"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day from the

Double Nickel! 
Independence Day is a day that we as Americans should never forget.
Without the beacon that America has provided since her inception,
this little girl would not have been.  Her grandparents on her dad's side
understood that what America offered was unique and not available
in the country that they came from.  Therefore they made the
decision to leave all that they knew and come to a place that was
known as the land of opportunity.
 
Those grandparents worked hard and studied English right alongside
their seven children. They understood that learning English would allow
for them and their children to achieve anything they desired.  The color
guard that once stood for Americans now stood for them as well as they
too, became Americans.   Now at parades, when the color guard passes, the 
children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of that couple
stand ever so proudly and thankfully to live in this great nation.
 
They now are great-grandparents to many.  Some
are blondies with blue eyes, some are distinctly similar to
them and others are the blend that makes America grand.
 
The newest generation is all American as were the children of that couple.
The first of their children to be born here was their 5th.  That baby became
my husband and this baby's grandfather.   

As Americans, seeing the veterans float brings tears to our eyes.  We know
standing for this nation.  It also means for me, that my husband, the first born
on American soil in his family, that he would don the uniform and serve proudly 
himself.  Our son, a second generation American would also proudly serve in 
the Army and serve a tour in Afghanistan.
 

America is a place that some  think is a horrible place.
For those of us that are connected to immigrants we KNOW that she is not
a horrible place but a place that is everything and has provided everything.

I am so thankful that I am an American.  I am thankful that this nation
is here and has been for so long. 

To my in-laws:  I thank you for seeing this land as she truly is and
giving up all you knew to give to your children all that America offers.

All because you saw America for what she is I was allowed to meet and marry your son, and that has made all the difference in my life.

Happy Independence Day to All!

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