I am still here, it seems like I have been gone for a month and it has been a very eventful couple of weeks.

I was very sick for a while and ended up spending some time in the hospital, and then the suburban got smacked by a kid sliding through an intersection on ice.

From there, it was a Christmas complete with canceled flights and chaos. You know, ‘tis the season and to top it all off, Covid made its rounds through the house.

Now I’m back behind the desk, and let me tell you, I am happy to be back and ready to dig into 2023! However, there is a lot of pessimism out there right now. Gallup says almost all the polling shows people are uptight, angry, and not looking forward to this year, but most of them are very happy 2022 has been kicked to the curb.

Let me tell you, yes, we will likely have a recession in the coming months. Gas prices will rise along with your utilities because of terrible government policies. Inflation will soar thanks to the idiocy of people like Joe Biden and Mitch McConnell, who, like many, just don’t care. Read the actuarial tables, and you will see that both Biden and McConnell are past their expiration dates. Do you think either of them considers what will happen to your kids, grandkids, or great-grandkids? Based on their continued reckless behavior, I am sure they do not.

However, I was born an American and still truly believe in Liberty. I believe that Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Abbigail Adams, and a host of others who helped shape this country in the late 18th and early 19th centuries were far brighter than any of the radicals running around Washington today.

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I believe in the overall goodness of this nation and that we can recapture the greatness left to us by those that made the ultimate sacrifice over the past 250 years.

Now, I am not saying it will be easy. The reckless globalists are hell-bent on destroying America in everything but its name. They claim that to achieve its original promise of equality for all, America must repent and surrender everything it is, and we, its citizens, must surrender everything we have and believe. That, my friends, is patently false.

Every nation is built on those that came before. Every empire was built on the ruins of those beneath its feet. America is the first and only nation built on the ideas of free will and God-given inalienable rights.

Was it perfect? No. Nations, much like people, are messy with failures and triumphs, agony and joy. Countries are just as complicated as the people comprising them.

Were terrible mistakes made along the way, like Wounded Knee or Vietnam? Yes, but we have still delivered more freedom to more people than any government in history, and more importantly, America has been the Beacon of Hope, and today, it still is.

There is no black and white for people or nations, except that I can say this: America, founded on the principles of free people and free markets, has flourished far more than any other in history, and I will continue to celebrate this great nation and its great people as long as I am here!

I will never sit idly by and allow her to be destroyed by misguided radicals that fancy themselves to be of a higher mind than Jefferson and company. I will not sit quietly in the debate for the future of this nation. I will not entertain the demented fantasies propagated on social media or the United Nations’ Agenda 2030.

I will always be a voice for liberty, liberty for all, but that doesn’t mean open borders and raiding the cupboards of those who earned greatness. You, too, must make your way. You must put in the time and work to earn your place.

As was said long ago, I will work for no man, and I will ask no man to work for me. I will earn my way because I am an American!

In this new year of our Lord 2023, I believe in America and trust that We, the People, will prevail. Maybe I am naïve, maybe the destroyers burrowed in too deep, and perhaps the poison of wokeness and socialism is a terminal condition to a representative republic.

But today, I refuse to believe that; I suspect we will again rise to meet the challenges we face. The obstacles are many, but we are fierce and willing to face them head-on.

America met significant challenges before, and she will again. We will face dark days and hardships, but this year, freedom will again ring in this nation.

Have faith, my friends, and share some optimism with others so they may be lifted up and prepared to fight for our great nation.

God Bless America!