Thursday, January 6, 2011
A Simple Purpose
Today is the beginning of a new blog. This one is written by me, Jerry Blakemore. I am a simple American in a complicated America. This great country does not have to be so difficult, but it has become less than the Founding Fathers would have hoped for. They gave us noble documents to define this nation, but today those definitions are muddled by political correctness and self serving individuals.
I want this blog to be a tool to educate Americans regarding the Founders desires for us to become. Young and old are welcome to come and read my words and the responses of other readers. But with a good education comes the need to discuss and I choose to leave my posts open to any and all valid comments. Spam will be filtered out to the best of my ability. Pornographic language will not be tolerated. Left, middle, and right points of views can be presented here. Sides will be taken and I choose my point of view until someone can convince me otherwise. I am hard headed, but I have a soft heart and shall read all comments no matter how much I agree or disagree. There is no guarantee that each comment is going to warrant a response from me or other readers. But no comment shall be removed simply because I disagree.
My intent is to present the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States and provide the reader access to these and other American writings of the Founding Fathers. At times I will write regarding hot topics in the news and how they relate to the Founders intent. My hope is that we rediscover the American dream and insure the dream remains possible for my children and the coming generations.
But why am I doing this? I love my country and we have one of the finest legal frameworks ever designed by mortal men. It shocks me that modern man think they can improve upon this framework and even more frequently ignore it. A lot of this is possible because the common American has not been taught history and politics. The elitists have control of education and media and they have moved us off the path the Founders created. My hope is American rediscovers the Founders' path and returns to the American dream.
Who am I to do this? I am just an accountant. My education is pretty good with a Bachelors of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management and Masters of Science in Accountancy and Taxation. Both degrees were conferred to me by the University of Houston. Someone might say, "How does this qualifies you, Mr. Blakemore. You know to teach about America." I admit I would not mind getting a history degree someday. My minor in college was history. Growing up I had the good fortune of spending a lot of my time with an aunt that made sure I read good books and listened to topics of the day. Military history became a favorite subject of mine and I read every book in my school's library on the different wars America became involved with. As I become older I questioned, why did we get involved in these wars and that led me to explore the politics and forces that led America to war. Thanks to an avid curiosity I have developed a good foundation for discussing America.
I love America is another reason I have elected to write this blog. When you love something you fight for it. This will be a battle of words and respect should be used by all participants. But a battle it is. My parents raised me to love America. When we heard the Star Spangled Banner we stood up with our hands over our hearts, even when we were simply at home watching a baseball game. Church further emphasized that a right thinking individual loves God and country. Upon graduating from high school I enlisted into the United States Army, hoping to defend the United States of America from the threat of communism. I remained in military service for eight years, leaving with the rank of Specialist Fifth Class. I served two tours of duty in West Germany, and a tour in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. I made stops in Missouri, Georgia, and South Korea before I left the service to pursue higher education. I have fond memories of my time in the service. That experience has solidified my love for country and prepared me, mentally, for the University of Houston. The discipline allowed me to achieve merits I would not have received had I entered college directly from high school.
I married while attending college. My wife is a Hong Kong Chinese, who has since become an American citizen. We have a daughter and a son who I want to understand American values. I want their friends and peers to have access to this knowledge as well. I have worked as an accountant in the hotel business and manufacturing. For a while I was the internal auditor of a small community college. Today at the age of 52 I want to provide a legacy of knowledge.
The Founders dreams should not be disregarded any longer. It is time to share the word that has been kicked to the curbside. Together let us come together and share knowledge to improve our lives and make our nation a shining city on the hill under God.