Forced Change

Years ago when I started this blog site (originally called ‘Abundant Truth’) I would type out all of my thoughts and feelings on the politics of the day and say things like ‘we need to change this or that.’ Things have moved on a lot since then and I realize that it is up to us as individuals to lead the way.

Over the years I have started up several blog sites and I’ve always enjoyed writing. I feel like my unique perspective has the potential to influence others in a positive direction. With so much negativity in the news, I feel like looking back on good honest Americana and traditions is what each of us needs.

With being furloughed right now and having caught up on most of my house projects, I now have time to focus on an outlet for positive change.

It’s time for me to retool this website again and I look forward to input from new followers.

Stay tuned.

Solid Education on the Constitution

After returning from a trip to New England last fall, which included seeing Boston and Plymouth Rock, I became more interested in how the constitution came to be and how it relates to my own English history. I decided to start the Hillsdale College Constitution 101 course shortly after Thanksgiving and earlier this week I completed the course after studying all 10 lessons and taking the final quiz.

One of the things I learned in the class was how effective America’s constitution is and how England doesn’t have one. Britain does not have a codified constitution. It is considered a living constitution that can be updated with the times. This may sound good but it isn’t. The progressives once sought a living constitution when England was at its height of empire. However the living constitution and rise of socialism led to its undoing. Today England is experiencing Orwellian crackdowns on free speech and its citizens are unable to defend themselves. The American founding fathers made sure checks and balances were set in stone with the constitution. It is not a living document.

While there may be many issues in America today, the reasons why we are still able to have free speech and defend ourselves can be found in the writings from the founding fathers and how republican American government was set up to protect individual liberty.

The Hillsdale College Constitution 101 course teaches us about why the constitution is important and why the founders set up the American system as a large Republic. They also explain the three crises in American government; the revolution and inception of the constitution. Slavery and civil war. And the ongoing battle against progressivism, which we are still fighting today.

I would highly recommend the course for all Americans.

 

A Tribute to Doc Thompson

I was shocked to learn last night about the passing of Doc Thompson. He did not succumb to old age or sickness, but instead was hit by a train while out for an afternoon jog. His death highlights how fragile and short life really is.

I met Doc a couple of times when he was still living in Ohio. The first time I met him was at a winery where he was there for an event against carbon taxes. I believe it was called something like ‘protest against the green weenies’ or something like that. He always made light and poked fun at liberal causes. When I met him he shook my hand as if he knew me already and made polite small talk and asked me a few questions. Then he ran off to give a quick speech at the podium and spoke in the same way in which he had just talked to me. He was always the same, both in person and in front of a mic.

The second time I saw him was at a Freedom Expo event in Kentucky. After the event was over I remember following him over to the Hofbrauhaus where we had great tall mugs of beer and talked about future politics. I remember him driving a tiny little Honda Fit, which seemed funny for a guy so tall as Doc. I learned from a later radio broadcast of his that it was once his mom’s car. Doc always did what it took to get around, even if it meant driving his mom’s car.

I used to listen to Doc in the mornings. He was always funny and full of cheer. What you heard on the radio was exactly what you got in real life. I’m saddened by his passing not just because such a lovely funny man is gone, but because he leaves behind a wife and young kids. I would ask that you consider donating to the go-fund-me page set up in his name to help his young family.

https://www.gofundme.com/doc-thompson

His passing is a reminder of how fragile life is and how we must always live in the moment and enjoy the time we have here. Growing old is a privilege.

Rest in peace Doc. Thanks for all the laughs.

Darkest Before the Dawn

Storm clouds gather over Washington DC. The democrats did not win anything by temporarily ending the shut down. In little over two weeks it will happen again. As the saying goes; you don’t negotiate with terrorists. The democrats are not interested in compromise, they are only interested in power. They have no concern for the American people.

President Trump is playing a high stakes game of winner take all. The border wall is a very big issue. It is the difference between law and order and lawlessness.

The deep state is now showing its teeth for the world to see with the arrest of Roger Stone. Who’s only crime is accidentally ‘lying’ to the FBI. Which essentially anyone can do if asked over and over again multiple questions. Eventually you’ll remember something you forgot previously. Then they pounce on you ‘aha! you lied to us!’ This is not a real crime. There is definitely no ‘collusion.’ What is happening at the top of the FBI is criminal. There was no need for a huge show of force to arrest an unarmed 66 year old man early in the morning. The whole thing with the CNN tip off stinks to high heaven. And lets not get started with¬† the Hillary Clinton Email server fiasco with all the drives being smashed and deleted. The FBI is rotten at the top and its gestapo like tactics on Friday should shock everyone.

The medias bias is now no longer hyperbole. It really is fake news. We’ve seen this with the Covington Kid. All the MSM networks ran with the story of the kids harassing a native american, when in actual fact it was the opposite way around. The good news with all of this is that the answer to all of the corruption and bias is with the response from Nick Sandmann’s parents. They’ve hired a top lawyer to go after the MSM networks and individuals who have made threats against him. That is the only way to solve this problem. We must fight fire with fire. It is not OK for celebrities and news networks to threaten the lives of children.

With Roger Stone what we will likely see is a Jonah and the Whale scenario. Stone is innocent and he is smart. The fish may have swallowed him up, but it will end up spitting him out. Paul Manafort may have had a shady past, but Stone evidently plays by the rules. After two years of non stop investigation, the only ‘crimes’ on him are ‘process crimes’ of accidentally forgetting to mention something in previous interviews.

If you want to play your part in protecting the republic, I suggest you make your voice heard. Call your representative, support go fund me efforts, get out and protest, comment intellectually on social media. Teach your children. Show people who are on the fence the right way. Be a good person, play your part.

No republic is lost when enough people stand up to tyranny. In this information age, the truth can catch up quickly to the lies and the smears. Keep the faith and keep going. It’s always darkest before the dawn.

The First Step in Saving America

Saving America from socialism starts at home. When you board a plane the safety demonstration always tells you to put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others.

Stop trying to change the world. That doesn’t work. Start by changing yourself. Think about what you are doing, what are your contributions? What classes are you taking? What meetings are you attending? Which amendments are you practicing? Who are you teaching?

We lead by example and by taking our own steps we show others the way. A lot of people exclaim “we need to do something!” What they’re really saying is “you need to do something!” Otherwise they would already be doing it.

Politics is very divisive, particularly in this current environment. It would be very easy to fall down a rabbit hole of negativity and bashing those with opposing views. I think it is better to express our opinions openly and take the time to research what we are talking about. The more informed we are, the better we can give calm measured responses to those who question us.

You’re never going to get through to a person who is hardcore into their political position, but by being calm and logically stating your case, you might get through to a couple of people listening to your argument.

The better educated we each are, the better off our families, communities and country will be. The first step in saving America is by saving and improving yourself.

Take Action

The world belongs to those who take action.

I remember two months ago sitting in a hotel room overlooking Niagara Falls. The democrats had just won back the house. I felt sick to my stomach. The raving loony party was back in charge of policy making. I realized then that I needed to take action. Just because President Trump is sitting in the oval office, it doesn’t mean we should sit back. He needs our support if he is able to continue with the MAGA agenda.

Thinking of the house I remembered that it was won back by the republicans in 2010 with the tea party movement which started shortly after Barack Obama was elected. I realized then that I hadn’t been to a tea party since before President Trump was elected. I think it’s time I showed back up again.

There are Tea Party groups all over the country. There’s probably one close to you that you’ve never even heard about. Most of them are quite small, but are filled with like-minded people who wish to preserve and defend the constitution of the United States.

When I returned home from my trip out east in November I stared at my Oath of Allegiance and my naturalization certificate. I began to think of my son and the kind of country he’s growing up in. Things are good right now, but if the democrats gain real power (ie the Senate or the Presidency) then we’re heading for real trouble. Barack Obama was an awful president and the economy sucked during his tenure, but I fear it will be worse under another democrat as they are heading decidedly ever further to the authoritarian left. We see it with big tech, we see it with censorship and shadow bans and we see it with the lunatic bias of the mainstream media. Something must be done.

We are the ones to do it.

When I became a citizen I started this blog. It was called abundant truth and it began very innocently with me expressing my opinions on the constitution, this country and current events. After a year or so my posts began to fade and I got busy with life. I began to vote and I felt like I did my bit and eventually president Trump was elected. But now with a resurgence from the democrat party, we must as President Trump once put it “fight fire with fire.”

So how can you do your part? Simple. Take a course on the constitution, find your local tea party and attend an event. Start a blog post. Talk to your like-minded friends and family. Teach your children! The journey of a thousand miles as the say, starts with a single step.

I have taken this old blog, renamed it and will start pumping out new content. I hope you find it useful.

It is up to us, each and every one of us, to do our part. I hope that my content inspires you to do yours and together we will continue to Make America Great Again.

Be the change you want to see in the world

Since Donald Trump became President a lot of conservatives seem to believe that he has a magic wand, that he is all-seeing and all-powerful. Lately, with tech censorship and shadow banning of conservatives I hear a lot of people say things like “why doesn’t President Trump do something about it?”

My thoughts are that he is already doing things about it. His defiant tweets spit in the face of those who wish to silence him, while more importantly at the same time he is doing everything in his power to install new constitutional judges across the board.

The problem with executive orders is that they can be undone. It is my belief that President Trump is doing everything in his power to create a lasting legacy where the new judges will be more restrained and rule in favor of the constitution instead of their own warped liberal activism.

President Trump can only do as much as he can with the cards handed to him and he is surrounded by sharks in the name of the media, the left, the rinos and the deep state.

So the question then is not “why doesn’t President Trump do something?” but instead “why don’t I do something?”

President Trump was critical of the presidency and of government long before he ever decided to run. The fight to begin removing ‘rinos’ started years before he ran for President.

The same people who attended the first Tea Party rallies when Barack Obama became President are the ones who are now township trustees and members of the house and senate. It takes years of grass-roots activism and tossing your hat in the ring where necessary. It also takes a new generation of leaders and patriots.

It has occurred to me that the youth in this county are not taught enough about the constitution and its importance. When I pledged my oath of allegiance I had to swear to it, to uphold and protect it. Now that I have a child of my own, I realize how important it is to protect the founders vision of the country for generations to come.

My generation gets a lot of flak for being too lazy or too unmotivated. Maybe that is the case with some of them, but not all. I think that it is far more important to shine a light on the goodness in this country and to learn its history than point the blame on this generation or argue amongst ourselves.

The task therefore, to those who are reading this is to educate yourselves and take action. May I first suggest taking a course on the constitution. It is highly informative and a great place to start. If you’re thinking about going to a tea party rally or a township meeting; do it! Start participating, go to a protest, write to your member of congress, call your senator’s office. The mainstream media may be corrupt, and the tech giants may think they can silence us, but local and persistent action will outrun them. After all, the founders managed to overcome much more with much less.

Do you know of any resources that will help others? Sound off in the comments!

Todays Feature is Hillsdale College Consitution 101

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Going Forward

If I were to die tomorrow, I would want my son to have as many tools as possible to become everything he wanted to be in life. As it stands today, America holds the greatest possibilities in the world for anyone to achieve and yet many do not recognize or understand that.

I believe it is important for the youth of America to learn and recognize just how special, important and great this country really is.

I think that the best thing I can do for my son going forward and for the youth of America going forward is to provide lessons that I have learned along with some great resources for further reading.

Going forward this site will provide links to informative and think-out-of-the-box sites along with commentary from me on my thoughts and insights.

This is my journey of becoming an American citizen. I hope that you enjoy the new content going forward.

It gets worse before it gets better

In 2005 I flew out for my second visit to the US. I was enjoying my first summer in Ohio with my (now) wife. We were happily spending time together, dating and enjoying each others company. We enjoyed lazy days around the pool at her parents house and long evenings watching movies on the couch. Life during those weeks were grand.

That summer during a day at the mall I came across a book that caught my eye ‘100 people who are screwing up america.’ The title intrigued me, because I was really enjoying my time in America and I was already thinking about moving to this wonderful country sometime in the future. Why would anybody want to screw up a country where you could drive a big SUV, own guns and afford to buy a big house?

So naturally, I bought the book and during the months apart from my wife, while working in the UK, I read the book. I found it fascinating and from that point on I understood why my (now) in-laws were anti-liberal. These mostly liberal people were nuts.

I say they were nuts. Back then, during the Bush years, they were nuts. During the Obama years, they were melancholy. Now; they’re flat out insane.

The same people mentioned in this book over a decade ago are now far worse. Eminem is the latest of the ‘100 people’ to hit the headlines, exposing his sheer idiocy. I can’t believe that after this book came out, Al Franken ended up becoming a senator.

I will say this though; things do get worse before they get better. President Trump is a genius. He really is. He knows exactly which nerves to hit and when to hit them. The NFL is a disgrace and now Hollywood is in flames.

All the rot that has festered over the last few decades is being exposed for what it really is. It’s going to take a while longer and things will get worse. But mark my words, things will get better. Andrew Breitbart talked about us needing to win the culture war. President Trump has taken that to heart. He knows exactly how to expose these idiots who are ‘screwing up America’ and watch as they melt down around us.

With a 5 trillion increase in the economy in just a few months since the election, the future is wide open for a new American renaissance. The crazy liberals think things are bad for them now. They don’t know the half of it. They claim to be the party of fairness, but they are anything but it. All their years of hollowing out the tree of liberty are coming crashing to an end and the patriots who love this country are rushing to fill the void. The liberal actors will be replaced, the NFL players will be fired and new movies will be released to inspire a younger generation to reach for the stars again.

Things are going to get worse for the time being, but I promise you, they will get better. God bless those who have worked so hard for so long to expose the liberal lunatics for what they are. God Bless Donald Trump for being the leader we so badly needed to lead us out of the darkness. And God Bless the United States of America; the greatest country to ever be devised by man. The lunatics who have been screwing up America for so long are finally running out of steam. It’s about damn time.

More proud of America than ever

The week of thanksgiving I sat down to book tickets for my up and coming trip to the UK. One of my cousins was getting married in February and I promised that we would make it out there for the special day.

I’ve always tried to find the best priced tickets and have driven as far as Toronto in order to save money. I was fully prepared to drive out to another airport this time, when my wife came home and told me a bunch of her photographer friends were messaging her saying that ticket prices to Europe were really low.

President Trump had just been elected and the stock market was soaring. The dollar was getting stronger and it was thanksgiving week, where retailers are usually looking for your buck.

So, on the day I was ready to commit to another long drive across countries in order to afford to see my family, I typed in a search from our local Cincinnati. Sure enough, the prices were cheaper. A lot cheaper.

On this day you could buy tickets for nearly the same cost as Toronto, which always has cheap flights to Europe. I pounced on the tickets from Cincinnati. Glad to be able to get affordable tickets from a much more convenient location.

As soon as I bought the tickets I thought about my in-laws and how they had never been to Europe before. They had always wanted to see my home nation, but time and money had always been a barrier, just as it had been for us.

“Why don’t you message your parents and ask them if they want to come with us?” I suggested to my wife.

As soon as she messaged them, I added that I had never seen tickets priced that low before. I really hadn’t.

They messaged back saying that they would think about it. I thought for sure that the prices would go back up the next day.

In the morning they messaged back saying that they would love to come out there with us. I quickly checked the prices, they were still incredibly low. “I’ll be right over!” I text back.

I managed to match up flights and get them seats right next to ours on the four separate flights. I became incredibly excited about the prospect of my in-laws finally being able to see where their son-in-law grew up.

Over the next few weeks I planned and mapped out many things for them to do on their trip out with us. I wanted them to taste all the highlights and see the best parts of where I grew up. I wanted them to experience as much of the history and beauty England has to offer as possible.

What made the trip more challenging was my 10 month old son. Being so young, he needed a lot of sleep and a lot of attention. He did really well on the planes heading over and we were glad to have an extra set of hands to help out.

We decided to stay in a two bedroom flat in the heart of Canterbury, as I wanted my in-laws to be able to get straight on the train to London easily and to be able to really experience the city of Canterbury first hand.

The first few days went really well. They got to see my hometown, where I grew up, a castle, London and even my Dad’s side of the family.

They were really enjoying the trip and I was glad for that. But my wife and I weren’t getting much sleep, as our son was waking us up during the night. I was doing all the driving and I was starting to get worn out.

During the second week we took the Eurostar to Paris. I had my reservations due to the terror related incidents in the Capital, but my in-laws really wanted to see it. We left my son with his other grandmother at her fathers house in a village close to the Eurostar Terminal. He was in safe hands.

We ventured into Paris, snapping away pictures and taking it all in. It was great fun and I really enjoyed it. But the fast pace of the day really wore me out.

Between the lack of sleep and the end of the trip looming, my mood was taking a downward turn. I had enjoyed showing my in-laws around, but I still hadn’t seen half my family members and I really didn’t want to fly back the next week. I could have stayed a lot longer.

I kept my composure as best as possible, but I was having a hard time keeping my raw emotions at bay. I really didn’t want to leave. I love my home country and all my family. I could envision raising my son there. I didn’t want to go back.

My cousins wedding came and went. I got to see the rest of my family and I even managed to drive my in-laws all the way out to Stone Henge. I was extremely glad to have been able to show them so much of the UK in such a short period of time, but I was extremely drained.

In the weeks that followed, I looked up local house prices and jobs in the area. I seriously contemplated moving back. Having grown up there myself, it was easier to envision raising my son there compared to the US.

But, just as I suspected, the house prices were too high and there weren’t enough decent paying jobs. The same reasons I left the UK ten years ago were still true today.

Over the next few months several terrorist attacks happened in the UK and in places we had just visited. The attack on Westminster bridge happened exactly where my in-laws had stood for a selfie just weeks before.

I felt profoundly sad for my home nation as I read the news. I contrasted this with ever tightening security here in the US. I felt extremely glad that we had elected President Trump to office.

As spring gave way to summer and we paid my Jeep off, things became easier as my wife’s business took off and bills became easier to keep up with. I thought about the opportunities we had here and our ability to gain all the things that we have.

Many of my cousins, who are around the same age as me, still live with their parents. This is not because they are lazy bums, but simply because the house prices are so outrageously expensive. Many of them travel over an hour each way each day to work in London to make decent money.

By contrast I travel 20 minutes to work each day. I don’t make a lot of money, but it is decent. On decent money I am able to afford a house, a car and a really good quality of life. I realized fully that I wouldn’t be able to do that anywhere else in the world.

In America, if you work hard, if you take opportunities as they came, you can live well. That cannot be said anywhere else in the world. It is a real privilege.

“You realize what you have in the US would cost nearly a million pounds here right?” My friend had said to me while we were over to visit. What a contrast.

As summer moved on, my uncle called me and explained that he was going out west again on his motorcycle. The year previous he had flown all the way out there, bought a couple of bikes and been on a road trip of a lifetime with his brother out to the coast and back.

This time uncle Colin was heading out to Bonneville. After getting off the phone with him my wife told me I should go out and join him. She knew how much I had been wanting to ride a motorcycle out west.

To cut a long story short I booked off a couple of weeks of work and readied my motorcycle. After he arrived in the States, my uncle headed out ahead of me to see more of the northern states. A few says later I rode my bike from my driveway in Cincinnati, through Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas, into Colorado and met him a couple of days later in Colorado Springs. From there we rode through the mountains into Utah and towards the Bonneville Salt Flats.

After a couple of days at the flats I left him, as he intended to head south to Vegas and then back east to visit his friend in Atlanta.

I then rode my motorcycle through the mountains and dessert of Nevada, past Lake Tahoe, through Sacramento and a through San Francisco before heading over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Over the next several days I rode my motorcycle up the California coast before beading back inland and through Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota.

Along the way I met many different people and saw many different places. Even in the most remote places I was able to find motels with comfy beds and warm showers and restaurants with plenty of hot food.

Again I thought to myself how lucky I was to be in this country. I could ride a motorcycle for thousands of miles across multiple states, through wildly varying terrain and still find a place to sleep for the night and a hot meal.

I wondered how many other places in the world where you could show up out of the blue and get all that at any time in the evening.

Riding across the US gave me a new appreciation for this country and gave me time to think about all that I had.

I have a big house, a loving wife and a happy and healthy son. We have everything we could ever need and some. We didn’t need to go to college, straddle ourselves in debt and become CEO’s in order to afford all this. We just had to work hard and be smart and take the best opportunities we could find. Again, where else in the world can you say that?

This country isn’t perfect and I do get home sick, but I am extremely grateful for the opportunities it has already afforded myself and my family.

I think a lot of those people who are upset with this country would do well to venture out into it and see more of it for themselves. I think they would be surprised by just how much is out there to work hard for and enjoy.