Regardless of which side of the aisle a family sits on, when a family member goes overseas to fight a battle in the name of The United States Of America, the potential sacrifice is every bit equal: red or blue.

We all treasure our children, we treasure our liberty, freedom, and our ability to communicate freely in our very unique society.

We are so many generations past a time where being outspoken was instant cause for arrest, torture or death. And yet there are plenty of countries around the world in which these practices are de facto today.

I don’t think people in the United States could fathom having to keep their opinions to themselves. This is a freedom that we have grown up with and let’s face it…the majority of people are already complaining about having to stay inside or wear a mask, imagine the complaints if suddenly they were all told to keep their opinions to themselves or they could be pulled out of their home and executed on the spot in front of their family members.

These are the freedoms that our soldiers have put above their own lives as virtues willing to commit to. The ones who are lucky enough to come home are many times displaced, mentally wounded, or physically wounded and need full medical attention.

Watching the virus spread quickly through veteran hospitals around the country, and seeing the lack of sufficient supplies to keep these men and women protected, is unconscionable to me.

The reason I cherish this particular quotation is because it exemplifies exactly the way that I feel. The more you travel around the world, the more cultures you are exposed to, the more life experiences you have, the more you come to fall madly and deeply in love with our country.

There is truly none better around the world. America is very much worth fighting for. The partisan agenda in either party is as potentially damaging as anything else. In my opinion it remains incumbent upon all of us to perpetually watch both parties and remind all of them that they work for us. The citizens of the United States. The taxpayers. The people who make this country work.

I hope as we navigate our way through this crisis, that we are capable as a people to see that there is nothing wrong with America that what is right about America could not fix. It just requires civil discourse and following the letter of the law as prescribed.

Here’s to the Heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf so that we might have this day of relaxation and contemplation. Wishing you a very happy Memorial Day???

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What do you love most about living in the United States?

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I love America more than any country in this world, and exactly for that reason, insist on the right to criticize her perpetually. James Baldwin

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!