In an Election Year, your Choices should be Guided by the Constitution


“Americana” 20 x 16 acrylic on canvas; (my tribute to patriotic Americans everywhere.

I don’t know about you, but I’m troubled by the turmoil and the hatred of this political season. Free speech is being silenced by those of opposing views and the desperation of the few. Destruction and violence have replaced dialogue and discussion. Mob violence is allowing mindless puppets who are paid to protest with a platform while denying others a voice. This is not only unconstitutional, it is chaos.

Those in power who feed at the public trough encourage this kind of behavior while keeping themselves above the fray and the law. Cities, municipalities and local businesses are being crushed and destroyed in the name of “right to assemble” with disregard for the caveat “peaceably.”

If Martin Luther King were alive today, he would not only be alarmed and shocked, he would be hurt and disappointed that his dream has turned into a nightmare; his legacy soiled and besmirched.

Rioting and demolition of private property by those who pretend to be something they’re not is costing tax payers millions of dollars without resolving any problems. True leaders offer solutions. Bridge builders find ways to resolve issues and make compromises. Destructive forces who cowardly hide behind masks and signs simply wipe out years of history and progress in an instant.

Where are the courageous that will come forward to save and re-build? Where are the heroes? Where are the cool heads? What happened to principle and common sense? How did selfishness, greed and impulsive hatred become a way of life?

You and I are the only ones who can put a stop to this madness. We must take the reins of our future from those destined to destroy it or all that has been built and established before us will be lost.

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Over 100 years ago, Teddy Roosevelt, our 26th President, said in 1915:

“There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. The one absolutely certain way of bringing this country to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.” 

Rules and laws are what keep our country and our government in check. When things run amok, tyranny happens in the higher echelons and mob mentality of “destroy at all costs” filters down to the citizenry.

While thinking about the cost of anarchy and the importance of electing a wise leader, I wrote these thoughts down. 

What makes a Good President?

  • A great speech giver does not a wise President make
  • Weakness does not a strong President make
  • Strength and character are the hallmarks of a great President
  • So are integrity, authenticity, and the ability to make wise decisions

Teddy Roosevelt got it right. Today we’re reaping the consequences of the politically correct crowd, the anarchists, and the leaders who divide us rather than unite us behind a common purpose. In this upcoming election, before you cast your vote consider the long-term consequences of your choice.


“With these Hands, Wonder” 18 x 24, oil on canvas

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