A Soldier’s Perspective on Veteran’s Day

Yesterday, as a country, we honored all of the men and women who have served and are currently serving in our Armed Forces.  Being an Active Duty Soldier, I tend to be on the receiving end of Veterans Day honors, but I would like to personally extend my gratitude to all past and present Service Members.  Without you, our country would not be as great as it is today.  Having been thanked for my service on many occasions, I offer my perspective on what it means to be a Service Member in the United States Military. Continue reading

The United States of America: A Democracy or Republic?

What form of government do we have in the United States? For many Americans, the answer to that question would be very simple—a democracy. Why would they not think that? The word “democracy” is in common use by politicians on both sides of the aisle. It is used as freely as words like independence, liberty, and justice, but is that really the type of government we have? The short answer to this question is no. The United States of America is a republic. In this article we are going to discuss the differences between a democracy and a republic and why the republic we have is actually preferable to a democracy. Continue reading

Exercising Our Most Basic Civic Duty

Today, citizens across the United States will exercise their most basic civic duty–voting.   Voting is one of the most sacred privileges we have as United States citizens. It allows us, as individuals, to select those we feel are best suited run our government, yet many Americans will refrain from executing that civic duty. An NBC News article from 2012 suggests that as many as 40 percent of US citizens do not cast a ballot on Election Day. For those mathematically challenged individuals, that equates to approximately 126.4 million people who will not vote (based on 2013 US Census). Continue reading

Remembering and Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

It was a cool 45 degree morning at Fort Hood Texas, and my wife and I joined hundreds of Soldiers, families and local area residents in the darkness at III Corps’ Sadowski Field.  On any other Saturday morning, this same field would be desolate and silent, but today was different.  Today we were all there to honor our fallen heroes at the first, annual Fort Hood Fisher House Hero & Remembrance Run, Walk or Roll. Continue reading