncles, parents, grandparents, and cousins. Thanksgiving Day is truly a uniquely American holiday that combines food and drink with family and friends. We all get lost in the smells, sights, and sounds of the day but most of us fail to grasp the real essence of Thanksgiving. Well beyond the tastes of food and the football games there lies a core centerpiece to Thanksgiving. That centerpiece is celebrating the fruits of your labor for the year past and giving thanks to God for all of the rich blessings that have been bestowed on us. The core values of hard work and self-determination make the bountiful har

The Tragic Death Of True Journalism

Maybe the biggest loser on election day wasn't Hillary Clinton or the Democratic Party, but the mainstream media and print journalism. There was a time when true journalism involved finding out the who, what, when, where, and why of a particular news story, and doing it in an unbiased way. You knew as a journalist, that reporting the news in a fair and balanced way with facts and accurate quotes, was essential to maintaining credibility to the public at large. Your credibility was a sacred cow and you never wanted to tarnish it under any circumstances. Unfortunately, that time has passed, and the journalism of today has devolved into a sort of faux journalism. This transformation didn't just happen overnight. It has been a slow and steady evolution that finally reached a crescendo this past year. Back in the 1980's, some may remember the Palestinian uprising, the Intifada. Palestinians were angry at the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and proceeded

A Season Of Change Or Business As Usual?

The election results from Tuesday caught many by surprise. Thanks to a very biased mainstream media and inaccurate polls, many people had just assumed Mrs. Clinton was going to become the first woman President of the United States. Few pundits and political savvy prognosticators saw the electorate as angry or dissatisfied enough to turn over the tables in the temple. Alas, the Silent Majority spoke loud and clear Tuesday night. The voters in "fly over country" saw the political pendulum swing too far to the left and were angry and scared enough by the prospects of a President Clinton to punch the ballot for Donald Trump. Many people finally reached the point of actually getting out and voting to change the direction of our republic. They have become sick and tired of the career politicians and business as usual in Washington. To those voters, a lot of which hadn't voted in years due to being apathetic, Donald Trump was seen as an outsider and an agent of change. So is

A Case Study Of A Career Politician

One of the many things wrong with our current political landscape, is that it is littered with numerous career politicians. Our founding fathers hadn't planned on people making a life out of going to Washington DC and becoming immersed in government and politics. It was supposed to be a brief moment of servitude, and then back home to your family and workplace. Unfortunately, we have morphed into an elective despotism with many instances of people enjoying the power and money of a self-aggrandizing political system. One such example is Russ Feingold of Wisconsin. This is a case study in politics as usual with a bit of hypocrisy thrown in for good measure. It highlights the core reason why Donald Trump rode a wave of anger and discontent from a fed-up electorate. Many in Wisconsin are well aware of the Russ Feingold story, but for those who aren't, it is worth a brief summary. He is a lawyer by trade and served for ten years in the Wisconsin state legislature before decidin